Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May Meeting 2018

Hey hey, bit late with the blog today but another great meeting was had by all last night at the monthly meet of the S scale SIG at the AMRA WA Clubrooms (24 Moojebing St Bassendean). The meeting also known as the pre-annual exhibition meeting was used to discuss current news regarding the club's future and updates on the organisation of the Annual June long-weekend Exhibition. John Maker as usual called for more helpers to run the exhibition in roles such as door monitors and manning certain stands. A call was made for people to be ambassadors for the SIG to encourage potential new members of the SIG and wider club. We also welcomed back visitors such as Don Moir who brought with him some beautiful S class models he made on his last jaunt overseas as you will see below. The meeting concluded with a very informative and interesting slide show on a line worth modelling: the Rocky Bay Line. If you'd like to know more, Graham Watson is very informed and more than happy to assist.

Don Moir's beautiful model of S class number 548 Gardner completed in brass with wheels from North Yard.
Don Moir's beautiful model of S class number 546 Egerton completed in brass with wheels from North Yard and full length cowling making it unique with full length cowling.

A close up of the crossheads of Don Moir's S 548. Note the 'Y' spoked wheels from North Yard which were made for Adrian Gunzberg's ASG kit. Also of note is the different crosshead work as per the prototype.

Don Moir's beautiful model of S class number 548 Gardner completed in brass with wheels from North Yard.
Don Moir's beautiful model of S class number 546 Egerton completed in brass with wheels from North Yard and full length cowling making it unique with full length cowling.
An overall photo of both Don Moir's S class locos.
Don Moir's beautiful model of S class number 546 Egerton completed in brass with wheels from North Yard and full length cowling making it unique with full length cowling. 
Don Moir's beautiful model of S class number 546 Egerton completed in brass with wheels from North Yard and full length cowling making it unique with full length cowling.
Stuart Mckay's 4 wheel open wagons which he has experimented with in making wheat loads showing much success using sand.
Two of Stuart Mckay's 4 wheel open wagons which he has experimented with in making wheat loads showing much success using sand.
Stuart Mckay's Midland Railways 4 wheel open wagon which he has experimented with in making wheat loads showing much success using sand. 
A detail shot of a RailWest PM kit being assembled by Doug Firth. 
An overall shot of the RailWest PM Kit being assembled by Doug Firth and his repainted Z van.
A detail shot of the boiler of the RailWest PM kit being assembled by Doug Firth. 
A detail shot of the boiler of the RailWest PM kit being assembled by Doug Firth. 
A detail shot of the tender of the RailWest PM kit being assembled by Doug Firth.  
Earlier in this blog, Doug Firth brought in a brown WAGR Z van completed from a RailWest Kit. Here it is again but this time it has been repainted in typical WAGR Green.
Kelvin is in the process of completing 3x RailWest G class locos for his Karragullen layout which he hopes to display at this years exhibition.
Kelvin is in the process of completing 3x RailWest G class locos for his Karragullen layout which he hopes to display at this years exhibition.
Kelvin is in the process of completing 3x RailWest G class locos for his Karragullen layout which he hopes to display at this years exhibition. 
Kelvin's Son is still experimenting with his Aldi 3D printer making various WAGR 4 Wheel wagons. Above is a comparison between the RailWest version and the 3D printed versions. 
Kelvin's Son is still experimenting with his Aldi 3D printer making various WAGR 4 Wheel wagons. Above is a comparison between the RailWest version and the 3D printed versions. 
Here is a photo of how the 3D printed HDA wagon comes out from the printer.

Friday, April 27, 2018

April Running Night 2018

Hey hey, what a fantastic turnout for tonight's running night, the most we have seen in quite a while. Plenty of trains running and plenty to chat about. For those that missed it, here are some shots I got from the night. Would be great to see more turn up and more variety of trains so if your Friday nights are free on the fourth one of the month, come down and run a train!

Neil Blinco's X1023 rests with an outer suburban train at Swan View.
Neil Blinco's X1023 rests with an outer suburban train at Swan View.
Neil Blinco's X1023 rests with an outer suburban train at Swan View.
Neil Blinco's X1023.
Alison Kelly's A1511 passes through Swan View with a short goods.
Alison Kelly's A1511 passes through Swan View with a short goods.
Alison Kelly's A1511 passes through Swan View with a short goods.
A bit of fun; Alison Kelly's W945 leading an early suburban set through Swan View.
A bit of fun; Alison Kelly's W945 leading an early suburban set through Swan View.
A prototype of the upcoming Westrail Models F class in Westrail orange.
 prototype of the upcoming Westrail Models F class in Westrail orange. 
Neil Blinco's beautifully crafted RailWest S class. 
Stuart McKay's scratch built C class.
Stuart McKay's scratch built C class.
A combined modeller's V class kit completed by Ross.
Gerard Fergusson's U class built by Doug Firth from an X class models kit.
This AZ was owned by Gerard Fergusson and built by Doug Firth from a WestOz Models kit.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April Meeting 2018

Hey hey, it's the 2nd Monday of the month and that means the Monthly S scale SIG meeting. Tonights theme was skills you have learned to achieve required results. The meeting started with the usual bring and show of course with thanks to contributors such as Cassidy Newland and Neil Blinco to name a few. Following this Bill Gray spoke about the tried and true methods he has used and learned to achieve different window effects on models. Next was Stewart McKay's demonstration of using photos for not only inspiration, but as a great reference tool for locating and recreating buildings as well as what he has learned in casting kits. Following that was Neil Blinco's demonstration of how to achieve the desired curve for roofs using styrene, jigs and a little hot water. Doug Firth followed that demonstration up with examples of his work as an expert using card and your average household items. All in all, a great meeting and a lot was learned and ideas developed for applications in other areas of modeling. It was a little difficult to capture everything that went on tonight because it was choc full of information but I do have a selection of photos below for you to enjoy.

Westrail Models Printed WMD wagon under license from Marbellup Models.
On the left is a Westrail Models decoder housing for the upcoming release of the F class. On the right is a modern steel telegraph mast also by Westrail Models.
A sample of Westrail Models upcoming release of the WQCX in HO using 3D printing. This model will be the basis for the S scale version.
3D printed under frames for your standard 4 wheel open wagon.
A collection of 3D printed wagons and loco, some of which have previously not been built before.
A beautifully scratch built WAGR R class steam locomotive rear view. 
A beautifully scratch built WAGR R class steam locomotive front view. 
A beautifully scratch built WAGR R class steam locomotive with one of Neil Blinco's suburban coaches.
Doug Firth's early era wooden water tank wagon complete with paint. 
Bill Gray's coach sides for a future project as part of his talk on windows.
Another of Bill Gray's coach sides for a future project as part of his talk on windows. 
One of the buildings from Stuart McKay's layout based on the yard at Watheroo on the Midland Railway.
One of the buildings from Stuart McKay's layout based on the yard at Watheroo on the Midland Railway.
One of the buildings from Stuart McKay's layout based on the yard at Denmark. 
Another building from Stuart McKay's layout based on the yard at Denmark. 
Neil Blinco's metal tubes used as templates to create the curves for the roofs of his passenger cars. 
Some great examples where Neil Blinco has used his roof technique to gain the effect he was after.
Some great examples where Neil Blinco has used his roof technique to gain the effect he was after. 
The inside of the buildings Doug Firth showed displaying the different uses of discarded cardboard found around the house.
The exterior view showing how good you can make a model look without having to use expensive materials.
The exterior view showing how good you can make a model look without having to use expensive materials.