Monday, December 15, 2008

Just a quick post to say I have started a N scale blog of all my N scale stuff and projects.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

My new toy!!!

Taking macro pictures using my old 2 megapixel Canon A40 was ok when dealing with HO and occasionally N scale. However entering a competely new arena with T gauge I had to resort to borrowing my parents 5 mexapixel camera. Not completely satisfied with the results (all previous shots), I deemed it necessary to go out and purchase a new camera, so I did......... ok.....truthfully I begged my wife to get one......... :-)
The new beast is a Canon PowerShot SX100. 8 megapixel with the best 'Macro' mode in the shop before hitting the Digital SLR market. I have only had it for a bit over a day and am already very happy with it.
What better items to test the macro mode on that some T-Gauge rolling stock. Here are the results:

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A view of the front of the loco. The 'wing' effect was achieved by slightly cutting the vinyl triangle. The circle (which is usally filled with a VR logo) was programmed into the vinyl cutting design.

Using direct sunlight as lighting.

The loco looks like its made to fit perfectly on an Australian 50c coin.
Thats all for now. The next post will hopefully be when the T-Gauge stock arrives. Till then take care and happy modelling.

Friday, December 5, 2008


Just to keep you guy interested while we eagerly await the arrival of the T-Gauge stock, here are some more pics! Rolls of vinyl that are used in the layering process. Imagine how much rolling stock can be made with all this!!!!!!

Here is a side of a BCE passenger carriage.

Incomplete steel car showing the method of creation.

12.5cm for the length of a small train!!! Imagine the length of a big train!!!

Hmmmmmm.... closest this to seeing a full train so far!!

Just a quick post. Will keep you updated!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

First VR Locomotive

Wow!!!! I have just arrived home after meeting with Paul to take photos of the progress of his VR Flat-Top T Class locomotive. Upon laying my eyes on this materpiece im sure my mouth was hanging open however no sound was coming other than "wooooow" and "amaaaazing" followed by drool!! Unfortunantly this wont be seeing the track as the design needs adjustment, however it will make a very nice scenic loco to park in a siding or shed. Anyhow Paul is typing up a post for me to upload to the forum outlining the production details but for now I will simply amaze you all with his handywork. Enjoy!


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Yep, thats 3 cm!

Here is Paul with his handywork. Can't tell he is proud can you............. :-)

Thursday, November 27, 2008


The Pointer Sisters once said, "Im so excited. That I just cant hide it.". This describes how I feel at the moment. Waiting for the T gauge stock to arrive. Itching to start a play with the tiny trains myself..... oh my heart races!!

I started a trestle bridge earlier this week. Measuring and figuring how theyre made....easy. It was going good until I decided to attempt to make one span out of brass wire. The choice of material was only as this was all that I had at home that would fit to scale. Trying to solder something that small requires a much more precis soldering iron than my 'lumpy' old one.

So to cut a long story short, I have decided to try the same design using styrene rod and glue. I dont have any styrene rod so after I post this im going shopping :-) !!

Below is an image of some trees that I purchased at our N scale club. The palm trees are made from a metal of some sort. If I was to guess I would say they are an etch. My camera doesnt take the best clost up shot (hmmm Christmas present for self) but the detail of the palms are amazing. The other trees I also think are an etch of some sort. I connot remember how much I paid for these or where they are available from. I will find out and post details on here as I think they are of great design and detail and would suit a T gauge layout quite well.
Take care and no doubt ill make a post when the T gauge stock arrives....."im so excited..."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Just a post to state I have added the picture behind the main heading. This photo is of Pauls AE wagon and an Australian $2 coin taken by Darren Hodges (B67).

I have been thinking of possibilities of scratchbuilding railmotors utilising the method Paul uses to make his wagons. The Victorian Railways DERM (Diesel Electric Rail Motor) seems like the most obvious choice as it is very similar to the AE car and would require minimal modification to the design.

Still at the thinking stage at the moment. I guess ill have to work out the measurements of the mech and see if it will fit keeping to the scale measurements of the DERM.

For further reading and pictures regarding the DERM see this excellent resource:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

First Post

I have noticed that many "T-Gaugers" have blogs and I have found these to be a valuable resource. We thought we might start our own dedicated to this amazing scale, and maybe sneak a bit of N scale in as well! I have yet to purchase my T gauge set yet however have the funds set aside eagerly awaiting availability.
My name is Adrian Zomer and I live in country Victoria, Australia. I have started this blog as a join venture between myself and fellow Victorian Railways (VR) T/N modeller Paul Blake, a very talented modeller who's scratchbuilt VR AE Wagon has already appeared on the 'Talking T Gauge' Forums (
I mostly model in Victorian N scale. I was designing an N scale layout however might put this design to a T gauge layout first.
I will keep you updated on the progress of the design of this layout and any further updates with Pauls scratchbuilding projects.