Monday, September 17, 2018

September Meeting 2018

Hey hey, I was unavoidably detained during the last meeting of the S scale SIG however with the help of Stuart Mackay's notes, I have assembled this blog post for you to enjoy. As you may note, I arrived later in the night and was able to take the below photos from the Bring and Show. Unfortunately I do not have many photos as the theme of the night was a slide presentation and Bring and Show was a little light on. What I did get is shown below for you to enjoy.

An example of the RailWest Models 'Jardee' Locomotive utilising the Steam Era Models Black Beetle drive mechanism. 
An example of the RailWest Models 'Jardee' Locomotive utilising the Steam Era Models Black Beetle drive mechanism. 
Doug Firth's completed RailWest Models PM class locomotive.
Doug Firth's completed RailWest Models PM class locomotive.
A close up of Doug Firth's completed RailWest Models PM class locomotive.
Doug Firth's completed RailWest Models PM class locomotive.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Marbellup Models DB Class Kit

Hey hey, I apologise for missing the last running night. I received some not so great news and it has thrown me somewhat out of whack. On a better note though, I received some good news today so I thought I'd show off these photos of my finished Marbellup Models DB1588 as she was when she ran the construction trains for the NSR in the early 90's. Another beautiful model completed by Mr Engel (who also constructed my RailWest A class) and finished with decals from Westrail Models. It has a HollyWood Foundry mechanism and NorthYard wheels to the correct size for the DB. Unfortunately I can't divulge what mixes of paint are used as this is a close kept secret by Mr Engel however I do believe it to be an accurate representation of the colour used by Westrail in the 90's. It also has subtle points of weathering but remains mostly clean as these locos were while advertising the Westrail business name. This model is unique as it has the modified windows that it received prior to repaint. Overall I think it's a stunning job and Mr Engel deserves a well earned round of applause and a good rest. Thank you.








Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Painting and Finishing Tips for modelers - useful You Tube Clip

For those of you wanting some hints and tips on how to paint and finish your models, the following link to a video on You Tube has quite good information from both an Average Modeler and a Professional.




So ignore the title name and overlook the fact that it is based on British Modeling as the concepts are the same no matter what prototype

Hopefully this might help those of you stuck on finishing that model you have been working on!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Inspired!

Hey hey, after the last meeting I got a little spur of inspiration and so pulled out the wagons that I was having some trouble with. I spent most of Tuesday and Thursday at the Australian Model Railway Association of Western Australia (AMRA WA) clubrooms in Moojebing St Bassendean, with several members of the S scale SIG, working on my models.

Tuesday morning was spent making up some brass W irons for my 2x Marbellup Models DC vans which were, up until now, only using the 3D printed ones. The rest of the day was spent working on these wagons as well as a RailWest GE that needed coupler heights adjusted and a RailWest GH that needed the W irons soldered which were previously only glued. I have found soldering these to be the best method as they create rigidity and smooth rolling of the axels.

My XA took up most of my time on Thursday trialling different things to get the bogies to stay on the track to no success. This isn't over, to be continued... I also found time to re-glue some parts on my RailWest ZJ and WestOz Models Z9. Thanks to the help and guidance of the other more experienced members, I have a short train that runs beautifully around Swan View behind my A class. A few more wagons to go I think to make a decent train though.

If you have the time and are a member of AMRA WA, I implore you to come down on either a Tuesday or Thursday from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Join us at the modeling desk and you never know, you might learn a thing or two whilst sharing in some great banter, I know I have!

My RailWest A class and train running through Swan View Station.
A close up of my RailWest A class and train running through Swan View Station. 
A1511 long end leading through the S curves after Morrison Road bridge.
A close up of my RailWest A class and train running through Swan View Station. 
My RailWest A class and train running through Swan View Station.
A1511 heading through the S curves after Morrison Road bridge.
My X class Models XA1405 which is requiring a lot of attention at the moment. 
My Marbellup Models DC van receiving new wheels and having couplers adjusted.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August Meeting 2018

Hey hey, last night's meeting followed a slightly different agenda than usual with the theme/topic being discussed first prior to the usual bring and shows. The topic being a discussion on the viability of the AMRA WA S scale SIG building and displaying an exhibition layout for next year's exhibition. From this discussion, a small committee was formed and more details of developments from this committee will follow shortly (WATCH THIS SPACE!).

Bring and show revealed some impressive work from several members of the group, even inspiring many others to get to work on other projects (including this writer!). Below are the usual photos and captions from the evening. This was followed up by some slides of the old Fremantle yards and wharfs which finished up the evening.

Ray Cooper's passenger carrying vehicles used on the Millars Railway.
Ray Cooper's early RailWest Kit of a G class based on the ones that worked out of Yarloop.
Ray Cooper's passenger carrying vehicles used on the Millars Railway.
Doug Firth's 3D printed Railmotor by Butlers Swamp Models.
Doug Firth's 3D printed Railmotor by Butlers Swamp Models.
Kieran Wright's model of a TA class shunting locomotive. 
Simon Mead's model of a T class for comparison. 
Kieran Wright's TA and shunters float.
Murray Hartzer's brass scratch-built DM class tank alongside his WestOz Models DM tank.
Stuart MacKay's X class Models XA coal hoppers which he has assembled for himself in various liveries and versions. 
One of Stuart MacKay's XA hoppers still in white and awaiting painting. 
John Morrison's Latest work in brass is his beginnings of an LA ballast hopper.  Also pictured are some recent purchases he has made including some motors from overseas as well as a ladder kit.
John Hatch continues to impress with his work in exploring casting in resin and epoxies. Pictured above are some rubber moulds he has been trialling for windows to go with his Australind Cars along with a purchase from the now defunct Toys 'R' Us.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

July Running Night 2018

Hey hey, apologies for not getting many photos of the running night last night. I spent too long trying to research a fault I had with one of my locos. That and we had a record crowd show up which kept me busy (chatting) which was a fantastic result. As always, great to see lots of trains using the layout and plenty of inspiration from all. Anyway back to it, hope to see you all there at the next running night or the next meeting in August.

Alison Kelly's X class Models MSA500 hauls a short train through Swan View. 
Alison Kelly's RailWest A1511 sits in the yard at Swan View.
Rex Vellender's ADE Governor Railcar and trailer makes a brief stop at Swan View station on its way out of Perth. 
Rex Vellender's ADE Governor Railcar and trailer makes a brief stop at Swan View station on its way out of Perth. 
Stuart MacKay's two X class Models MSA class garratts hauling a short train of open wagons.
From left to right: Ross Green's scratch-built DS class tank, Doug Firth's RailWest S class, Stuart MacKay's X class Models MSA garratt.

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.