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.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

DA for sale

Well-lit front
I'm selling my DA, 1400. It's not really in keeping with the 90s theme of my layout.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

GBD 10ft containers II

So, it turns out some of the detail on my container was too fine...

I've fixed it now.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

GBD 10ft containers

GBD, another image stolen from Darryl Bonds website.
Another project, this time a request - the GBD containers of the 1970s. From the GBD page on NZ Railways Rolling stock it seems there were a few variations, and they've all been rebuilt a few times over, with the doors being moved around a bit.

I asked for the plans and Ev on uploaded them. Awesome. From the looks of things the remaining examples are used for grain cartage, and have had their doors moved to the roof and sides.

First shot at it...
However for the period I model (and the requester) it seems the doors were located on the front.
GBD containers being loaded onto container wagons (possibly USQ's?) at Auckland in the 70s.
Take II:

Available now in 1:64 and 1:87 scale.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

HLC coal containers part I

HLC coal containers were introduced in the late 1980s. I purchased two kits from Darryl Palmer a while back, and I've finally got onto assembling them. I'm going to paint mine in the early 1990s Railfreight colours (i.e. grey with NZRL logos and "Railfreight Bulk Products" on the side). Only one was actually painted in this way, but as usual I'm taking liberties for the sake of my favourite branding...

HLC kit parts

Assembled kit. Next I'll add in a floor.
Assembly is pretty straightforward, as you'd expect there's a bit of cleaning up of the castings but otherwise it's a quick and easy build.


Free free to re-use... Railfreight doen't exist anymore!

HLC with Railfreight Bulk Products logo

Here's a pic of the HLC on a demo train. The curtain-side container is a GST, and a ZBP wagon is coupled to that.

Friday, November 8, 2013

ZBP "Pulpliner" VII

A quick weather spray and it's pretty much all done now. Pleased with the way its come out.