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.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Silver Fern I

Finally got started on my Silver Fern model from Peter's Shapeways print of the RM class.

First step is the usual Acetone bath and scrub down with a toothbrush. 

A pile of bogies

Acetone bath

Cleaned up nicely
Second step was letting it dry off... and putting it back into the box, where it'll probably sit until I find time to do something about it.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

From the "what might have been" file

Stolen from NZ Rail Geography, posted by Andrew Hamblyn.
The above plan showed up recently on the NZ Rail Geography group - from the what might have been file. It's a plan for a wagon to carry iron sand for NZ Steel from their Waikato river iron sand mining site to their steel mill at Glenbrook.

Every foamer worth their salt knows the old Waiuku Branch in south Auckland, a typical rural service branchline, was closed in 1967 only to be reopened in 1968 with a spur to the then new steel mill at Glenbrook, and sees some heavy freight these days - coal and lime inwards and steel billets for export outwards. The remaining section between Glenbrook and Waiuku was closed, only to be reopened by Glenbrook Vintage Railway. What I never knew was that there was a proposal to use rail to move the raw unprocessed iron ore from the mining site to the mill. However locals objected and a slurry pipeline was built instead.

Still, this would make a pretty cool model. Looking at the plans above it appears the intention was to use a rotating unloading system like this one:
Pretty cool. The wagon design itself looks a lot like these old WAGR iron ore wagons used in Western Australia:

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Doesn't matter, I've got (a) PK III

Inspired by the ramblings of Motorised Dandruff, I've attempted to cast the PK wagon 3D print. As you can see I painted the master with the rubber before the big pour. Quite a few air bubbles so I'm not confident in the end result. We'll see.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Doesn't matter, I've got (a) PK II

The 3D print of my PK class wagon has finally arrived:

I'm going to make a mold so I can make casts of the print using Epoxy resin. To do this I need to get rid of the small enclosed space I'd created for the coupler. I'll fill these in with ye olde Tamiya Putty. Next is to attempt to make a cast.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cornering II

I've built the frames for the other three corner modules. They all slot together into a circuit:

There's still a bit of framing to go to get the track supports in place, but there's some progress.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Video O'the week

From Tim Dawber's excellent collection of 1990s vids on his YouTube channel.