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Barry Marchant

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    Christchurch, NZ
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    Trams (NZ streetcars)

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  1. For those of you who have found these tram models interesting, you should go to your library and ask to borrow the book "Always a Tram in Sight" by Graham Stewart. this is THE book on NZ electric trams and describes all but 1 or 2 very early works cars, and the systems on which they worked. All but 1 type of Christchurch electric tram and 4 types of trailer are preserved at Ferrymead Heritage Park, also a Kitson steam tram (No 7, makers number 26 of 1881 vintage) in working order.
  2. What about Steve's Wife, who has been a long time observer of all the activity on this model? Very nice work Steve, keep it up. We wait anxiously to see the final result when you are satisfied with it!! regards, Barry.
  3. Thank you. I should have 'doctored' the original by removing the background and substituting a photo of a blue sky with patches of cloud to give it atmosphere. Tried it before and it works well! BTW I believe the concrete block background is to be painted a suitable blue shortly!!!!!!!!
  4. Why 2, you may ask. Well I have a friend who, every time he saw mine running on his layout would say 'I must make one of those when I get around to it' so I got a round to-it for him and made No. 2, it being the second one. Mine is No 5 because that number was easy to paint. There were 8 Kitsons running in Christchurch at the end of the 19th century. Now, how do they go together? Top: the roof with water tanks in place and the funnel fitted. Left: the 'boiler' with steam dome on top, mounted on the floor of the model. Right: the complete body sides and ends. Lr left: the skirts which hide the motion. The 'knob' on each end is the towing point for trailers. These skirts are closer in shape to the originals of the 1880s. Lr right: The Works. Motor drives 1 axle via worm and pinion,the O ring between the 2 axles transmits the drive for traction purposes. The O ring runs in a groove turned on the inside of these wheels which are not insulated. The other side wheels are fitted with a nylon bush and the power pickups can just be seen. Botton: 2x 4x3/8 screws which hold the whole thing together.
  5. Looks pretty good Steve. Now I know NOT to try ship modelling!!
  6. Oops, I did not know the name had been used several times.I remember the names of the ships used on the inter island run. Maori had his Wahine, then Rangatira, Hinemoa, Maori again and Wahine that capsised with great loss of life. Barry
  7. From my file of useless information I think there is a large scale model of the inter island steamer Rangitira in the Canterbury Museum. Looking for it should fill in tomorrow pm. Sailed on it a number of times as a kid. During the war its departure time from Wellington or Lyttelton was never announced and it never missed a sailing except as follows. It hit Barrets reef going into Wellington once (1942?), reversed off, did a u turn and steamed up the harbour full astern, reached the wharf and sat on the bottom. It was duly salvaged and repaired. After the war the residents of Lyttelton set their clocks by the ferry arrival. Barry
  8. Hello Lordairgtar, This type of truck was used in NZ and UK and elsewhere. It was an effort to give a smoother ride on a long car than a single truck would, but without the complications involved in wiring 4 motors as would be involved if 2 ordinary trucks were fitted. The large wheels were on the driving axles and the small (pony) wheels gave the trucks turning ability. The driving axles carried <> 60% of the car weight and the truck pivot point is closer to the driving axle than the pony axle, In NZ such trucks were used in Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin. At Crich the Hill Of Howarth car is also fitted with them. The Ferrymead tramway in Christchurch has a number of cars requiring these trucks, but none being available world wide, They have set up to produce new replicas from scratch using motors obtained from overseas and casting new steel parts from their own patterns. So far, 2 pairs are in regular use and more are to be constructed. My models have wheels turned to scale, all trucks being identical. See the decker above. Makers I am aware of are Peckham and Brill.
  9. Ahhhh!! thank you Barside, there are none so blind as those that will not see! I did not read the Village Photos instructions correctly. This is a model of a Christchurch 'Hills' tram of which several were built in the early 20th century. They were fitted with Peckham 14d5 trucks and powerful motors which enabled them to climb the 1:11 grade up Hackthorne Road, Cashmere, Chch. Two of them headed the last ceremonial trams in Christchurch in 1954, And No 24 is now being rebuilt at Ferrymead, Christchurch The photo below shows the various components pre assembled ready to make the finished model. From the top..... 2 advertising boards for the roof. the roof 2 driver's cabins the main body, (saloon on the right) the main floor unit with trucks under, only the motor showing. 2 floor units for drivers cabins The 2 poles and truck side frames have yet to be made, but it runs.
  10. Can someone please tell me why the photo with this reference will not display? http://village.photos/members/Barry/Trams/468950/IMG_0066 TIA Problem now solved, thanks.
  11. Hi, I have just found that some of my photos have vanished from Britmodeller. These were linked to photos on my website which has now been deleted by Vodafone NZ. I thought that Britmodeller copied the files, but it now appears that they were only linked. Is this correct, or have I made an error somewhere? TIA Barry
  12. Thats good, but watch the power of the dremel. My mini drills are much less powerful and I prefer them 2 your Dad's dremel!!!! Too much pressure and the dremel takes over too quickly! Good carving, Barry.
  13. Hi Steve, a wood rasp is a butchers instrument no matter what you touch with it. Look at the canopies on my tram models, they are finished using a drum sander on a mini drill and it can do outside or inside curves down to abt 10mm radius. Metal sanding balls are also available. A nice model, when is the launching party? Regards, Barry ps... still can't get flickr to perform, any ideas pls???
  14. Thanks Ian, Trams are certainly different in the modelling world, so many advantages. 1:32 scale suits my eyesight! I have a complete layout on a 8x4 base, so many prototypes to choose from, 1 single tram is a complete unit, Tight curves. I wish more modellers would choose this subject. There are plenty of trams at Ferny Grove you could model, I will put up Colin's Brisbane dropcenter for you shortly.
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