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, January 26, 2014

IA class container wagon I

One for folding
I've acquired two of Mark's Model Works IA class container wagon etches in NZ120.\

IA class wagons have type 18B bogies, which as far as I know aren't available other than potentially off Shapeways:
However following a thread on, it seems that they won't be able to be ordered for some time yet. Nevermind - I'll just have to get cracking on putting the kits together!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HWT wood chip container III

Test prints (in NZ120) have now arrived:


And they look good. They'll need to be cleaned off before painting but I'm pleased with how they've come out. I've now allowed them to be purchased on my Shapeways store.

Now to fix the NZ120 version of the LWD tank.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Thoughts on defecting scales

So, my living and working arrangements are likely to be changing this year, which is highly frustrating as we only moved into our house two years ago and I finally got a garage to build a layout. That means the work I've done so far will have to be disassembled and possibly reassembled when we find a new house.

At the same time I've started to see the appeal of NZ120. For example, train lengths. Despite making the passing loops as long as I could realistically, the trains I can run are limited in length to the point that they don't look realistic. Then there's the cost - NZ120 is far more cost effective than larger scales. There is also, for me, the ability to do more with 3D printing. Putting together the HWT woodchip container model the other day I realised that 3D printing words much better in a smaller scale.

In addition, the Free-mo standards looks pretty good. I could build module(s) able to be transported.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014