Saturday, 27 February 2016

No more driver confusion - Garahbara gets road signs

An excellent little project from Luke Towan's video series on road signs.  As posted on the Railpage Model Railway forum click here.

Never really though about cars, truck and bus drivers.  They need guidance too, I suppose.  So I followed Luke's idea and the drivers of Garahbara are no longer lost and aimless. :)

I used the catalogue referred to in the video,  zoomed in, "print screen", cut'npaste and cropped etc using Paintshop Pro, and created a MS Word document of correctly sized HO signs.  The posts are 1mm styrene rod painted with a silver paint pen.  The results came up OK.  There is quite a plethora of further signs to come.  Click on the pics below for a larger image.  Comments are welcome.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Spirit of Progress takes to the rails

Well, it's been a few months since my last post.  Have been busy sorting out a Spirit of Progress set.  Took a few of my own, and a couple of gifted Powerline S cars, and a Powerline SOP Buffet car.  Did a bit of work on them, based loosely on Graham Brown's article (AMRM Feb 2003). 

What did I do? 
  • Modified underframe -  added girder frame, cross beams and bolster supports - airbrushed Tamiya German Grey.  Can't get Floquil Grimy Black any more.
  • Original bogies - Tamiya German Grey
  • Interiors - Cream 200gsm card
  • Blinds - Insulation tape
  • LPBs (Little Plastic Beings)
  • Steam Era corridor connectors
  • Under-door steps
  • Cross bar between brake wheels
  • Blackened wheels "texta" permanent marker
  • Numbered.- using MS Word - black text box/white font Arial (bold) pointsize 4.5 - photo paper.
The SOP consists (so far) of:
  • 1VHS Baggage Van
  • 10 AS First Class
  • 2 ABS First/Second class
  • 3 VRS Buffet Car
  • 8 BS Second Class
  • 3 BZ Second Class Open Saloon
  • PHN 2371 "Southern Aurora" Power Van
  • 1 VAC First/Second/Sleeper (to come)
  • 2 X BS Second Class (to come)

Click on the pic for a larger view.

Spirit of Progress arrives at Garahbara

Spirit of Progress ready to depart Garahbara

1 VHS, 10 AS and 2 ABS are up front today.

2 ABS and 1 VRS follow

The Spirit of Progress fits just nicely in the platform

3 BZ Second Class Open Saloon

1VRS Buffet Car

10 AS First Class 

2 ABS First/Second Class