Welcome to New Zealand Rail 120, Lewis Holden's blog on modelling railways in New Zealand. I'm now modelling in 1:87 (HOn3.5). For NZR plans see the Plans page, or the NZ120 Facebook group.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Depot rebuild II

Damn non-matching ballast
My other project today was ballasting the track into the depot. All done, but now it doesn't match the older, greyer ballast. Damn.

Fertiliser unloading II

Started work on the fertiliser unloading pit today. Using the rough dimensions I've been able to garner from Google Maps, I measured the pit width and removed the sleepers from under the rail, and cut out a  section of the underlay I use (foam bedding). Unfortunately some is still stuck to the baseboard.

Next, I bought some wire mesh from Gordon Harris. It's not cheap, but looks the part. It's very fine so needs to be cut with scissors. Excess wire tends to simply fall off, or needs to be carefully pealed off.

Once it was measured and cut, it was time to bend the edges. I used the edge of my metal ruler to bend the edges. The centre part was the hardest as both sides needed to be folded.

Next it's off to the paint shop. The mesh is a little finer than I thought, but should thicken up a with a coat of paint.