Saturday, 3 July 2021

HO NSWGR Exhibition Muttama Layout Build June 2021 Update

The cold winter days throughout June has discouraged me on a few occasions from working on my work bench in the Garage, but for the nights that I had been able make myself work in the garage has allowed me in getting a lot of work done to the lead up in completing the Gatekeepers Cottage for my Muttama HO Scale exhibition layout.

The current look of Muttama's Gatekeepers Cottage in its state of near completion. Certainly I pride myself on how I achieved a convincing look at the front of the cottage, but sadden to a degree that this going to be the side that will be visible once fixed to the layout. 

June Progress On Muttama's Gate Keepers Cottage
At the start of June, it was just down to a few extra detailing bits that needed to be added such as the flushing around the chimneys and the skirting boards for the front portions half of the Cottage to fit the profile of the slope of the hill that it was constructed on.  



Skirting around the base of the Cottage fitted on to match the profile of the hill.


At this Stage 90% of this model has been primed. At this point of time I have left the awing cover for the front balcony and the roof section of the washroom was left unprimed so I could figure out the most appropriate way to attached them to the model after they get painted.


I have applied the SMS Paints Light Stone colour as the main colour like Muttama station Building.


SMS Paints White colour was applied on the eaves, window frames and the modified portion of the enclosed balcony area.

I have jumped a head of myself here. I had also painted the Window Frames and glazed the with Evergreen clear styrene adhered with Kristal Klear.

Window were adhered to the cottage with Kristal Klear and fixed into place with Pegs and Tape.

Louvered window for the modified part of this Gatekeepers Cottage was created with Evergreen Clear Styrene sheet and with use of a scalpel, I etched in the lines in the clear styrene sheet to make it look like Louvered windows. The front door is a Grant Line Door that I modified to create the two windows which I carefully glazed with clear styrene.  



Almost complete, with still a little bit of clean up and straightening up and other detailing work I'm almost done.

It is also worth noting, like the Muttama Station building, I used SMS white Weathering Powder and Tamiya Weathering Master black for the sooted up look on the chimney. I used Testers Dull coat applied via an airbrush to fix the SMS weathering powder in place and reapplied the weathering powder in the areas that needed to be reapplied whilst the Dull Coat was still drying. The concreted area of the large chimney is painted in Model Masters Acrylic colour Aged Concrete Flat.

The roof was painted in SMS Paint Natural Grey and I used a retractable pencil to draw in the lines of where the corrugations meet which was suggested to in one of the comments in a previous blog I posted up a while ago.

I guess one of the very few bits silver lining of Lockdown here in Greater Sydney will provide me with a little more Railway Modelling Time with the hope to present some more progress done on the Muttama Project and other things.

Until next time stay safe out there.


Friday, 11 June 2021

HO Exhibition Layout Muttama and Other Model Rail Activity May 2021

May has been a Month to get back on working on Muttama and cover some of the other minor remaining tasks for Narellan to get both layouts ready for the potential upcoming Model Rail Events in 2021 and 2022. Here is what I have been up to during the month of May.

Gatekeepers Cottage

Before the day of automatic Boom Gates where roads would cross over the Rail. A Gatekeeper was Employed to either shut the gate to prevent road and pedestrian traffic crossing the rail line whilst a Train was passing through and shut the gate across the rail line when no rail traffic was passing through. As the name applies the Gatekeepers Cottage was generally a designated residents for whom was employed as the Gatekeeper for that crossing. There are many Gatekeepers Cottages still around in existence today where most are used as private residents.

Modelling Muttama Gatekeepers Cottage

Fortunately, the plans for the Gatekeepers Cottage for Muttama where found in the NSW ARHS Resource Center in their Digital Archives and have found a couple of photographs which has helped remove a lot of guess work on how to model this building. In fact, I have found that most Gatekeepers cottages were of similar designed but with a few variations. Unfortunately, the Gatekeepers Cottage at Muttama no longer exists today. 


Base of Muttama Gatekeepers cottage drawn up ready to cutup.

Sidewalls drawn up on the 1.5 mm Evergreen Clapboard Styrene Sheet. I normally cut any side that is of the same measurement in a single cut to ensure both sides are are consistent length to one another.

Doing a retro fit before constructing the main body of the Cottage. It is worth pointing out that I have also added another layer of styrene sheet to strengthen up the building so to make it more robust especially during transportation of the Layout.

The Roof section is the main challenging part of this build. I have simulated the build using cardboard card to ensure that I have the dimensions correct before cutting up the styrene to construct the roof section.

Styrene roof work in progress.

Some internal Roof supports to help firm up the roof structure. The square pieces of styrene are used to hold the chimney in place.

Roof Capping, Guttering and eves are now completed. Only the flashing where the roof and chimney meets up needs to be applied. That will be done during the painting of this model.

The Modified balcony which I suspect was either converted into a Sun Room or a form of protection of the weather has been added. The Door and the glazing will be eventually added.


Above two photos on the Bathroom/Laundry extension.

Still a fair bit of work to go on this build, but hopefully will complete this for the next blog update.

Weekly Monday Modelling Nights For May
As mentioned in my last Blog that a small group of railway modellers meet up and basically work on building model Rail projects. For me, I am taking advantages on of these meet ups to work mainly on the rolling stock for my Narellan Exhibition Layout. I manly have worked on my CCA Kit and Kit bash a Casula Hobbies HG Kit reflect a heavily modified HG 5434 which ran into Narellan. I did manage to get some good pictures of HG 5434 from the NSW ARHS Resource Center before COVID situation but unfortunately will not be able to share them on this blog due to copyright reasons. Either way, building and kit bashing rolling stock kits is a new experience for me, will share later on my triumphs and tragedies in my future blogs.  

Current work in Progress in converting a Camco FO kit into a CCA Carriage.


Above two photos is the work in progress for the HG 5434.





Sunday, 16 May 2021

Model Rail Exhibition Overview And Other Stuff

Just as 2021 was looking like that Model Rail Exhibitions were not going to go ahead at all. All of a sudden, the Kaleen Exhibition at Canberra and Easter Model Train Expo at Diamond Creek confirmed that they were a go. I ended up getting involved in the above mention two events which were only a week apart from one another. First one at Kaleem where I supported my Club Layout of Wingello and the other at Diamond Creek where my recently completed N Scale Layout of Jindalee was exhibited. As I have already touch on these Exhibitions already in my last two blogs, I do want to show some of the preparation work before an Exhibition and the Exhibitions themselves to reflect on the good hard work that other Clubs and Railway Modellers have done.

I will also reflect on my bridge build for my Scale Layout of Jindalee and what my plans are moving forward, plus the other activities I have been doing in the Month of April.

32nd Canberra Model Rail Exhibitions at Kaleen

As mention previously, this was the first time I have been to this exhibition and I was rather impressed on this event. There was a great range of Layouts, Stores as well as a couple of Model Rail Clinics.

Austrains 44215 Weathered up for the Kallen show. Unfortunately, it did not get run on Wingello this time around. Maybe the next event whenever that will be.

Austrains 44232 Weathered up for Kaleen.

Not modelled to look like this ICV Van has been in an incident, but an after effect of one of the items that got salvage from a house fire. This ICV Van ended up getting weathered and placed behind the goods platform as it does look like it has been damaged from a derailment.

44232 passing through Wingello.

Rob P's Gunning N Scale Layout. A lot of locomotives and Rolling Stock where scratched or kit built.

Ballast Train Stopped at Binalong.

3830 Passing through Goulburn.

4001 Approaching Goulburn.

Upcoming IXON model J535 which was "Borrowed" did few laps around the Wingello Layout. From what I can see it was a smooth and powerful runner.

Easter Model Train Expo Diamond Creek Victoria

This was for me first time to have gone to a Model Rail Exhibition in Victoria as an exhibitor. Certainly half the fun was the Trip to Diamond Creek which involved chasing down 3801.


Jindalee, Gunning and Gunbower all setup on the Friday Afternoon ready for the Weekend ahead.


A Point to Point Layout that is still under construction is modelled on the Melbourne Fish Markets during the early 1900's. Most of the items (including Locomotives and Rolling Stock), have been scratched built. Looking forward for this layout to be completed. Also good to see an example of layout under construction at exhibition to give the public a bit of an appreciation on how layouts are built.


Robert P N Scale Layout of Gunbower.

Activity on Robert P N Scale Layout of Gunning.

Completed O Scale Building.

American HO Exhibition Layout with a lot of activity happening on it.

Here is an example of a Micro Layout in HO Scale. Great that Micro Layouts were given the opportunity to exhibit to show what can be done if you have very limited realestate.

3801 At Albury Railway Station as Part of it Easter Running Program in Souther NSW.

Modelling Jindalee Bridge
Im going to show more the pictures on how the bridge build for my Jindalee N Scale Layout progressed.




















Other Railway Modelling Activities in April 2021
Outside of the Exhibition activity, I managed to get back to the work bench and decal a couple of N scale Gopher Models 44 Class locomotives The Indian Red Livery 44 got numbered as 4405 and the Reversed Livery 44 got numbered 4457. Certainly great to finally to get around sorting these 44 class locomotives for one to have a number and secondly weathering them to look the part when they were in production.








Weekly Modelling Night
Late April, I have been invited to a good Model Railway Friend of mine workshop to do a weekly Railway Modelling night session where we bring in something to Model. My current Project is the Converting a Camco FO Carriage Kit into a CCA Carriage kit. Hopefully I can show you all the outcome of this project in my update for May. This will be a pice of rolling stock that I intend to run on my Narellan Layout. 

Camco FO Kit with CCA conversion kit.

Butchering up the FO Kit for its CCA Conversion.

Getting Back to Muttama
I have taken over a two month break on my Muttama Project. The N scale project of Jindalee and the Exhibitions have been a good distraction and have some what got me rejuvenated me to get back working on Muttama. Current task is building the Gatekeepers Cottage. I will cover more on the Gate Keepers Cottage in build in my next Blog.

Muttama Gate Keepers Cottage.

Well, what an awful lot of model rail events and activities that I have been involved with in this last month. Plan now is to focus on enhancements on Narrellan and getting Muttama completed.