21 hours ago
Sunday, December 1, 2019
The First Three HJS Wagons Are Now Complete
This weekend I was intent on continuing work on my scratch built HJS’s (not FJS’s I spoke about a couple of weeks back in my blog). What is a couple of letters difference between friends? So yesterday morning I cleaned the kitchen table of newspapers and junk mail, and brought out my portable modelling bench/cutting mat. I eventually sat down at about midday and then worked out that I actually needed some 0.020” x 0.030” styrene to help make the ribs in the side of the HJS wagons. Well you guessed it. I did not have any. I had 0.020” x 0.020” and 0.020” x 0.040” styrene, but not the size in between. So I jumped in the car and made it to Aurora Trains before they shut at 1:00pm. I then added the side ribs on one wagon, before I needed to add the metal ‘X’ pressing in the sides and ends of the wagons. For this I figured that I needed some 0.010” x 0.020” styrene strip. I did not have any on my portable work bench in the house. I thought I better check the shed in my styrene pile, before I jumped back in the car and went to Simon Says Hobbies and Games to get a packet of 0.010" x 0.020" styrene, when I found a packet in the shed. So I added these X’s to both sides and both ends of the first wagon. The next task is to determine will I add some door braces, or even the underframe bracing to the wagon.
On Sunday morning, I added some 0.020" x 0.020" styrene as posts and then used some 0.010" x 0.020" styrene from the underframe bracing. The first wagon ended up looking quite reasonable. So I then followed the same process for two more wagons. I even had time to go down to the shed and break out the spray can. I gave the first two wagons a coating of what supposedly is a QR look alike colour. I then gave the third wagon a different shade of grey paint. It was then that I read the colour on the top of the can. It was silver, and that did not look too good. I will spray over it, with a grey next weekend.
I'm on holidays tomorrow to enjoy a free trip around the Brisbane suburban system curtesy of the Queensland Government. We will see how many kilometres that PK and I can tally up.
I'm also on holidays for a couple of weeks from Friday after a Christmas party at work. So Saturday will entail another trip to the hobby shops to pick up some more 0.010" x 0.020" styrene which I have almost used up just this morning on the first three HJS wagons, and then another can of grey paint for the next 4 wagons that I will complete over the next weekend.
Time is running out for me to spend some time desk checking the 12mm timetable prior to a December operating session. I guess I will have to send out those invites pretty soon as well, in order to get a crew locked and loaded.