Monday, 31 December 2012


This year has been a stop start year on the layout, for a few months a lot of work got done to it. A bit more of the bench work got done.  Some minor track repairs werer completed.

The passengers now have a platform on the top deck, they just don't have a station yet.

On the rollingstock front, They now have a local passenger service (FO's) but the train from the big smoke isn't due until early 2013 (HUB's).

The local stock farmers received some wagons to send their stock on their penultimate journey (GSV, CW, BSV & BCW) and also their last journey (SRC).

We also had a myriad of other 4 wheelers (CV, PV, LV, ICV) and some bogie stock was added to the roster as well (WTY, VSX, OCY, 10,000 gallon oil tankers).

No doubt this time next year the loco roster and rollingstock at our disposal will have increased but I'll leave that for another day.

So everyone, Happy Calendar Changing Day.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


As promised some photos of the ICV's and SRC's

These wagons were weathered using the same system as the previous blog


Saturday, 6 October 2012


Recently I was asked what techniques I use to weather freight wagons. The simple answer given was various techniques depending on the wagon and/or the effect I'm looking for for the particular piece of rolling stock.

I have been weathering up some of the recently released 4 wheelers from Austrains and thought this would be a good opportunity to show it step by step.

The first 2 photos show a CV & a PV ex-works.


For the first colour you will need a very diluted mix of Tamiya Acrylic XF12 J.N. Grey. To dilute the paint I use Isocol rubbing alcohol. It comes in a green bottle and can be purchased from your local chemist or supermarket. Dilute the paint about 80% Isocol 20% paint. If you want the mix thicker just add more paint or if thinner more Isocol. Pretty simple really. Apply the mix using a flat type brush following the way the wooden planks run. Don't be too concerned with how it looks as there is still some way to go.


Once the first coat of paint has dried I applied a dark buff colour using a weathering dye. Tamiya Acrylic also has a similar colour that would be just as effective.


Using a rust colour (Hull red from Tamiya), highlight the different areas of your model using a thin brush. Picking out the springs and hinges really will set off the model.

The following photo shows the dark buff colour applied and the rust colour highlight. The rust wash can also be applied to the roof


Using the flat brush apply a black wash mixed using the above 80-20 rule. To make the mix I used a bottle of Tamiya XF1 Black with XF12 mixed in to make it a "Grimy Black" type colour. If the finished model hasn't darkened up enough for your liking simply wait for the model to dry and re-apply the black wash.

STEP 5. (The final one)

Lightly weather the underbody using your desired colours (at this point I use Floquil Grime and Grimy Black). Also give the body a light coat of these colours as well just to tidy everything up a touch.

The final photo shows the finished products.

Once completed I will post photos of the ICV & SRC.

Friday, 7 September 2012


After weeks of being offline due to no computer. As promised here are the photos of some of the finished CW's.  Over the next few week I'll post more photos of the CV, PV & GSV wagons.

Monday, 16 July 2012


As the title suggests I've found a new use for my computer keyboard.  As the photo shows I've been weathering up my Austrains CW's.  In the not too distant future I'll post photos of the finished items.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


A few days ago I headed out west to Bathurst as I had promised my 6yo son a while ago I'd take him to show him Mt Panorama. So we headed off.  

Along the way I got some great scenery ideas for the layout and a general idea of what colours all the scenery is out that way but this was not the primary reason we were going out there and all my son was interested in was seeing Mt Panorama and where the Big Bear car (Bundaberg Commodore) had done somersaults after shredding a tyre in 2010. 

However when we arrived in Bathurst I was quite surprised to see 5112 had been returned to the station some 12 months earlier.  I've attached 2 photos below of it all nicely restored. We did manage to do a couple of laps of the track(a bit slower than his hero Lowndsey does it though).

Saturday, 16 June 2012

When is an MCE not a Passenger car?????? When it's a Coil Steel Wagon

As the title suggests on the NSW Railways there were 2 different pieces of rollingstock that carried the code "MCE".  The well known one was of course the 72ft composite passenger car.  The other one was a converted MLE type wagon.  5 were converted from MLE's, (coded MCE) 2 from UME's (coded MCU)& 9 from EMX's (coded MCX)

On finding photos of these wagons I decided to do a model of an MCE.  I used an Austrains MLE and for the coil steel cradles and the coils the Auscision Models ones were used.

The wagons bolsters first needed to be removed and the wagon and cradles were weathered.  Once the wagon was weathered, the cradles were positioned on the wagon (using photos for positioning) and glued down.

The result being the following:

The below photos of the prototype used to base the model off came from Rob O'Regans website this website is fantastic particularly for VR wagons but he also has a range of other interstate wagons as well.

Now where's that NCX kit??????????                  

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Weathering PMX Out of Gauge Steel Wagon

I've been playing around weathering up my PMX's of late and finally got some time to myself to put the finishing touches to them.

The result is below.

Getting the model to this point took a little more time than I anticipated but I now have the frame and deck looking pretty close to what I wanted

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Some recent weathering projects

Both these models have been weathered using different techniques to gain desired effect.

The JX is an Austrains model.  The cement effect was obtained by dry brushing Tamiya enamel (J.N. Grey) thinned down using Tamiya thinners.  Then using a flat brush down the sides created the dried cement look.  After the dry brushing was done, a light spray of the same paint through the airbrush allowed the model to have that cement weathered look.

The MLE is also an Austrains model.  The wagon has been airbrushed at the start then had Rustall applied in different spots.  Finally the deck was weathered using the powder dust substance that comes in the Rustall package and finally the deck was flat coated.

The load is a Pipe load purchased from a local hobby shop. Sorry I can't recall the brand. However, it was a product from a U.S. based manufacturer.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The Shed

Last Christmas I was given an Auscision Goods Shed.  It's quite a nicely detailed model and comes built, painted ready to place on your layout oh and it's "lightly weathered".  For me it was too "lightly weathered".

So I set about rectifying this and weathering it up a little more to my liking for this type of structure.

I used 2 products.  The first is a product called Rustall.  This is great for getting that random look that rust can get.  The second was a product I've had mixed success with, Joes Custom Weathering dyes.  In this instance I used the Rustall for a few layers to get the rusty appearance on the shed roof.  I then made a very light wash of the weathering dyes using their rust colour.  This enhanced the Rustall underneath and has left me with the result below.  I also made a wash and lightly weathered the building and a heavier black wash to darken up the timber deck.

All in all I am quite happy with the results.  Now to scenic the part of the layout the shed will sit on to complete the scene.