Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Peter Boormans BBP

Well I finally got stuck in and built this great kit of something
quiet unusual subject. The build was good but I did make a
few mistakes but it all worked out. I decided to make a double 
roof for mine as I was going for 50s/60s time look. I went for
heavily weathered almost retired ready for the low loader trip 
to Dorrigo look.






Till next time
 Mathew Hughes

Sunday, February 11, 2018

CDH Models 40' Heavy flatrack

Hi All

I recently found and purchased this CDH Models 40' Heavy flatrack
off EBAY. The castings are quiet good and looks like the old "milky bar"
urethane stuff to me. (but i'm no expert)
At $19.50 for two I think its great value
PS I have nothing to do with the company just showing something I
found that might interest others
The paper clips are to make the hydraulic rams





Till next time
 Mathew Hughes

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ezi kits Z26

Well it is almost finished!
The inspiration for this loco came from Ray love's book
Days of steam.2606 the Bathurst shunter I liked the idea of
 a loco that start life in the late 1800's and made it to 1970
 with no electric lights. Just have to clean the wheels, add a 
crew and a load coal and maybe some canvas curtains







Till next
 Mathew Hughes

Friday, January 26, 2018

Long time no post

Hi All
 Well the last few months have been horrible hectic and that's an understatement.
But there is a silver lining. I have had to move out,but now I have all my stuff at my
finger tips. So to cheer myself up I brought a new soldering iron and dusted off
some unfinished projects and got stuck in

I finally put a motor and gearbox in my Bergs F351 which was finished as 1042
the Cardiff shunter
Ezi kits 26 class nearly finished just need final fit out,some numbers and weathering


I decided to start my DJH AD60 but this is going to be a long term project

There is still plenty more projects on the way that I want to finish
HTV 2000
Andian water jin
Peter Boormans BBP
DJH 20 class

Till next time
 Mathew Hughes

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Catherine Hill Bay

Although not to much remains at Catherine Hill Bay from a railway point of view but
what is left is interesting. (well I think) Once a busy unique little seaside town with 
coal mines and a standard gauge railway that carried coal to a large ocean jetty for
 loading of coal ships.  Now the mines and the railway have gone Catherine Hill Bay
 has become a sleepy little town.

A close up of whats left of the trestle bridge that once crossed
 the creek near the beach

showing how close it is to the beach

The jetty in which the coal ships where once loaded

Where these gates are located is the start of the jetty that once
 had coal trains on it for unloading directly onto waiting ships


Located south of the cemetery is the remnants of this water
tank once used to fill steam locomotives of water 


The brick foundations where surprisingly in good condition

The water tank itself has definitely seen better days

Till next time 
 Mathew Hughes

Monday, September 11, 2017

Peter Boormans workshop and Andian models BBP (a quick look)

I have always wondered what Peter Boormans kits where like but seeing how he 
does N gauge and I model HO I never got the chance to build one of his kits till
 now. Peter Boormans workshop and Andian models combined together to do this
BBP (bogie ballast plough)kit in HO and I just had to get one.

Kit is packaged well

The lost wax brass components 

The brass etches 


Urethane chassis 

And some urethane detail parts
The kits looks great if not a little daunting but the parts look great. It comes with a
 very comprehensive instructions on a CD and plenty of reference photos and small
 decal sheet is included. Overall looks awesome and credit to them for making
 something different.
PS Peter Boorman was great to deal with and some other model company's could
 learn a thing or two on customer service from him

Till next time
 Mathew Hughes