Friday, April 30, 2010

Northstar progress

I'm sitting down this afternoon looking at drawings and photographs working out how to make them...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Some Northstar thoughts

Just to show I'm taking this idea relatively seriously.
A Bombardier Bi-level coach is 25.9 meters in length. The longest T scale chassis, the KiHa is a scale 21 meters. A deficit of almost 5 meters or 10mm in length. A millimeter or two I could deal with but a whole centimeter is a different kettle of fish indeed. The KiHa chassis will have to be lengthened.
That will affect the radius of curve the vehicle will be able to negotiate I'm sure. As to if it will affect the pulling power or not I don't know.
The coaches themselves shouldn't be too difficult as they are all straight lines and angles. I think the best plan will be to make shells of clear styrene and cover that with a decal for the paint scheme.
I'll just have to have a go and find out.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A crazy idea

Just came to me.
How about Northstar Commuter Rail in T scale?
Four Bombardier Bi-level coaches with an MP36 loco.
You could power two or three coaches depending on their performance and have them push and pull a coach and a dummy loco.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Back in the saddle (more from the t elevator)

Well, I'm back!
I've spent the last few weeks preparing my HO scale layout for a train show as well as buying myself a new camera. But to be honest my model railroading heart was elsewhere.
I would have rather been T scaling. So I did manage to sneak a few minutes here and there over the past few weeks to get something done to the elevator and here it is.

Spraying is much better than brush painting don't you think?
Some weathering powders on the roof, some ladders on the front and it will be a very accepable structure for the new layout.
New layout?
What new layout...

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Spring is sprung. The Sun is shining. New trains are available (when you can get them, they are in short supply) and new T scale bloggers have appeared.
Welcome Dan MacKellar and his T Time blog. Dan has been a member of Talking T gauge for a long time and has now started to blog about his T scale adventures.
Glad to have another T blogger around. It's been rather lonely of late.
As for me I'm a frustrated T scaler at the moment. As you know I've lots of projects on the go. What with T scale grain elevators and freight cars and other things. But with an exhibition looming on the horizon for my HO scale layout I've got to work on it instead.
I'd rather be T scaling...
Hmm I think there's a T shirt design there.