My freelanced railroad

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Gavin Miller, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    Nice, very nice.
    This pictures do really give us beginners an idea what we could obtain once we get the same experience as you have.
    I am talking about years and years and years.

  2. redracer

    redracer Member

    Yes they are Japanese - made by Modemo, the model train division of the well known Hasegawa plastic kit company.

    See my 'Japanese Layout in Australia' thread for more pictures.
  3. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member


    As Doug has mentioned they are made by Modemo.

    And yes, being Japanese, they ARE good runners. Mine run as smoothly as any of my flywheel equipped Kato locomotives and have excellent slow speed operation. The articulation is great!

    I have two at the moment and am thinking of adding more to the fleet (even though I don't yet have an "urban" setting to run them in).

    They are available in green, yellow and orange (so far). I notice the real operator in Setagaya Japan (the inspiration for Doug's excellent layout) has a blue version as well. See (in Japanese, but lots of great photos!)

    If you can't find these delightful little models in Switzerland, try Doug Coster's Japanese Model Supplies in Sydney Australia - he does international mail orders. ( Not associated with him, just a satisfied customer.

  4. swissjohn

    swissjohn Member

    Thanks Doug, Thanks Gavin,
    I don't know how I managed to miss the Modemo trams when I visited Doug's layout page :eek:
    Must be old age and rapidly failing eye-sight :D

    P.S. Despite my fascination with all things Swiss I actually live in England. I think there are a couple of Modemo dealers here but if not it's good to know that Doug will ship internationally.
  5. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member


    Rest assured, it doesn't take "years and years" of experience to achieve half reasonable results.

    If you use the same techniques (or perhaps better ones you come up with by yourself) you should be able to "scenic" a stretch of track in one afternoon and be pleased with the results.

    The GREAT thing about scenery (natural vegetation) is that anything could be possible, so this aspect of modelling is VERY forgiving. If you make a "mistake", just throw on some more scatter material or ground foam and cover it with thicker vegetation.

    Allow yourself to be creative and "have a go" - you will be glad you started. My tip: try just doing a small section at a time, then the job won't overwhelm you. There's plenty of time to finish the rest of the layout.

  6. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    Thanks for the advice Gavin.
    Guess I have to give it a try.

  7. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member

    Here are some shots of my hopper cars with different levels of weathering applied. Also different lettering to represent a mixed fleet of newer and older cars.

    Firstly, a car which has covered many thousands of kilometres and picked up a fair bit of dust. This one must be due for a repaint as it still wears the railroad's older style markings (NRNA - National Rail Network Authority).

    I airbrush the "dust" along the car and trucks using a double action Pasche.

    Attached Files:

  8. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member

    This one's been to the paintshop more recently and had the railroad's more trendy "commercialised" shorthand titles (RailNet) applied.

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  9. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member

    ... and here's one devoid of titles because it's centre panel has had to be replaced. (Actually, masked over while the weathering process was completed).

    You may notice that most of the cars' reporting marks have been faithfully cleaned of dust and grime by my N-scale railroad personnel (actually masked with liquid mask during weathering which is rubbed off afterwards).

    Attached Files:

  10. Sir_Tainly

    Sir_Tainly Member

    Very nice, brilliant idea to have a car with a replaced panel and hence no logo..very realistic :) Round here cars in freight trains have almost as many paint / logo variations as the number of cars themselves.
  11. redracer

    redracer Member

    1. The Setagaya line has 10 of the 300 series cars in it's roster. Each one is a different colour - and many have advertising slogans on them - however they do get changed from time to time. If you want a list of the full set, I can post it. I am hoping Modemo will do some more :p

    2. Sorry Gavin, but the link you posted is obsolete - I have not used that site since early 2002 (thanks to Yahoo! stopping the facility to update using FTP :mad:). The correct address is found by following the link at

  12. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member

    Oops! I DID check it before posting it. When I clicked on it, it seemed to work. I'll change the address in my Favorites list.
  13. redracer

    redracer Member

    Yes it does work - but is over 12 months out of date !!!!
  14. redracer

    redracer Member

    Hot off-the-press rumours just in hand tonite are that Modemo will be doing 'all' the colours. Now does that mean all the colours these vehicles have been seen in (which is a lot more then 10), or all the colours they are now, or one different colour for each number or what ???

    Interesting (and maybe expensive) times are ahead !!!
  15. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member

    I can't remember if I've already posted this shot on this forum, but here's my attempt at "Photoshopping" some heat haze and diesel fumes above my model SD45s.

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  16. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  17. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member

    Another shot I can't recall if I may have posted elsewhere on this forum.

    Four RailNet locos (SD45s & C30-7s) haul a double stack container train over a bridge on my local NTRAK club's layout.

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  18. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    This is one superb layout Gavin. Your photos really show it well and the added effects are excellent.
  19. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Great layout. Very nice indeed. Keep up the good work :thumb: :thumb:
  20. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member

    Great work, Gavin!

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