This project is slowly progressing with a bit more work this week. The corrugated iron water tanks are from Ian Lindsay Models and Sydney Hobbies. The tank stands are scratch built using Northeastern Lumber HO scale 2″x 6′ for the platform, 4″x 6″ for the uprights and 3 millimetre dowel for the legs. I have purposely made the legs longer to allow for adjustment when fitting the tank stands into the landscape.

Next is the Campbell’s HO scale roofing iron cutting it to size with equal widths to fit onto the roof, there are 12 rows of roofing iron to go so a photo of the roof is handy so the number can more or less match up it pays not to make them too wide.

Spray painting with an etch primer first and then I sprayed  Tamiya sky grey XF-19 thinned with Isocol I prefer a flat acrylic because it gives a good finish for weathering to key to. I should mention that A R KITS supply a corrugated iron sheet that is a slightly heavier gauge than the Campbell’s. That brings me up to date more soon.

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NSWGR veteran of the rails Z1708 with independent HFL deputises for a failed CPH railmotor, hopefully making a connection at the mainline.

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  1. roy strange says:

    Hi Keep up the good work. The hobby needs articles like this for general distribution. Cheers, Roy

  2. Phil White says:

    One question if I may. Do you allow for an overlap on each sheet or abut each sheet with its neighbours? I presume you use superglue to fix each sheet in position.
    cheers Phil

    • BURROWA says:

      Hi Phil.

      Yes there is an overlap of just under a millimetre which I will demonstrate when I glue the sheets with Selleys Acrylic Quick Grip water based glue on the roof. Peter

  3. Pete, that final image truly is wonderful.

  4. henry says:

    perfect timing to stumble on to your blog, beautiful modeling. i just spent the evening drawing up the galong sm’s house in preperation to build it in HO. i’m not sure if it was a reversed and modified J3 but it will be when i’m done.
    i like your idea of brass for the veranda posts… and may just steal it. along with the window part numbers.

    i saw you used scribed sheet for the interior hallway. were they built this way? was it in all the rooms?

    it’s probably a bit late now, but if you are interested in more photo’s of boorowa as it was in the early to mid 90’s when all the track was still there, my father and i have some.
    thanks for the inspiration.

    • BURROWA says:

      Hi Henry.
      Thank you for your interest in my site. J3 SM’s houses do differ at some locations so reversing it would not be a problem.
      The interior walls are made from the same Evergreen plasticard as the exterior walls as they can’t be seen once the roof is on. The more info you can get from this project the better. The locations of the J3 that I know of are Tumut, Crookwell.Boorowa and I would say a number of others. I would certainly be interested in photo’s of Boorowa if you would email them to me at peterhearsum@yahoo.com I would appreciate it. Thanks again and all the best Peter

  5. henry says:

    hi peter, I’ve sent you an e.mail but won’t be able to scan the pics for a while as they are in Sydney at my fathers.

    for anyone who is interested in detailing the interior, in one photograph of the galong sm’s house i will be working off, you can see it is lined with what look to be 4″ tongue and groove boards with about a 9″ skirting board and 6-8″ floorboards.


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