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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

(No so) Old and New


Still going with the bloody woodgrain removal.

An unintended consequence of carving off the woodgrain on the first GSV has been the loss of the tensioning rod ends where they stick out of the van ends - I'll have to fabricate some new ones out of styrene rod.

I also have modified the roofs on the GSV's to be post '48 configuration per the AMRM article:

Little progress on the WFV,

I'm eagerly awaiting some 0.008" / 0.2mm Phosphor Bronze wire from MRRC (closest size to 5/8" grab irons), this wire will also replace the 0.4mm wire used on my rollingstock.

Now for the "Old and New".

'Old' being the existing ILM Bogie Rest van and BWF, 'New' being the superb 'G' bogie from SDS Models.

While the ILM 'G' bogie is still a beautiful bit of casting, the SDS version is beautifully detailed including brake rigging and the end frame that joins the bogie sides. I'm pragmatic in these things, the ILM G's have been kept in the 'one day' box.

I also bought a pair to go under the ILM SHG, clearances will dictate whether I use them or the ones originally supplied.

The BWF is just the floor and deck sitting loose on the bogies - 'proof of concept' as it were.  They need straightening as there is a slight bow in the castings.

That's all for now!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

It goes against the grain..


As noted on other blogs, the greatest disappointment with the Austrains GSV and CW is the weird woodgrain finish.

No stockwagon in service would have ever been allowed to run in that condition.

Whoever advised Austrains (and Eureka) on that woodgrain really needs to seriously re-evaluate their research.

SDS got it right with their BCW, so why the difference??

I've done an experiment with a CW and GSW to remove that @#$%^&ing woodgrain (if you are asking why then you really don't get it), I've used a #11 blade, a curved edge blade and a narrow chisel blade with encouraging results, this is being smoothed off with a fibreglass brush.

It's extremely tedious (12 x wagons to go) but at this stage so worth it.  I've tried this method rather than the miniblaster method to see if:

(a) it was practical
b) the fine bolt head detail could be preserved.

On both counts so far yes.

The pics below show the experiment so far, please note I haven't finished the scraping.

That's all for now!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Projects on the go


In this week's earlier post I mentioned that I was trying to finish existing kits before I started new ones (got a lot in that tub to build!).

Here are a few that are getting there, my intention is to have them paint ready, irrespective of what the current P87 wheel situation is.

I've cut the axlebox W-irons and grade control brackets off, fitted an ILM 'Heavy" spring set plus the ILM compo underframe kit, there was a lot of scraping to get it to fit, but so worth it.

Casula brass air hose plus coupler end pocket casting and coupler release brackets and grade  control brackets from the ILM RU detailing sheet.  

Brake rigging and shoes etc are still to be fitted.  The IDR combined brake cylinder casting is beautiful, I've since bought quite a few to eventually go under my K and RU's


This has had the P87 33" spoke wheels from The Model Design Studio fitted.  The Wheel centres are 25/88's, not 25/64's, so you can see the wheel centre hanging slightly out the back of the tyre, but that is the acceptable compromise.  

I'm not paying EUR 26.60 for a pair of wheels, no matter how good they are!

The handrails will be replaced with much finer wire, currently the supplied 0.4mm wire is fitted.

Austrains CV, PV and LV

The supplied Cammell buffers on the CV and PV have been lopped off as they are a scale 3" too long and replaced with the exquisite cast brass ones (complete with mounting plate) from AndIan Models.

The LV has been backdated with Turton Buffers - one of the joys of plug-in components.  I had a heap of plug-in Turtons from the Steel S Cammell conversions (never throw things out - you'll need them), so both 20' LV's have had them fitted, they will have the drawhook brakets and drawhooks fitted later.  Lampirons to be fitted to the sides as well as lashing rings.

The CV in the last photo is a legacy of the backdating the 18' LV  article in the latest AMRM.  The underside of the buffer beam squared off and Turtons fitted, holes are yet to be filled.  I may yet just make new buffer beams when I can work out the positioning of the hooks, it may just be easier that way.


Just a nice model, AM models number plate fitted to the chassis and Casula hoses. I may yet fit a shorter shank Sergent as it seems to stick out too far.

IDR 18' LV

Rob from Picton pointed out a while ago that the LV was missing lampirons on the side, so I added some from AR Kits.  The only thing still missing is lashing rings as well as backdating it to hook drawgear per the AMRM article.


Construction of this was held up waiting on the correct 3'6" 8- spoke wheels.  Unable to find any P87 versions, I've fitted P4 versions from Ultrascale (that was a 6 month wait - you can see I'm patient) .  Back to backs will need to be adjusted and if the correct P87's ever surface, they will be substituted.  As is, this will probably sit in a siding, rarely to move!


Absolutely bloody brilliant.  The LLV has had NWSL P87 discs fitted - to be converted to 4-hole versions later.  The TRC still has to have the wheels changed.  If you can't tell the difference between the wheels, then P87 is not for you.

Austrains "Ultimate S"

Beautiful detail, but as mentioned in the earlier post, build quality is crap.  1 x S has a warped body and at least another has gaps in the corner - looking at the Tumut and Burrowa Blogs, it's not an isolated example. 

The Sergent coupler just makes the model as far as I am concerned.

Having said in the earlier post that Murrum is on hold, track planning and acquiring kits & RTP is still happening, just the physical building side may not happen for a long time.

That's all for now.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Nothing much happening, still alive.


Moving house and job concerns have curtailed work on Murrum for the time being; currently it's the long process of finishing existing kits off before starting new ones....novel concept, that.

I've bought the OTM TRC and LLV's which are VERY nice, especially with Sergent couplers fitted.

Austrains S trucks have been purchased, beautifully detailed, but the build quality leaves a lot to be desired.

Should have been shipped as a decorated, CKD kit.

Here are some shots of a couple of projects:

IDR 18' LV - now to be backdated per AMRM article:

Superdetailed with Casula Brass hoses, AndIan Models Cammell buffers and AR Kits lamp irons.

TrainOrama Steel S:

Superdetailed with Casula Brass hoses and AndIan Models Cammell buffers.

The hunt for a suitable P87 8-spoke 36" wheel continues.  

I've fitted the 33" version from The Model Design Studio to a GT van and it looks a treat!  

Many thanks to Nigel at TMDS for having the Leap of Faith to produce these!!

That's all for now!