Sunday, June 19, 2011

Biante 1:64 Models - EH and HX Holdens

Soon to be released from Biante are the Holden EH sedan and station wagon along with the Holden HX Sandman panel vans. All of course in 1/64 scale.

EH Sedan Link Below;

HZ Sandman link below;

The test shots can be veiwed at the below link;

According to Stanbridges web site, the EH is due at the end of June, whilst the HX Sandman is due in September.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Custom Decals

Did you see this supplier of custom decals mentioned in the AMRA Journal May/June 2011 (page 62)?

web site:
Mobile: 0430 771 965

Friday, June 10, 2011


I have been working away at producing a few kits to compliment the excellent group of kit builders we have in our small area of modelling the WAGR. I have started with a small kit to begin with and considering our "modern" night is coming up I chose to do the 4 wheel Westrail NA Sleeper Wagon. Its a very simple body only kit. Twenty of these wagons were produced from 1980 and carted sleepers to various destinations across the network. This kit will require medium skills to put together and doesnt take long to assemble. A few kits will be available at the next meeting night. No excuse not to have a yellow wagon or two in your collections. Many thanks to Railwest Models for assistance with producing my first kit.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

SERPENTINE (1992 Exhibition)

In keeping with the Serpentine theme, we fast forward 30 years to the late 80's, Clyde built DB1587 crosses the Serpentine River with a fast goods heading towards Bunbury. The first QUA wagon will go further south to Manjimup so the containers can be loaded with freshly dug potatoes whilst the second QUG will be off loaded at Picton for loading with Superphosphate.

The DB class entered traffic in 1982/83 and were a further improved version of the D/DA locomotives. Unfortunately potatoes and superphosphate traffic has been lost to road transport.

The DB and rollingstock shown behind the locomotive were scratch built by Gavin Stallard in the 1990-92 period.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


The SN3-1/2 Layout shown at the AMRA Model Railway Exhibition over the June long weekend was Serpentine, the following locomotives and trains were amongst those that run on the Saturday.

Built in the late 1890's, the O class were a heavy freight locomotive capable of operating over light 45lb rails. Seen at Serpentine is an example of this class of engine passing through on a long distance passenger train towards the end of its life as most had disappeared by the mid 50's when they were replaced with the W class.

Wildflower class power car, ADF 495 - Banksia and two ADU passenger coaches stop at Serpentine to pickup passengers en route from Bunbury to Perth in the late 50's early 60's. This type of railcar would later be used to form the Bunbury Belle and Shopper named trains introduced in 1964.

PM 702 waits in the loop for the Australind to pass prior to making her way to Bunbury with a general goods. Local cattle are seen being herded into the stockyards in readiness to being loaded onto cattle wagons later in the day.

Beyer Peacock built W954 crosses the Serpentine River on its way to the City with a general goods. Sixty W class locomotives were introduced in the early 1950's as part of the post war rehabilitation programme to replace obsolete, worn out locomotives like the O class previously mentioned.

Following the placement of the TA cattle wagon at the stockyard, Pr525 reattaches to its train and waits for the green signal prior to departing to Pinjarra. Introduced in the 1930/40's, the Pr's were the crack passenger locomotives of the WAGR prior to the introduction of the X class diesel locomotives in the mid 50's.