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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Projects on the go

G'day.

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.
IDR KF


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


ILM GT



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.

IDR B


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.

ILM WFV

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!

OTM LLV and TRC


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.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Tom,

    Great detailing work there. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers,

    Ian

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  2. Thanks Ian.

    The work you and Andrew did on Bowen Creek is a continuing source of inspiration. I only ever saw BC once - Epping 2012 - it convinced me that P87 was the right way to go!

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  3. Looking good Tom. Nice work.

    Cheers,
    Rob

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