ETS Australian 30 Class tank build from RTR to model

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  1. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi all
    Time to get back to some modelling
    Members may have notice I’ve been a bit quiet recently on the Platform1 forum, this is due to having to look after my young wife Shelley as she has been undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer, diagnosed at the young age of 34 shes had a bit of a rocky time of it lately some good days bat a lot of bad along the way as chemo hit hard, the good news Re this, things are looking positive at the moment for full recovery

    This model came along at the right time to help with a bit of time out modelling,

    This is a model made by ETS in the Czech Republic its a O scale model of an Australian NSWGR 30 Class 4-6-4 tank loco,
    you may have seen a few photos of bobs similar model on his Australian outdoors thread.
    A big thanks to bob for alerting me to the model as had not seen any advertising of its availability
    I’m also up grading the model from tin plate toy style to a more detailed model.
    So follow along with some of the additions as I get back to enjoying some real modelling.

    To start with it looks like this a part tinplate part dicast model that’s designed for 3 Rail but has a 2 Rail version available
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    Next as the model arrived specifically ordered without its old style couplers
    Numbered as 3019 this is pad printed on the tank
    With the loco finished in Red lined black livery, very cheap paint unfortunately it’s doesn’t apear to be a etch paint as you would expect on a metal model
    First thing was I needed to change the number
    The 3019 is ink Pad printed and this had unfortunately etched all the way to the metal so even after removal a Ghosting of the number could be seen even after sanding it back metal, you could see the etch of the 3019 in the base metal of the side tank a good amount of wet n dry sanding removed this befor it was given a few cotes of engine black
    Once all the modifications are done I will give the whole model a dulcote clear to even out the locos original Saturn black finish.

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    Number Removed and side tanks were masked up along the lining and repainted with a flat black etch primer.
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    Next choosing a number for the loco
    Number choice was 3039 a loco that worked on the Toronto line that is part of my Model Railway plans plus as the 30 tanks had about 6 different bunker styles had to find a number that had the correct bunker that could be represented by this model 3039 fitted with The correct stylebase bunker

    Numbers fitted and wheels painted as well as rods Bob has come up with a nice way of turning the flat rods to fluted that I will also use.
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    First major modification was to the coal bunker as 3039 had a extended bunker with coal rails 3 extra above the plate section this was made up with some etch sheet off cut.

    Test fit
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    Painted need some more coal now.
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    Next was couplers and a new front buffer beam as the prototype has a timber overlay at the front.
    I decided to model this and fit new lost wax cast working buffers NSWGR loco buffers to the model along with Hook draw gear as the prototype were all hook draw gear only, I’ve not seen any photos of one that has Knuckles unlike the earlier 20 class that a few that were knuckle coupler fitted in later years.

    The timber used is balsa wood that has been treated with CA glue to harden/strengthen it
    Seen is the front hook sprung draw gear fitted, a raw buffer casting is seen in the photo.
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    Both buffers installed and the train brake air line
    The buffer castings weren’t the best 1-5 hours each to cleans up drill out the centres, file the buffer shaft round etc cut away the sprue to allow fitting.
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    Next on the todo list with the model was the extra pipe work for lubricator air pump etc
    The lubricator lines run from the lubricator in the cab to the front cylinders and loco ancillarys like the air pump.
    Also as the model is basically tin plate one area that’s obvious is the tanks to boiler join,
    On the prototype, there is a steam pipe so this has also been added and this covers the area that is typical tin plate construction.

    Fine phosphorus bronze wire was soldered up to represent the lines from the lubricator to the cylinders

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    Next was the air pump all the pipes have been added in a closer to prototype representation of 5he Westinghouse air pump even added the air filter at the bottom
    Also filled the hole from the. Screws that, attached the cylinder to the running plate I removed the cylinders and squared up the castings and remounted Then filled the holes

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    Painted the air pump and the lubricator lines, also painted the foot plate no more screws in the foot plate looks much better
    Buffers and coupler painted
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    Close up of the air compressor before painting a bit of weathering will pop the detail back out that disappears when it’s all painted black.
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    Tomorrow I will paint the buffer beam Red and start on the rear buffers and a overlay but a piece of plasticard will be used as the 30 class rear buffer beam didn’t have the timber facing just the steal, I’m sourcing some archer rivet decals to detail the rear bunker and buffer beam.
     

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    Looking better all the time Chris. Some nice little projects like this can be good therapy when needed. Hope thing go good for Shelley.
    cheers
    Bob
     
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    Hi Bob Thanks yes your right has been good therapy for me to get into this models detailing, even if doing a lot of it in the early morning hours.
    Will get a bit more done today hopefully, Whilst Shelleys sleeping, her last Chemo was on Tuesday and is starting to kick in hard now.
    Shelley is doing very well considering the initial diagnosis and lit ooks like Shelley is having a very good response to the chemo, whilst chemo is making Shelley very unwell (it’s basically Controled poisonings of the body) it is having the desired effect of shrinking the tumour and a MRI is scheduled next Tuesday so the surgeon can make a call on what type of surgery will be needed.
     
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    Great work Chris. You have completely transformed this model. Good to see you back modelling again.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Thanks Gary yes it has been good to get into some “real modelling” again whilst I don’t mind fitting decoders and plonking the odd new model on the track etc, actually real modelling is a lot more enjoyable and when you eventually put the model back on the track and you can see all the the detail items come together it’s very satisfying. Esp with a model like this seeing it go from toy like to a scale model is very satisfying.

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    Still lots more to do on this model
     
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