Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Exhibition Layout Project- Wingello Waiting Room with Out of Room Part 1

I has been a while since my last post, but certainly I have been spending the spare time that I have on pushing the completion of my assigned tasks for my Model Rail Club Layout of Wingello, therefore some good steady progress has been achieved so far where we will be nearing the completion of Wingello in the very near future.

Wingello Waiting Room with Out of Room
With one of my previous visits to the NSW ARHS Resource Center, I have found plans reflecting the same but slightly larger variation of the Waiting Room building that on the Down platform at Wingello. The plans states the this type of building as a Waiting Room with Out of Room. The plans reflected Tahmoor, West Bargo, Yerrinbool and Aylmerton Waiting Room structures which seem to have been a longer variation compared to Wingello's Waiting Room facility that is based on the down platform.

Wingello Waiting Room with Out of Room as it stands today.

Tahmoor Waiting Room with Out of Rooms example.


Above two pictures shows inside Wingello's Waiting Room.

Building a HO Version of Wingello Waiting Room with Out of Room
Like the other blogs that I have done for this HO Project, I will post some of the Progress Pictures with a little bit of insight provided. This has been a bit more of a complex Scratch Build Project compared to the Signal Box and the Lamp Shed, but not by a massive margin.

I drew out the dimensions on 0.5 mm clear sheet of styrene. The 0.5 mm clear sheet seen here will be used as a the middle layer of this building. There will be at least 3 layers of styrene sheet to construct the main body, which is for both detailing as well as strengthening up this model.

I also did the same for the clapboard siding styrene. 

 Cutting up completed for now.

Back window has drawn up ready for the the window provision to be cut up. 

Window provision has been cut out and I have placed in one of my 3D printed windows. I took my time in both cutting and filing the opening to ensure it fitted in square as this will be in full view of the public when the Wingello Layout gets exhibited.



The above 3 pictures are self explanatory. Cutting out of the door and waiting room entries on both the clapboard styrene and the middle layer clear styrene.

Here is a bit of a retro fit to ensure that all is going to plan. So far so good. 




I have made use of V-Groove Styrene to reflect the timber walls. I also decided to the internal Framework detailing as well. Here I taken the approach of doing 2 layers of styrene strips so to model the cross bracing details. Yes, indeed a bit of an over kill but I thought why not.


Another session of retro fitting to check on how everything with this model is coming together. So far, satisfied with the results. 

At this point, I decided to do one corner piece of the Waiting Room building. 


On the above two pictures, I have attached the base where I have also attached on the top of the floor V-Groove Styrene siding to represent the timber floor boards. I also scratched built the seating for the waiting room. I will attached the seating later on as it will be painted in a different colour to what the rest of the building is going to be painted in.

The remaining portion of the building being prepared for the final fit out. 

Base of the middle layer was being a slight pain at the base of the waiting room entry. The model of the Waiting Room was square and this portion of styrene would play no critical function, therefore I decided to remove it.

No more of that annoying bit of styrene in the way. I thought it would be a good measure to remove the Out of Room door section middle layer of styrene as well at the base. 

Styrene strips to represent the wooden beam skirting of this building was added. Like what I did with my signal box for this Wingello Layout Project, I have used 0.25 mm thick styrene strip between the clap board siding and the thicker styrene strips. Basically, when the MEK is applied, I find that the 0.25 mm strip reacts well the the MEK and forms a nice neat looking bond between the Styrene clapboard and the styrene skirting.


Door steps and door has also been added and the door frames and Waiting room frames have also been added. Another retro fit out just needed to done to make sure things are progressing well for this build.

Next upcoming post (Part 2) will hopefully see the Waiting Room Shed with Out of Room get completed to the point that it can be painted along with the other buildings for this layout project. At this point of time, I have almost completed the roof section of the Waiting Room Building. The Roof section is something worthy of it own post as it has proven to be a bit more of a complex task that I first anticipated it to be.


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.