44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

Saturday, 16 June 2018


Hi Guy's

Got my hands on one of these the other day and I must say I am impressed.

Usually when I get a new ready to run wagon, first thing I do is change the bogies over to that from AR Kits or SEM's. The bogies that SDS are producing are excellent and match in with my kit bogies really well. I find that many of the RTR bogies are two thick and the wheel journals stick out to far. This to me stands out among a rack of wagons esp. when you look down on them at 45 degrees. As I am in the process of changing everything over to P88 wheels, the wheels on this are not an issue.

They come with KD58's as well so I don't need to change them out either. Pretty much all there is to do is weather.
The detail with the doors and ends is excellent

I throw a couple of washes over just to show up some detail
A per production shot showing parts that can be interchanged during manufacture

There is a bit of an issue with different coloured yellows between Manufacturers but weathering will mask this. I don't know who maybe right or wrong, I don't really care. They all faded and weathered over time. This would only be of note if you were running them straight out of the box.

Cheers Justin Moy

AR Kits NOBX Kits x4

Hi Guy's

I travelled down to Sydney last weekend and attended the Annual Model Railway Show that the Epping Model Railway Club puts on. This year at Rose Hill Gardens Race Course in Sydney. It was a great show and I believe it will be or is the premier exhibition going ATM. It was a great day and I really did enjoyed catching up with many friends throughout the hobby. It was good to get out as home has been a challenge with a big Cancer scare involving my Wife Amanda really upsetting the apple cart. Thankfully it appears they got it all and we can get back to some normality.

One thing that I did notice in the Auscision Cabinet was two test shots of HO scale BDX/NOBX open wagons. They are a good choice to produce Ready to Run as they were plentiful on the NSWR system dating back to the Steam Days and there is still some heavily modified versions running today as container wagons and infrastructure wagons such for concrete sleeper traffic. It is a bit hard to tell but the underframes are much the same as built.

This raised a question in my mind? I have about 11 AR Kits NOBX wagons in various stages of Kit Build. What to do? What strikes me with the Kit is that it has allot of potential to be a great looking model. For when they were first produced by AR Kits in the 80's, the detail in the sides was really good. The rib detail inside the body was a real stand out. Today this detail is finally becoming standard among the producers and is expected when a new model comes out and I am sure the Auscision BDX/NOBX project will have this as have the AOOX/NODY projects of past.

This brings me to mine. I have pretty much completed 4 AR Kits NOBX's. My goal with these was to bring them up to a detail standard that could have them running around with my abundance of RTR Rollingstock. The detail on RTR from most manufacturers is pretty hard to match by most modellers and I struggled with these. I started these about 3 years ago. Doing a bit here and there. I did some of the work at work so to speak. I did allot of sleep over shifts at work and when I couldn't sleep I would have a little modelling tool box and set up and do some modelling. Just the building as I couldn't use paints on site.

One big aim was to build up the Bolster area as this is one area that is real deficient. This was all styrene work and while I was at it the angles of the fish belly was corrected. There was allot more brake detail added using AR Kits and SEM's parts. Shunters steps and grab irons were added using brass etch ladder and wire. Also I added the 4x2 floor board detail inside the wagon by scribing 15 thou styrene sheet and the end boards using 6x2 styrene. Later I worked out that I should of used 8x4 for the ends as there is only 6 boards on each end and not 8. Anyway photos explain things better than I can so here we go-
 The Weathering on this NOBX was based around the wagon below. I also added extra door detail such as the door that had been replaced with that from a type 2 NOBX. It has extra tie rails on it. So far I have only done the type 1 as AK kits produced and haven't attempted the type 2. The different tie rails are probably the most notable difference but when you get down to it the underfloor has many differences which I am not going to go into till I work on one. It will be interesting to see if Auscision do both types and the CCX version too?

The difference with adding the bolster detail and correcting the fish belly can be seen in the next photo. Adding the bolster detail gets rib of the air that you can see above the bogie. This is a detail that is catered for in most RTR models coming out.
It makes a difference
A shot showing the straight forward kit against it

Here is a few showing the extent of the styrene work and detailing

This I added the detail to one that was built and painted previously

Now for some photos of the finished products

All four

It was an enjoyable project. Anyone looking for a modelling project to test their skills in this environment of RTR it comes out looking the goods. I will most likely finish the other several that I have and I don't think I will be replacing them with Auscision ones. Maybe I will change my mind when I see the RTR first hand. Anyway at $32 or there about for the kit, It is a cheaper option as long as I don't add labour cost to it.

Cheers Justin Moy

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Hi Guy's,

Firstly I would like to wish everyone a happy new year

I know I had promised some more activity on my Blog. It will be coming.

Something that has just happened is the end of Intermodal work for Aurizon. When it all started back around 2004/2005 as Queensland Rail National (QRN) it added some real interest on the North Coast Line through Taree. Plenty of Colour and Loco's that had never been up here before. I put allot of thought into modelling QRN back then and I started to collect some items. Due to my lack of funds to feed my hobby, I decided against this and stuck to my 1990/1994 time period. Anyway here is a photo essay of some of the earlier QRN stuff on the coast. Please enjoy

First LDP lead train

First Quad LDP's

First SCT loading

First 6000 class while crew training

Cheers Justin Moy

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Making simple shunters steps for rollingstock

Hi Guy's

Just a quick one. Here is a way that I have been replacing and adding shunters steps to my rollingstock. RTR rollingstockstock is always improving and some of the latest stuff has this issue of easily broken and snapped off plastic shunters steps addressed with metal steps. This is great but to address the issue of replacing the plastic steps in a cost effective way, I am using simple 2/26 staples from the kids pencil case. I have some photo's that go a long way to describe the process rather than boring you all with heaps of words.

I just use a pair of needle nose plyers to straighten
out the staple
as such
Then bend into the shape required
In this case I am adding shunters steps to an
Auscision NLJX. after looking at many photos
of these in my era of the early 90's. It looks like
most of the NLJX's still in service at that time
had shunters steps fitted
I drilled in on a bit of an angle as to not drill
through the louvres
I then added the step
Then placing some superglue on the end of an
old hobby knife I touched in behind the steps
to glue in place
Next time I will put the bend in the staple before
trying to bend the step back to straight on the model
as the staple proved pretty hard and caused some
damage to the model. I repaired this and continued on

Next step was to add some 1x2 (8102) Evergreen
strip Styrene to the steps. This is to represent the
angle iron that the step is bolted onto the wagon.
The angle iron would be welded to the wagon so
that if a step was damaged it could in most cases
be replace with bolts rather that a welding job.
I ran the styrene along a bead of superglue and
then using long lengths for easy handling glue to
the side of the steps
It is just a case of using a single edge razer blade
to cut the styrene off at the required length.
The end result is something that can pass for a
shunters step after painting white
This Auscision NLKY was much the same. The
styrene was extended upward from the step that
was mounted right at the base of the wagon.
I grab iron also had to be added to the NLJX. This
was added using brass wire

This is a shot by Norm Bray that shows a NLJY
so fitted with a shunters step

This photo was also used as a base for the weathering below

Cheers Justin Moy