Some On30 Fun

On30 is O scale 1/48 (twice the size as HO) that runs on HO width track, this represents Narrow Gauge at 30 inches track spacing. This is not a very common gauge but represents Victorian Railways Narrow Gauge perfectly, Puffing Billy and Wallhalla railways. There is a range of VR narrow gauge rolling stock available from Haskell and Ian Lindsay Models.

Table Top is a layout built on a school Table Top 106 x 60cm so the track radius is about 10 inches, a lot smaller than the HO minimum of 18 inches and it is twice the scale. I enjoy modelling the more unusual.

The building are scratch built except for the house at the RH side. Now by scratch built I cut the timber used on a mini table saw Sonic Tools. I have been able to cut timber boards down to 0.6mm which is what I have clad the building with. The rough cut edge on the right hand side building was particularly enjoyable to make. Board on board construction is enjoyable and quick. The corrugated iron with made with a jig from Brunel Hobbies using aluminium foil baking trays. I don’t use Aluminium foil from a roll as I find it too thin, easy to shape and easy to damage. Only the Doors and windows are purchased items.

Last year I was able to visit and ride the Wallhalla railway, I loved the very remote inaccessible bush that the railway travels through. This more remote railway is what I enjoy modelling. I also have a interest in the railways of south west Tasmania and I plan to build the Montazuma Bridge that was a part of the North East Dundas railway.

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