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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 10:22 am
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Hi Folks

I'm Paul, living in Whangarei in the far north of New Zealand where it's quite warm most of the time, hardly ever see frosts around here.  I have had a long association with New Zealand steam railway preservation but I'm not so active in it these days thanks to health problems, and instead I spend my time building models in 9mm:ft on O-gauge track (for NZ's 42-inch gauge railways) and 1/32 45mm gauge American prototype.

Very recently, having always liked the look of Australian Victorian Railways 30-inch gauge (think: Puffing Billy), I decided to try something slightly different, and build a few models in 9mm:ft scale.  Yep, apparently I am quite insane.  Well, actually it makes a lot of sense to me even when I'm sober, but that can be a story for another time.

I am a CAD draughtsman by profession, specialising in marine engineering, designed big steel ships for many years.  This has allowed me to do 3D cad files for 3D printing, artwork for brass etching and laser cutting, so the VR 30-inch stuff is not as difficult as it could be.  I've got a good outfit of machinery too, lathe, milling machine etc so I'm very lucky in that respect.

I look forward to crossing paths with other 1/32 and Australian modellers out there in the future!

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Paul Woods
Whangarei, NZ.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 06:45 pm
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Glad to have you on Paul. I'd love to see some NZR models!



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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 11:40 pm
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Hi Woodsie, not good to hear you have had some health issues.

So that is on S gauge track I presume ??

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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2017 12:02 am
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Here's a 9mm:foot model of an NZGR F-class 0-6-0.  While I have assembled one of these kits in the past, I didn't build this one, it was assembled by the guy who designed the kit; he sold it along with the rights to manufacture the kits to me last year.

The model weighs two pounds and is ten inches long over tips of cowcatchers, electrically driven with front two axles equalised.


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Paul Woods

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Sorry, should have said, track gauge is 31.75mm/ 1.25"

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What happened to the last 10 thou ? :shocked:


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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2017 01:16 am
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Robert Comerford wrote: Hi Woodsie, not good to hear you have had some health issues.

So that is on S gauge track I presume ??

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Bob Comerford

Hi Bob

That's correct, should be 22.5mm technically but who's going to notice 0.1mm one way or the other?  I will be hand-laying it all though - not buying S-gauge track, because tie spacing and size all wrong.  I bought a large quantity of Shinohara code 100 turnouts which were falling to pieces, with the idea of stripping the rail and reattaching to PCB ties at 22.4mm gauge....even if I use only the frogs, these will still save a lot of work.

Here's a screenshot of the Fox bogie I have been working on for a couple of days now; at the moment the plan is to get a master done in Frosted detail by Shapeways for making brass castings, because I'm thinking I will need quite a few of these, which makes brass a lot less costly than Frosted Ultra.  Sideframes and bolster will be separate parts so they can be assembled with a little bit of slop to allow equalisation.

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Paul Woods

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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2017 02:12 am
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Welcome Paul,a hello from across the ditch,I like the fox bogies,tell us more.Some very interesting narrow guage things over there.Enjoy your trip here.....Peter



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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2017 04:30 am
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One good thing about the VR narrow gauge is the stock is all on basically the same underframe so helps with repetitive building.

I too made use of broken code 100 points and track for some of my layout although it was Peco and GT Italy.

I used the NASG standards when building my S gauge NSWGR layouts.
What set of wheel/track standards are you considering?

I won't tell anyone about the 0.1mm ;>)

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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2017 09:46 am
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Robert Comerford wrote: What set of wheel/track standards are you considering?
Hi Bob

There are several possibilities for wheels.  First-up, I'm going to have a thrash at machining wheels myself, on my ancient Australian-made 'Qualos Junior' lathe - seems appropriate, somehow - to my own standard, with a 1mm deep flange.  I don't have to worry about insulation because I use RC with batteries anyway, making the wheels quite straightforward to produce.  I've ground a form tool for shaping a 1mm deep flange, which is just slightly more than scale size.

Slaters make several 21mm gauge wheelsets for modeling the Isle of Man 3-foot gauge railways in 7mm:foot scale; Amazingly, the 27-inch wagon wheels are absolutely perfect for 9mm scale VR wagon wheels, and their 45-inch loco driving wheels are only slightly smaller than the 27mm OD required for Na- and G-class driving wheels.  It's easy to spread the gauge of the wagon wheels.  I have contacted David White at Slaters and he says the driving wheels can be packed out to 22.5mm gauge with washers, or they can sell me just the tyres if I wish.

Finally, scale width of 3.75mm or 0.148" corresponds with US O-scale code 145 wheels which can be had individually from NWSL quite cheaply.

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Paul Woods

Whangarei, NZ.

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