I have been meaning to update the site with the SDS SHG for some time so here it is, another excellent model from SDS that runs well with the level of detail it has been well worth the wait. All that needed doing was to weather it as described in a previous post. The only thing I changed was to use 8BA bolts for the bogies, over kill maybe but it’s just something I do. After watching Ian Millard weather his rolling stock at the recent Liverpool exhibition I thought I would give his method a go using Diggers isopropyl alcohol with pastel chalks . The alcohol has many more uses such as cleaning track and rolling stock wheels etc. So next time Ian is at an exhibition demonstrating his method of weathering spend some time watching and always ask questions.
Apart from adding the SHG to the roster of guards vans not much has been happening at Burrowa. As a footnote my brother in law bought an Ixion Models 32 class with 6 wheel tender and brought it up the weekend before last to give it a run and straight out of the box it ran quietly and smoothly in either direction at all speeds and had no trouble hauling PHG,FL, 4 S,3 CW,1 BWH,1 PV,1 LV and 2 K. I eagerly await the EHO from SDS. That’s all for now.
3142 has failed at the terminus so 3036, being the only available loco, has been dispatched to assist it and its consist back to the main line.
After a couple of weeks a bit more progress has been made with attention to the roof which was built as described when constructing the Station Masters House.This time an awning had to be taken into consideration. I think it worked out ok so far. The awning will be adjusted to fit and then glued in place with barge boards and trim attached after. In a few areas the paintwork will need to be looked at but I will take care of that later.
While this project has been taking place I have redone the goods shed area so it ties in with a photo of this location which was discovered recently, more on that later. Sometimes information comes to light years after the model has been completed oh well that’s half the fun I keep telling myself. All for now and it’s off to the Epping Model Railway Club Exhibition at Thornleigh this long weekend.
The building has progressed slowly over the past few weeks but fitting the windows and doors and with work on the awning it’s nearing completion. All that is left is touching up of the window frames, interior detail in the general waiting room as well as cutting and painting of corrugated iron for the awning and roof and I’ll be happy.
Progress over the past week has been made with spraying the main shell of the building with light stone as described by James McInerney along with the other colours used in this scheme in Branchline Modeller number 1. It is an idea to mix the paint to the right colour and then take it to Bristol Paints or Inspirations who will duplicate the colour in enamel for you.
The windows used are Grant Line 5215 as I find them easy to modify by sanding/filing the tops flat. The Ladies toilet windows are Grant Line 5117 that have been carefully narrowed by 50% and glued into the wall straight away, then painted after the main building has been sprayed. The doors are Grant line 5058 these do not need trimming. The awning brackets are from Ian Lindsay Models and are a very nice brass casting, check for availability. Just to add, the roof assembly has not been glued in place at this stage. That concludes the progress to date, still a long way to go, part 3 soon.
The model of the existing A4 station building is over 20 years old and is of a generic NSWGR A4 design so I thought it was time to build a new one with a bit more research. I managed to find a couple of photos of Boorowa station and although it is an A4 design there are subtle differences to others of this type. As the building at this location is long gone I think this is as close I am going to get.
The shell of the building has been built with the window and door apertures made and sprayed with self etch primer. As this is only a start on the project there is a long way to go. The walls are Evergreen 4083 novelty sheet and the plain plasticard for the roof is .040″ the chimney’s are made the same way as the J3 Station Masters house.