Well it’s been a while since my last little rant on here… Yet again. I have been spending more time trying to do live videos on our Faceplant page (https://www.facebook.com/wuiskemodels/).
If we can get this to work then the idea is to have a truly interactive forum where you can all comment on my modelling stuff ups. See how I do things and (with any luck) tell me where I can improve. This is after all how we all learned.
In this chapter, I will be showing you the artwork files for ALL 18 running numbers of the 1720s. As you can see, we are releasing them with 3 versions “as built”. These have a slightly differnt blue livery and do not include the familiar “worm” logo. These units were from the mid 1960s up to the mid to late 1970s.
We are releasing 6 running numbers in the original livery with the worm logo. These cover the mid to late 1970s right up until the 1992-1995 period.
All running numbers have been chosen as the units that survived in their chosen liveries the longest to allow you to cross them over each other.
Some units we’ve produced were to later be scrapped (such as 1726) which was written off after a level crossing accident whilst in the corporate livery.
We’ve also done a few special units, such as 1770 “James Cook” in both original and corporate liveries.
Obviously the models will be available in both standard (16.5mm) gauge as well as the accurate HOn3½ (12mm) gauge.
As with our 1550 and 2400 class locomotives, they will be fitted with directional lighting and independently controlled number boards (for DCC).
Similarly, they are equipped with a standard 8 pin DDCC plug.
The locomotives are fitted with Genuine Kadee Couplers with scale heads. Unlike our 1550s and 2400s, you asked for us to fit them with #158 couplers instead of #58s so we have.
There are four units being produced in the Driver Only (or DOO) blue livery.
As you can see there is one unit (1741D) in the blue livery with a yellow air conditioner. This unit survived like this for a number of years and was one of the very last blue liveried locos left in Queensland.
There are also 4 units in the corporate (Broncos) livery. Again, we have selected these based on the longest running units in these liveries.
As with 1741D, there is one corporate unit with a blue air conditioner (1743D). Again, this unit ran around for many years like this.
As with all Wuiske/Haskell products these locomotives will have the couplers mounted at the correct coupler height. But can be changed to suit standard gauge coupler height also.
Sound units are being prepared from ESU Loksound as we did with the 1550 and 2400 classes. These will, again, be available to any retailer so you don’t need to know someone to get them fitted.
Last but certainly not least, we have the Bicentennial unit 1723. This unit, like our model of 2401D, will be made in limited numbers. But, we are producing more than we did of 2401D to try and avoid people missing out.
So with all going to plan and once we get Chinese New Year out of the way, the production should draw to a close. After that, the models will be shipped. So, we’re still looking at another month or two but they are VERY close now.
Well here we go again with another chapter of the world according to me. Since the last chapter, we have had out last show of the year, the new Logan Model Railway Show as well as the Modelling The Railways Of Queensland Convention.
As usual the convention was brilliant and a wealth of information was offered as well as a heap of inspiration. The highlight for me though was the diorama (or soon to be layout hopefully) from Steve Hornabrook. His Diorama “Tarni” is a fictitious branch line set somewhere in South Eastern Queensland. This is Steve’s first effort at modelling and WOW, it’s impressive!
As you can see from the photos, there is nothing at all that would allude to this being a first shot at modelling. After a fairly lengthy conversation with Steve, I learned he had spent a lot of time researching blogs, websites and faceplant groups for ideas. Most of the structures on the diorama are built using a rapid prototyped frame with styrene cladding laid over the top. All done on an Aldi machine too!
Steve has used basic techniques for his scenery to amazing effect. Simple applications of static grass and weathering powders over plaster stained bases have really captured the look and feel of a small Queensland Branch in the 1960s beautifully.
As I mentioned before, we also had first Logan Model Railway Show held in Beenleigh. This was put on my the Logan Club and they did a spectacular job! Our thanks go to Jim and all the boys at the club for doing an amazing job! Especially for a first show.
The show was packed with layouts and traders. There were some new layouts there and a lot of different things not usually seen at the shows. The stand out layout was Dennis Campbell and Gary Psyden’s Stanumvale. This QR layout is beyond SPECTACULAR!
For those that remember Caintoad Flats, this is head and shoulders above it. The level of detail is just amazing. Every part of the layout has some amazing detail. From the WWII air raid shelter down to the lamps inside the loco shed.
With the sunday winding down, I thought I would take the oppurtunity to walk around and get a few photos of the usual suspects from the shows. Obviously it wouldn’t be Adam’s Corner if we didn’t make it a bit more “interesting” though…
Kerry helping out Dave McPhee from Modeller’s Warehouse.
George from Aurora Trains, with Yani from Craftsman Scale Accessories and Roc Wall from the Gold Coast Club.
Gerard Ryan and his son Brendan.
Benjamin Page from Train Pictures and James from the house next door to the house next door to Jame’s house.
Al Cutmore from AR Kits… and apparently endorsing some soft drink company.
Anatol… Fresh from the nuthouse.
Jim Costello from J&J Hobbies.
Matt from Matt’s Ballast.
I will do my best to put up some more photos of Stanumvale in the next chapter. As always though, we shall see how we go.
Well it’s been a pretty hectic time down here on Planet Jandowae since my last little rant.
Since then, we’ve attended a multitude of shows. As always, we had an absolute ball! Obviously it goes without saying that we would like to thank All the clubs for their continued support and for continuing to put on such great shows.
Many of you have been asking after Rob lately and inquiring as to how he is doing and so forth. Well I happy to say that he is up and mobile (well in a form) and his typical bloody minded attitude is serving him well to ensure he will not be seeing the glue factory any time soon. That aside, he did managed to catch himself a death defyingly deadly case of the dreaded man flu of, um, death. Thankfully the Australian medical profession had misplaced their “special pills” and euthanasia is still illegal in this country so… Rob is back on deck! And will be on hand for the last show of the year at Beenleigh.
Meanwhile back at the asylum, we had another of our barbeques. This one was nice and small with just Paul Henderson, Yani Tout and Charles Clarke. Having just the four of us milling around the layout room was great. After much discussion, it seems like we’re heading in what most seem to think is the right direction for this layout and everything appears to be working well. That being said, we’re expecting a majorly cataclysmic event at some point within the next few days… Obviously.
Scenery has started to be placed on the end of the Abattoirs branch and a “slab” has been laid for the main building which was resurrected from the old layout. A few more point motors have been installed… a dozen more actually. So only 30 or so to go now and all 73 sets are motorised and wired for DCC.
The greatest change to the layout has been the addition of the head boards that was touched on briefly in the last chapter. We have also installed the first 15 meters of LED strip lighting. we bought this from eBay for the princely sum of around eleven dollars for a five meter roll. With the first three rolls up, all I can say is WOW. These things totally change the way the layout looks and feels. this is exactly what I was planning for the old layout, it just never eventuated.
The current plan is to add two switches to the fascia of the layout. One for turning the main layout lighting on and off. And the second one will operate the dimmable blue LED’s for night time operation as well as all the street lights, building interior lights and those on the vehicles… Assuming I don’t give up on soldering between now and then.
I can say, that whilst typing this rant, I did in fact add the isolated section for the loco depot and it works a treat. We have been forced to make use of it only once thus far when we double up on running numbers but it also makes everything a lot simpler with controlling the layout as there is less locomotives starting up (especially when Captain Blackout is here).
The layout fascias have been getting a bit of attention and now there is just one small section to put in. With the scenery around the Container yard and Harriston South yard starting to take shape, we are almost ready to install the cross members for supporting the headboards and lighting fixtures.
The largest things to be done here were the “pads” for the container yard and the approaches for the road bridge that hides the mainline vanishing through the backdrop.
As usual, these were made using styrene formers and then plaster was laid in and smoothed as it dried. I’ve found that a simple plastic spatula works wonders for this and once the plaster is partially dry, I come back with a wet finger and just rub any undulations smooth. Once it is all dry, I give it a light splash of water and hit it with some course grit wet and dry sand paper. I have not tried to go for a perfectly smooth finish but something that is roughly smooth.
This section was to be painted to represent bitumen and, as usual, was done with cheap artist acrylics. As the paint dried and soaked in (gotta love plaster), it became lighter and took on a much more “natural” shade. The final step will be to add some lining and then some light weathering with powders. As always though, we shall see how we go.
After out most recent running session, several issues have come to light…
We get a lot of issues with the layout shutting down. These shut downs seem to be caused by two things, both of which are classed as “operator error”.
The first problem is people running (or attempting to run) through points that are set against them. Whilst this may seem like a pretty dumb issue to have, it’s more of a case of people leaving one point towards another and they encounter a set of points that has not been changed back by the previous operator.
The second issue is caused by people not shunting or operating with a purpose. This is possibly the primary cause of the first issue.
With a lot of idea swapping between Jade and myself, we’ve decided that we need to implement four systems in place on our layout to make things run smoother.
The idea of train numbering will be pretty straight forward and will essentially give an overview of where the train is heading… In exactly the same way as the real thing (funny that).
The Driver Qualifications for the layout is an idea we want to borrow from what some of the American layouts use. All operators will start out with the simpler trains and as sections of the layout are used they will effectively upgrade themselves to operate more varied trains.
The train Orders will be a simple sheet of A4 or A5 paper that lists which locomotive, wagons or coaches they have on the train. Where they are starting from and running to, as well as the eventual times they are running… Again, in exactly the same way the real ones do.
Train purpose I think is possibly the most important of the lot. This will (hopefully) ensure that wagons are not set out on roads that are designated as “run around” roads. This sort of thing can bring the entire layout to a standstill for a fairly lengthy period of time. It is also the primary cause of people just “working around it” to get the “job” done. This leads to the initial issue of layout shut downs due to running against points as their path is being made up as they go to avoid a blockage that should not be there.
Part of the rest of the plan involves placing track diagrams on the head board of the layout around each junction or yard area to clearly identify track locations, names, purposes and industries.
The theory seems to work in our heads but there is obviously a lot more to go into it so we shall have to see how we go. The overall impressions we’re getting from our barbeques is that this layout is far better to operate than our previous one and has a far greater capacity for more people to operate around each other. So that’s one little dream of mine satisfied… 99,999 to go.
We’re now at the point of fine tuning the operating side of things somewhat to eliminate problems. The one satisfying thing we’ve learned is that nine out of ten issues are caused by operator error or at least lack of route knowledge or train purpose. Armed with this, we can work on it to try and make sure everything is laid out in a simple and logical manner to allow people to just turn up and after a few minutes, be running trains. Well that’s the theory anyway.
Getting back to something I mentioned in the previous chapter, with the Brisbane Show, we had our usual Saturday Night Dinner. Again it was at the Cleveland Sizzler and we had a group of about a dozen of us there for it. As usual we had an absolute ball. Wade McLaren, Hayden Lynch, Dallas Trembath, Andrew Matt and Tyler and Lauren Meiklejohn. Also there was (obviously) myself, Jade and my brother Craig. My mother and the kids came along too.
As usual we had an absolute ball and were still chin wagging as the staff tried to usher us out 20 minutes after closing time. This (obviously) led to further discussions in the car park for another hour until we all decided to retire.
Thanks to those whom could make it this year. It’s always the personal highlight of many of the shows for me as we can kick back and discuss everything and anything and simply have fun. It’s also one of the places where I get a few ideas for possible future products or ideas for the layout.
On our return trip from the show, we decided to drop into Mick and Anita Thornes’ house for a long overdue coffee. This obviously turned into several coffees and eventually into us spending the night there, talking until, one by one, everyone retired to Bedfordshire to check their eyes for light leaks.
The following day, we continued our trip home and decided to stop off at Dalby so the kids could catch a couple of coalies crossing at the station. All in all, a great way to finish a great weekend.
Once again, I’d like to thank everyone for yet another spectacular Brisbane Show and a damned enjoyable 5 days for all of us.
As with everything on Planet Jandowae, the layout and it’s operations are a work in progress. The Wuiske Models barbeques are designed to be a relaxed forum for people to get together and just play trains and help us find out where or what needs to be modified or improved on our layout. If you’d like to attend our barbeques, please have a look at our Faceplant Page as this is where they are usually posted about a week prior to the actual event.
I’m happy to say that after each of our barbeques we always have things that we’ve learned and that help with further progress on the layout. Plus we just have a lot of fun.
Coming up this weekend, we have the Toowoomba Show on the 4th and 5th of June. As usual it’s on at the Toowoomba Show Grounds and it will be a great weekend. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of you there and we can catch up. Being a smaller show, we can actually take the time to talk more with people too. This is why the Toowoomba Show is always one of our favourites – because we can relax and actually exchange ideas and gain feedback about the things you, the modeller, would like to see us doing.
So, if you’re able to come along and have a chin wag. Being Toowoomba, you may even catch me wearing a jacket… then again, we shall see how we go.
So here we go for the 105th chapter of the world according to me… This could only go well.
Having just returned from the Brisbane Miniature Train Show a few hours ago, I’ve been greeted by a mountain of messages and emails regarding our most recently non announced announcement… The 1720 class.
That’s right, for the last little while (well year actually) Kieren, myself and Jade have been quietly working away on releasing a model of the 1720. Whilst Kieren may have accidently (or not so accidently, he’s funny like that) let a couple photos slip onto faceplant prior to the show, we were proud to unveil one of the samples for the actual model at the show.
Firstly, let me take the time to thank the entire team at AMRA Queensland for yet again putting on a brilliant show! Jade, Craig and I had a ball. Then again we always do. Thanks also to all of you for the continued support you’ve show us yet again.
So, yes, it is true, a 1720 class has been kind of announced properly now and we are once again working in partnership with Haskell Co to deliver what will be our third RTR mass produced locomotive for us Queensland modellers. All going well, planets aligning and such we will be releasing these in time for the fat red pajama clad one to deliver by express sleigh this year. We will of course be offering them in several versions too, including original, as built versions. Further updates will be coming soon regarding the running numbers, liveries and coffee preferences of these though.
In response to all those whom took the time to ask us at the show and online as well, YES they will be available in both HOn3½ (can we call this standard yet?) as well as HO (16.5mm) gauge. NO, we will not be producing maxi-cab or the Kuranda versions at this stage, but never say never. Obviously we will be producing the bicentenial version and yes, we have listened to you and are making more of them than we did the 2401Ds. There are still a couple of surprises to be had with these models yet, but that’s for another day.
As with all of our Queensland locos, the 1720 will be produced with a standard 8 pin plug (I still refuse to have more pins than I do fingers), all wheel drive, all wheel pick up, directional lighting and scale couplers. We have also listened to your requests and will be supplying these with Kadee number 158 whisker couplers instead of the conventional number 58s as on previous models.
We will (of course) keep you updated with the progress of these little monsters, but then again, none of us are very patient (me especially) and even less of us likes to wait too long. In short, keep an eye out for these.
Now, for the bad bits…
Many of you whom attended the show will recall me hassling you for an opinion about the grill on the 1720. This is simply because we have had to make one compromise that I am unsure of myself. So true to form, let’s not beat around the bush, let’s just put it out there… The grill is supposed to be flush and instead it is recessed by 0.6mm!
The reason for this is simply due to making a model that runs well, looks good and lasts versus a model that runs well, looks good but falls apart if someone in Bolivia sneezes. The options before us were as follows,
make the grill injected plastic… But then it’s not see through.
make the grill etched and stick it into a recess on the hood as with other models… But it has a surface 0.27mm wide to apply glue in the factory and it WILL fall off before you open it and decide that it could have been nice “if it wasn’t for that *%$#ing grill”.
make the grill etched so it is see through and mount it from behind. This means that the grill is several millimeters wider on each side, giving PLENTY of space to apply glue in the factory to ensure the grill NEVER falls out before you open your 2016 Chrissie present.
So, did we do the right thing? Did we make the right choice? Did I remember to turn off the kettle? Please register your vote by calling our polling line now…. The number is 7.
Based on the several hundreds of you that I asked at the show, the response seems to be (thus far) that you would rather a model that is out by 0.6mm on a grill than one that falls apart due to a Bolivian flu epidemic. Me personally, as a modeller, I’m still undecided.
That aside, I am personally VERY excited about this model and can’t wait to have a captive 1720 breeding program upon my own layout. We are also working on the sound files now so (hopefully) they will be ready in time for the release of the 1720.
Once again, on behalf of everyone at the Wuiske Asylum and the Haskell shoelace retrieval service, we would all like to thank you for your continued support. As we’ve always said, we will keep doing this as long as you guys keep asking us to, as surely I can’t be the only one who has always dreamed of modelling QR since I was a kid.
Another thing that was mentioned (several hundred times) at the show, was how many of you would like to attend our Wuiske Models BBQs. The simplest thing is to like our faceplant page and keep an eye out for when the next one is. Everyone is welcome at the asylum, the only proviso is that politics and racing vultures are left at home and that you bring a sense of humour.
Our next show is the DDMRC show in Toowoomba on the 4th and 5th of June and we’re hoping to have at least one operating session/BBQ between now and then. Then again, I am hoping to get a lot more work done on the layout between now and then too… As always though, we shall see how we go.
Well it’s a few days until AMRA Queensland puts on the Brisbane show and we’re busily getting ready. What I really mean is that Jade is busily yelling at her computer and I’m looking busy at my computer. Hopefully a good number of you will come up and see us at the show and have a darn good look in our display case at the shiny new model we’re releasing, but more on that later.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve managed to get a fair bit done on the layout. With the assistance of Matt Harrison (The Invisible Man) and Hayden Lynch (Captain Blackout), we managed to start getting the headboards installed on the layout. For the benefit of the one person whom has asked me three times what a headboard is… It’s a board that sits above the layout, hides the lighting, frames the layout and you bump your head on… repeatedly.
Led by Jade, I actually managed to awaken on a Sunday morning to discover that the fascias and new headboards had been painted black by Jade and the boys. As Jade had geared them up for it to be a surprise for me and wanted to film my reaction, I obviously complied by simply walking around the layout and mumbling “you missed a spot”. And oh how we all laughed. On a totally unrelated matter, I really don’t see what all this fuss about Queensland Health services is about. I thought they seemed rather understanding.
In any case, whilst Jade and Matt continued doing laps of the room with a black paint brush, Hayden and I got stuck into laying the “concrete” for the loco depot. This was done by simply plopping the plaster over the tracks. For a more technical explanation of how this is done, I’d need you to imagine a child running with a bowl of porridge whilst someone sticks their foot out in front of them. That aside, it is really that simple. I just leveled it all out with a plastic spatula. Once it was dry, I just trimmed the edges with a knife in the same way as you remove dried porridge from carpet.
Once it was dry, I started scribing the surface with my Olfa cutter although the back of a knife blade will work just as well. I also used the same tool to scribe out the flange ways along the two tracks within the loco depot. A few days later, I painted it with a selection of really cheap artist acrylics. The colours I mixed together were a drop of black, a drop of white, a drop of “mud” and a third of a drop of grey (I ran out of grey, hence the black and white).
Anyway, back to the upcoming show. This year at the Brisbane Miniature Train Show, Wuiske Models are proud to announce the release of the QR20A bogies in HO and HOn3½. This is our second RTR, mass produced bogie and comes fitted with 7.6mm disc wheels. These have been built to the same fine profile as our 9.6mm diameter wheels. The new wheels are (of course) available separately too. The most important fact about these bogies (we believe) is that they are made entirely in Brisbane! Whilst Rob was back on deck for the Bundy show, he is back off deck for Brisbane as there have been a few complications with his leg. Something about wooden legs and splinters in his socks… He wouldn’t go into details about it.
As such, Craig will be there along with Jade to give us a hand. This year (as with last year) the Workshops Rail Museum is putting on a steam train doing loops of the city circle so hopefully, I’ll get to take the kids on it again. That being said we look forward to the show this weekend and hope to see a lot of you there.
As always though, We shall see how we go.
One last thing though… Just to see if they read this, G’day Pete, Steve and co… What’s wrong with Morris Dancing?
So I’ve been putting a few photos here and there up on our faceplant page of some of my locos as I get around to weathering them. Each time I do, some of you ask for a “tutorial” on how I did it. So in a similar vein to an alcoholic hop scotch teacher in a mine field, let’s see how this goes…
For this “tutorial” I decided to weather 2414. The 2400 class were the last Clyde 90 tonners to retain their high noses. They were also the last of the non 60 tonne locos to keep the blue livery. As a result they got a bit grotty. 2414 ended up getting a yellow air conditioner on the nose.
The first step was to mute the colours of the loco to help them get that faded look to them. For this I used a coat of light grey through the airbrush. When doing this, remember, you’re not trying to paint the model. Rather just give it a VERY light misting. So whether you’re using a single action or double action air brush, turn the paint nozzle down until there is almost no paint coming out. When it’s done, you should have a nice faded looking loco.
It was at this point that I painted the yellow air conditioner… Well I actually managed to con Jade into doing it, as she has a steadier hand than I with a paintbrush. Around this time we fitted the sound unit to the loco, unfortunately in the process one of us managed to get a fingerprint on either side of the fuel tank. Which is what got me thinking about doing this chapter as well. I mean, we’ve ALL got at least one model with a wayward fingerprint that annoys us to death.
But that’s okay, we’ll cover it. The next step was to gather up the bits needed to do the weathering… I used Kaiser Colour “eggshell” acrylic paint along with Mont Marte “Silver Series” burnt sienna acrylic paint. Obviously the “Silver Series” is much preferred over other types of paint because it was $2.50. I also used “Grimy Black” and “Dark Rust” weathering powders from AIM Products (yes I know we make them too but these were on the desk when I started) and three paint brushes.
The next step was to start dry brushing the model with the Eggshell colour. If you’re unfamiliar with dry brushing, it’s really simple. Just squirt some paint onto a surface and then dip the brush in it (as you normally would) then wipe almost all the paint off onto a piece of toilet paper or paper towel or your wife’s favourite gown or table cloth (for those of you that are into extreme sports). Do this until there is essentially no paint left on the brush. Remember, it’s easy to add more paint but diabolically painful to remove too much paint. The first thing I did was to paint out a large portion of the logo. I then moved onto the cab roof and hood sides. This will give us the selectively faded look that QR locos got in patches. These were usually in the middle of small panels or around the edges of larger ones.
Once this was done, I repeated the process with the Burnt Sienna paint. Again, remember you can always add more later so go a little at a time. For colour, I added small amounts to the roof by gently drawing the brush over the cab roof (start from the centre and draw it towards the edge). The paint will highlight any edges and corners which is all we really want. I also stippled (think lightly stabbing without the charges) the centre of the “eggshell” patches. This gives the effect of a worn patch of paint where rust has started showing through. Please note, the finger print is still REALLY obvious, but we’re getting there.
As you go along with this process, you’ll have areas where the brush strokes are more pronounced than you’d like. The easiest way to remedy this is by licking the tip of your finger and just gently rubbing the area with the brush marks. You won’t get rid of them all but you will blend them.
Once all of this was done, I started applying the powders. The only place I used the rust coloured powder was along the walk way in the corners where it meets the vertical surfaces of the cab, hood and nose. The black powders were applied lightly to the exhaust stack (as can be seen above) over the grills (TINY amounts go a long way here) and along the walkway.
When applying the powders to the walkway, they are really at their thickest around the fuel filler and feathering out from there. Just add a small amount on either side of the filler and draw the brush (with almost no pressure)to either side of it. This will highlight the tread plate details as well. Once this is done, I repeated the process with the sides of the fuel tank. This is also where the fingerprint of death started to be blended properly.
The last step was to spray a coat of matt clear finish over the entire model. This will seal the powders in and protect them from fingers. For those of you that read this and think “hmm that’s lovely but I just don’t have the patience” (my most hated phrase), this entire process took around 20 minutes! I’ve spent longer searching for the antidote for Jade’s “lovely home cooked meals”.
As an addition to this model, you could use an air brush to lightly apply some mud colours to the bottom of the running gear but I chose not too… Yet… maybe… We shall see how we go.
Well it’s finally happened, ALL the track on the layout at the Wuiske Asylum has been laid! Not only that, but I have even managed to solder some wirey type bits to them! As such, we decided to have some people out for another of our increasingly regular BBQs.
This time Jandowae was descended upon by Ian Fainges, The Three Little Petes, The Big Bad Russ, Michael, Stephen Colclough and young George. So with a tribe such as this, obviously shoe laces were handed in upon arrival and all light bulbs were secured.
Within minutes of arriving, a few of the lads had discovered the magical sanity switch on the kettle and had started making a brew. FINALLY people who just jump in and help themselves instead of waiting to be offered a coffee… My type of blokes!
Within several seconds of this, a quick tour was conducted of the layout. This (obviously) involved pointing out historic landmarks (I need to build some one day), places of interest that may be built, QCWA clubhouses that have had planning permission granted, as well as the location of the track.
So after a good solid six or seven minutes of gum flapping, the trains were rolling… And then Big Bad Russ mentioned it was time for a smoke break. So whilst I stepped outside to feast upon a cancer stick with Russ, the boys were running trains. Upon my return, there were still trains running. No fires, fights or bouts of random common sense had accidentally broken out in my absence, I’m sorry to say.
After a while, I began running a train also. I started pulling the container wagons from the container yard and proceeded from the South Yard at Harriston to the North Yard and that’s as far as I got as I was distracted by something shiny. Pete number 2 had brought along his almost complete BB18¼.
As a hush (well not really, but I’m telling this story so let’s just go with it) fell over the eager crowd and the anticipation grew, Pete placed his locomotive upon the track… And promptly shut the layout down with a short. As the crowd in unison said, “oh,” Pete mentioned that there was a good chance the tender bogies had been placed on backwards. So after having mentioned this, Pete placed the locomotive back on the track and promptly shut the layout down again. We then retired to the shop counter to look at the underside of the BB18¼ tender. With three sets of eyes, surely we would easily be able to distinguish if it was the black wheel touching the yellow wire that was causing the issue, or possibly the other black wheel touching the completely different yellow wire as the cause of the offending short. Sometime around this point I was sure I heard my mum calling and retired out the front to contemplate my nasal hairs.
By the time I had returned, there was a rather miraculously repaired BB18¼ locomotive running around the layout hauling a rather stunning set of Caintode Flats Sydney Mail coaches. All the while, Ian had produced one of his 1550 and 2400 class locomotives as well as a rather nice model of 1407 which was a BDM loco with a K&M mechanism and a decoder fitted. In all, we had around 13 locomotives on the layout and no problems. Obviously I had accidentally done something right (or at least less wrong) with my wiring.
So as the day wore on and sanity became a more and more distant memory we all merrily played trains.
Around this point, we fired up the BBQ. After having fired the BBQ up, it dawned upon us that Jade had not prepared the salads, it was only 3pm after all. Usually our “lunch time BBQs” don’t start looking at food until at least 5pm. So the BBQ was shut down again.
After some time, Jade appeared with a large number of salads and a pile of formerly “mooing” and “oinking” things… The BBQ was again fired up.
So over a rather nice lunch, we discussed the more weighty issues of the world. Such as Donald Trump, which of the Three Stooges had a better hair cut, why there was no silent Q in the name Mississippi, and young George’s upcoming birthday. Happy Spawning Day Anniversary, Mate!
So with all the vocal abilities of the best talent concert ever held by the deaf society a certain song (that we may or may not have paid royalties to perform) was recited… BADLY. Stephen then produced some “Jelly Slices” that his long suffering wife Desley had produced. As a point, Desley is welcome here ANY time!
So around the time that the sun played hide and seek with the horizon, the tribe of vehicles left Planet Jandowae after we’d all had a thoroughly brilliant day.
I’d like to thank the boys for coming out, Jade, the kids and I had a ball.
So now that I’m about finished writing this, I guess I’ll start looking at another Adam’s Video Corer and playing trains some more…
Well the timing between these seems to be getting ridiculously further apart. So with that in mind, there are a huge number of things that have been happening since chapter 100.
Since the last chapter the bicentennial 2401D locomotives have come and gone. The number produced was limited to 100 units and sold out within 24 hours. We appologise to all those who missed out. Had we known the demand would have been so great, we would have made more. Having said that, at the time these were planned, there were still no RTR locomotives available for Queensland modellers. And therefore no information on how many of which loco should be made.
Based on the fact that there is only (as yet) two mass produced locomotives available for QR modellers, the planning of numbers is still well and truly in the realms of being “guess work”. But we’ll get there. For those that missed out on purchasing a bicentennial 2400, hopefully they will not miss out on the NEXT bicentennial locomotive.
Anyway, enough “work stuff” this is all about the layout!
Since the last chapter, there have been massive changes and advances to the Wuiske Layout. The vast majority of the track has been laid, the second main yard is still awaiting more points, I mean there is only 57 sets of points (and two double slips) thus. Around a dozen or so more should get everything done though. The track work for the Abattoirs has been laid and the terminus for the main branch is now complete. This means we can finally run the cattle trains in their correct sections.
The result of this is a train that (if done right) should take two and a half hours to operate. This is assuming there are no other trains to delay things. The meat train can now run from the Abattoirs at McLaren down to the cold stores as well.
This combined with the extra wagon or two to be dropped off or picked up from the good shed should mean the branch sees a bit of traffic. At present I am looking at naming the the stations on the layout. The secondary yard will more than likely be named Daley as the secondary yard on the previous layout was. The main yard is looking like it will be named Harriston.
Getting back to the trains running into and out of the Summiton branch, a rake of 10-12 cattle wagons can be picked up from the terminus of the Summiton branch and run down to Daley Yard.
At this point the wagons may be added to more cattle wagons dropped off there earlier. From Daley the train heads along the main line to the main yard (Harriston) where the loco or locos run around their train and split it into 6-8 wagons sets.
These are then sent off on the McLaren branch to be unloaded at the abattoirs at the end. Once they’re done, they are returned empty to the Harrison yard and then sent back as a larger train to Daley and re-split to start the process again.
That also means we need to allow for a meat train to leave the abattoirs at McLaren and head down the branch to Harriston yard and into the cold stores siding. This train will no doubt be combined with loading for the cannery along the branch as well.
Well that’s the theory anyway. With our barbecues of late, we have been trialing some of this activity on the layout and it seems to work fairly well. This is just two out of the dozen or so trains we have slated to run on the layout and seem to occupy and confuse operators with hours of enjoyment and confusion. Well that’s the plan at least.
Well here we are, Chapter 100. Surely a massive round of congratulatory beatings has been well and truly earned by everyone who has managed to red this far through the rants of a deluded modeller located a few blocks further out than the middle of nowhere. That aside the least I can do is offer my most sincere and humble thanks for the support you have given us all over the last nine years.
There have (obviously) been a great number of changes both to the Wuiske Models business as well as my personal layout and modelling abilities over the last nine years. What started as a corner about me building a layout that I assumed would keep me going until I departed for the great hobby shop in the sky (despite them not carrying my brand of paints or so I’m told) and a
simple and easily accessible method for everyone to access quick and simple answers to the questions we get asked numerous times at each and every show that we attend has developed into a series of (hopefully at least) mildly amusing rants about life on Planet Jandowae for a resident shut in and overly obsessive modeller.
Along the way, we have shared our additions to our growing business as well as our growing family and a great many of you have developed into genuine friends that we consider to be more like the distant and slightly more sane members of “the family”.
With the development of Wuiske Models over the last little while, time has not been my friend when it comes to updating this little rant section I do try and put fists to keyboard as time permits to inform you all of our most recent happenings and developments, discoveries and infuriation’s that I as a modeller have stumbled across or fallen over along the way.
That being said, I assume most of you would like to know where the layout is up to…
Well here goes…
As the majority of the track is now down, we have been running trains regularly for a few months and have been having a great time doing so in the process. Scenery has been started and, as ever, I am learning or relearning many things regarding techniques that I was unaware of or have modified along the way.
Most recently, I took my first unsteady attempts at modelling water. This was (to me at least) a rather daunting task as I’d seen many attempts that looked less than good. Whilst I was convinced that I could muster all my modelling abilities to replicate the results that I didn’t like, I was less sure of my abilities in creating water that I did like.
I used a product called Realistic Water by Woodland Scenics and whilst it can only be applied in thin layers and takes 24 hours for each layer to dry, I am pretty happy with the end result. It was also VERY easy.
If I were to do this all over again, I would certainly do things differently, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
What I was happy with was the way the majority of the “riverbed” came out. All I did was apply the usual diluted layer of Burnt Umber acrylic paint to the plaster. Next, I applied the normal dirt base that I use. A few rocks nicked from the drive way and placed here and there as well as some small twigs to represent branches and it was good to go.
Doing it from scratch again, I would have applied more paint along the edge of the layout as it tends to get lighter as you go. I also would have made the creek bed a bit more level to eliminate such a great depth at one end. These are both forward planning issues that could easily be resolved by more forward planning type people than myself (I’ve never pretended to be good at forward planning so why start now?).
The culvert added is just a cheap (about $12.00) culvert made by Woodland Scenics and is essentially made of a plaster like material. I painted it with a wash of grey artist acrylics and then went to town with weathering powders until I achieved the result I was after.
The “pipe” behind the culvert is nothing more than a bit of plaster behind the culvert castings that I poked my pinky finger into and then painted black. So not really anything difficult there and actually (aside from waiting for the water to dry) a pretty quick little project.
Some of you may have seen the post or posts I have been making on the Wuiske Models Facebook page about placement of trees. I was desperately seeking opinions on how or where I could use some pine trees I had left over from the old layout. Thanks to all those who replied by the way. I settled on using tealeaves as “fallen leaves” around the base of the trees.
Someone asked me what I use to cut the afore mentioned tealeaves once and I simply answered that “I pay a little extra to buy them pre cut and packaged in bag form”. That’s right, I cut up two tea bags and they covered a lot more ground than I expected… Also, my constant companion (a cup of coffee) did not seem to get even slightly upset at me beheading one of its beverage enemies, so that was a plus too.
Whilst waiting for glue to dry, I have been fitting more and more of the DCC Concepts Cobalt point motors to the layout (30 down as I type this and about 25 to go). As I’ve mentioned in the past, I LOVE these little beauties!
They are simple to place and as reliable as… um… err… Well if I could think of something else that was as reliable these days, trust me, I’d list it. Essentially they just work and I love them!
As the layout has been progressing more and more, I have been inviting a lot more people out to “play trains” just so we can get a feel for what we’ve done right and what needs work in the planning of the layout. Thus far the indications are good.
As part of this, we’ve recently restarted the Wuiske Models Barbeques that we held a few times ast year. Our November one had six people attend and we had a FANTASTIC time. Thanks guys (and girl) for coming out.
Due to the high amount of responses we’ve had on facebook for people wanting to attend our BBQ on the 12th of December, we’ve decided to hold a second December BBQ on the 19th of December (THIS WEEKEND!).
Feel free to turn up from about 10am if you want, and by all means feel free to bring your own trains to run (or run in) on our layout (12mm gauge only sorry). Please let us know if you want to join us so we can ensure there’s enough grub to go around.
Same again, starting around 10am and finishing… probably sometime on Sunday night.
With any luck, an Adam’s Video Corner update will be accompanying this chapter to show a little bit of the running sessions we had at the November barbeque…