Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July Meeting 2018

Hey hey, a record crowd was recorded at the meeting last night and also a new member along with some infrequent members in attendance. As per standard meetings; news and apologies were started by Graham Watson as well as the welcoming of new and old friends. John Maker gave his usual president's update which included an updated count (but not yet final) on the totals from the exhibition last month. Of course this lead to the obvious question of "what to do next year?" Should we stick to this year's setup? What should we change or do better? What layout shall we display? etc. John Maker made the comment of why not let the club itself build a new layout specifically for exhibitions. One that has a finite (possibly 3 displays?) touring life and is stored (rather than displayed as Swan View currently is) throughout the year or years it's not in use. Graham Watson gave the floor a chance to mull over the idea and will make it an item of discussion for the next meeting. If you have any thoughts or comments, bring them to the August meeting or comment below. 

As usual, the next part of the meeting was bring and show. Cassidy Newland (Westrail Models) announced that he had distributed the first of his F class Kits and as one had not yet been collected, he took the opportunity to display all the parts included in the kit which comes in a smart red box. John Hatch announced he is now experimenting with casting and has cast some seats for his scratch built Australind set. Stuart Mackay (X class Models) announced that he has delivered all but one MSA to his customers. With that done, he has kept 2 for himself (491 and 492) and brought them along to the meeting. Stuart has also been experimenting with shades of top coats and lacquers to give differing effects on the finished product as can be seen in the different shades of black in his MSAs. Stuart also brought his scratch-built O class as a comparison. Peter Edwards announced he has been fine-tuning his 3D drawings and printed kits of the early WAGR AI 4 wheel coaches. He has several kits for sale if anyone is interested. Graham Watson noted that a couple were used as white workman's vans so their use is fairly flexible. Kelvin Davis continues to model new wagons and kits at a rapid rate, nearly completing a whole AF carriage kit from WestOz Models between meetings. Kelvin also completed a D van kit from RailWest Models. Finally Adrian Gunzburg (special guest) brought along an advanced copy of the Westland Models 3D printed AYC Australind car. He noted that the paint was rushed over 2 days to have it ready for the meeting but the finished product showed promising signs.

Adrian then followed that up with an updated presentation on the workings and operations of his layout which is currently under construction. Based on Bunbury and the south-west main, plenty of photos were displayed and some beautiful craftsmanship from himself as well as others in the locomotives, rollingstock and line side structures. A presentation that was well enjoyed by all in attendance.

Stuart Mackay's X class Models MSA492 on display.
Stuart Mackay's X class Models MSA492 on display.
Stuart Mackay's X class Models MSA492 on display.
Stuart Mackay's X class Models MSA491 on display.
Stuart Mackay's X class Models MSA491 on display.
Stuart Mackay's X class Models MSA491 on display.
Stuart Mackay's scratch-built O class on display.
Stuart Mackay's scratch-built O class on display. 
Kelvin Davis' WestOz Models AF class carriage along with his RailWest D van on display. 
Peter Edwards prototype 3D printed AI coach on display.
Peter Edwards prototype 3D printed AI coach on display.
The advanced prototype of the Westland Models 3D printed AYC Australind coach on display. 
The advanced prototype of the Westland Models 3D printed AYC Australind coach on display.
The advanced prototype of the Westland Models 3D printed AYC Australind coach on display.
John Hatch's very smartly cast seats for his scratch-built Australind set on display. 
The contents of the Westrail Models F class kit on display.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

June Running Night 2018

Hey hey, last night's S Scale Running Night was a little light on numbers in attendance due to a small error in communication. For those who are still interested in attending these running nights, the Branchline newsletter (which I received my copy on Friday) outlines that the 4th Friday of each month is allocated to the S scale SIG for these nights. So regardless if you get your email, please do still attend or you miss out on a lot of fun and good conversation. With that said, we still had a good operating session with at least 4 different trains recorded on the night. Below are some photos for those that missed out.

Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 rounds the curve into Swan View station.
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 waits at Swan View station for the road to clear ahead. 
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 approaches Swan View station. 
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 waits at Swan View station for the road to clear ahead. 
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 passes Ross Green's original RailWest G156.
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 passes Ross Green's original RailWest G156.
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 passes Ross Green's original RailWest G156. 
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 passes Ross Green's original RailWest G156.
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 passes Ross Green's original RailWest G156.
Ross Green's original RailWest G156 hauls a passenger train out of Swan View for Perth.
Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 passes Murray Hartzer's scratch built Y class. 
Murray Hartzer's scratch built Y class hauls a train out of Swan View headed for Perth.
Murray Hartzer's scratch built Y class hauls a train out of Swan View headed for Perth.
Murray Hartzer's scratch built Y class hauls a train out of Swan View headed for Perth.
Alison Kelly's RailWest A1511 hauls a mixed train of wagons for repair through Swan View.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Meeting 2018

Hey hey, firstly I'd like to apologise for the average photos as most know I am not well at the moment so I haven't exactly been on the ball. This meeting was big for a post exhibition meeting with a roundup of "internal combustion" locomotives being the theme of the evening. As with every other meeting, we had news and a "bring and show" followed by the main part of the meeting before breaking for tea. Below are photos from the bring and show:

Kelvin Davis' X class models MSA in front of his RailWest Models ACL coach.
Kelvin Davis' X class models MSA in front of his RailWest Models ACL coach.
Kelvin's Son; Owen continues to impress us all with more of his 3D modeling work with these bogie R wagons. 
Owen also displayed a 3D printed cow.
John Hatch has proved to all of us that he has not been idle in his absence from the meetings by displaying his craftsmanship on his Australind cars. 
The underside of an AYC Australind car showing the detail John Hatch has applied.
Peter Edwards displayed some 3D printed AI carriages and ZP brake vans that he has been working on.
Stuart MacKay also displayed some modeling having modified this truck into a flatbed.
Finally Graham Watson demonstrated a new jig he has made for bending wire for use as brake piping under his BE cattle wagons.

Next was the theme of the meeting which was a roundup of internal combustion locomotives which was well represented. Below are photos of each of the classes represented on the night.

An overall view of all the internal combustion locomotives on display.
Various A class locomotives. 
Seeing double? yes thats two A1511s!
Not usually included in the register of "locomotives" are the self propelled railcars, the ADF Wildflower railcars and the ADH railcars.
Unsure where to fit was this little Andrew Barclay locomotive built by Bill Gray.
Various C class locomotives.
Various F class locomotives.
Various F class locomotives.

M class locomotive.
M class locomotive.
N class locomotive.
R class locomotive. 
R class locomotive.
ST1 shunting tractors all built by Lynton Englund.
A nearly complete T class.
A nearly complete T class.
A nearly complete T class.
Various X and XA class locomotives.
Various X and XA class locomotives. 
Various Y class locomotives.
Various Y class locomotives.
Various Z class locomotives.
Various Z class locomotives.