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New Zealand NZ120 scale Layout

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beakaboy

Just thought I would share a link to a you tube video posted by a friend on the NZ120 Forum. He has scratchbuilt the loco bodies and used commercial chassis underneath. The large steam loco has a Tsunami sound decoder. All the buildings are scratchbuilt. The Faller truck is a scratchbuilt unit sitting on an N scale Faller bus chassis. His background is as an architect. The layout is based on 1940-50s New Zealand . Enjoy.

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JGSDF

Thank you for sharing, it is the first time i have see an New Zealand Modellrailroad layout.

I have add it too my favorites at you tube.

Greeting to NZ from Germany

JGSDF ( Meickel )

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katoftw

Wow it that truck went around the corner any quick, it would be on 2 wheels.  Awesome layout with lots of detail and automation.

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beakaboy

some photos from the weekend at the Hamilton Model Railway Show. First up the Trackgang modular Layout in NZ120 (TT) scale, which I was helping to operate over the 3 show days. Most of the locos are either pewter kits, scratchbuilt styrene, or Shapeways prints.  Video link will also be done once I have edited all the video taken . John

 

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Eurostar25

I managed to pass through on Saturday, if only people wore their screen names as name tags!

I passed the 120 layout when Jolon was there in deep discussion with someone else.

The locos and stock look great, amazing level of detail from the printed Shapeways shells.

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HantuBlauLOL

what chassis did they use for the EMD G12s?

 

at this moment i'm also making a TTn3 loco, a BB303 class

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beakaboy

HantuBlauLOL I presume you are talking about the Da loco with 1099 on its long hood. Usually we use Lifelike or Atlas SD7/9 chassis. My Da has an Atlas  Gp38 chassis with SD35 bogies. I had to modify the openings for the bogies where they contact the worm drives. I used this chassis as It was a  spare  and saved the cost of buying another chassis. I imported the SD35 bogies from Atlas. Much more reasonable with postage than Kato.

From photos I have looked up that BB303 is a nice looking loco. Look forward to progress.

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beakaboy

Eurostar 25. Sorry I missed you! Didn't think you would make it to show. I had a blue cap on and a grey NZ120 polo. I also have a beard and glasses. The Shapeways shells come out nice, but I know there is a huge amount of work to get them looking good. Lots of sanding and cleaning. The Ba steamer was okay with great detail , but when the sun came out and reflected through the roof windows, you could see all the printer lines. I suspect some of this is the type of material as well as the programs people use to design them.

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HantuBlauLOL

Yup, the Da one.. Doesn't the SD7/9 mech too long? Because my pal used it for a U20C loco, and its slightly longer than the Da.

 

 

also, do you have a blueprint for Da class?

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beakaboy

I am not sure on fitting a SD7/9 into a Da body as I used a modified GP38, but other forum members in NZ120 group have used the Sd7/9 chassis. Possibly needed to trim chassis to fit. The SD7/9 was preferred due to distance between bogies, etc. I will see if I can scan a copy of Da diagram and will PM you. I don't have an actual blueprint.

 

First video of the NZ120 layout is now up on you tube.

 

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Eurostar25

Looking good! I managed to shoot up North for the weekend and I passed through Saturday about 2 o'clock, looked to be a good turnout. The 9mil layout looked pretty spectacular too, although with that amount of space an nz120 would look just as good.

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beakaboy

2nd video now up on you tube of NZ120 layout at Hamilton Show

 

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beakaboy

3rd video of NZ120 layout now up on you tube as well as a short video of the 9MM modular layout based on Hamilton New Zealand in the 1960's .

 

 

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beakaboy

Finally some scenery started on my NZ120 Modular Layout which is based on Picton area at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. I have been experimenting with Kiwifruit hair and dust through my homemade static grass machine. seems to look okay, although it clumps up easy. I am trying to get the effect of dead grass or similar. Have also been making some homemade trees using dried weeds and homemade dyed fine sawdust. The photo of the trees on board ,is only part way through the process. sawdust to add and matt black spray paint underneath foliage when finished to create shadow. The taller trees are pieces of dried Oregano herb(hmmm! nice smell for layout)

 

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Eurostar25

Looking good!

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Das Steinkopf

That's "mint bro".

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splifdfx

Looks good. Fascinated by your trees.
I'm looking forward to see them finished. Could you take pictures of the different fabrication steps ?

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beakaboy

A bit more work on my layout since the last photos and some more tree work. I have decided to use fine wire wrapped around pieces of weed instead of tape and then will dip trunks in white glue and sprinkle with scenic texture. I have sprayed some of the bare trees with grey primer. Still a lot of experimentation going on. I am always looking at new techniques, etc. A lady was making trees at a recent Model railway show, I attended, and they were fantastic. I never had time to talk to her as I was running a NZ120 layout on my own. Last photo is my Aru Nine kitset with a final coat of paint. might do a white stripe and also some weathering as well as window glass

Apologies for my cheap phone camera quality!

 

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beakaboy

another video of the NZ120 (TT) layout from a Model Railway Show in Rotorua ( famous geothermal area for tourists) held over Easter. I only helped for 1 of the 3 days which was disappointing. My friend had to work on the day I was helping out, so on my own and no chance to video any other layouts. The fly landing on Loco at 2:08 was a trained one, but he doesn't like going in the tunnel, hence why he turned up trackside again!

 

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beakaboy

A little more progress on my Layout recently. I made a fence using Rail for the upright posts, fine wire for the battens and old very fine magnetic wire. All soldered on a wooden jig and undercoated. Probably over scale posts ,even for TT, but it was just an experiment to see if it was possible. Have to add long grass around fence and also make up a gate or 2 on more fencing to divide into paddocks. A few more trees added as well. Sheep to be added as well as a Tractor. Power poles! etc, etc and ballast last.

 

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Eurostar25

Looking good Beakaboy, always good to see progress!

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