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DA phase 3 in NZ120 8 years 2 months ago #1

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At the moment I'm working on an NZR DA phase 3 diesel loco which I'm scratch building from brass. The DA in phase 1 guise is already available (or was) as an etched brass kitset. I decided to go down the scratchbuild rather than kitbash route as the phase 3 is significantly different to the phase 1. At work I have a CNC router which I used to engrave all the panel detail. I have 2 of these locos on the go at the moment.




Sorry for the quality of the photos, I really should buy a better camera. These pics are several weeks old and the build is much further along now as I am nearing the painting stage.
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Nice work,
I know nothing about trains except the ones that race past our home or the little steam trains at the park that my son loves to ride on.
Is it going to have an electric motor in it or is it a static model?

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Yes, its a runner. Runs on N guage track.

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More pics please

scratch building brass..........Top!

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Great work. Is the engraver computer controlled? The panels look top notch.
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Yup, all computer controlled. I drew the loco up in Auto Cad on the PC. I used some blueprints and also went down to our local railway preservation group [url=http://]http://www.steamrail.org.nz[/url] to have a measure up of their full size DA. I'll add some more pics once I charge my camera up. Since these pics were taken I've added some etched detail parts I bought from BLMA in the states. Loco is ready to be sand blasted for painting.

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You have access to a CNC router? Want to be my newest best friend (move over Mikey.....)?

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cnc = computer controlled Bishop.

Iddy 900 you may have lots of new friends haha

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Sand blasted? Wouldn't that leave it in little bits. Is it N or HO?

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Iddy900 wrote: Runs on N guage track.


N is the smaller of the two (HO and N) isn't it? I could imagine with access to a cnc machine that like Gary said you could have a lot of newest bestest friends :blink:

There any possibility of commision work (can we send you blueprints)???:pray:

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amazing work iddy900 what gauge is the brass you are working with it look quite thick looking at the pictures?? so do you hot torch 'butane' to do the soldering?? you have to be very carefull i would imagine to prevent heat transfer and melting other work you have soldered nearby, i noticed that you have access to a CNC router my mate had a CNC laser the things he used to turn out on that machine were amazing and the detail of the finished product engraving, panel lines, the cut edges, etc smooth as a baby's bum not a burr in sight but oh to dream !! they are not cheap to buy those machines, looking forward to seeing more progress on this build.

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Iddy900 wrote: Runs on N guage track.


N is the smaller of the two (HO and N) isn't it? I could imagine with access to a cnc machine that like Gary said you could have a lot of newest bestest friends :blink:

There any possibility of commision work (can we send you blueprints)???:pray:

- Gaz


Yup, N is the smaller of the 2. Runs on track with a guage of 9mm. I'm quite happy to produce whatever you want if you supply the drawings and materials. Contact me using the forums messenger feature.

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charlieboy wrote: amazing work iddy900 what gauge is the brass you are working with it look quite thick looking at the pictures?? so do you hot torch 'butane' to do the soldering?? you have to be very carefull i would imagine to prevent heat transfer and melting other work you have soldered nearby, i noticed that you have access to a CNC router my mate had a CNC laser the things he used to turn out on that machine were amazing and the detail of the finished product engraving, panel lines, the cut edges, etc smooth as a baby's bum not a burr in sight but oh to dream !! they are not cheap to buy those machines, looking forward to seeing more progress on this build.


This particular loco is from 0.4mm brass which I've decided is too thick. I'm currently working on an identical mate for it which is made from 0.2mm brass. I solder the bodywork together and use expoxy to mount some of the finer detail.

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Gary wrote: You have access to a CNC router? Want to be my newest best friend (move over Mikey.....)?


I feel so... expendable... :wail:

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That's some pretty impressive work going on there! The thing that puts me off anything NZR is that it has to be either scratchbuilt, or it costs a small fortune, and even then still requires loads of work.

I used to see these belting through Ava station while I was waiting for a Unit to get me to school before I discovered it was quicker to bike than train.

While it looks superficially similar to the American Geeps, the body seems to be just a big box with a cab in it, without all the lumps and bumps of the American counterparts.

Will you be tackling your rolling stock in the same fashion?

Mike A (Gazza's EX best friend :whistle: )

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Cheers for that Mike. There is a whole range of white metal kitsets for NZ120 rolling stock made by Trackgang Products. I've got a few and should start building em to post up here.

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Stuck the cowcatchers on tonight after a bit of a rethink on how to make em. Nasty fiddly things they were to solder on too! God my soldering looks awefull up close! It actually ain' t that bad (when



you stand back!). The completion is finally in sight for this model.
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So what chassis will this be running on?

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Ok, is that like one of the Proto type ones with the all wheel drive and flywheels? Never can quite tell what you're getting with Life like!

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Lookin' great mate! N scale, what's that in numbers that one can understand, 1:160?

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Cheers mate. Na this one's body shell is 1:120 but sits on an American 1:160 chassis. This represents New Zealands narrow 3'6" track gauge.

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