Monday, 4 June 2018

Just a Random Post for May 2018 Activities

Wingello Exhibition Layout Project is still moving along nicely. I'm currently working on the construction of Wingello Waiting Room Building, where Im currently mid way in its construction.
But I thought to wait for the next post to which will have more of an update at the near completed stage of the Waiting Room Shed. So I thought I will do a post on other Model Rail activities that I have been involved with.



Over the last Month, I have been involved with running one of the Club Layouts at the St Lukes Church Model Rail Exhibition and have attended the Modelling The Railways of NSW Convention 35 which was held at Loftus TAFE.

Also, I have recently learnt Shapeways has over the last few days announced the name changes of their 3D printing material which has an impact on my Cc1 Models that I have currently placed on the Market.

St Lukes Church Hornsby Heights 31st Annual Model Rail Exhibition
On the weekend of the 4th and 5th of May 2018, St Lukes Church at Hornsby Heights hosted their 31st Annual Model Rail Exhibition where my Model Rail Club was invited to send one of our Exhibition Layouts to take part in this exhibition.

For this event, we decided to take Dunblurtin which is a N Scale fictitious layout based around the Southern Highlands of New South Wales which was constructed back in the 1990's. I assisted in the  operation of this layout on the Sunday of the Exhibition. Despite the age of this layout and with N Scale not having a big following here Australia as compared to HO Scale, we did received more than expected positive comments from the public. And yes, we expect more shows for Dunblurtin to be exhibited at later on this year. I will make note of the upcoming exhibitions where Dunblurtin  and our other layouts that will be on display in future posts.





To finish off the overview of the St Lukes Model Rail Exhibition, it may not compete in size compared to the other exhibitions around NSW, but the organisers has certainly managed to get a few nice layouts into this exhibition over the weekend.







Modelling The Railways of NSW Convention 35
Modelling The Railways of NSW Convention 35 was held at Loftus TAFE back on the 19th May 2018.

I have to give great credit for the both the Organisers and the Presenters for their efforts for making this years Convention a successful one. I would recommend anyone who is looking to do NSW Railway Modelling to attend these events when they are on. I certainly do gain some additional knowledge and inspiration when I do goto these events.

I attended these following sessions:
Modelling the Coonamble Line
Recording Loco Sounds
3D Printing
Corrimal Incline
The World of Arduino

I will be looking to acquire an Arduino Microprocessor in the near future and do some experimentation to determine what the potential uses are for my Tumbarumba Layout as well as Wingello.



 HO Layout of Goulburn

 SDS Models CCA Car Samples to be released in the near future

 Nice array of weathered NSWGR steam and Diesel locomotives



Corrimal Incline Layout

Shapeways Changing the Name of their Materials
I have recently learnt from Rays Bylong Blog that Shapeways have made the bold move in changing the names of some of their 3D Printed materials.

For my Cc1's, the naming has changed to the following:
Frosted Ultra Detail is now called Smooth Fine Detail Plastic.
Frosted Extreme Detail is now called Smoothest Fine Detail Plastic.

Here is the link to my Shapeways Store.
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/branching-out-rail-models

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Exhibition Layout Project - Wingello Signal Box


Another slightly overdue post. Hopefully this one has been worth the wait.


Building Wingello Signal Box
I did not make too much notes during the construction of the Signal Box, but I have taken some photographs with a little bit of insight added.

Before I could start to cut up any styrene to build Wingello Signal Box, window frames had to be sourced. I was unable to find anything suitable on the open market,  therefore I decided to draw them up and and get them 3d printed.

Once the 3D Prints were received, the actual construction could commence on the Signal Box.

 Evergreen Clapboard Siding Styrene was cut to size.

 Preparing this cutout for 3D Printed Window Frame to be fitted.

Window provision being carved out. 

I managed to get the 3d Printed Window frame to fit nicely into the cut. This took me a little bit of filing to get the 3d printed Window Frame into place.

 Front window provision has been cut out. Front Window Frame has also fitted nicely into the cut once a bit cleanup work was done with a file.

I decided to use a few layers of styrene sheet more for the purpose to make the model robust as it should be expected to be knocked a round during transportation to future exhibition venues. In the above picture, the middle layer of styrene sheeting is retro fitted. This also allow the marking out where the windows and door openings needed to be cut out. 

The assembly started with one corner portion of the signal box. As you will notice, there are 3 x layers of styrene, the outer layer being the clap board siding, the middle being plan styrene sheeting and the inside layer being V Groove siding to provide the realistic look inside. All 3 layers were stuck together using MEK, which gave the overall wall thickness of 3 mm making it solid. Also notice that the middle layer is extruding out at the base. This has two fold benefit for this build by providing a provision on the outside for the styrene strip that represents the timber beam skirting on the base of this model and a provision to allow the floor to be fitted. By making up 2 separate corners, I was able to ensure that the structure was square before the corners got MEK together.

Both corner pieces were then joined together. I have used 1 mm styrene strips on the corners which were flush with the 1 mm think styrene clapboard sheets.

Styrene corrugated sheet for the roof was cut to size. 

Evergreen V Groove styrene floor was fitted. A provision was cut out to allow for a Signal Lever Block to be installed. Basically, due to the large window in front of the Signal Box which will be in full view of the public when at exhibitions, it compelled the need to place in some content to reflect its purpose. This Signal Box will be fitted with a Ratio OO Scale Signal Box interior kit, which not be prototypical but will fulfil the purpose.
I have also place in each corner of the base angles made from 1 mm thick styrene sheet, which was put into place to help keep the floor in place as well as keeping the Signal Box Square. Ensuring that the Signal Box remained square was important for the next step in constructing the roof section.

My aim to make the roof removable, but make sure it has a tight fit also. Like with the awning with Tumbarumba, I had the challenge with the bent corrugated styrene sheet. My Plan A was to just utilise two lengths of Styrene sheeting to keep the roof flat, Plan B is to use a 1.5 mm x 1.5 mm strip of brass adhered to the centre of the roof to make it flat. Hence the reason for the gap in between the two sheets of plain styrene. As you will see that I used styrene strips to meet up with the internal walls of this model.

I then started adding the external detailing of the roof.


The above two pictures shows the first phase of the roof detailing being completed.

The final stages of the roof detailing commenced and Plan A where a build up styrene would straighten up the roof section did not fully achieve the result that I hoped for, I then moved onto Plan B and added a strip of brass which was effective in keeping the roof straight.

Under the Roof detailing task completed. Guttering was also added.

It can be easily believed that the modelling of the awning cover of the entry into the Signal Box would be an easy task, but in fact it ended up taking good part of the day to complete and to get it fitted on the Signal box square. But I manage to get it right in the end.
I have also attached on the Styrene Strip which represents the wooden Beam skirting at the base of the Signal Box. It is also worth noting that I used strip of 0.25 mm thick styrene strip to make for a neat transition between the Clapboard styrene and the styrene strip that was used for the skirting. Without the 0.25 mm strip being MEK in between, there would have been a few unsightly gaps seen in the base of this model.

Wingello Signal Box almost completed. Remaining minor detailing will happen once the painting has been completed. This will happen at a later date.

On a closing note, the next few weeks do look promising in starting and finishing the final Exhibition Layout task to which I have been assigned too which is the Waiting Room Building for Wingello.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Exhibition Layout Project

Busy Times
Unfortunately, since my last post, I have not been able to get any work done on my Tumbarumba Project. This is mainly due to the fact that March through to April have ended up being hectic times for me of late both on the Work and Personal front. But I have over the last week I did managed to get some other Rail Modelling activities carried out mainly focused on my Model Rail Clubs HO Scale Exhibition layout.

At this moment my main focus will be more on the Exhibition Layout construction as it has a completion deadline to it, whereas my Tumbarumba Project has no set completion deadline.

Eitherway, I hope that you enjoy the my write up on project that I'm currently working on with my other Model Rail club members for the Exhibition Layout of Wingello.

Wingello The HO Scale Exhibition Layout
Wingello Railway station as it looks today.

As my Model Rail Club is nearing completion of this Exhibition Layout, I can now make this project public.

Last year, my Model Rail Club decided to go ahead with a HO scale Exhibition Layout. The location that the Layout will be model on Wingello, which is a Railway station located on the Main Southern Line. From 3rd Quarter of 2017 we started the construction of this layout.

With this project, I have been task to construct the Lamp Shed, Signal box and the Waiting Room Building.

 Lamp Shed

 Signal Box

Waiting Room Building


Thankfully, a lot of the original infrastructure is still in place and we have been able to make measurements and take photographs to allow us to aim for a prototypical Exhibition Layout of Wingello.

Other Wingello Railway Infrastructure to be included will be the Signal Relay Hut, Goods Shed and the Main Station Building which are being constructed by another Club Member friend of mine who is a very confident Railway Modeller. I will cover his work that he is carrying out on this project in the near future. He has almost completed all the three buildings tasks that has been assigned to him.

Lamp Shed Construction
I did start on Lamp Shed Construction late last year as it was one of the simplest buildings to construct. I still need to do some minor detailing work to fully complete it.

Here is a pictorial Summary on the construction of the Lamp Shed.

 Utilised plain sheet of styrene to create a basic structure.

I then built up the structure and used square strips of styrene inside the structure on each corner. 

The corrugated styrene sheet cutouts were then cut into shape and with the use of MEK were attached to the structure that I made from the plain sheet of styrene. This method I found helps greatly in strengthening up the and model as well as keeping it square.

For the detailing, like the real Lamp Shed, I have placed on the outer corners with Styrene strip. 

Just some onsite validation work. One of the great advantages when the subject that you are modelling is still in existence.

I have used the Grandt Line 30" x 66" Planked Door (Reference Number 5293) which I have using as a door option on a lot of my models.

Roof Section detailing carried out by angled strip of styrene, styrene strips for the roof facias and Northeastern Scale Lumber Co. 5 / Bag HOCORRMRFB "HO" SCALE CORR METAL RF 1 1/2" X 8" for the corrugated roofing.

Signal Box
Im not too far off from completing the Signal Box. I started the construction of the Signal Box back in Mid January of this year. Eitherway, I will place in a teaser pictures on the Signal Box as it will be the main topic on my next blog post.



On a closing note, hopefully I will have the will have my part on the Wingello Exhibition Layout completed within the next few weeks. Hopefully it won't be long until I can refocus on my Tumbarumba Project.


Sunday, 18 March 2018

What??? No Tumbarumba Station Building Kit Bash Update

What Happened?
Well after some great progress shown in my last Blog, I thought that I was going to declare the roof section completed for this particular post.

However, long story cut short, I ventured into soldering of brass, which is new to me.

I thought that I had a bit of that beginners luck on my side where I was able to produce a model of a stove chimney which was in my view as perfect as I could get it.



However, when I tried to fit the Chimney to the roof, the chimney cap decided to detach itself. After several attempts to get right to what it was failed. Therefore I decided to resort for outside help to tutor me on how to solder brass correctly. Full story on the outcome of that hopefully in my next post.

Furthermore, that Game of Life has also got in the way where my work load has increased plus a few other home issues to deal with.

Since my last post, my spare model Rail Time has also been spent on my Model Rail Clubs HO Layout project and I spent a good part of a day at the Forestville Model Rail Exhibition. More on Forestville soon.

But to keep the posts rolling for this blog, I decided to do a random topic posts on Railway modelling which I hope would be of interest.

Weathering Experiment
With one project on the drawing board for 2018, I intend to do a very weathered Kit Bash model of Glenroy Railway Pc1 Station Building.

I have seen several YouTube videos on how weathering was done and I took a particular interest in a method called Rock Salt Weathering.

Basically, you acquire Rock Salt from the local supermarket (or Kitchen Pantry if you have already acquired some), break down the Rock Salt into smaller grains of salt. And place it to one side for later use.

You then apply a base coat colour (most examples used rusty brown red colours for rusting cars). Then wet the surface and apply the salt and soak it. Then wait for the salt to dry up.
Then the final topcoat is applied and once the top coat of paint is dry enough, a toothbrush is used to remove the salt from the model and once completed, you get that weathered rusty look.

I noticed that all examples I saw were done with acrylic paints and I could not find any examples of anyone trying this weathering method with enamel paint. So I thought that I shall experiment this method with enamel paint.

I know what some of you are thinking, enamel paint is oiled base, and oil and water do not mix.

I decided to do a test weathering task to resemble a timber clapboard siding with an aged paint job where the paint is chipping off.

I used a bit of Left over Styrene Clapboard siding and primed it with Tamiya Primer.

I used a grey for a base coat as aged timber has a grey look to it.

Grey enamel paint used for the base coat.

It takes a good couple of days for enamel paint to dry. Once it is dry enough, I applied the rock salt on to the areas of the clapboard in which I wanted to have the weathered look.

I then applied the water. This was a bit of a challenge on the basis that the oily painted surface was beading up the water, but the salt was gradually absorbing the water in which resulted in keeping the salt in place.

I wanted to test out Humbrol Light Bluff as potential paint colour option for Glenroy, so I decided to use this colour as the top coat.

Bottom half of the clapboard siding being weathered with the Rock Salt Weathering Method. Top half  portion not getting weathered.

As you see in the above picture the Rock Salt prevents top coat a reaching to the base coat.

After a day, with use of a toothbrush I removed the rock salt from the model. The outcome of this weathering experiment has proven to me that it can certainly be done with enamel paints.

The weathered look once the Rock has been removed.


2018 Forestville Model Rail Exhibition
My first ever visit to the Forestville Model Rail Exhibition was last year. I was rather impressed with the 2017 show that I made the effort to pay another visit for their 2018 show.

The Forestville Model Rail Exhibition was arranged by the North Shore Railway Modellers Association Inc.

I do like my NSW HO and N Scale prototype layouts, but do enjoy seeing the American and British Themed layouts that were also on show on the day.

It also great to see that Forestville has also had a few point to point type layouts included in their exhibition program.

Also of certain interest, was with a couple of the flyers I picked up along the way for the Casula Hobbies upcoming Z19 Class Steam Locomotive and the Austrians C30T Class steam locomotives, both of which will be in HO Scale.
Z19 Class did run on the Tumbarumba Branch line in its early days of operation and the 30T Class did end up becoming the prime steam Locomotive that was utilised on the Tumbarumba Branch Line. I did notice 3020 is one of the 30T's that is listed on the Austrains flyer which is one of the numbers I desire to have for my Tumbarumba Layout as it was part of a Tour Train that ran to Tumbarumba in the era that I'm modelling. But I did found one issue for me that it is listed to be supplied with a Bogie Tender, whereas the pictures that I have seen of 3020 in the mid 1960's had the 6 wheel tender. I guess it may have been a common practice that a swap between bogie and 6 Tenders may have occurred on a regular basis and perhaps 3020 did run with a bogie tender at one stage. This is by no means having a swipe at Austrians as I'm sure that they would have done their research and have for many years produced great reliable models. I guess I need to somehow work out the solution of some sort if I want to include 3020 equiped with 6 wheel tender into my Prototype Tumbarumba fleet of Locomotives. I'm sure that I will find work around for this. I guess the end solution could end up being a topic for one of my future blogs.

However, on the up side, other 30T classes that ventured down the Tumbarumba Branch Line on the Australians list were 3090, 3142 & 3144 (in the Green Livery). Either way, I have several months to consider on which ones I will select to be part of the Tumbarumba Fleet.

To finish this post off, here are some photos I took at the Forestville Model Rail Exhibition.


Above 2 Pictures are of an American Themed HO Layout called NT Junction. The Exhibition Guide states that this is 2,400 mm x 450 switching layout.

IDR Models stand demonstrating their X200 class and the upcoming 70 class diesel locomotives. Certainly the point to point concept is a great alternative if you have space limitations on where you would like to place your layout.


This Layout is called Bear Ears. The Exhibition Guide states that scenic section is only 600 mm x 300mm.

A scene of Binalong, one of Epping Model Rail Club Layouts. 

Birdport South Western Layout. 

Uley Junction O scale Layout.




The above 4 photos are of a Layout called Eyarth. This was one the longest point to point layout in the Forestville Exhibition. I have to say that my photos of this layout does not justify how well this layout was presented and operated. I do hope to see it in another exhibition in the near future.