Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Reflecting Back on 2018 and What to expect in 2019

First of all I would like to wish my Blog followers and readers a Happy New Year for 2019.

Reflecting back on 2018, I did not really get a lot done on my personal Project Tumbarumba mainly due to being involved with construction of my model rail club layout of Wingello. The second part of the year for me was extremely busy work wise. However, I have received a lot of learning on the Wingello Exhibition layout project and have certainly picked up some new skills which I will put into practice with my future projects.

Outside of the club and personal project side of things, I was able to somehow make the time to attend some of the exhibition throughout 2018 where I met up with others that have the same interest in the hobby as I do, in which I hope to do the same again throughout 2019.

I have just finished my holiday break and after battling through the long list of choirs that my wife has passed onto me to complete, I have some how managed to get some time to focus on my plans for 2019 in regards to my model rail projects as well been able to get a lot practical tasks done during that time.

First point I will need to make clear before moving onto the other items I plan for in 2019, is that Tumbarumba will be my prime layout for my home location and to get it right, I feel I need to developed skills in getting a couple of smaller layout projects completed first before getting the baseboards and scenery done for Tumbarumba.

I am also reconsidering placing Tumbarumba within the garage area of my home as I see some great operational opportunity if it is gets done right. At this point of time it is not a definite plan, but researching if this is feasible or not.

Either way in 2019, I will continue to persist with the construction of the line side buildings for the Tumbarumba Layout so when the day arrives for baseboard construction, they will be all be ready to be placed on the layout.

New Layout Project
I'm currently working on a new HO Scale layout project, which will be a personal layout. Baseboards are currently work in progress and are almost completed.
More detail on this New layout Project will be revealed in the near future along with the reasons why I'm doing this as a project.

2 x Baseboard Modules currently work in progress

N Scale Trains and Layouts
I have mentioned in the past that I do a little bit of Australian N scale. Im looking at least getting a Micro/Macro sized Victorian N Scale Layout done sometime this year which should fit easy in a small room that can be easily stored away when not in use.

Back in late 2018, news has emerged that a ready to run NR Class diesel/electric in N scale will be released sometime in 2019 by one of the main Australian Model Rail Manufacturers. Could this now be possible that in the next few years an expansion in range of Ready to Run Australia N Scale product being made available?

I'm also working on preparing for a NSW themed N scale layout to be done mainly consistent from 3D Printed line side items. I suspect this NSW N Scale will most likely to be started in 2020, again looking at this layout fitting in a small room and can be dismantled for easy storage.

In 2018, Shapeways not only changes the naming of their materials, but also increased their pricing.
In the mix of this, the Australian Government have enforced a 10% GST Tax from goods shipped to Australia that are purchased from overseas Markets. And the Australian Dollar has gone weaker against foreign currencies such as the US dollar. Also shipping costs need to be added which can be in some cases more expensive than the model itself.

Most of these factors has pushed the pricing up of the 3D printed models from fair to exceeding reasonable pricing.

Furthermore, the volume of special discount promotions that Shapeways had in 2018 compared to  2017 were down. The Black Friday to Cyber Monday specials in November 2018 being the only sales.

At that start of 2018, I started a Shapeways Store where I have made my Cc1 and Cc1 with Lamp Room available. Since I started this store, I was getting several inquires for the Bombala variation of the Cc1 with Lamp Room. Unfortunately, with the my work load last year, it was not possible for me to produce the Bombala Cc1 with Lamp Room and upload it to my store before new pricing structure came into place, hence I was not able to get it in time to have the Grandfather pricing to what the Cc1's that I have currently in my Shapeways store. However, the Grandfather pricing on exisiting models on the Shapeways store is meant to finish in the very near future if it has not changed already. Bombala Cc1 will be placed in the Shapeways store in the very near future.

Link to my Shapeway Store is as follows:

Bombala variation of the Cc1 with Lamp Room

Basically, I do not produce these models for a living, but more so for Model Rail Projects that I'm currently involved with. However, I know the feeling when you are trying to achieve a prototypical model rail layout that most of the line side structures that are needed for your project can not be purchased. This leads to the needed structure to be either kit bashed, scratched built or 3D Printed. When a Lineside model is on the marked that matches the profile, it means that it can save time and effort which enables quicker delivery of a functional Layout.

In the past, when there is a fair demand on any of my 3D models I have produced or a variant, before I market them via the Shapeways Store, I normally will need to print them out to ensure that the print is good to market. Some cases, I have found design errors which means the 3D drawing needs to be corrected, then back to Shapeways to reprint the model and shipped out back to myself. Indeed, all this comes at a cost. The current costs will from now on prohibit me from doing this as I will not be able to break even with the costs and like most people, I do have a limit of funds and I can not do this to a financial cost to myself.

The recent N scale Prints that I have done for the Victorian Railways Extended Station Building, NSWGR Waiting Shed and Goods Shed have seem to have generated a lot of interest when I posted them on a couple of Australian N Scale Facebook pages. Again, the pricing would be too expensive for what they are worth via the Shapeways store especially with shipping added. Fortunately, They do meet the tolerances to be casted and reproduced as a resin casted model. If there is a serious demand then I can look a resin casting option which could be marketed within reasonable pricing.

Unfortunately in the case of the Cc1's models that I have produced can not be resin casted as they fall below the minimal tolerances to successfully cast them.

On a closing note, hopefully 2019 will for bring in at least a completed running Layout and getting more models completed then what I have planned. Next blog I will hope to finish off the Glenroy Pc1project with Part 3.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Glenroy Pc1 Station Building Kit Bash Part 2

Pc1 Roof Section
In this post I will be mainly focused on the construction of the roof section. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, there were low pitch and a high pitch roof variation of the Pc Buildings.

For Glenroy Pc1 it is a high pitch with the Fibro Tiled roof variation.

A 3d Printed Jig of the Pc High Pitched Roof

3D Printed Jig

Late last year, I did some 3d Drawings and thought to do a Jig for the Pc High Pitched Roof. The aim of this exercise was mainly reduce the amount of wasted material that would be discarded if the cutting up the profile of a particular item was not correct. 

I have also included in the jig for the awning support and the Corbels (which I produced in my last post).

I went overboard with including the frame work of the gable jig. The reason I decided to do the framework was allow for the option of the frame work to be exposed for a rundown version of a Pc Building.

Certainly it has done its job well in reducing the wasted material, making effective use of the limited time I have spare with railway modelling. This 3d printed Jig was done in strong and flex materials (I think Shapeways calls it something different now). This 3d printed material does not react to the MEK. This means the Styrene can be MEK whilst in the Jig.

I will not be putting this Jig on the market as it is not that user friendly plus the recent pricing for printouts from Shapeways are high to make it worthwhile. Glad that I got this one printed out before the pricing increases.

Construction of the Roof Section
As always, I shall let the pictures do the explaining.

To sum up the overall build, as simple as it looks, building this roof structure was a challenge. In fact if I did not do the internal Framework it would have been a bit more simple to build. But I have managed to get it completed to better than what I expected result.

The final part will be to get the minor details completed and get the painting and the weathering completed.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Glenroy Pc1 Station Building Kit Bash Part 1

Glenroy Railway Station
Glenroy Railway Station is the last station before Tumbarumba. I guess what makes Glenroy unique is that is located on a Middle of a paddock and seems to have no real industry or significant population around its vicinity, which one would question if that station ever held any relevance at all.

Overlooking the area where Glenroy Railway Station once stood

It seems that the lack of relevance reflected on its lack of maintenance it receive compared to Rosewood, which had a Pc1Building like Glenroy but was located near a township. Basically, the pictures that I have sourced of Glenroy seem to have indicated that it only had one paint job during its production life, all of the roof capping and the finnels seem to have been removed or blasted apart from firearm target practice (my guess anyway) and facias for the awning have mostly fallen off.

I was originally was not going to include Glenroy in the may layout but decided to include it later on the planing stages as it does contain a siding, goods platform and that it would be good to add it as it was only a short distance away from a timber tressel bridge that I intend to include onto the layout. Furthermore, modelling Glenroy in the neglected state would be a new challenge for me to attempt.

Not Glenroy, but this Pc1 Station Shelter based at Bukalong is of the same standard as the the Pc1 that once stood at Glenroy.

Why am I not using the Pc1 Rail Central Kit in it's as is form?
Basically, Pc1 stations did get rolled out in different configurations. Some had a loading platform and entry at the back of the Building, whilst other Pc1's did not have the back entry. Some Pc1's had fan lights at the door entry, some didn't.

The Pc1 Rail Central Kit in its current configuration is a 15 Inch Concrete Panel Pc Building that has a Loading platform and a back entry with fan lights. Glenroy was not in that configuration. It had 1 entry into the Station Shelter Building and contained no fan lights.

Rail Central Pc2 and Pc1 kits. Various parts from each of these kits will be used for this kit bash exercise.

Kit Bashing lower part of Glenroy Pc1
Before I start going into the detailing of this kit bash project, I decided to use the Rail Central Pc1 and Pc2 as I do intend to do a project later on where I can use the parts that I do not need for Glenroy, but will be definitely intending to use the remaining parts left over for a future Pc2 Kit Bash Project. And I will be acquiring the parts needed from the Pc2 Kit that will be best suited for Glenroy. It is worth mentioning that I have used some of my left over from the Pc2 kit that cut up for the extension for my Tumbarumba Station Building for this kit bash project.

From the Pc1 Kit, I have removed the loading platform as Glenroy Pc1 did not have a back entry. I have kept the loading platform for a later project.

Carefully carved out the area where the loading platform and filed it flush with the existing groove that the walls will be placed into.

 This panel was what was left over from my Tumbramba Pc2+ Kit bash project. I decided to use that panel for this kit bash, though the panel from the Pc2 Kit that I will be extracting the entry from could  certainly be made used of. Any panels short, you can simply use styrene sheet with the panels etched into it to make walls as an alternative if needed.

 This is a bit of a retro fit to see if what I have cut out is on target.

From the Pc2 Kit, the shelter shed section has been extracted from the front panel of the kit. As mentioned earlier, no fan lights in the shelter shed component of the Rail Central Pc2 kit. 

 Some panel resizing work was needed.

Above picture is more of a retro fit practice to ensure that I have all the panels at the correct length before going into the final stages in gluing it together. Couple of points that need to be made, I have made use of a strip of styrene which helped correct the length for that panel. If cutting up panels and want to replace the area which you cut with a saw, then use the same thickness of styrene strip as the width of the cut that has been made to restore the length. Note: That I was given this advise from a fellow railway modeller.

You will also notices the this model is on copy of the original plan which I have copied and printed in  to HO scale to use as guide. The plan was sourced from the NSW ARHS Resource Centre Archives referred as Signal Drawing Y8. There is one for a Pc2 referenced as Signal Drawing Y7.

 Line markings where each of the concrete panels meets have drawn to prepare for the internal detailing which is not included in with the Pc1 kit.

Styrene strips representing the concrete panels have been glued onto the internal walls of this kit. These strips were cut to the correct width by us of a duplicator. By doing the internal detailing via this method is not just to make the inside of the model to look nice, but more importantly, the weak point where the panels that were cut up earlier and then glued onto another panel are eliminated, making the model less likely to fall apart or implode when handling it.

I acquired recently this angle clamp manufactured by Proses Model Railway Accessories call "Hold & Glue " Right Angle Holders. I decided to do the gluing of the side walls for as figured out that it will help place the front and back walls in the correct position later on.

Once the strips been glued, ensure that with a use of scribe or edge of a hobby file, etch in the grooves styrene extension in the panel. This should be done before gluing in the neighbouring panels. Where the styrene strip has been added, it has been lightly sanded (using sanding sticks) to get it flush with the original panel.

The back wall is just about completed.

The front wall of this model, I did not use any styrene strips to connect the panels that I cut into size.

Happy with how it is going so far.

I decided to go for a bit of detailing on the inside as this Model of Glenroy Pc1 as you will be able to see a bit of the inside of this model when it makes it place on the layout. By pure incident, as mentioned earlier, it has helped firm up the structure of this model, before placing the styrene detailing on the wall, joins where the panels were glued did flex. Once the wall detailing was completed, the flexing was eliminated.

Front all internal detailing eliminated.

Here are the corner post that have the groove in the centre. I have made these from 1.5 mm x 0.5 mm Styrene Strip sandwich in-between 2 mm x 0.75 mm Styrene strip.

Corner posts now glued to the modelled.

Corbels for the awning support have been manufactured and fixed to the model. More on how I manufactured the corbels will be found in part 2 in Glenroy Pc1 Station Building Kit Bash series of my blogs.

Internal detailing the base of the structure has been completed.

Main body of this Pc1 Kit has been completed, with the step added to the entry of the shelter shed.

Very happy with the progress of this model. Part 2 will move onto the construction of the roof section of Glenroy Pc1.

On a closing note, if you are wondering how my kit bash of my Tumbarumba Pc2+ building is progressing, I decided to put that project on the sideline just for the short term as I have been encountering issues in keeping some of the stilts attached to the base of the building. I'm sure I will find a solution for that challenge, but in the meantime I will complete Glenroy then work on solving that stilt issue with Tumbarumba Pc2+ building.

The corner of Tumbarumba Pc2+ that I am encountering the stilts detaching themselves off this structure.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Painting Wingello Line Side Structures

Before I go into the Main Topic of of This Blog
It has again been a while since I have done a post as work for me has been extremely busy over the past few months. This has taken away a lot of my spare time that I would normally have. The small amount of time that I had available was spent in trying to get Wingello ready with the slight chance of making it to the Sydney Model Rail Exhibition at Liverpool which did not eventuate. But as fate has it, it was not a bad thing that Wingello did not make it to the Liverpool Show as it will give my Model Rail Club a lot of time to get Wingello right for the events that will come our way in 2019, in which all I can say is that it is going to be worth the wait.
I have also taken just a small break from the hobby (which one needs every now and then), but  resumed a couple of weeks ago when a chunk of spare model rail time came way. This included getting some overdue attention to my Tumbarumba Project, which will be part of an upcoming blog.

Eitherway, back to the topic of Painting of Wingello Line side Structures, which I did send out a teaser picture from my last post.

Painting of the Models
I'm now in the final stages in completing the Wingello structures with the painting of the models.
It is worth mentioning, that my experience in painting models may go perfectly well in some instances but not so perfect in others. Yes, it can be painful experience where the paint job may need to be stripped back, prime and painted again. Even the more experienced Railway Modellers I do believe have these painful experiences frequently. However, it does all end well at some point.

Choices of Colour for Wingello
The members of my model rail club discussed the topic of colour throughout the project and we concluded that we wanted to paint the buildings similar to one of the previous colour schemes. We decided to go for a Ivory like colour for the main body of the structures with a green roof and White window frames.

After we tested out some colours, we decided to utilise the following colours:

Radome Tan (Model Masters Enamel) For main body of the Structures.
Green Zinc Chromate (Model Masters Enamel) For the Roofs of the Structures
Flat White (Model Masters Enamel) For the window frames
Leather (Model Masters Enamel) For the skirting, doors and door frames.

Applying the Paint
Preparing the model for painting is for me is one of the least favourite tasks, but necessary. Basically it involves removing grit or dust from the model. Then paint the model in Primer. Then mask up the areas of the model exposing the areas that you desire to paint in the desired colour. Wait for the paint to dry before moving onto the next colour that needs to be painted. Then repeat the process again for the next colour to be applied.

For this case, I will be using an airbrush to paint these structures.

Here are the pictures of my painting efforts.

Basically, just a few areas that will need to receive a little touch up paint, but happy with the outcome. This was not done drama free, I did have to strip back a couple of my paint jobs and start from scratch, but persistence pays off in the end.