Saturday, June 18, 2011

Home again, home again, jiggity jig!

Between changing nappies, broken sleep, and a hectic work schedule, I have snuck in some time on the J Class.

Using a chassis jig, loaned to me by fellow modeller, PH, I have set up the frames with the High Level Kits horn blocks. I have only tack soldered the frame together at this point. Just as well, as I have already noticed one minor inaccuracy. (While hidden from view, its existence will irritate me unless rectified!) To ensure correct axel spacing, the chassis jig was set using the side rods from the kit.

For those of you who are interested, the chassis jig is from Hobby Holidays in the UK ( If it’s okay by PH (a guy who has built hundreds steam loco kits, largely for paying customers), then it’s okay by me...


Friday, June 3, 2011

2011 Perth AMRA Exhibition Diorama

Below are some photos of the ‘diorama’ that I have entered in to the Perth AMRA Exhibition, which is taking place this weekend. This module is one of six that will become ‘Sutton Grange’ layout.

The two items of rolling stock feature P87 18.37mm gauge wheel sets (Northwest Short Line), and a VR prototype point (point throw by Steam Era Models). The wheel sets and constructed point work were generously supplied by fellow VR P87 modeller, Damian Chrystie. Cheers, bro.

This was all put together very quickly. However, l have learnt a great deal in the process, which will be used on the remaining 5 modules.

I will be around for much of the Exhibition weekend (held at Claremont Showgrounds). When not helping with the large Hawkesbury River Bridge layout (amazing), I’ll be undertaking some demonstrations. Feel free to drop by and chat.