|Assembling L girders|
|The longest girder spliced together|
|Fitting leg assemblies to girders|
|Collection of assembled benchwork|
|Trial positioning of benchwork|
|The collection of stuff in the garage that needed to be sorted out|
|Strategic reogranisation of stuff|
|Proof that the 1200mm height would clear the spare washing machine!|
|Shifting the workbench & Brendan's layout to make way for the benchwork|
|All benchwork in position|
|Lukas & Jason at work making joists|
|The collection of joists|
4914 is a Trainorama 49 acquired from a First Monday Toy Auction. It wasn't advertised as being DCC Sound - sometimes you get a win! When I bid on it I was still a committed DC man.
|At Woongarrah on Upper Hunter. I had a lot of pick-up related problems when I first tried it out.|
|Applying Ray Pilgrim's fantastic solution which he pioneered on Traino 44 class|
|Job done - no more decoder restarts due to pick-up problems!|
This loco is a major kit-bash from a Lima 44. The original had some big issues with the chassis, so Roy donated a spare Lima 44 chassis for a rebuild. This also provided an opportunity to fix up the fuel tank which had never really been satisfactory.
|Plating over the unwanted moulded detail on the Lima chassis with styrene|
|Fireman's side painted|
|Driver's side painted and fuel gauge added|
|Showing the steps resulting from poor resolution with respect to radius of roof|
|Masking tape added as "canvas"|
|Plating over the hatches|
|Grab iron on roof|
|Curved end handrail and steps|
KP mail van:
This is an old Mains West kit (I believe) that had been mostly built before I acquired it from Roy. Adding some details such as hand rails, an improved roof finish, replaced the buffers, and new bogies.
Christmas 2017 - visit from my sister & family (Dad's funeral was just prior to Christmas) enabled me to start an education campaign for the next generation of modellers.
|With my first train, a Christmas gift from Uncle Jim & Aunty Jean many years ago!|
|Gift to self! A work trip to China on Boxing Day gave me an opportunity to indulge myself - Bachmann China Railways RM Pacific|
|Callum was hooked on the DCC Sound RM!|
|My nephews Peter & Callum visiting Upper Hunter - a bit over-awed by the action packed into the club layout!|
|Callum soon took control of the RM, though...|
I had seen a few examples of the excellent Southern Rail models product, and couldn't resist one. SMR 22 was the only one I saw in active service, way back in January 1987, so it had to be the one.
|Crossing Paterson Bridge on Upper Hunter|
|Shunting the Coal Stage|
|Another FMTA acquisition, 1052 at Picton Loco on Paul Morcom's excellent layout|
|DEM running day - 4914 & X.207 on Mungo Scott's|
|DEM running day - 4914 at Binalong|
|DEM running day - X.207 shunting at Binalong|
|PRR 2-10-4 on Upper Hunter|
|The Texas at Bradfield on Roy Howarth's Langston Place layout|
|QJ 2-10-2 & RM 4-6-2 in Brisbane staging on Upper Hunter|
|O. Winston Link visits Bradfield!|
In March, with my uncle Trevor, and Roy, I participated in a fund raising car rally for Beyond Blue. The event, known as Beyond Bitumen, traversed as many dirt roads & tracks as possible from Bathurst to Orange over four days. We raised $2,700 towards a total of $360k raised by the event.
|Gunzel412 - complete with dragon (but without a St. George or Dragon Net) fanging along between Dubbo and Parkes|
|At the Royal George Hotel, Urana. Regrettably, no longer a licensed venue|
|Set up on the clinic, with RUs in various states of progress, plus tools, materials & references|
Friday Train Model shop:
Purveyor of all that is good in Shanghai. I've managed three visits in four trips to China for work in 2018. Note he doesn't take Western VISA cards - go with plenty of RMB!
|From the entrance, looking to the left towards the bathroom|
|Looking right towards the far end|
|At the far RH end|