The rest of the track was laid today and I now have a picture of a former Japanese narrow gauge hopper so i can start building representation of one of their hoppers. The photo shows a Japanese Kato loco and pair of wagons that survive in Bougainville.
I have pieces from Shapeways - 1/55th scale chassis for correct gauge wheels and 1/48th scale hopper bin.
Slow progress dabbling in aircraft assembly, vehicle conversion, tree building while progressing the railway and landscape construction. Sorry for poor phone photos, the lighting in the garage is terrible.
I've been overseas with work so not much progress although I was able to accumulate quite a few coconut fronds made in hotel rooms while watching TV. When I got back an order from France was waiting of me. A 1/48 scale WW2 Japanese Navy roller - who would have though someone made kit of that.
The winch is for the front of the International tractor above.
I recently scored this old trooper on Evilbay from Germany.
Just discovered the 3rd Div Tank Sqn spent a few months training in Guadalcanal at the same time as RNZAF Hudson and Kittyhawk Sqns so after conversion to Mk III the tank can visit the airfield diorama for co-operation training.
A quick modification project changing the Academy Clarktor tractor to the version used by the RNZAF in the Pacific - dual rear wheels, wider rear mudguards and slight changes to drivers seat back and the tractors front panel.
While I'm finishing a few other 1/48th vehicle projects I've been preparing pieces for what will be a major build, an RNZAF 1942 Ford fire appliance build in Petone by CoMoCo, the Colonial Motor Company (they still exist) who made the majority of NZ fire appliances in the 1940s.
The build will use Tamiya Opel Blitz 4x2 chassis, cab from GMC and front mudguards from Ford Staff car.