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Structures / HO 3524 Vollmer Station
« on: June 22, 2020, 08:38:58 PM »
Good Evening All,

So last night I decided that before I build the Platforms I should rather build the Station.
So here we go.....

The idea is to make everything as realistic as possible, so I will be painting all parts, as I do not like the plastic look of some of the parts.
I have also decided to keep the colours as per the kits as far as possible, but with realistic effects.

I painted all the walls, windows and wood trims.
The bricks I painted brick colour as that funny brown, just look wrong.

Windows, was repainted White with a grey wash
Walls, was painted cream, to get rid of the glossy plastic look
Bricks was a colour changed.
Wood was painted brown, then musterd colour dry brushed and then painted with black wash.

Enjoy the pictures  :biggrin:

Cheers, Evert

Layout Design / LooVille HO Shunting Layout
« on: May 09, 2020, 12:05:55 PM »
Hello Everybody.....  :biggrin:

So, after I have visited Steve Smith a few times, I really like the idea of a HO shunting layout.
The idea is to build it with every possible detail available to me and I want to make it as realistic as possible.
I have seen and done some really awesome stiff with my N Scale as well as the z, but HO will just be the icing on the cake.

I have been collecting for almost a year now, and have 3 Steam, 2 Diesel and 2 Electrical Locomotives.
I also have a set of small Passenger Coaches and 4 goods wagons. Still need to get a few more goods wagons.
Then for the track, I decided to use Peco Code 100. I have all the track as well as Points.

My dad helped me with the timber for the bench-work, so that is already cut  :biggrin: Just assembly needed still.

Buildings and all other scenery I will have to collect still, I have nothing  :(  :(

So, here is the idea.... Picture 01.
I designed the track plan using SCARM - Picture 02.
And the 3D view is generated, I added a few buildings, Station and Train Maintenance Shed I would like. Give a better idea  :thumb:

Keep watching and I will start assembly of the benchwork.
Foam is still a problem as blue sheets is not available, so I might use normal white Styrofoam.


Custom shop / Programming\Display Track HO, N and z
« on: April 22, 2020, 08:03:46 AM »
Good Morning All.....

New project  :howzit:

Something I wanted to do for a very long time but never got round doing it, so now is the time.....
So I went on my PC, CorelDraw and draw a quick mock-up to get the basic wood sizes.
I drew it to be 200mm x 800mm, but when I started the build I decided to make it 900mm long.
I used 20mm x 200mm SA Pine and 20mm Styrofoam sheet.

Then, I cut all the wood and got all the parts together.
Built the frame  :biggrin:

More to follow......

N Scale / Kato Flying Hamburger Fix
« on: April 03, 2020, 07:47:32 AM »
Good Morning All,

So in June 2019 I bought this Train..... Kato Flying Hamburger 10704 - SVT877
The train was in a perfect running condition and all interior lights, forward and tail lights fittes and working, but the body  >:( was really damaged.
Someone tried to glue parts to the roof that according to this model should not even be there.

Then I decided OK, I'll buy it and ten I'll fix it.
So I scraped up my courage and did the fix last night  :thumb:

Pictures here is how I received it.

Structures / z Scale Vollmer Kit
« on: October 21, 2019, 07:40:21 AM »
Good Morning All,

So last night I decided to start the build of the Vollmer burning house kit.

Made sure I understand the kit and the plans.
Then I decided on the colours and before I remove any parts from the spruce I started to paint them. The plastic is to shiny and does not look real.
Pic 02 - wooden frames I dry-brushed with a light straw brown colour.
Pic 03 and 04 - before and after. I mixed a thin wash of brown and black, painted 3 or 4 coats over where I want to show more detail.

Enjoy the pictures and speak again soon.

I have seen this Layout on Ken Pattersons Whats Neat show before, then a friend of mine Jason Jensen visited and took some awesome pictures.

The detail is just awesome.....

Enjoy  :biggrin:

General Discussion / Ferrari Model Car Collection 1:43
« on: May 09, 2019, 07:29:18 AM »
Good Morning All.....

I know this is not Train related, but thought I'll show you....
Most of us do have some other collection or hobby besides model trains.

I'm a Ferrari fan, so I do have quite a collection of scale 1:43 Ferrari cars.
I recently bought a nice display cabinet and now I can display them. FINALLY !!!!!!

Look at the detail of these cars, just amazing !!!!

Evert  :biggrin:

General Discussion / old STEAM LOCOMOTIVES in South Africa
« on: December 14, 2018, 11:28:58 AM »
Good Morning All,

Interesting WebSite.....
Friend of my Dad created this website.


For Sale or Trade / N Scale Atlas 90 Ton Coal Hoppers
« on: October 30, 2018, 06:59:06 AM »
Good Morning All,

Here is some more:
N Scale Atlas 90 Ton Coal Hoppers, like new condition.
They are all fitted with AccuMate Knuckle Couplers.
The Union Pacific Car is fitted with MicroTrain Wheel set and Couplers.
Selling for R150 each.
I only ship with Postnet R99.

Track not included.

Thank you very much.
Evert Loo

For Sale or Trade / N Scale Atlas 53' Evans DPD Box Cars
« on: October 29, 2018, 07:29:58 AM »
Good Morning All,

I'm helping BigEd to sell some of the stuff that is still left over from one of the estates.

Here is the first lot:
N Scale Atlas 53' Evans DPD Box Cars, like new condition.
First two have MicroTrain Wheel set and Couplers fitted.
The rest is AccuMate Knuckle Couplers.
Selling for R150 each.
I only ship with Postnet R99.

Track not included.

Thank you very much.
Evert Loo

Custom shop / Custom Build Saw Mill from Holland
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:46:03 AM »
Good Morning All,

I was unpacking all my Grandfarther's train stuff and I came across this drawing (1st Pic)
I think I found it way back in the day in one of the Hobby Bulletins from my Grandfarther.
I remember when I was still at school or just after when I was studying I built this out of paper, but have no idea what happend to the model.

So I thought this is much nicer than the kit I bought from Walters, so I decided to attempt a build.
I came in contact with a guy in Holland and I received about 180 pictures from him.

A friend of mine have a laser cutter so we are going to cut all the pieces from 1.5mm Plywood.

So, I sat down and the past 3 weeks I drew all the parts for the building.
I bought a 2nd hand Windmill from Faller which I will change to fit.

This weekend we will cut the wood and then I will start the build.

Enjoy and speak to everybody again soon.


Custom shop / New Electrical connections for LooVille
« on: April 03, 2018, 07:30:57 AM »
Good Morning All,

OK, so we went away for the long weekend and I took some stuff with to keep me busy for when the wife and kid is sleeping  :biggrin:
Serviced a few trains but I also managed to make all the new electronic connections to my layout.

I currently use the normal Molex connections, they work 100% but if you buy them from Brights or Yebo Electronics they charge you a fortune.
And to drive all the way to Mantech or Communica just for that, Mmmmmmmm.....

So I decided to buy better nicer ones from  :biggrin:
Bought 50 pairs for $6, what a bargain !!!!!

Picture 1 is my current connections, rest is the new ones.
Made some 1m fly leads, connectors for the transformers and some splitters, awesome  :thumb:


DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) / Digitrax LNWI WiFi Interface
« on: February 20, 2018, 07:11:22 AM »
Good Morning All,

I played a bit last night and I finally get to install my Digitrax LNWI

So, now I can run my trains using my phone or my Tablet, so awesome  :thumb:

If we can get the kids hooked like this..... Awesome.....

Evert Loo

N Scale / Minitrix Trains Received from Hungary - FINALLY !!!!
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:42:01 AM »
Good Morning All,

On the 29th of September I saw this Minitrix 11087 - N K.Bay.Sts.B. PtL 2/2 Lokalbahn īGlaskastenī / Sammlerzustand set.
I spoke to the guy and he delt with Rinke Blok in Johannesburg so he was very willing to help me and at that stage I did not have the money up front so I asked him if he would keep it for me. He was nice enough to do that and the end of October I paid him and he packaged it and shipped it off to me.

I finally received it yesterday !!!!!  :biggrin: I took it to the club and ran it for a bit and wow, what a nice set. Ran perfect and smooth.
I'm really, really impressed.

I also bought some coaches from him  :thumb: 3 of the 4 have interior lights also..... so cool.

Here is a few pictures......

Pic 01 is what I saw on eBay
Pic 02 is package to be sent from Hungary
Pic03 is me unpacking

Speak again soon.
Enjoy, Cheers Evert Loo

Layout Design / LooVille - Marklin Z Scale
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:58:51 AM »
Good Morning All.....

Something very new and totally different.
My wife's (Lizel), brother's wife's (Andria), farther have a collection of Marklin Mini-Club trains.
He used to live in Namibia where het apparently had quite a big layout. When they moved to the cape in '89 the trains sat in boxes till now.

They just sold their house and is packing up en throwing away, so he gave the Z to me to sell.
I wanted some for myself just to play and show off with, so I kept a few and sold the balance.

Here is what I kept......

Oh, he did not have any houses, so I bought the Station from Ed  :thumb:

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