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  • Ozsteam Caboose Kit Build

    Hi all. After a lengthy spell in the doldrums (not just modelling) and a house move, I have finally got enough of the 1:1 modelling done in our new home to have time to do some smaller scale modelling.

    I decided to begin with a Steam in the Bush/Ozsteam On30 caboose as relatively light return to the modelling bench - my main interest is in UK outline in P4, which can get a bit too serious at times.

  • #2
    Pictures of what I'm aiming at can be found here:

    Looks like it should be interesting and fun.



    • #3
      Sounds like a nice project, Tony.


      • #4
        That looks neat. Is it board by board or a casting for the walls. I'm not familiar with their line of kits.



        • #5

          The kit looks great ... looking fwd to some pictures of your build.
          Tom M.


          • #6
            roland, you NEED to become familiar with their kits, working winches, wonderful engine houses and neat little railtrucks, and normaly (well for us in the uk) works out to be quite cheap money wise.

            our club chairman has had his eye n this kit, he may even own it, i look forward to seeing this build come together


            • #7
              Tony, looking forward to your build. I am thinking about getting some things from steam in the bush, so would be interested how the kit goes together, how good the instructions are and what problems you have with the kit/instructions. Will be following your progress.


              • #8
                Wow, their kits are really cool!

                The T-boiler climax and the Dunkirk locomotives are wonderful conversions are particularly good
                Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland but now making a start in On30 in Australia


                • #9
                  Unlike many kit manufacturers, Craig at Steam in the Bush seems to be of the opinion that money spent on pretty boxes could be better spent elsewhere. His kits - or at least the ones I have - come in large polythene bags. Lest that cause concern, I have bought several and none have been damaged in transit between Australia and Scotland.

                  Inside the large bag I found the following items:

                  A cast pewter frame;

                  Some Grandt Line (I think) windows;

                  A pair of heavy duty 4' trucks;

                  Some brass tube;

                  Sundry other fittings and fixtures;

                  An instruction sheet (in this case 4 pages of A4)

                  And a pile of wood of various kinds - walnut veneer and balsa are the two I recognise having read the instructions, but there is some hardwood in there too.

                  The trucks snap together easily, although how to do this doesn't merit a mention in the instruction sheet.

                  They are attached to the frame with small screws, which are driven into holes that you need to drill into it. There are dimples on the casting as starting guides for drilling. Two more holes need to be similarly drilled for the couplings (supplied ).

                  This is where I left off:

                  Now, about the instructions. I read them through more than once before starting this kit, and my impression is that they are a bit of a 'curate's egg' - i.e. good in parts. However, it may be that I've grown accustomed to more detailed instructions than are strictly necessary. Given that the body of this caboose is to be built board on board, then it might be fairer to think of this less as a kit and more as a scratchbuild with some some of the trickier parts - e.g. a nice heavy frame and trucks etc sourced for you. That being the case, Craig's instructions cover what is needed for a modeller with some experience to build his kits. Where unusual techniques are required they are covered in more detail, as will be seen when I come to bending the timber frame for the roof.


                  • #10
                    Tony, looking good so far.

                    I got a set of their disconnects some while back. I haven't built them yet but have studied the parts and the instructions. The kit is what I'd describe as "scratchbuilding in a bag"

                    As with the kit and instructions you have there it's probably nothing a modeller with a bit of experience couldn't tackle without too much trouble, but definitely not for a total novice.

                    I'll be watching with keen interest [:-magnify]

                    "The next train\'s gone"


                    • #11
                      Tony, great start, looks good so far. appreciate the detailed dialog.


                      • #12
                        my club owns the engine house, a bridge kit, plus i think a couple of their disconnects, all came in bags (as yours) with instrutions much like yours sound, should be a nice build


                        • #13
                          "scratch building in a bag" ... that's the kind of kit I like. Looking forward to further progress and comments.
                          Tom M.


                          • #14
                            I also found a poly-bag containing 3x18' flatcars from Ozsteam, so I took them out and am working on them in parallel with the caboose. These are the same frame/trucks combo with real plank decking.


                            • #15
                              Time to start working on the caboose's bodywork. First off I made a couple of photo-copies of the framing plans. Then, using my trusty Chopper II and my Tru-Sander, I cut the long sticks into shorter ones .

                              I then taped the plan to a sheet of tempered glass and began building the frames a-la Darryl Huffmann's scratchbuilding DVD's. Here's a shot of progress so far:

                              I plan to make an alteration to the kit in that I want to replace the rather too open (for my taste) verandahs with something a bit more substantial made from timber.

                              Next stop is applying the planking, for which Craig supplies walnut veneer.