Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BE Cattle Wagon

A post on the WA Facebook group regarding chopper couplers reminded me about this model.
Quite a while ago when I was 15-16 years old I scratch built this BE cattle wagon, complete with NCDA choppers. 
It was all styrene board by board construction, except the floor which was hand scribed both sides for the planks. 
It was intended to be entered into the AMRA modelling competition at the time; the full underbody detail precluded adding weight, as such it did not run very well and it is also looking a bit worse for wear now.




The shiny patches are super glue from repairs and the some of the brake gear and wheels have corroded.
GS

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Meeting 2017

The last S scale meeting for 2017 was a real show with close to (if not over) 40 members in attendance. Some great examples of modelling was on display and a bit of christmas cheer was generously provided by Trevor Burke, thank you. We also got a visit from Santa which was very unexpected. Apologies for the lack of photos tonight, for me it has been a long day but if I don't do this now, I won't remember in the morning so I apologise in advance if I miss captioned or didn't credit someone where credit is due. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, etc. and a Great New Year. Safe travels for those travelling over the break and I look forward to what new and exciting modeling has been done during the holidays at the January 2018 meeting. For now I'll leave you with some photos from tonight's meeting to provide you with inspiration. Take care.

Trevor Burke's beautiful trial of the stone water tank towers typical of the Murchison region which he intends to model in future.
A great model of a stone hut.
An X Class Models/Double G Models V class.
An X Class Models/Double G Models V class with several scratch-built wagons including a V van, GH and a Z van from card.
The first test run of Marbelup Model's 3D printed XB Ore hopper.
Two GA Models tank wagons beautifully finished by Greg Aitken.
Charles De Bruin's latest completed kit of a RailWest S class the large tender.
Another of Charles De Bruin's completed locos is this RailWest Z class shunter.
Charles De Bruin's S class.
Charles De Bruin's PMR class.
Doug Firth's House based on one in Jarrahdale. 
Some early RailWest G wagons showing the difference in materials used in comparison to kits currently being released. 
Some early RailWest G wagons showing the difference in materials used in comparison to kits currently being released.
A close up of the level of detail on some of Doug Firth's models.
A commonwealth bogie displayed by Graham Watson.
More various bogies displayed by Graham Watson.
Murray Hartzer's extensive rake of DC Vans.
More prototyping of Westrail Model's 3D printed F class.
The houses of the early workers in the Yarloop township. 
More line-side models by Westrail Models.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

WA Prototype Modelers Facebook Page

For those who hear about “the Facebook page” at the regular meetings, I thought I’d provide a link to help you locate it. There’s some great modeling being done but you must be on Facebook (have a Facebook account) to access it.

Australind Goes Platinum

As part of the celebrations for 70 years of operation for the Australind train, Boyanup Transport Museum held a special open day as well as the release of a small book outlining the history of the culturally significant train. Thanks to Charles De Bruin and Bill Gray, the day was made even better with part of the Serpentine layout on display and a complete Australind set for the public to view. I thought I'd take the opportunity to take more photos than I usually would but I can't now remember which are mine and which aren't (sorry Charlie). Special thanks to Neil Blinco for lending his beautifully made X class models U class, Bill Gray for displaying his wonderfull Australind AYC cars and Graham Watson for lending his RailWest Models Wildflower set for the day. Please excuse the poor lighting, there was not much control being close to the door. But a great day was had by all and not a single derailment (thanks to the display being static only). ;-)

The slightly more modern Australind consist with green and cream ZJ.
Bill Gray's beautiful AYC Australind cars.
Bill Gray's beautiful AYC Australind cars.
Neil Blico's U class at the head of the Australind set.
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end.
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end.
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR and S class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine.
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR and S class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine whilst the Australind sits in the station awaiting the Shopper to arrive in the siding.
Neil Blinco's well assembled X class Models U class at the headend of the early version of the Australind.
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR and S class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine.
Neil Blico's U class at the head of the Australind set.
Neil Blico's U class at the head of the Australind set.
Graham Watson's ADF Wildflower set arriving into Serpentine.
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine. 
Graham Watson's ADF Wildflower set arriving into Serpentine. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The slightly more modern Australind consist with green and cream ZJ. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end and a green and cream ZJ to bring up the rear.
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end.  
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
The Slightly more modern Australind with Alison Kelly's Westrail A1511 on the noisy end. 
Looking down the yard with the yard in focus. 
Looking down the yard with the signal in focus.
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR and S class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine. 
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR and S class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine. 
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine. 
Looking across the street into Serpentine yard.
Graham Watons's Wildflower set awaits it's turn into the Serpentine yard.
Graham Watson's ADF Wildflower set arriving into Serpentine. 
Bill Gray's beautiful AYC Australind cars. 
Neil Blico's U class at the head of the Australind set.
The level crossing at the entrance to the yard on Serpentine.
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine. 
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine. 
An overall view of Serpentine Yard.
An overall view of Serpentine Yard. 
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine. 
Charles De Bruin's nicely weathered RailWest PMR class on the head of a goods train ready to depart Serpentine. 
Neil Blico's U class at the head of the Australind set.
Bill Gray's beautiful AYC Australind cars.
Bill Gray's beautiful AYC Australind cars.
The level crossing at the entrance to the yard on Serpentine.
Graham Watson's ADF Wildflower set arriving into Serpentine. 
Graham Watson's ADF Wildflower set arriving into Serpentine.  
Graham Watson's ADF Wildflower set arriving into Serpentine..