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 hi i made this topic so i can get ideas for my layout :D

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who knows a cheap place with free shipping to new zealand to buy 00 gauge wagons

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Hello Jack.

I just Googled Model Rail Shops New Zealand, and got nine contacts.

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caslehex1234 wrote: who knows a cheap place with free shipping to new zealand to buy 00 gauge wagons


I doubt you will find any with free shipping except from some e-bay sellers & perhaps  Hattons could be the next best thing in comparing local prices to that ex UK.

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The second one we cannot do much about...  New Zealand is far enough away from Australia let alone the majority of the group here. 
The first depends on what you have in the way of space, finances etc as to how you can fill that space. Everyone's  layout grows from a minor size to a the various sizes you will see on any web site. My own layout is a 4x8 ft (2.4m x 1.2m if you are purely a child of the metric age) and has only had a couple of island extensions.

There is a thread on this forum that perhaps bears your reading ... the following link being one of my replies relating to growing a layout.

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=10671&forum_id=6&highlight=sunil#p203627

The rest of the thread does bear your reading as all of us have dreams beyond our available space and in the case of that thread, there were few clues as to the practicality of the hobby.

I also have an article which I can send to you about building a layout also growing it so if you are interested, send a Private Message with your email and I can send it to you.

My own website related to that layout is at http://xdford.freeasphost.net so run with that for now... and there are some ideas you can use to make cheap lineside stuff. 

I have got an idea or two how you could make a few items of rolling stock but I will need to get my current thoughts in order.  

Hope that helps

Regards from Australia

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Hi Jack,

Cheap and free shipping - few and far. In no particular order and with the exception of the first 2 from personal experience:

Trade Me in NZ has some wagons. Avoid old Lima, as it is often HO. 

The North Shore club in Auckland has an OO section. Buying and selling within a club and joint orders are common. Join a club that has members who model OO. They also know when somebody is changing scale, leaving the hobby or when an estate sale is coming up.

Model train shows can be a useful source of second-hand stock. The one I went to last weekend had some OO wagons and carriages, and a Hobby Intercity 125 set. 

Order kits, it can keep costs down. Especially brass etches, which are usually flat. 

Build your own. The various bits are a lot cheaper to ship than wagons. Alan  Gibson Workshop or Markits usually ship at cost.

Most of us use Hattons. Buy locomotives locally unless you don't care about any warranty.

Cultivate friends in far away places who will go shopping for you and charge the actual postage.

Travel often and use your baggage and customs allowance. Rail usually gets excluded from carry-on.

That said, you seen to have a good store in Auckland - Hobby City. Nothing beats real browsing.


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how can i make my town that i am going to make more realistic i have some white buildings some crates and some other coloured buildings such as two story buildings and a clock tower in colour i have a standard oval track that has hornby track extension pack F that i have going off  what can i do to make it better? I don't know how to weather though
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how can you weather wagons with coloured pencil but not a water colour pencil?

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also does anyone know a model rail designer for chromebook

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Hey Jack I’m sure there are lots of people who can help you and give you ideas but some photos of what you’ve already done will really help :cool:

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Hello Jack,
Check out http://xdford.freeasphost.net/stag21.html and follow the links.  You can get backing foam core from a picture framers to make the boxes for the printouts - my local framer gave me mine so the buildings were really cheap.  When you get to the bottom of the page, click on "Next Page" and check out that there are 6 or 7 buildings plus others.

Again, give me a few days as there is some business stuff I need to deal with and I will try and draw a tutorial for how to make them!

Trevor


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Hello Jack,
You can see what the buildings could look like and see the "framing" for them on http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=9679&forum_id=14&highlight=reginald+bridge

A tutorial will be coming later!

Cheers

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Hello Jack and anyone else following this thread
As promised, a sketch which shows how to make simple foam core buildings



You can use 3mm or 5 mm foam core for the "frame" of the building

1.  Use a box cutter knife as new as possible to cut the ends the exact size as the ends of the building. Make 2 of these. The better the knife blade, the lesser the tearing of the foam core but as this will not be seen, it will not matter too much. Exacto scalpel blades are probably best 

2.  Using the thicknesses of the two ends laid on their sides, mark out a front and rear foam core piece that is narrower in the X direction by those two thicknesses than the printed front and rear walls

3. Glue together with PVA glue and use any scrap offcuts to reinforce the corners on the inside also with PVA glue. You can use pins to hold the sides onto the front and rear panels while the glue dries

4. I printed my buildings using an A4 single section peel off label, squeezing as much as I could onto the sheet and stuck it to the outside once it was cut.

The Roof was simple enough as it is black painted card. If you want to represent tar paper ( or Malthoid as we call it in Australia) use a layer of masking tape and paint that black.



Alright they won't be "free" but they will be dirt cheap to make and from a normal viewing distance, they will look good.  This may have cost me about $1 - certainly no more than $2 as the picture framers are quite happy for the foam core not to be used in landfill and pay for it when they can give it away... the same for the card I used for the roof.

My web site has 11 of these and all you need to do is scale them following the instructions.

Hope this helps,

Regards from Australia

Trevor 

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is dry brushing a plank wagon such as a hornby plank wagon a good idea i was wanting to weather my wagons but I don't have an air brush or any special items but plain coloring pencils (not water colour) and paint brush and paint. 
  
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