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 Posted: Thu Mar 13th, 2014 02:31 pm
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When I started out in Australian N Scale it was near enough impossible to get models and those that were available were not particularly good which meant that I had to learn a new skill and that was using styrene to make models of Locos and rolling stock. I have to admit that this was a serious learning curve as styrene is harder to work than card but I love a challenge.. or so I thought. My first attempts were difficult to say the least especially when, after spending considerable time drawing everything on the sheet of styrene, I found that every stroke of my hand removed my lines, oh poop, of course then you have to deal with gluing the stuff and doing everything in your power to avoid having your DNA and fingerprints permanently etched in the side of your new model. Perseverance, now there is a word that should be described in the Oxford dictionary as: the effort needed to produce a model of a locomotive in N scale using styrene: but in reality it is perseverance and a goodly dose of insanity to do the same thing over and over until you get it right, I like to refer to it as learning by doing. Most of us have experienced the joy of seeing a small part launched into the unknown worlds as we carefully tried to separate a small slither of material to get the part to fit. I had the joy just recently of spending considerable time crawling around on the floor looking for a part that was apparently stuck to the back of my craft knife. In the end the pleasure of seeing something that you have made using raw materials, a good drawing and a lot of mumbling makes the whole exercise worthwhile. Anyway the model shown here is an N Scale NR class locomotive that has been made from a casting from one of my patterns that is completely made from styrene. I screen printed the decals and the etches were originally done at home but I have since got them done in the UK. The drive unit is a modified kato mech.

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Hi Robyn,

That is an excellent model of NR3, fantastic work. Your scratchbuilding is a tribute to your skills. Scratchbuilding locos is something I have never attempted.

For those here who don't know of the loco type Robyn has modelled, here is a link to NR3

 http://www.railpage.org.au/pix/diesel/NR3-NR9-NR76-NR77-NR78-NR66_6PS6_Towrang_27-1-97.jpg

and what had happened to NR3 back in May 1998  http://www.railpage.org.au/pix/diesel/oops_Robertson_20-5-98_14.jpg and http://www.railpage.org.au/pix/diesel/oops_Robertson_20-5-98_11.jpg

Cheers, Gary.



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Told you she was good.  ;-)



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Don't know about perseverance or patience Robyn, but you must have flaming good eyesight.

Wow :thumbs

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Gary wrote: Hi Robyn,

That is an excellent model of NR3, fantastic work. Your scratchbuilding is a tribute to your skills. Scratchbuilding locos is something I have never attempted.

For those here who don't know of the loco type Robyn has modelled, here is a link to NR3

 http://www.railpage.org.au/pix/diesel/NR3-NR9-NR76-NR77-NR78-NR66_6PS6_Towrang_27-1-97.jpg

and what had happened to NR3 back in May 1998  http://www.railpage.org.au/pix/diesel/oops_Robertson_20-5-98_14.jpg and http://www.railpage.org.au/pix/diesel/oops_Robertson_20-5-98_11.jpg

Cheers, Gary.

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OINVU! 
Both your skills and patience, neither of which I have in abundance!

Great looking piece of machinery and it must give you great pride and satisfaction?

Regards, Peter.



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Thank you for all your lovely comments everyone. Pride in what you do and achieve is what drives  me to learn and develop my skills even at my age I have a passion to learn new things and it makes life fun and exciting.

Robyn

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Congratulations Robyn a wonderful job. Good Australian outline N scale is very hard to get, it does come down to scratchbuilding and as a N scaler I understand the challenge well. I admire your talent, but more importantly thanks for sharing.



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Well Done Robyn - being a Canadian Modeller of sorts (in Australia as well), I would use the same techniques making a GMD-1 or an RS1325 ... one day!  Perhaps you could be a bit more specific about how and where you got the etching done in England?
Kind Regards from Melbourne
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Fantastic !!!!  :doublethumb:doublethumb

p.s. Didn't the driver see the "Low Bridge" sign Gary ? :shock:



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Sadly both drivers were killed in this accident which was caused by an embankment collapse. The train was running late at night when the accident happened and they were coming around a bend when they collided with the collapsed rubble.

Deepest sympathy and condolences to families, friends and workmates concerned. A landslip caused by the heavy rain pushed the unused abutment from the old road overbridge toward the track. The loco sideswiped the abutment which then caused it to hit the abutment for the new road bridge and the loco then tipped on its side. There was a short interview with Fred Affleck (?) from NR so it must have been an NR train and the loco was most likely an NR as they usually lead up to Moss Vale when working with other classes. NR3/26/seatrain loco. It was the bridge between lairds corner and ocean view. NR3 went cab first into the embankment cruching the cab, minor damage to the front of NR26 but it and the third loco stayed on the track. The accident happened at about 40Kph. There was supposed to have been an inspector on the train looking for land slides but was not on the train.

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Hi Robyn,
              That loco is one nice piece of modelling......well done....with a standing ovation !!!!
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Thank you.

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A 'High Five' from Bisto for such an impressive piece work, Robyn!




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Hi Robyn.

I'm totaly dumbstruck so please accept an almighty WOW !!!!

Allan.

BTW.when you can't find a piece that you've just made, check your elbow first - that's where everything I loose gets stuck - and over the years no doubt,  whole layouts ! 

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