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 :

Sometimes we have to "play the game" to be socially acceptable or kind , but ultimately if we remain covered by the hard crust of a created persona we fail to truly live the life we've been given.

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 or more 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 some years ago - I'm now including some pics from 2017 onwards of my 7 1/4" Railcars that I'll be working on over the next few years 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 2021 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 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 47

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 161

Pic 161 shows the lower door panel now fitted in it's place along with the 2 "locks" that'll help keep it shut when it's not needing 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 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 191

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 225

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

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 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 is from a VE series Commodore & sounds close to what sound that I''m wanting for a "train" sounding horn.

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.

Railcar pic 241

Pic 241 shows the same piece but from the other side ( the outside face ) that you'll see when done.

Railcar pic 242

Pic 242 shows my "Test prints" for my railcar Destination Board that I've done , I've placed the perspex window over the top of the "Test Prints" so that you can see how it'll look later on when it's installed.

Railcar pic 243

Pic 243 shows the Destination Board just sitting on top of the Driver's window so that you can see where it's going to be fitted very soon.

Railcar pic 244

Pic 244 shows how things look with the paper slipped in behind the perspex window which has since been fitted into place properly now.

Railcar pic 247

Pic 247 shows the Destination Board now fitted into place above the Driver's window & 1 of several peices of paper slipped in behind it just for good measure so you can get an idea of how it's progressing along.

Railcar pic 248

Pic 248 shows the Driver's Entry Door now outlined to give the impression that there's actually a door of some sort in place.

Railcar pic 249

Pic 249 shows both Lower Doors now in the Etch Primer paint which has been done to both sides now.

Railcar pic 255

Pic 255 shows the Front area now masked up & also painted in Black too which you'll get to see very soon as to why I've done this.

Railcar pic 256

Pic 256 shows it from the other side just for a comparison.

Railcar pic 257

Pic 257 shows why I'd painted the Front top areas in Black as I'd wanted for the whole window area to look as 1 piece.

Railcar pic 258

Pic 258 shows how it looks once again but with the lights on , I've since fitted an LED light board in behind the Destination sign area which I shall hopefully have here in early 2021.

Railcar pic 259

Pic 259 shows the "Destination Board" now all lit up & with 1 of several destination cards in it showing how it might look later on at night parked up in a station or yard type scene but with some Light Bleed illuminating the Cab before I make & install a Card Holder for it.

Railcar pic 260

Pic 260 shows things from above & with part of the Cab Roof removed so you can see how it's done.

Railcar pic 261

Pic 261 shows things from behind - you can see the LED Light Bar just hanging from 2 Support Hooks & with a light dimmer in the background ( partly obscured ) for now.

Railcar pic 262

Pic 262 shows the 2 Card Holders now made & painted in Gloss Black before they're refitted into their place.

Railcar pic 263

Pic 263 shows just 1 of them from below so you can see how it is fitted into place ; the light dimmer is clearly seen to the Right Hand corner for now but I might relocate it later on though.

Railcar pic 264

Pic 264 shows a "close up" view of the card holder & the lower part of the Support Hooks.

Railcar pic 265

Pic 265 shows how it now looks with the Cab window now back in place & the LED bar lit up.

Railcar pic 266

Pic 266 shows an "end view" of the now partially modified bogie with only 1 axle now connected to the motor with the other axle due to be connected as soon as I can , you might notice the 2nd 18 tooth sprocket on the main axle with the 3rd 18 tooth sprocket to be located in line on the other axle & a disc brake will also be located on that same axle.

Feb 2021 has been an exciting time for this projects progress.

Railcar pic 267

Pic 267 shows a side view of the same bogie just for a better view , not long after this pic was taken I managed to do 2 test runs of my railcar out of the shed twice & back under it's own power ( not loco hauled ) & I have now got some video up on my You Tube channel of the 1st test drive for your enjoyment which you can see by clicking on this pic above.

Railcar pic 277

Pic 277 shows the 2 sets of wiring that's coming from the 2 X 12v batteries , 1 set ( to the terminal block ) is the 12v pair for the lighting etc while the other pair is the 24v set to the Speed Controller unit & traction motors all mounted into a holding bracket that I've made up from some "scrap" off cut metal.

Railcar pic 278

Pic 278 shows the original control box & hand held speed controller now ready for use ; I have yet to install the sponge foam padding & vynal covering to the seat at this stage.

Railcar pic 280

Pic 280 shows the 2 X 12V batteries that power this unit at thie stage , another 2 batteries will be put into the 2nd railcar unit when it's ready to be done but I'll need to replace them with some Deep Cycle batteries later on.

Railcar pic 281

Pic 281 shows where abouts the 2 batteries are located within the railcar unit.

Railcar pic 282

Pic 282 shows the progress on the other unit's bogie frames with very little work getting done on them at the moment , the Bolster now has the spring mountings welded on it along with a motor mounting bar while the other one still requires them to be made.

Railcar pic 283

Pic 283 shows the same pair but from the side view , I've temporarily placed 2 of the axle bearing mounts on the top side for the time being but I'll be mounting them in their correct location as soon as I can.

Railcar pic 284

Pic 284 shows both bogies for the other railcar coming along slowly with the spring plates all now in place & the springs just sitting in place on 1 of the 2 bogie frames during Jan 2022.

Railcar pic 285

Pic 285 shows them both from the side just as a comparison to each other.

Railcar pic 286

Pic 286 shows them from the opposite side , I'm hoping to get the spring holders made soon & get the bolts that hold them in place.

Railcar pic 287

Pic 287 shows a close up of where I'm up to on this bogie frame.

Railcar pic 296

Pic 296 shows the bogie from above ( nearly done ) ; the chain drive that you can see will eventually be connected up properly soon.

Railcar pic 297

Pic 297 shows the bogie from the Front end ; this will be the leading end when driven forwards ( axles 1 & 2 ).

Railcar pic 298

Pic 298 shows both Front & Rear bogies on a friend's work bench just after some work had been done , at this stage the only things to be done are the Chain Tensioners & the Brake Callipers then I can do another "Test Run" of my railcar unit.

Railcar pic 299

Pic 299 shows both bogies from the side view , the Front bogie is at the back with axle #1 on the Left while the Rear bogie being at the front of this pic & axle #4 being to the Right of this pic.

Railcar pic 300

Pic 300 shows the wheels & axles for the other railcar to be made on a friend's workbench before they're machined up.

Railcar pic 301

Pic 301 shows them from another angle so you can see how they look before being made into wheels & axles.

Railcar pic 302

Pic 302 shows 1 end of the Bogie Bolster for the Power car now done , there are 4 ends to be done & this is just 1 of them.

Railcar pic 303

Pic 303 shows the bolts , nuts & spring holders in place on this end of the Bogie Bolster , there are 4 of these on each Bolster.

Railcar pic 304

Pic 304 shows the Bolster from the underside along with the springs in their location on the Side Frames.

Railcar pic 305

Pic 305 shows a "close up" view of this arrangement.

Railcar pic 306

Pic 306 shows the Bolster in place on the Side Frames.

Railcar pic 307

Pic 307 shows everything now ready for the Wheels & Axles to be fitted when they're finally machined up then it's onto the other Bogie Parts for the Power Car.

Railcar pic 308

Pic 308 shows the inside of the replacement "pass through" box , this is where the wires "pass through" this replacement box to the control unit on the back & the buttons plus the hand hold speed control box that plugs into the front.

Railcar pic 309

Pic 309 shows the wiring that's behind the back of the box , it might not look the best but it's a lot tidier than it was originally ; the Black box on the back is the actual speed control unit itself.

Railcar pic 310

Pic 310 shows everything just before the roof panel goes back on ; the White wire on the Left goes to the Destination Board via the Dimmming switch which is hidden behind the side panel in this shot.

Railcar pic 311

Pic 311 shows how it looks when it's all back in place & ready for use ; the retaining bracket isn't too far off being made either at this stage of this project & you can see the hand held speed control unit placed on the "plank" which will eventually be covered with sponge foam & have a vynal covering placed over that when done.

Railcar pic 312

Pic 312 shows my railcar with a similar carriage behind it at Cohunu Park on another "Test Run" in June 2022 before the paint work has been done properly plus sporting a "sample" panel to show what's planned for it later on.

Railcar pic 313

Pic 313 shows it from the side just for a bit more "clarity" , the other carriage is exactly the same size & style but without a body on it.

Railcar pic 314

Pic 314 shows a close up view of the couplings that are being used between each carriage ; these are known as "Chopper" couplings & are the standard here in Western Australia for 7.25" gauge trains.

Railcar pic 315

Pic 315 shows a "Trailing view" of the pair so that you can see things both with & without a body on the chassis.

Railcar pic 316

Pic 316 shows it from the Front end , the seating can be seen along the middle just like the carriage behind it has ; as I'm building 2 identical units - they'll look the same when all done which you'll get to see on here soon when I upload the "edited" pic that shows the 2 units together.

Railcar pic 317

Pic 317 shows a Front On shot & without the driver ( Nickerless ) in the cab , On Saturday the 8th of July I installed 2 new Deep Cycle batteries in my railcar & I now have some video up on You Tube of this doing a run around the park on the old 2nd hand batteries & you can watch it by clicking on this pic here.


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

Also - as a note to everyone , On Saturday the 13th of Feb 2021 I've finally got the chain drive fitted up & have successfuly driven the railcar out of the shed & back twice for it's 1st "powered" test runs ; I've also done some video of the event which I have uploaded to You Tube since this update was done "plus" there's another new video of it going around Cohunu Park in June 2022 on another "test run" but with people on board helping me with doing a "load test" just to make sure that it can handle passenger operations ; just look up "Advanced Passenger Express" in the You Tube search area to see it & I hope to be including the link here very soon.

My N scale "L" car ( CUB ) set.

Since completing the HO scale LGC diorama in March 2022 - I had already began some work on my N scale "L" car ( CUB ) set of the N.S.W.G.R. era , these were an outer suburban set at the time & eventually became a regular loco hauled set of carriages until the mid 80's before disappearing into rail heritage form or were scrapped all together , out of the 6 sets of 6 permanently coupled cars ( set 80 - 86 ) plus another few independant cars - another 6 sets of cars that were converted into the "R" set & 1 of these sets can be seen in the movie "A Steam Train Passes" which was made back in 1974 where loco 3801 is seen hauling "R" set 109 in the Indian Red colour scheme & this N scale version will hopefully be as good as the HO scale model turned out.

N scale L car pic 01

Pic 1 shows the N scale C35 class loco ( 3526 ) in the Blue colour scheme of the famous "Caves Express" train with 3 of the 6 car set very loosely sitting on some spare freight bogies at the front edge of my workbench just for this pic.

N scale L car pic 02

Pic 2 shows the 2 resin 3D printed HFL carriages in the raw Grey resin plus painted in the Indian Red colour scheme just as a comparison to each other.

N scale L car pic 03

Pic 3 shows the other end of the resin 3D printed carriages before any details are made & included.

N scale L car pic 04

Pic 4 shows the loco & all 6 carriages as a "set" ready for starting this project ( which might take a while to complete ).

N scale L car pic 05

Pic 5 shows the HO & N scale HFL's side by side , this will be 1 of 2 N scale sets that I'll be doing with set "B" being in the same colour scheme as my HO scale set is.

N scale L car pic 06

Pic 6 shows the N scale FL car in it's raw form with the HO scale version behind it.

N scale L car pic 07

Pic 7 shows the N scale RFL car with the HO version behind it ; as the N scale version isn't quite correct - I'll have to correct it during this build.

N scale L car pic 08

Pic 8 shows the 2nd BL car in it's raw form , this is just 1 of 2 BL cars in a set.

N scale L car pic 09

Pic 9 shows the 1st BL car in it's raw form , this is just 1 of 2 BL cars in a set.

N scale L car pic 10

Pic 10 shows the "other" HFL car which can be seen it this set , there are 2 HFL cars in a set with 1 being at each end of the train so it's easier to take the loco to the other end for the return run back to Sydney without turning the whole train around.

N scale L car pic 11

Pic 11 shows a comparison between an HFL car & a scratchbuilt CR ( independant ) car ; the HFL car is sitting on a pair of Microtrains old time American civil war type bogies which are 2 scale feet shorter than what's needed for the N.S.W.G.R. 2AA type bogies but I'll change that by the time that these are all done.

N scale L car pic 12

Pic 12 shows a "close up" view of the HFL car now that I've added in most of the under floor items by this stage of the build , there's plenty more items to be added to this carriage before it's ready for painting & I shall upload more pics as I go so you can see the progress.

N scale L car pic 13

Pic 13 shows a "low side" view of the HFL mainly to show the underside details that I've added to this model so far with some more to be added soon.

N scale L car pic 14

Pic 14 shows these details a bit clearer.

N scale L car pic 15

Pic 15 shows the opposite side along with the modified window arrangement.

N scale L car pic 16

Pic 16 shows a slightly different view , the 2 elastic bands will be removed later on but are only temporarily being used to hold the 2 sections together until being glued together later on.

N scale L car pic 17

Pic 17 shows the HFL from underneath to show the new details now that it's just about done , all I need to add in now is the wheel driven generator & it'll be done.

N scale L car pic 18

Pic 18 shows things from the other side.

N scale L car pic 19

Pic 19 shows the carriage back on it's bogies which will be changed over later on as these aren't the correct wheel base but do look similar to the N.S.W. 2AA design bogies that were used in real life.

N scale L car pic 20

Pic 20 shows the roof top marking out for the roof vents that are not too far off being made & fitted.

N scale L car pic 21

Pic 21 shows the last 2 carriages of the train in both HO & in N scale as they are so far , on the Right is the HFL with the FL car to the Left & this set will be painted in the same colour scheme as my HO set is.

N scale L car pic 22

Pic 22 shows a close up view of the HFL so that you can see the details that I had to add with only the axle driven generator to be added as soon as I can.

N scale L car pic 23

Pic 23 shows a close up view of the FL car before I add the Queen posts & Truss Rods with the axle driven generator to be included as well.

N scale L car pic 24

Pic 24 shows the 2 of them together on their temporary bogies.

N scale L car pic 25

Pic 25 shows the underside of the HFL car now that I've made & added the axle driven generator.

N scale L car pic 26

Pic 26 shows the newly added details for the underside of the FL car with a bit more work still to be done.

N scale L car pic 27

Pic 27 shows the comparison between the 2 RFL cars & the amount of modification that was needed on the N scale model ; it also shows the 2 main sections of the N scale model before the extra details are made & fitted to it.

N scale L car pic 28

Pic 28 shows a "close up" view of the 2 essential parts of the RFL car & the modifications that were neccessary.

N scale L car pic 29

Pic 29 shows the RFL car now back on it's wheels before I make the details that will be put underneath it.

N scale L car pic 30

Pic 30 shows the next car ( the 2nd BL car ) which I've placed upside down as this will be the next one to sort out but I'll have to make & fit the roof vents to the RFL before I can get onto the next carriage.

N scale L car pic 31

Pic 31 shows the under side of both RFL cars just for comparison now that all of the under side work has been completed.

N scale L car pic 32

Pic 32 shows a side view so that you can see the modifications that I've had to do to this particular carriage ; at this point in time I've began to install the roof vents on it.

N scale L car pic 33

Pic 33 shows the carriage in it's place along the set for now.

N scale L car pic 34

Pic 34 shows the Roof Vents now done & ready for painting.

N scale L car pic 35

Pic 35 shows a side view of the RFL in consist with the 2nd BL car next in line to get working onto.

N scale L car pic 36

Pic 36 shows the start of the underside floor details & before I add in the Queen Posts & Truss Rods to the 2nd BL car.

N scale L car pic 37

Pic 37 shows it positioned on a pair of bogies just to see how it looks without any underfloor details added.

N scale L car pic 38

Pic 38 shows a comparison of the 2 sets of carriages , the 2nd BL car is on the Left with the RFL on the Right.

N scale L car pic 39

Pic 39 shows a close up view of the 2nd BL car now ready for painting.

N scale L car pic 40

Pic 40 shows the set so far with only 2 more cars to be done yet ; the Black elastic bands will be removed once the paint job has been done & then the bodies will be glued onto the chassis of each car but there's a few more things to get sorted out before that happens.

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