Australian Model Railway Magazine

Australian Model Railway Magazine June 2014

The Australian Model Railway Magazine covers the modelling of Australian railways in all scales and gauges. The magazine regularly features contributors layouts and modelling projects, covering everything from completely scratchbuilt models, through modifying ready-to-run commercial products and kit bashing to 'hints and tips', as well as product reviews and the latest news from the manufacturers.

Southern Cross Model Railway Association
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3 min.
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Public Image The modern railway scene is continually changing, with privatisation of the rail freight industry producing a colourful and interesting scene on today’s railways. While the changes on the prototype scene can’t be missed, subtle changes are also taking place in the model railway scene as well. Today’s model railways are more than ‘Big Boys’ Toys’, with ever increasing demands for greater detail and prototypical accuracy being heard by the manufacturers. Model trains manufactured today in China have accuracy and detail that was once unheard of in the model world. Then there is the digital revolution that adds on-board sound and multiple control ability that was not possible only a few decades ago. Even the former Marketing Manager of Hornby, Simon Kohler, has stated that digital smell is now a possibility!…

2 min.
belltrees depot

Belltrees locomotive depot is the focus of David Allen’s HO scale layout. It started as a diorama designed to display his growing collection of Indian red diesels. The diorama later grew into a layout around the walls of a small bedroom, with nearby goods yard and industrial area. The depot is set in a fictitious NSW location and recreates the late 1970s/early 1980s period. David has kitbashed a number of the buildings, as well as adding scratchbuilt and purchased details, to represent a typical NSW depot of the period. The main diesel shed is a modified Pola kit, the chargeman’s office is a modified Structorama 40' large shed kit, the red roofed shed is a modified LJ card kit, as is the steam locomotive shed, which has been clad in scale aluminium…

28 min.

Scenery The banks forming the cutting sides either side of the line were cut from hard foam sheets sold in the UK as loft insulation. Paper templates were produced and the basic shapes were cut to match using a normal hand saw. Once the fit had been checked, the blocks were profiled to match photographs of the location that I had either taken myself, acquired from my local contact or found on the internet. Once the shape had been formed, kitchen foil was used to protect the baseboards, track and back-scenes before the blocks were fixed down using screws from underneath the baseboards. The blocks were then covered with a hard shell plaster bandage pushed into place with a 50mm paint brush wetted with a slurry made of dilute PVA glue,…

1 min.
beyond the fence clunes (victoria)

The images for this instalment of Beyond the Fence come from Peter Twiddy. He had said to me that he had photographed a building I might be interested in and this is it. He tells, “The building was a dairy factory in the Victorian country town of Clunes, though probably not used as such at the time I took the photos. I am not sure if it still stands. The photos date from around 1998.” On the face of it, a nice neat brick building, not too large, ideal for a model. Fancy brickwork on the front section, with plainer brick walls for the front of the ‘real’ building. A feature worth reproducing is that the front section of the roof appears to have been relatively recently replaced and is in…

12 min.
why not model gum trees!

Trees and foliage on our landscapes give a layout life. They transform a scene from track and buildings sitting on a baseboard to a living imitation of everyday scenes. But how many of us actually model trees, in the same way as we model rollingstock, locomotives and railway structures? I have looked at many Australian prototype layouts over the years and the number which have trees which actually look like our ubiquitous gum tree are very rare. Why is it so hard to model a real tree? Let’s look at the prototype and see. The photos show typical full grown gum trees. I will look at trees typical of southern Australia. There are other varieties which, while still eucalypts, are distinctly different in shape, such as the tall Western Australian karri or…

5 min.
ia to km1

Building the Model Following the SEM instructions, assemble the underframe/floor, side sills, wheels and the air reservoir. Drill the 2mm holes for the coupling self-tapping screw. The ends of the KM wagon are wider than the injection moulded SEM floor, as it was designed to have the supplied kit sides added to achieve the correct external width. To widen the floor, fix in place along each side a strip of 0.010" styrene, (scale) 6" wide, to match the floor thickness of the kit. Clean up with a file so the added side sections blend in with the wagon’s floor. From 0.020" styrene sheet make the two new rectangular ends and fit into position. The base of the end, when fixed, is in line with the lower web of the side sills and at…