I would just like to share with you something that I have been doing for a while now which can be a great help, when it comes to modelling. When I was living up at Ballina just over 10 years ago, I became involved with the Northern Rivers Fussy Modellers Group. This was a bunch of really good modellers that lived around the Northern Rivers Area. It wasn't a club as such, the guys would usually get together on a Friday night at each others place and model and consume Alcohol. The guy's would travel to exhibitions together and plan field trips, say to say Dorrigo to measure up some wagons and take photo's.
One thing that they taught me was the value of making up Data Packs. Now I guess a Data Pack can be what ever you want it to be. In their case they had made up packs for pacific wagons that they wanted to model. The general idea was to get as much info possible about that phototype. It would start with what Information can be gathered. This is usually an Article from the AMRM or can be the instructions from an available model kit. Any drawings of the wagon are added and then a series of photographs of the wagon including detail shots. I use the Plastic Portfolio's that you can buy from any newsagent to make up mine and photocopy any info that I need and glue in photographs as required. I was very lucky that the guys let me copy much of the stuff that they had. This is probably the reason that I model NSW now and not US prototype as I was at the time.