Tom Bell's interesting narrow gauge 3D models: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee
Along the lines of Taiwanese narrow gauge cypress forest railways, I assembled a simple 'growing' diorama in a 30cm diameter pot plant. I used just our locally available Blue Mountains mosses and lichens, a couple of Japanese Bonsai 'trees' and Bachmann's delightful On30 0-4-0 Porter loco!
Parts I and II now linked
Japan's Narrow Gauge Oigawa Railway videos, Parts I and II are now linked together for convenience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynAmDKX4J8Q&t=88s Simply cli...ck the visual link at the end of Oigawa Part I to be taken directly to Part II. (The steep Ikawa 'rack' Branch line into the Southern Alps)
The N.G. 'Chopstick' Trestle!
Who said Model Railways was an Expensive Hobby? Shows just what can be achieved with a $3 pack of tapered wooden chopsticks, a few bits of wire brushed Balsa an...d a bunch of TTG N/B/W sprues... This simple but versatile On30 Trestle Bridge became the basis of another popular 'Steam in the Bush' kit. With flats already milled on two sides of the tapered chop stick pieces, the rest was easy!
The Backwoods On30 Caboose!
Another freelanced 'Steam in the Bush' kit designed around our regular 18' MBM die-cast chassis, TTG impact grade styrene colonial double hung windows plus a pa...ir of San Juan 'floating' On30 trucks with 24" alloy wheels. Featuring 'bronze' ports from a wrecked motor launch, steam bent ribs and an elegant curved balustrade, the Caboose shows strong 'shipwright' overtones and if I'm honest, a significant 'wild possum' nose inside....
Unusual Corrugated Iron Church!
Every village has a Church. Sometimes several and this quaint corrugated iron example can still be found at Lowther on the road from the Blue Mountains to the f...amous Jenolan Caves which in 1880, was the most visited tourist attraction in the entire Southern Hemisphere.
Photographed & measured, the unusual Lowther Church soon became yet another 1:48 'Steam in the Bush' kit!
The corrugated iron loco shed!
This freelanced 1:48 single road loco shed with lean-to workshop ultimately became another popular 'Steam in the Bush' craftsman kit. Designed for several diffe...rent On30 locos, we supplied a set of accurate, 1:1 A4 drawings so customers simply laid out the lumber over the plans then cut studs and noggins to length and glued them in place. As a novelty, the plans could be left glued to the frames so forming an interior lining if required. Diagonal braces were applied using bronze rods and the completed wall frames then glued together. The shed kit was supplied with customer's choice of corrugated iron or weatherboard sidings.
The On30 DCC Powered 'Mobile' Log Winch!
This is where my 'Steam Powered Dynamo' eventually lead: the Steam Powered Mobile Log Winch! This proto model was actually a commission from a UK customer which... became another 'Steam in the Bush' kit. It could be DDC powered with or without sound in single or double reduction with track pickups utilizing simple bronze rods over the truck axles.
The completed model had enough torque to drag an entire train up an incline!
The Steam Powered Dynamo!
Originally planned as a flat car load, I decided to produce a small 'portable' steam powered electric dynamo which being sled mounted, could be dragged into pos...ition by a tractor, team of horses or bullocks. The Dynamo could be used to provide light and electricity in the mill or anywhere around the mill village.
The 1:48 scale electric dynamo casting set was from Crow River so I drilled it out and fitted a mini 25:1 gear-head pager motor so the system simply reverse-powered the donkey engine. HaHa! Note the stump supporting the lamp post and I'd forgotten too I'd even put a red LED in the firebox!
It became another popular 'Steam in the Bush' craftsman kit for those with far too much time on their hands...
The popular 1:48 Sawmill 'Machinery' kit...
This O scale sawmill machinery kit became the most popular 'Steam in the Bush' kit we ever developed. At $110 + shipping, I sold hundreds of them all around the... world. There was a suitable Mill Structure kit available too which was based on a prototype Mill in Victoria so I've attached one or two photos of it.
I never got around to motorizing the Machinery kit but that would make a nice project for someone with far too much time on their hands! Later kits got a walnut planked floor boards and some improved fittings. Enjoy!
Some 18' and 15' On30 flat-car kits.
Thought I'd post some pictures of popular flat-car kits which I offered several years ago. Constantly frustrated by current kit offerings which needed the custo...mer to purchase lots of extra parts to actually make them work, all my 'Steam in the Bush' kits came 100% complete with all the parts needed to make the models as shown which was probably why they became so popular.
Both these kits were available in packs of three and six and were based on die-cast metal chassis from Mountain Blue Miniatures: an 18 footer and the other, a 15 footer. The heavier car used SanJuan On30 trucks with 24" diameter wheels whilst the lightweight units were provided with 4' Archbar truck kits from TTG. They included cute custom 18" diameter spoke wheels from Steam Era Models. Grab iron steps and hand brake wheels were from the vast TTG parts collection.
Both flat car kits provided the inspiration and bases for some additional products as shown in the final photos.
The Boilerhouse and Winding Engine!
A 1:48 'Steam in the Bush' Boilerhouse and Steam Winding Engine designed to accompany the On30 'Inclined Way' previously posted. A second boiler house building ...(eventually released as a kit) could also be used to house the completed winch. The brick chimney was a five piece, hollow cast resin model and the twin cylinder horizontal winch is an amalgam of at least two Crow River cast alloy 'static' kits which I drilled & filed to operate then 'motorized' it using a miniature 6v 25:1 gear-head 'pager' motor. Purists will of course, wonder how an iron water tank could be used as a fire-tube boiler but hey, that's not the point of On30 is it? (click here to see a very low res video clip of the motorized winch in operation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es-EqgLW2zw)
The Inclined Way - A Classic N.G. Mining Model!
The Incline. The remains of five of six narrow gauge 'inclined ways' can be found here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. They were used at various coal ...and shale mines (one remains operational as a 'tourist' incline) so I decided to make a motorised On30 scale mining Incline which I eventually released as a kit of parts. Not content with a straight run, I built a prototype with a couple of realistic curves and dips. (pictures of the Steam Winch and Boiler House kits to come...)
Another popular 1:48 Structure kit....
The Hillside Mine. This popular 1:48 'Steam in the Bush' kit was based around a hollow three piece cast resin horizontal water tank which I decided to press int...o service as a rotating 'Ball Mill'. The prototype model on which I based the kit actually 'worked' with ore progressing through by gravity so customers could mechanize it with mini gear-head motors and solenoids to drive the Mill and actuate the hopper doors.
The 18" skip-way included in some early versions of the kit lead from the 'mine' to the Mill where ore was processed before loading into waiting On30 trains. The completed structure kit occupied a relatively small foot-print so could easily be integrated into most 1:48 layouts. (the On30 powered Rail-truck and 7' mine skips shown under lead to future Ozsteam kits)