Monday, October 24, 2011

Back In The Old Days.

Last Friday I found myself in CBD Sydney. For a while now I have been meaning to make my way over to Redfern and have a look around Eveleigh or what is left. I have always been intrigued by the great railway workshops and after reading a book on the subject was under the impression that nothing really remained. To tell the truth I was surprised at how much still exists. I realise it is only a fraction of it's once former glory but it was great to see that the workshop, large erecting shop and managers buildings are all still standing. These buildings apart from the large erecting shop have very different roles now days but I guess that is progress?

I stuck my head in the southern end of the workshop building which was completely empty. I bloke in there working mentioned it was in that building most of the Matrix was filmed! What really hit me though was the smell of the building. Inside, the smell of a century of ingrained oil and Australian industrial history makes you realise that Eveleighs demise is just a small indication of Australia's still shrinking manufacturing abilities.

On another note, after talking to both Mike McCormac and James McInerney in regards to the colour scheme carried by the HCX I built, it was agreed upon that I needed to make a few changes. I have now removed the russet from around the guards and luggage door window sections. I relined the model but I am not completely sure about its correctness. I used a 0.3 nib but still think the lining is too think. That will be it now for my Casula HCX kit as any more changes will require a re-paint. Hopefully Mike will bring a HCX out in the next couple of years! Hint Hint.

Thank you James and Mike for all the help in regards to the HCX. Your combined knowledge is priceless.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Going Around in Circles!

Righto. Things have been moving along slowly down here on the coast. As usual I have several projects half finished but nothing complete, thus nothing much to share.

I did get to the Liverpool exhibition on Saturday and then again on the Monday. During my very brief Saturday visit, due to a wedding in which we were running late for I picked up a Michael McCormac Dogbox. What can I say. I would trade all the RTR stuff in tommorrow for quality kits like these. Bring back modelling I say! Thanks Michael. I look foward to a MM HCX!

I am not sure how many exhibitions I have attended over the past years but as luck would have it, when I had not a minute to spare I ran into Picton Blogger Rob. I have been chatting to Rob on this blogger thing for a while now and I had never met him until last Saturday. Sorry Rob, Allan Brown, the guys from IMRA and who ever else I rushed past trying to make it out the door and back to the car. The missus's had me against the stop watch and like any man knows happy wife happy life. Thankyou to the fellow on the door for allowing me my fifteen minute dash. I am sure he thought I was trying to pull a swifty.

After a wedding and then a music festival I managed to make a return on the Monday. It was a very long day. In regards to my HCX recently built there has been a question hanging over the application of russet on the guards and luggage door windows. With a little more time up my sleeve I made my way back to M McCormacs stand to find James McInerney and Michael chatting. The HCX colour scheme question arose and I now have a clear answer. Unfortunantly the answer meant more work for yours truly and I have to say the model now looks like a drag queen, a little over done. Not sure about the article now James. I may have to do a repaint.

Layout wise I have been finshing off the Loco and Goods shed module. I have started on a new turntable still retaining Bruces mechanicals. Here are a few pics. Still along way to go however.

I am really at odds end with how to do the layouts backscene. I really do like the curved over backscene but having the turntable pushed back makes it a little complex. I will sought something out. I welcome any ideas.

That's it for now,