44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Auscision AQSY container wagons

Hi Guy's

This is going to be a discussion on the new AQSY container wagons that I just received in the last week or so from Auscision. They appear to be a nice model and they are a reasonable representation of the prototype. Many years ago I looked at Scratch building a couple of these and went about buying 2 Laser Cut kits from Rail Motor Models in Victoria at the time. This was just the basic cuts to start what would be a scratch build, and the level of detail would depend on the modeller. This got to a point and was left.
This AQSY I gave a slight dusting and placed it on SEM bogies. A lightly weathered pair of SDS 28 foot containers have been added and make a nice load for this wagon.
This is as far as I got with the scratch build. Since Auscision's nice Die Cast model there doesn't seem much point in continuing?

When I was looking into scratch building these, I was living up at Ballina at the time and a member of the Northern Rivers Fussy Modellers Group for a couple of years. I learnt allot from this group of gifted modellers and was fortunate to be able to copy a heap of their research info while there. So it is good to have a model come out that I can go over photo's and make an assessment of issues arising and whether it would be worth while to fix any errors or let it go.

First from Auscision's own web page there were 455 of these wagons built, from 4 manufacturers. There is a number of differences between these. I guess the most obvious would be the oval hole vers. the square type hole version. There is also some variations among the Square hole version, mainly around the sizes of some on the holes. ATM the only visual issue I can see is the bolster detail on the side sill of the Square holed wagons appears to be the same as the oval hole version. This could be a point of added some extra modelling work if you were inclined. I don't think many would notice.
From the photo's I have, I think most of the Square holed wagons have this type of detail on the side sill at the bolsters. The model I have has what I can gather something similar to the oval Shaped bolster detail. A bit of styrene work and this could be corrected
The only other area that I feel the model is let down is under the wagon around the bolster area. The frame should run through this area but appears to shallow off, perhaps to allow for the 22 inch minimum turning Radius promised buy the manufacturer. This is another area that a concerned modeller could go to work

And there is a little green washer provided. One of mine fell off and I was having a WTF moment and realised what had happening.

Under the prototype you can see how this area differs to the model

Photo by Steve McElroy
It appears that Auscision have used the same Factory as they did for their ABFX/AOOX projects. Unfortunately having reasonably accurate  underfloor detail just doesn't seem to be a priority of this factory when you compare it to other factories work such as the NLKY's and NLDF's as an example. Not that it makes this project look bad. It is just a bit of a let down when other projects come out better. It just goes to show the great work done on the NLDF's and NLKY's ETC. I don't know the story of why detail around the bolster was not added, the only thing maybe a restraint on the weight of the die cast model or bogie movement. At the end of the day it gives a modeller something that they can add to the model if they want to. It is not something that can be seen while the model is running, like a bad roof profile etc. The only reason for me to mention it, is that compared to other factories that Auscision is using, I think this one is letting them down in this area. On the plus side is they come with genuine KD 58 type couplers so I don't need to replace mine. I am putting KD 58's on all my new projects now to replace most Scale couplers that come RTR. As good as they are don't take well to being painted. KD's don't seem to be troubled by paint.

A few more comparison Photo's

Photo by Steve McElroy

Photo by Steve McElroy

 For the wagon freaks out there, This is one of the few times I have seen 3 butter boxes on the one wagon, esp. a north bound on it's way to Brisbane

It is a good representation of the Prototype, it is strong and things won't fall off the model without misadventure. There is a couple of short comings, If a modeller wanted to go about correcting these items, it would make the model your own. They are still out running and for my era there wouldn't be many container trains running around that didn't have at least one variant of this wagon on it. The 4 that I have will be welcome among my fleet of container wagons.

Just to finish, some detail shots of the new Auscision Southern Aurora Cars. I only got the Spirit add on set and the XPT test Baggage Car as that was all I needed for my Grafton Passenger. The XPT test car will be painted back to a normal baggage car and the power car will have some mods. done. The NAM was sold off. More about this latter.

Nice job Auscision

Cheers Justin Moy



Friday, 26 August 2016

Just a couple of Bits

Hi Guy's

Just a couple of bits

This Auscision NLKY was a little project that I have worked on. I have always wanted to represent one of the type two NLKY's that had some of it's Louvered panels replaced. It took me a little while to research the source of the replacement louvers as I don't have real access to the prototypes that are still running. The best that I can work out is that they are louvers from the type one NLKY's, but grouped all the way down the side of the panels instead of just and the bottom and top. To get the look I did cut up an Auscision Type one to get the required panels for the project. I swapped a weathered one for one in original condition off my mate Dave Porter for the project. All least it will save my for weathering one of his at a later date. It took parts from 5 panels to make up each insert.

I had a go at weathering the roof of this Auscision WBAX. This U.S. Box Car type roof really lends itself to some weathering that you might otherwise see on US outline Box Cars. Anyway my approach was using fine brushwork with Floquil Paint. Some of the colours were mostly based around Box Car Red darkening some with Southern Pacific Greys.

Same approach with this Auscision NLJX. I think in my last Blog I had a shot of this wagon Airbrushed only. This is the result after some brush work to get some rust spots happening. I have also added some shunters steps and new lifting points.

This is one of Greg Riddel's AR Kits NCBX wagons that he let me take a couple of shots of. It was for my own reference as I am doing one of these up myself. So why not share the photo's

This is a selection of some of my Railphotography over the last few months. With some of the PN 82 class loco's entering back in intermodal work, the seeming boring PN trains have had some interesting combos of late. Anyway here is some pics, I am not going into any detail so please just enjoy

Thanks Justin Moy

Monday, 9 May 2016

A few bits

Hi Guy's,

Last time I was on my Blog, I promised that there would be a little bit more activity. Sorry this has been so. I have been working on a few projects, but haven't been able to get anything finished. Anyway here is a couple of bit-n-pieces lately.
Greg Riddel invited me up to his place at Kempsey to see the progress he has made on his layout. Greg is really getting that lower NSW north coast line look on his layout that I have nic-named Beyond Yumbunga.

The first 3 photo's in this set have had various degrees of editing done. This Last shot has no real editing other that colour balance and density. Mostly the other shots have had trees added. Greg already has 60 trees on his layout and this doesn't come close to what he needs. At lease I can plant some with my editing program.

My latest purchase from Auscision is very nice. The NSWR JLX/NLJX Louvre Van. I can't really pick any issues with these that stand out so it is a winner as far as I am concerned.

I bought a 4 pack but donated one to another project that I will go into more detail and a later date.

Some of you may remember my very first blog which was about this ILM's NLCX that I had fitted with an OTM's LLV chassis. Well that project had not progressed since that blog and that was mainly due to the reason that I new the NLJX was on Auscision's hit list. Now that it is here, I realised that using the Auscision NLJX Body to make up an NLCX was a far better option. It will be real nice when finish and be up to todays RTR standard in detail.

A couple of weathering projects, Both Auscision products. The NLDF is mostly done but the roof on the WBAX that I painted silver needs work.

I don't usually put my recent rail photography in my Blog. But since my offerings have been lean of late, this sums up my photography for this year thus far.

I usually only get out when there is something a little different running. I miss allot now that I work full time

My little girl turned 4 the other day. Hannah Happy Birthday

Cheers Justin Moy