Sunday, May 18, 2014

NZ120 Micro module IV

Clamped, glued and screwed.
More progress. I've added blocks of wood 6mm below the top of the module ends, cut four lengths for risers and two more lengths to connect the risers. It's fairly light. As suggested to me I screwed the sections together before the glue sets.

Next step is to attach the length connecting the risers... as time allows!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

NZ120 Micro module III

Another small step... I've now glued (or "No More Nails" but we all know it's actually glue) two lengths of 1200mm timber to each module end. The "front" one is set 6mm back from the edge of the module ends to allow 6mm MDF to be attached to it. The next step, once the glue sets, is to screw the lengths to the module ends. I'll do the usual risers to support the track bed.

Friday, May 9, 2014

NZ120 Micro module II

Here's my rough plan for my first module (TM) based on the bridge just south of the Ohau crossing loop which is itself south of Levin. It's 1.2m long (so should fit in the car), and has a bridge in the middle of it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NZ120 Micro module I

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Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been busy with other distractions. I'm slowly selling off my 1:64 models and kits I've collected over the years but never got around to building up. Oh well. Keep an eye on TradeMe for things that I'm selling.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago I acquired two of Mark's Model Works Micro Module End Plates (TM, or MMWMMEP for short). I finally got around to gluing the short section of track between the two notches tonight. Progress!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

IA wagon I

One for folding
I've acquired two of Mark's Model Works IA class container wagon etches in NZ120. Here's the real thing:

Stolen from KiwiBonds
IA class wagons have type 18B bogies, which as far as I know aren't available other than potentially off Shapeways:
However following a thread on, it seems that they won't be able to be ordered for some time yet. Nevermind - I'll just have to get cracking on putting the kits together!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HWT wood chip container III

Test prints (in NZ120) have now arrived:


And they look good. They'll need to be cleaned off before painting but I'm pleased with how they've come out. I've now allowed them to be purchased on my Shapeways store.

Now to fix the NZ120 version of the LWD tank.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Thoughts on defecting scales

So, my living and working arrangements are likely to be changing this year, which is highly frustrating as we only moved into our house two years ago and I finally got a garage to build a layout. That means the work I've done so far will have to be disassembled and possibly reassembled when we find a new house.

At the same time I've started to see the appeal of NZ120. For example, train lengths. Despite making the passing loops as long as I could realistically, the trains I can run are limited in length to the point that they don't look realistic. Then there's the cost - NZ120 is far more cost effective than larger scales. There is also, for me, the ability to do more with 3D printing. Putting together the HWT woodchip container model the other day I realised that 3D printing words much better in a smaller scale.

In addition, the Free-mo standards looks pretty good. I could build module(s) able to be transported.