Friday, 14 April 2017

GH wagons

SpiritDesign is about to release the N scale Victorian Railways GH in a few versions. Both the twin lid and long single lid will be available comprising detailed etches, jigs to aid walkway angles and handrail holes. Detailed instructions with prototype photos, hints and tips, decals and with 3 of each type of GH included in a box. The kit can be built a number of ways either with minimal detail or full detail. Even lashing rings that were on the sides are in the etch as well.

NO drilling for the walkway is necessary as the holes are provided in the casting.

You will have 3 options for underframes.

1 use the correct 3D printed one with Fox Valley metal wheels
2 supplied with Aust-N-Rail GY underframes
3 use your own already purchased Aust-N-Rail underframes or what you are comfortable with

Long bin lid sitting on an Aust-N-Rail GY underframe and the new 3D printed with correct handbrake underframe by SpiritDesign
Kits will weigh the same as GY’s already out there for ease of use but you may add extra weight if you like.
Happy modeling

Sunday, 19 March 2017

New Victorian Railways 4 wheel kit. 

During 1895-97 Newport Workshops and a number of contractors built 167 wooden ventilated box vans featuring louvered bodies.  Originally intended for perishable traffic they carried the number range U113 – 280 excluding no 278.  During the 1930’s a conversion plan saw steel underframes and auto couplers fitted.  By the 1950’s the high cost of maintenance on the wooden structure would see their number fall as a number of underframes went into the new P van explosive wagons being constructed in 1958-59.  Around this time the remaining 42 Robinson Pattern ‘U’ vans were recoded HD for departmental use only and lasted well into the 1970’s with the last being condemned in 1980.

The kit features 3D printed FXD underframe, wheels, cast wagon body and decals to suit both U/HD. This is an easy kit to put together and would make a great edition to a train or just sitting in a siding.

Photo courtesy of Rob O'Regan 

Finished well weathered model.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Recently I released a number of kits.

The VP express baggage van that was constructed by the Victorian Railways in 1954-56. If you want 1 or 2 I will have to put you down for the next order as all have sold out already.

The BLF/BLX kit which includes bogies and decals has been released and has been cast from a 3D master supplied by Rob Popovski. Price $30.00 stocks are reasonable but are dwindling steadily.

The steel T van utilising an Aust-n-Rail underframe complete with decals, laser timber walkways and couplers is available for a limited time.

Finalising the following items:

A special jig is being tested from laser cut timber to aid the modeller when bending and setting the walkways for the GH's. Underframes both RTR and my own 3D printed ones will complete the kits.

A number of new underframes have been tried and tested and will be available for all my previous kits that relied upon Peco items.

Also a new range of metal replacement wheels for the older style Peco units will arrived shortly.
New jig to aid walkway construction being trialled now