Current Projects

Welcome to my Current Projects page.This page shows just some of my projects that are still currently under construction or are nearly completed , As these projects are completed they'll be left on this page for a short while then they'll be removed from this page & placed in the respective page for that item.


Workshop Bench

Here's where I do most of my work building all those " Bits & Pieces" , Although it's looking a bit messy , It does become quite crowded with so many projects on the go at any given time , but this gets cleaned up when I've completed a few projects.

I have Scratchbuilt & Kitbashed many loco's in many scales & I've also completed a few Lloyds/DJH kits in " HO " scale too ; I have also helped to build a "Garrett" loco in Garden scale for a friend ; You can make enquiries by e-mailing me to find out about scratchbuilding a loco or kitbashing a loco for yourself , or if you have any kits to be built - I will be happy to build it for you at a reasonable cost , This includes any " DJH " or "A&R" kits in "HO" or any " N-Trains " railway Kits or any other plastic model kits that you might have too!


Thought for the Month :

Does it surprise anyone that there are more aeroplanes at the bottom of the ocean than there are submarines in the sky???

3 1/2" N.S.W.G.R C38 class loco

Back in Nov 2009 Myself & 2 friends went Thirds each in this 3 1/2" scale C38 class loco which has already been partly restored , It's my "long term" project that I'll tackle in parts as & when possible & I hope to get it back to working order by the end of 2013 or 2014 if possible but this project might take longer to complete than expected.

These next few pics will show how the loco looked when I bought it back in 2009 as some comparison to what it "should look like" when it gets completed , I've got a video of it on You Tube having an "Air Test" for those who might be interested.

C38 class pic 1

This pic shows the loco from the "Fireman's side" minus a lot of its fittings & such , ( as bought ).

C38 class pic 2

This pic shows the loco from the "Drivers side" sitting on some wooden track just for looks.

C38 class pic 5

Pic 5 shows it with the "Smokebox" removed for clarity.

C38 class pic 6

Pic 6 shows the loco sitting on my multi gauge track with the bolier , body & chassis all seperated for this series of pics.

C38 class pic 7

Pic 7 shows the loco from the other side.

C38 class pic 8

Pic 8 shows the loco from above , from this view you can see the Axle water pump in between the 1st & middle drive axle with the lubricating pump on the left hand side of the centre drive wheel & it's pipework going to the steam inlet near the cylinders.

C38 class pic 9

Pic 9 shows it from a different angle , As you can see from this pic - this loco is sitting on my Multi-gauge track that can run 3 1/2" scale , 5" sale & 7 1/4" as well plus from here you can see all the other underneath details that not many people get to see when an engine like this is all complete & running.

C38 class pic 10

Pic 10 shows the smoke box & bodywork that I'll end up re-building later on when the time is ready.

C38 class pic 36

pic 36 shows the loco Chassis finally sitting back on some track for the 1st time in years , This track is some of my "Multi Guage" track which is made for 3 1/2" , 5" & 7 1/4" scale trains.

C38 class pic 37

pic 37 shows it from the Rear Fireman's side on the same section of track ; These last few pics were taken in May 2013

C38 class pic 51

pic 51 shows the pair positioned on the work trolley to show how they'll look when all put together , however the Boiler & Firebox will also have their Cladding painted the same colour as the rest of the loco when done.

C38 class pic 63

pic 63 shows the underside of the Tender as not many people will see this when all done & steamed up later.

C38 class pic 64

pic 64 shows the Fire Box cladding & Turrett just sitting roughly where they will be when completed.

C38 class pic 65

pic 65 shows the new "link pin" that I've made so that the Tender & loco can be easily coupled together ; The Link pin is the "L" shaped piece of steel rod on the bench top.

C38 class pic 66

pic 66 shows how this loco is now looking with the Lubricator now in it's proper location after being re-located.

C38 class pic 68

pic 68 shows the Lubricator & it's new linkage as it should've been originally done when this loco was built.

C38 class pic 69

pic 69 shows a "close up" of the linkage in relation to the rest of the workings.

C38 class pic 70

pic 70 shows another view of everything but from a bit further back than the previous pic.

Sorry for no updates on this project in ages but money & time hasn't been on my side for about 4 years now but I do intend on getting back onto this project when possible.

I hope to be able to place more pics here soon of this project as they become available.

The video of this loco having it's 1st air test can be seen via You Tube , Just use this link here to see it.

My 7 1/4" Railcars

Since completing the HO scale D53/D54 class loco & the Lima 42 class loco's - I'm now including some pics from 2017 onwards of my 7 1/4" Railcars that I'll be working on over the next year or so , In this project - I'm currently working on the "Tail Car" of the 2 car set with the Power Car to be done when possible & hopefully by the end of 2018 or 2019 if possible.

I'm planning on having these powered by a petrol motor & using that motor to drive the electric traction motors in the Bogies ( which the bogies still need to be made ) so I hope that I'll have these done within the next few years all going well.

Railcar plans pic 1

Plan pic 1 shows the inital plans for my 2 car set of Railcars , these were drawn up with Microsoft Paint programme on my home p.c. as an idea of what I'm working towards.

Thee are loosely based on the shape of the Perth surburban electric railcars ( the "A" series railcars ) with the window line based on the "Australind" Diesel railcar set & a Heavily modified N.S.W. XPT style nose design to suit my design of railcar.

Railcar plans pic 2

Plan pic 2 shows the "Inner" frame work for both carriages along with what I expect the outside shape to be when completed.

Railcar pic 1

Pic 1 shows the Tail car upside down on a work stand early in 2017 , at this stage I needed to cut away 4 recesses at each end of the Chassis Inner rails to accommodate the Wheel Flanges when negotiating any tight radius curves plus I also had to re-locate the Bearing Plates closer to the centre for my design of Bogies.

Railcar pic 6

Pic 6 shows the 2 Railcar Chassis's side by side with the Tailcar Chassis on the track & the power car up on blocks.

Railcar pic 13

Pic 13 shows 1 of the 8 Ladders / steps clamped together before I get welding it properly ; their location can be seen in the drawing behind it.

Railcar pic 19

Pic 19 shows the 1st of the 4 Trailer Car steps now fitted into place.

Railcar pic 26

Pic 26 shows the uprights loosely bolted into place & awaiting "squaring" up properly & any other adjustments that might be required.

Railcar pic 32

Pic 32 shows the almost completed frame work without the Cab in place just after completing some more welding , at this stage there's only 2 more strengtheners to be cut & welded into place.

Railcar pic 36

Pic 36 shows the Tail car ( in Feb 2018 ) without the Cab in place & along side the Power car which is still upside down on the work stand & awaiting the Body frame work to be started now that work has been done to the underside of the Power car.

Railcar pic 40

Pic 40 shows how the slightly revised Cab details that are planned for these railcars & how they might look when done , I've finally added the Windows , Headlight & Grille details in Black texta for some clarity since any previous pic.

Railcar pic 45

Pic 45 shows the Power car now sitting upright again & on 2 wooden blocks after doing all of the underfloor work that was needed , this is the tail end of the carriage looking towards the Front end for now.

Railcar pic 47

Pic 47 shows the 1st part of the Cab framework clamped to the main body frame in May 2018.

Railcar pic 50

Pic 50 shows the beginning of the Cab's framework starting to take shape by the beginning of October 2018 with the 2 upper frames being cut & welded into place but I'll be modifying the lower section of the Cab as you'll see later on down this page ; I know that it's taking me a long time to make these railcars but money & time don't always work in my favour ( nor does our weather ) & I've finally achieved a lot more work on it by the end of October ( which you'll see soon ).

Railcar pic 53

Pic 53 shows the updates from October - December 2018 with this part of the work now completed before Christmas & this pic shows the comparison of each cab side frame both before & after the slight modification in design ; This update is still behind the actual progress of this project but I hope to catch up as soon as possible.

Railcar pic 57

Pic 57 shows the completed cab frame work with it's new lower angle & slimmer front panel where the lights will be when fully completed.

Railcar pic 58

Pic 58 shows the new ( revised ) cab profile with other work still awaiting to be done.

Railcar pic 61

Pic 61 shows the 2 "hooks" that help to locate the cab frame so it can be bolted in place.

Railcar pic 63

Pic 63 shows the ( mostly ) completed frame work which is just waiting for the next few pieces of steel to be bought , cut & fitted into place.

Railcar pic 65

Pic 65 shows the 2 new Headlight mountings now made & "test fitted" into place for now with the air grille sitting in between the 2 light mountings ; you might notice the 2 Red "G" clamps protruding out the front until I can fix them into place properly with screws or pop rivets.

Railcar pic 66

Pic 66 shows a front on shot of this new work that I've done , very soon I hope to have it fixed into place properly.

Railcar pic 67

Pic 67 shows the new LED lighting now fitted in & wired up ready for when the rest of the work can be done a bit later on.

Railcar pic 82

Pic 82 shows the whole unit ( Tail car ) with the newly modified sides , although you might not be able to see it clearly - the centre 2 sections can now be folded down ( as 1 piece ) to allow people to climb in it without the need to be double jointed.
( just a precautionary measure.... )

Railcar pic 88

Pic 88 shows all of the components that'll be required for the Front Coupling to be assembled , I'm using some scrap 19mm tubing for the shaft with some 5mm flat bar for the coupling head ( plus the Coupling Face which isn't in this series of pics ) & some scrap 3mm flat bar for the pivot.

Railcar pic 98

Pic 98 shows how the coupling now looks & is ready for testing & then painting.

Railcar pic 100

Pic 100 shows the coupling in the "travel" position & now with the safety chain in place as well.

Railcar pic 103

Pic 103 shows my mini railcar now loaded & ready to go down to Cohunu Park in May 2019 for it's 1st set of "trial runs" around their tracks , after making the front "hidden coupling" I now need to set about a series of "test runs" just to be certain that there won't be any issues later on.

Railcar pic 104

Pic 104 shows my mini railcar now down at Cohunu Park & parked on the shed loop line before it goes into their workshops for a while where I can do some more work on it & then do the test runs around their tracks ; you can click on this pic here to see the 1st test run around their tracks.

Railcar pic 114

Pic 114 shows the Rear Wall now with it's coat of Etch Primer now done.

Railcar pic 117B

Pic 117B shows my "original" design that I'd come up with back in 1991 of what I imagined the new Perth surburban trains "might" look like when they were to be introduced later on , this was scanned onto my computer from off an "old" desk planner page to show what I'm now working towards with this project.

Railcar pic 118

Pic 118 shows my railcar sitting outside the Cohunu Park workshop now sporting a "paper" template type bodywork for now , I'm hoping to buy the steel sheeting very soon for this project but these next few pics will give you an "idea" of how it's planned to look later on.

Railcar pic 120

Pic 120 shows a "side on view" as a way to illustrate the eventual view of things to come ( plus the internal frame work that can be seen at the moment ) , I still need to make a lower panel to fit in between the Bogies yet but I shall get onto that later on.

Railcar pic 121

Pic 121 shows a "rear end view" for now as a way to illustrate the shape of my railcar unit , the intended Power Car for this will look the same as this will eventually when all completed but it'll have a petrol motor inside it to power the drive / traction motors that'll be fitted into the Power Bogies when I can get to make them.

Railcar pic 122

Pic 122 shows the "Drop down door" in the "Down" position which will be used for passengers to either get on board or to get off my railcar unit at a station.

Railcar pic 139

Pic 139 shows the Tail car Tail Lights switched "on" & you "should" see the Power car Head Lights also powered up & "on" ( placed above on the sponge foam & perspex window panel ) as I've now got all of the lighting completed in readiness for the building of the Power car ( which I've now started on ).

Railcar pic 140

Pic 140 shows the Tail car Head Lights "on" & above the roof line you "should" be able to see the Power car Tail Lights also "on" , with the wiring - I shall be tidying up all of those wires with some plastic flexible tubing ( conveluted tubing ) to help make it look a bit more "professional".

Railcar pic 149

Pic 149 shows the "Power car" on the work stand awaiting for me to complete it , you'll see the front coupling is already fitted to the front end.

Railcar pic 150

Pic 150 shows the Rear end of it which also has a coupling already fitted to it ; it's at this point that I still need to cut & fit the 2 "Side Rails" to the uprights plus the 2 end sections with their diagonal supports.

Railcar pic 151

Pic 151 shows the beginning of the Cab Frame work just clamped onto the Body frame for now.

Railcar pic 153

Pic 153 shows the Perspex windows now sitting in place just to see if I need to make any adjusments or not at this stage of the build.

Railcar pic 154

Pic 154 shows the other side of the railcar with the side Cab window in place as well.

Railcar pic 156

Pic 156 shows the "inside" parts of the perspex windows where I've painted them Black , the wrinkled plastic covering is still in place for now until I can finally get to fix them in place properly & after painting the Railcars completely.

Railcar pic 160

Pic 160 shows both windows with their sections of clear protective plastic partly peeled back as an example of the effect that I'm looking for.

Railcar pic 161

Pic 161 shows the lower door panel now fitted in it's place along with the 2 "locks" that help keep it shut when not needed to be open.

Railcar pic 162

Pic 162 shows the Lower Door panel in the "open" position for when it's needed to be pulled or pushed at any time.

Railcar pic 163

Pic 163 shows the inner front wall panel now fitted in place as seen from the outside view.

Railcar pic 164

Pic 164 shows the inner front wall panel now fitted in place as seen from the inside view ; from this pic you'll notice that I've now fixed the wiring to the wall panel & this will be tidied up further before it's all completed.

Railcar pic 165

Pic 165 shows the Cab "Roof Top" now mostly made & loosely fitted into place for now.

Railcar pic 166

Pic 166 shows it from the other side.

Railcar pic 172

Pic 172 shows the Cab Roof ( still with some marking out showing ) now fixed into place & with a few "mod's" to be done to it as I can't lift up the Roof panel enough to access the inside of the Cab just yet , I hope to have that sorted out real soon if possible.

Railcar pic 182

Pic 182 shows possibly "not the best shot" of the motor & Bogie arrangement , but if you look very carefully underneath the centre area - you can see the power lead that goes to the motor & how close that the Gearbox sits to the track , I might have to raise the height of the motor a little but I can't raise it too much otherwise it'll hit underneath the floor rails on a curve perhaps???

Railcar pic 183

Pic 183 shows a "closer view" from underneath , although I have the drive chain & drive sprocket for it - I'll need to bore out the centre hole of it so it can slide easily over the Axle & then be "locked" into place when done.

Railcar pic 184

Pic 184 shows what little clearance I have to "play with" when you look up near the top of the motor area , "if" I could've bought a motor with an "in line" planetary style gearbox for this purpose - it'd have worked out better for me instead.

Railcar pic 185

Pic 185 shows how this first experiment has been done so far , if it works out sucessfully enough - I'm looking at driving both Axles with the 1 motor using 1 axle to drive the other.

Railcar pic 186

Pic 186 shows an "end view" of the Bogie so far , you'll need to visualise the drive sprocket & drive chain on the axle ( Right Hand side of the pic ) with a pair of drive sprockets & chain on the Left Hand side linking both axles.

Railcar pic 188

Pic 188 shows the Motor & Gearbox unit with the original 9 tooth sprocket that I've removed from this unit.

Railcar pic 189

Pic 189 shows the replacement 18 tooth drive sprocket now fitted onto the Drive Shaft with the locking nut still to be refitted very soon.

Railcar pic 190

Pic 190 shows the clearance that I have available to me plus with the lock nut now refitted.

Railcar pic 191

Pic 191 shows the Dashboard now made & just sitting in place for the 1st time to see how it looks.

Railcar pic 192

Pic 192 shows the same thing but through the side Cab window.

Railcar pic 198

Pic 198 shows the Dashboard now temporarily fitted into place for now so I can decide on how I want it to look.

Railcar pic 203

Pic 203 shows a "modified" way of locating the Drive Motor & set up arrangement ; If you can imagine just 1 motor driving 2 axles in each Bogie - That's what I'm aiming for.

Railcar pic 204

Pic 204 shows a view from above , the Rear Drive Sprocket is just sitting on top of the Axle for now just to give some idea of where it'll be fitted very soon.

Railcar pic 205

Pic 205 shows a "side view" mainly to show the available space that is being taken up with this arrangement.

Railcar pic 206

Pic 206 shows an "end view" so that you can see the amount of clearance space that I have to work with before the Drive Sprocket is fitted properly in place on the Axle & the Drive chain is cut to length.

Railcar pic 207

Pic 207 shows the amount of clearance that I have underneath the carriage floor ( & on a curve ) so that you can get some idea of how little space is actually available to me.

Railcar pic 209

Pic 209 shows a slightly different view with the roller door now down & the Head lights on , you might also be able to see a new Lower "sill" panel positioned into place next to the Front Step area which you'll get to see a bit better in the next pic.

Railcar pic 211

Pic 211 shows a clearer look at the new "test panel" ( in White paint & dirty looking ) ; by now I've made & painted the final panels which are now in place which you'll get to see here soon.

Railcar pic 212

Pic 212 shows the newly printed Dashboard control panel insert that's been "taped" to the metal console panel before it gets put back into place.

Railcar pic 213

Pic 213 shows how it looks when it's in it's place inside the Cab.

Railcar pic 214

Pic 214 shows another view from the outside of the Cab & before I make the Driver's Seat that I'm planning on having within there.

Railcar pic 215

Pic 215 shows the 2 sections of the Lower Sill Panels clamped into position to check that they'll fit properly before being fixed into place more permanently.

Railcar pic 216

Pic 216 shows the Right Hand side panels now painted in the "Etch Primer" paint while the railcar sits out side in the sun.

Railcar pic 217

Pic 217 shows the same thing but from the tail end.

Railcar pic 218

Pic 218 shows the profile of 1 of the Lower Sill Panels which I've formed from flat sheet Galvanised steel , there are 2 panels per side for those who are interested in knowing.

Railcar pic 219

Pic 219 shows how it's roughly positioned into place for Test Fitting , this panel is for the Front End but you should get the idea of how it's being done.

Railcar pic 220

Pic 220 shows the Power car unit here at my house ( still awaiting a lot of work to be done on it ) with my "sample panel" on it of what paint job is planned for it later on when it's time to paint it.

Railcar pic 221

Pic 221 shows another view of the "sample panel" just sitting on the top of the Side Rail to see what it'll look like from a different angle.

Railcar pic 222

Pic 222 shows my new driver "Nickerless" who is currently a "nudist" but will eventually need to wear a uniform in public running in his new Driver's seat that I've made from some scrap wood off cuts that I had lying around.

Railcar pic 223

Pic 223 shows "Nickerless" in the Driver's position in the Power Car cab area although the Cab frame hasn't been welded up just yet.

Railcar pic 224

Pic 224 shows the Driver's seat now painted in Etch Primer paint & awaiting to be completed with a final coat of paint.

Railcar pic 225

Pic 225 shows the Driver's Seat now painted in Black paint & almost ready for installation.

Railcar pic 226

Pic 226 shows "Nickerless" in his seat & with a temporary seat belt fitted ; it was easier than getting a ratchet tie down strap in this scale. :-)

Railcar pic 227

Pic 227 shows the colour "sample panel" positioned on the tailcar unit just for looks , from this pic you can see where the window line & Door is planned to go.

Railcar pic 228

Pic 228 shows another view just for clarity.

Railcar pic 229

Pic 229 shows Nickerless in the Driver's position inside the Tailcar unit.

Railcar pic 230

Pic 230 shows the Cab details through the side window view ; as the windows aren't fixed into place just yet - I'm using some painters tape to hold them in until they're ready to be fixed into place properly.

Railcar pic 231

Pic 231 shows the "Hidden" toolbox that's being located under the floor of my railcar for any necessary tools that I might require for my railcar later on.

Railcar pic 232

Pic 232 shows another view but from a "side" shot & before the 2 Side Doors are made & fitted.

Railcar pic 233

Pic 233 shows the 1st pair of Side Doors that I've made for the lower part of the railcar with a 2nd pair not shown here but made.

Railcar pic 234

Pic 234 shows 1 of the Side Doors very loosely held in place to show how it's planned to be before being painted.

Railcar pic 235

Pic 235 shows the other Side Door for the other end.

Railcar pic 236

Pic 236 shows paper that I've put on this side ( again ) just to re-make another "template" so that I can work to a plan for when I get to paint it later on ; This gives you some idea of the paint job that I have planned for it.

Railcar pic 237

Pic 237 shows the car horn that I'm using for this project , although I'm not really a Holden "Commodore" fan - this horn from a VE series Commodore sounds close to what sound that I''m wanting for a "train" sound.

Railcar pic 238

Pic 238 shows some of the wiring that I'm using , the twin wire goes from the Driver's Console to the Rear Traction Motor while the single Red wire goes from the Horn Button to the Horn ; This is all hidden behind the Lower Valances.

Railcar pic 239

239 shows the Perspex panel that I'm using for the Destination Board , I'll be painting part of it Black as you'll see here soon.

Railcar pic 240

Pic 240 shows the masked & painted side of the Perspex , this will become the inside of the Destination Board as you'll get to see here soon.


Please be patient with me on this project as I'm putting it on "go-slow" for a few weeks but I hope to include some new pics with next month's update. Thank you.

My N.S.W.G.R. D57 class loco

With the completion of my HO scale N.S.W.G.R. Z18 class loco in March / April 2020 ( after working on it for about 6 weeks ) & with various other repair work being done as well - I hope to complete this "New" project within a few months if possible of an HO scale N.S.W.G.R. D57 class loco ; This loco project has begun as a kit that was made by DJH in the U.K. & released by Lloyds Model Railways here in Australia & I'd bought this kit back in 2005 , so , after all of this time I thought that I'd better begin work on this project as I've been putting it off for too long now & with the "Corona Virus" being something major at this point in time - why not get it happening while I can???

D57 class pic 1

Pic 1 shows the kit as packed within the box , the Boiler & Tender are wrapped up in the cardboard rolls with the Mashima motor & NWSL gear box to the Left & all of the rest of the kit is underneath.

D57 class pic 2

Pic 2 shows the instruction sheets that comes with the kit ( & there are many sheets to go through ) should you wish to know.

D57 class pic 3

Pic 3 shows 2 pages of the instruction sheets where the assembly of the chassis begins plus the placement of the Handrails are located on the Bodywork ( which is covered before this page ).

D57 class pic 4

Pic 4 shows the 2 rolled up sections , the motor & gearbox plus 1 packet of very small brass hardware that'll be used first up to assmeble the Chassis.

D57 class pic 5

Pic 5 shows the assortment of Lost Wax cast Brass items that'll be required later on within this package.

D57 class pic 6

Pic 6 shows the 2 packets of items that I'll be needing soon , the top pack contains the 2 "inner supports" that'll be glued inside the Tender later on while the bottom pack has the Wheels , Axles with Axle nuts , Bearings & Crankpins etc.

D57 class pic 7

Pic 7 shows 3 more packets of items which are made of White Metal castings , the Trailing Truck , Cab Roof etc are in the Bottom pack with the Cylinder casting , Tender Bogie Frames etc are in the Top pack.

D57 class pic 8

Pic 8 shows the same thing but might be a bit clearer to see though.

D57 class pic 9

Pic 9 shows 4 more packs that contain the Etched Nickel Silver parts in the Top pack , Brass rodding , wire etc in the middle pack & all of the Etch Brass parts in the 2 Bottom packs.

D57 class pic 10

Pic 10 shows the instruction sheet & most of the parts that'll be required for this part of the build , after I assemble the Chassis - I'll then need to make sure that it rolls freely before I continue completing this section.

D57 class pic 11

Pic 11 shows things a bit closer up , the "Insulated Side" is on the Left side of the loco while the "Live side" is on the Right Hand side.

D57 class pic 14

Pic 14 shows the Trailing Truck just sitting on the wheel set & before I tidy it up & glue the Axle Retainer into place.

D57 class pic 16

Pic 16 shows a view from above with the "basics" now ready for the next step to be done.

D57 class pic 17

Pic 17 shows the Driver's side of the chassis with the motor positioned in place & ready to be locked down & all wired up.

D57 class pic 18

Pic 18 shows a view from the front with 1 cylinder cover glued into place as a comparison to how the casting has been done & with the other to be glued into place next.

D57 class pic 19

Pic 19 shows a rear view of the chassis looking forward so that you can see the details from another angle.

D57 class pic 20

Pic 20 shows a view from the Fireman's side by comparison & the cylinder block removed for now , I expect that this will possibly take me a while to finish so I'll keep on uploading more pics of this build as I go so that you can follow along & possibly attempt to do what I'm doing here.

D57 class pic 24

Pic 24 shows the Gearbox now installed into place & with the drive coupling connected as well , I've also fitted the Crankpins to all of the drive wheels too.

D57 class pic 29

Pic 29 shows another different view.

D57 class pic 30

Pic 30 shows a "mostly assembled" view so far with the Wheels & Chassis painted , the next part of this build will be to work on the Front Apron part & assemble all of the other parts that go with it.

D57 class pic 31

Pic 31 shows the main parts positioned into place on the Front Apron area with the front Valve Cylinder guides now glued where they need to be.

D57 class pic 32

Pic 32 shows the other details from the Left Hand side so far now that the motion assembly has be done.

D57 class pic 36

Pic 36 shows a view from above so that you can see how it's supposed to look after being connected up properly.

D57 class pic 40

Pic 40 shows the Chassis on the "Rolling Road" again ; To watch some video of this loco having a "Test Run" on my Rolling Road that you see here - please click on the above pic & it should take you to my You Tube video.

D57 class pic 41

Pic 41 shows the underside of the chassis , it comes complete with all of the Brake Rigging that you can see here but I've "scribed" the markings in that show the "power" pick up side of the Loco.

D57 class pic 42

Pic 42 shows the Chassis ( now complete ) alongside the Loco Body work & associated parts ; The Smoke Box end is seperate to the Boiler part & needs to be joined together before fitting up all of the other parts to it.

D57 class pic 45

Pic 45 shows the next step of the project being started on , everything is laid out for assembly & then assembeld into place.

D57 class pic 46

Pic 46 shows the Cab parts ( in Etched Brass ) awaiting to be cut from the frame & folded into shape as required with the Back Head of the Fire Box in the background in cast White Metal.

D57 class pic 47

Pic 47 shows the Cab now folded into shape & with the Window Frames now soldered into place as well with the Cab Floor & Footplate just about ready to install.

D57 class pic 48

Pic 48 shows it all from the rear end view & before all of the rest of the items gets soldered on as well.

D57 class pic 49

Pic 49 shows everything ( so far ) very loosely sitting in place for now just to see how it looks , there's heaps of work ahead of me at this point in time but rest assured that now ( August 2020 ) it's actually just about all complete & these updates are quite far behind the actual work that I've done.

D57 class pic 50

Pic 50 shows a view from the Front end , it's worth noting the size difference between the 2 scales.

D57 class pic 51

Pic 51 shows the rear end shot with the 2 screws that help keep the body in place & the Cab Roof just loosely positioned for now ; There's another screw that's located up under the Front Truck that holds the Front End in place.

D57 class pic 52

Pic 52 shows a view from above with the Running Board loosely positioned for now.

D57 class pic 53

Pic 53 shows the Right Hand side now fixed into place & the Handrails now being added on with more details to follow.

D57 class pic 54

Pic 54 shows another Rear End view , from this pic you'll get to see how much space is around the motor- not much!!

D57 class pic 55

Pic 55 shows the 2 Steam Pipes now in places on this side of the loco - I was working from various pics of the actual loco ( 5711 ) in order to get this as correct as I could.

D57 class pic 56

Pic 56 shows a different view from above.

D57 class pic 57

Pic 57 shows the loco with the Cab Roof left off.

D57 class pic 58

Pic 58 shows the Left Hand side of the loco with a lot of the details now fixed into place & ready for more to come.

D57 class pic 59

Pic 59 shows the details better for those of you who are following this build.

D57 class pic 60

Pic 60 shows the Cab Details , the roof will be glued on very soon.

D57 class pic 61

Pic 61 shows a view from the rear end with the FireBox "Back Head" end now in place.

D57 class pic 62

Pic 62 shows this same D57 class ( 5711 ) in both scales just for a comparison.

D57 class pic 63

Pic 63 shows a side shot just for something different.

D57 class pic 64

Pic 64 shows another different view for now.

D57 class pic 65

Pic 65 shows a "close up" view of the Right Hand Cab end details with some more to still to be added.

D57 class pic 66

Pic 66 shows the Right Hand Front end details so far.

D57 class pic 67

Pic 67 shows these details from another view & from above ( for those who are attempting to assemble 1 of these kits ) ; It's worth noting that the 0.7mm Brass wire "Compressor Exhaust Steam Pipe" isn't shown on the DJH instructions but I was able to work things out going by the photos that I have , plus , the 0.3mm Brass wire "Electrical conduit" that links both Marker Lights aren't shown on the instructions either.

D57 class pic 68

Pic 68 shows the Front Left Hand view with some more details for those of you out there attempting building this kit.

D57 class pic 69

Pic 69 might not be neccessarily needed but it does show these details a bit clearer.

D57 class pic 70

Pic 70 shows things from above , The "blob" of solder that's just behind the Chimney has been cleaned up & is less noticable now as it wasn't easy for me to get correct at first due to an issue of soldering at the time.

D57 class pic 71

Pic 71 shows the details for the Front Left Hand side of the loco ; the "hole" that you can see in the Smokebox Door is for the eventual fitting of the Fibre Optics for the Headlighting later on.

D57 class pic 72

Pic 72 shows these details a bit clearer but from a side view.

D57 class pic 73

Pic 73 shows the side details at the back end of the loco ( Left Hand side ) & with the Cab Roof not glued into place just yet.

D57 class pic 74

Pic 74 shows the same details but from a lower angle , note: the pipework that runs behind the Reversing Rod & the pipe that comes from the Air Tank "should" pass in front of these 2 pipes instead as this was my mistake as going by the Data sheets drawing & not looking at the photo that I had in my modelling file.

D57 class pic 75

Pic 75 shows the Right Hand side of the loco showing all of the details that I had done at the time.

D57 class pic 76

Pic 76 shows the Cab details before it's completed , since this pic was taken I've added in the Driver's & Fireman's seats.

D57 class pic 77

Pic 77 shows the completed Left Hand side of the loco.

D57 class pic 78

Pic 78 shows another shot of the Front End detail for those who are following this project.

D57 class pic 79

Pic 79 shows the completed Right Hand side of the loco ; you might note that I've added in some "extra" wiring that comes from the Cab & Turbo Generator & goes up to behind the Air Compressor as this isn't shown or included in this kit or instructions but is there in photos.

D57 class pic 80

Pic 80 shows the rear end view now that it's back on the chassis.

D57 class pic 81

Pic 81 shows the details on the Fireman's side of the loco just before the Cab Roof goes on.

D57 class pic 82

Pic 82 shows the details on the Driver's side of the loco just before the Cab Roof goes on.

D57 class pic 83

Pic 83 shows the beginnings of the Tender's Bogies with all of their parts all laid out ready for assembly.

D57 class pic 84

Pic 84 shows one completed Bogie with the other to follow very quickly.

D57 class pic 85

Pic 85 shows the 1st Bogie sitting alongside the 2nd Bogie just as a "comparison" shot.

D57 class pic 86

Pic 86 shows both of them now sitting on the track.

D57 class pic 87

Pic 87 shows all of the main parts that make up the Tender before being assembled.

D57 class pic 88

Pic 88 shows the Brass body all folded & about to be soldered up.

D57 class pic 89

Pic 89 shows it from the Rear End.

D57 class pic 90

Pic 90 shows it from underneath & before the Bogie pivots are soldered into place.

D57 class pic 91

Pic 91 shows the underside of the Tender with the 2 Bogie Pivots ( 1 located in place ) while the other 1 is just about to be soldered into place.

D57 class pic 92

Pic 92 shows the 2 Inner strengtheners now glued into place , these are also used for stopping the Top Deck from falling inside the Body work.

D57 class pic 93

Pic 93 shows it from the Front.

D57 class pic 94

Pic 94 shows both Bogie Pivots fixed into place & the 2 Chassis sides also soldered into place.

D57 class pic 95

Pic 95 shows it from the front just for a comparison.

D57 class pic 96

Pic 96 shows the Rear Buffer Beam now folded into shape & awaiting being soldered into where it needs to be located.

D57 class pic 97

Pic 97 shows the same part now sitting in place & about to be soldered.

D57 class pic 98

Pic 98 shows how it's come along so far , with all of the Lower parts now done - I can begin on all of the Upper parts.

D57 class pic 99

Pic 99 shows the overall sight of the loco so far from the Fireman's side.

D57 class pic 100

Pic 100 shows the loco from the Rear End.

D57 class pic 101

Pic 101 shows the Tender from the Front now with the Handrails in place.

D57 class pic 102

Pic 102 shows the Tender from the Rear now with the Handrails in place.

D57 class pic 103

Pic 103 shows the Rear Buffer Beam with it's Lamp Irons now soldered into place.

D57 class pic 104

Pic 104 shows the Front End details now in place with a bit more to go.

D57 class pic 105

Pic 105 shows some of the Under Side details at the Front End.

D57 class pic 106

Pic 106 shows the Coal Doors & Locker Doors just about to be fixed into place.

D57 class pic 107

Pic 107 shows the Top details now glued into place.

D57 class pic 108

Pic 108 shows the Rear End details all done.

D57 class pic 109

Pic 109 shows a lot more Front End details now fitted into place.

D57 class pic 110

Pic 110 shows the rear End details from the Driver's side view.

D57 class pic 111

Pic 111 shows the Front End details from the Driver's side view.

D57 class pic 112

Pic 112 shows both the HO & N scale D57 class loco's side by side & from the front just for a comparison & before I paint the HO scale loco.

D57 class pic 113

Pic 113 shows both the HO & N scale D57 class loco's side by side & from the rear just for a comparison & before I paint the HO scale loco.

D57 class pic 114

Pic 114 shows how the Front end Fireman's side now looks after being painted.

D57 class pic 115

Pic 115 shows how the Front end Driver's side now looks after being painted.

D57 class pic 116

Pic 116 shows the Cab details.

D57 class pic 117

Pic 117 shows how the Front end Tender details look after painting from the Fireman's side.

D57 class pic 118

Pic 118 shows how the Front end Tender details look after painting from the Driver's side.

D57 class pic 119

Pic 119 shows how the rear end looks after being painted.

D57 class pic 120

Pic 120 shows the completed loco after it's paint job & some "mild" weathering that I've done , you might also notice that it has it's loco number decals on it as well plus it's builders badges that come with the kit ( the badges that is ) in this Front view.

D57 class pic 121

Pic 120 shows the completed loco after it's paint job & some "mild" weathering that I've done , you might also notice that it has it's loco number decals on it as well plus it's builders badges that come with the kit ( the badges that is ) in this rear view.

As a Foot Note - I have actually completed this loco kit in total but these updates are lagging far behind the actual build so please bear with me while my website catches up with where I'm at ; There's only the loco crew to be installed into the loco & possilby installing a Headlight later on plus perhaps some "sound" when I can afford it & this kit took me around 3 months to complete.

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