27 August 2013

Post Caulfield - 27 Aug 13

The WX/WA 1-9 (VZVA 1-5,7,9) 'Weedex Spray Tank' is now available via our online store, phone and postal orders or ordering with our retailers. These kits retail for $40ea or $46 with disc wheel bogies. The kit includes Decals, the Tank, Under frame, Feet, brass Ladder and brass wire (.5 and 1mm). You will need to supply some styrene strips for tank strapping and walkways, Kadees, Ratchet style handbrake lever and shunters steps and paint to help complete this model.

We may have picked up another retailer east side of Melbourne, hopefully we will have more info soon.

Over the Caulfield Expo weekend just gone, we received a great response to our first O scale kit which was on display (OT 77, 78, 78 and 80). We are about 2 months away on the release of this wagon with just Buffers and Three link bits to finalise. We are currently writing up an finalised order form for those who have expressed their interest in this wagon. This form will help us tailor the kits to your preferred era of modelling and operating components.  Giving you the choice of COR or BP version  Number, disc or spoke wheels, wooden or mesh shunter steps, kadees or three link, buffered or not etc. The kit will be $160 to $180 depending on what components you pick.  Thanks to Matthew, Richard (Veteran), Bill and Sean (Bills Billboards) and Peter (O-Aust kits) for their continued help with this project since Easter. 

Those of you who were in attendance at the expo that dropped past for a chat/look it was nice to put faces to some names and emails. These lucky people might have seen the projects that we are working on next these being DW 225 - 234 in HO and TT 2-31/ BB 2-21/ HH 7-12 in HO and O. We will start to post the progress of these projects over the coming days/ weeks. 

09 August 2013

Progress on HO WA 1-9 'Weedex Tank' and O OT 'Oil Tank' 77 to 80

Has been a busy past four weeks. A lot of progress on our two current projects has been made, which are the HO WA 1-9 'Weedex Tank' and O OT 'Oil Tank' 77 to 80.

WA 1 - 9 'Weedex Tank'
ETA: Caulfield Expo 2013 (Yes we will be there)

Tank: (Cast)
  • Master - Done
  • Detail - In Progress
  • Tank and Cradle Masters
  • Mould and first cast - Not yet done
Cradle: (Cast attached to tank)
  • Drawings - Done
  • Master Printed - Done
  • Mould and first cast - To be done with tank
Feet: (Printed feet will be supplied)
  • Drawings - Done
  • Test Print - Done
  • Underframe and Cradle /master and Feet

  • First lot ordered for Caulfield - Done
Values and Tank Level Indicator: (Cast)
  • Drawings - Done
  • Master Printed - Done
  • Mould and first cast - Yet to be done
Underframe: (Cast)
  • Drawings - Done
  • Test print master - Done
  • Few changes to drawing and reprint - Done
  • Decal Artwork
  • Mould and first cast - Not yet done
Walkways: (Cast)
  • Master - Done
  • Mould and first Cast - yet to be done
Ladders: (Etched Brass) has been Ordered

  • Order - Done
  • Sample Artwork received - Done
  • Printed - In the process
Instructions: In the process

1:48 Oil Tank 77, 78, 79 and 80
Taking EOI now. Sample will be on show at Caulfield
First Cast of Tank, Tank ends and Dome

Tank, Tank Ends and Dome: (Cast)
  • Masters - Done
  • Moulds and first cast - Done
Feet, Walkways and Sign Board: (Cast)
  • Drawings - Done
  • Masters Test Printed - Done
  • Mould and First Cast - To do
Feet 3D Drawing
Other detail bits (inc. tank level indicator):
  • Drawings - Done
  • Masters Test Printed - Done
  • Mould and First Cast - To do
Underframe: (Side bars sourced from Veteran Models)
  • Drawings - Done
  • Masters Test Printed - Done
  • Mould and First Cast - To do

  • Ladders (Etched Brass), Couplers (Kadee 805) and Decals: Ordered

    Wheel Sets (Disc and Spoked Avail.): Both Ordered



    13 June 2013

    EOI VR Oscle Oil Tank 77, 78, 79, 80

    Are you an O scale modeller or know someone who is? If the answers is Yes well we have some news that may interest you! We are now taking EOI for VR O Scale OIL Tanks numbers 77 (low single dome) and 78, 79, 80 (high single dome) in COR or BP. This model will be in kit form with the tank, dome, sign board (BP version), walkways and feet will all be cast in resin (like our HO one). The underframe and handbrake will be a Veteran Models kits which we will include. Brass ladders will be sourced from Model Etch. The art work for the decals are currently been drawn up thanks to the guys at Bills Billboards. The dome will be cast hollow to keep the cost down for everyone and to give the modeller the option to add weight if they want/need. Price at this stage is still unknown as we are awaiting bits and pieces. A EOI form will be available shortly with samples (hopefully 2 one each of COR and BP) on show at the Stawell Model Railways Expo in a months time. Pictures will to published here, on our blog and website once the models are complete. Feel free to spread the word and share this post/news amongst your modelling mates, club and others interested.

    05 April 2013

    April 2013

    April is here! The first quarter of this year has gone fast!
    Last weekend we were trading at the Hurstbridge show over the Easter. A big thanks to Lyndon and the members of the Yarra Valley MRC for a great weekend. Here we released our long awaited Oil Tank wagons (OT's) and also our Weedex Spray Van (HZ/WZ). Both these items along with our HO, OO and O scale 44 gallon drums are now available online. The OT's are $35ea or 4 for $125 and the HZ for $30 both include decals. The HO and OO drums are $1 for 6 and the O scale ones are 2 for $1.

    You will also notice the website's will under go a bit of a make over the following weeks with the online store set to be split in two. One page will be only wagons and other for our decals, drums and other bits and pieces.

    You many also be pleased to find that Buffer Stop in Preston now stock our wagons and others coming soon..

    29 March 2013

    New Release @ Easter

    Our OT Oil Tanks will be released this Easter long weekend at the Hurtsbridge Expo. They will retail for $35ea or 2 for $65, 3 for $95 and 4 for $125 for the weekend. They will be available from the website after the long weekend for $35ea for 4 for $125. The kit includes underframe, tank, feet, walkways, sign board, brass ladders and decals. A SEM GY Underframe kit will be needed brought in addition. The HZ 1 Weedex Spray Van will also be available this weekend for around $27 as well as our Sand wagon and HO 44 barrel drums.

    15 March 2013

    Decals Now Available:

    We currently have in-stock decals for IT Scantling Wagon, Q Pintsch Gas, HD 27 and 33 Departmental with more coming soon! Decals are $2ea. Will have them available at Hurtsbridge Expo over the Saturday and Sunday of Easter.

    March 2013 Update:

    March 2013 Update:
    Thanks to all those who braved the heat to come support the smaller manufacturers/ traders at Sanddown's Market stall day on Sunday 10th. Those in attendance would of notice two things at our stand; the first been some our products have had a slight price increase this is simply due to the addition of decals to those kits. The second and more exciting thing is that we announced that our VR BP Oil Tanks OT 77 (low dome) and 78, 79 and 80 (high dome) will be released at Hurtsbridge show over the Easter break! These kit should include a cast tank, underframe, side walkways & bp sign board, brass ladder and decals. They will retail normally for approx $35ea or 4 for $125 (save $15). We will also have a show special for the Easter weekend which will include 2 for $65 (save $5) and 3 for $95 (save $10). We would appreciate those modelers who wish to buy a 4pack at the show to contact us and make a pre-order to avoid dissapointment. No payment is required with preorder (cash on pick). Feel free to spread the word. To those wishing to make an normal order that ain't able to attend the Hurtsbridge show will be able to do so in early April after the Easter holidays

    NEW short wheelbase VR HD Sand Wagon

    NEW short wheelbase VR HD Sand Wagon


    This sand wagon group consisted of hand-me-down IC Tippler (I/IA Tommy Bents) rollingstock placed into low mileage traffic. These 11 wagons were built at Bendigo Workshops from 1972 to 1975 and were used to traffic locomotive traction sand. The IC’s already had their doors removed and a sheet of steel welded in. With the conversion to HD Sand wagon they also had hoppers installed and discharge shoots added to the wagons.By the early 80’s these short wheelbase sand wagon were either taken of register, scrapped or modified and renumber for another use. There were other similar wagons that were built to the same design but used the surplus longer wheelbase RY wagons.

    This wagon will be released SUNDAY at Sanddown Exhibtion. It will retail for $20 and will include decals.

    19 January 2013

    VR Casts Update Jan 2013

    Last year seen the release the following items: - Victorian Railways Q 26 and 30 Pintsch Gas Tank Wagon
    - Victorian Railways IT 1 - 251, 253 - 273 Scantling Timber Wagon
    - Victorian Railways HD 150 to 218 Departmental Van
    - A mixed goods wagon load for I/ IA and GY wagons
    - A six pack of HO scale 44 gallon drums
    - A two pack of O scale 44 gallon drums

    During the second half of the year we looked into purchasing an 3D Rapid
    Prototype Printer. After visiting with stockists, viewing samples, many emails
    back and forth, comparing costs and further number crunching it was decided that
    it was not feasible for our small scale business at this time.

    Since then David and Rachel have been busy drawing up some underframes in a 3D Software program to get some test printing done for some of our upcoming VR 4whl wagon projects.

    Some will have noticed that the VR DFdf Horse/Guards Van, VR IX Open Wagon, VR F11 Short 4whl Horse Box and VR C/J 4whl Hearse Van are no longer
    available on our online store. These products will be discontinued but an odd
    may appear for sale at exhibitions.

    The larger 6whl Horse box is still currently un-available as a new silicone mould needs to be made. Those who order this product may incur at least a 2week wait up on top of the usual few days to cast the order.