Sunday, 19 March 2017

New Victorian Railways 4 wheel kit. 

During 1895-97 Newport Workshops and a number of contractors built 167 wooden ventilated box vans featuring louvered bodies.  Originally intended for perishable traffic they carried the number range U113 – 280 excluding no 278.  During the 1930’s a conversion plan saw steel underframes and auto couplers fitted.  By the 1950’s the high cost of maintenance on the wooden structure would see their number fall as a number of underframes went into the new P van explosive wagons being constructed in 1958-59.  Around this time the remaining 42 Robinson Pattern ‘U’ vans were recoded HD for departmental use only and lasted well into the 1970’s with the last being condemned in 1980.

The kit features 3D printed FXD underframe, wheels, cast wagon body and decals to suit both U/HD. This is an easy kit to put together and would make a great edition to a train or just sitting in a siding.

Photo courtesy of Rob O'Regan 

Finished well weathered model.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Recently I released a number of kits.

The VP express baggage van that was constructed by the Victorian Railways in 1954-56. If you want 1 or 2 I will have to put you down for the next order as all have sold out already.

The BLF/BLX kit which includes bogies and decals has been released and has been cast from a 3D master supplied by Rob Popovski. Price $30.00 stocks are reasonable but are dwindling steadily.

The steel T van utilising an Aust-n-Rail underframe complete with decals, laser timber walkways and couplers is available for a limited time.

Finalising the following items:

A special jig is being tested from laser cut timber to aid the modeller when bending and setting the walkways for the GH's. Underframes both RTR and my own 3D printed ones will complete the kits.

A number of new underframes have been tried and tested and will be available for all my previous kits that relied upon Peco items.

Also a new range of metal replacement wheels for the older style Peco units will arrived shortly.
New jig to aid walkway construction being trialled now

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Kit updates:

Although I have a heap of projects on the go and some would say too many there gets to be a point when you are waiting on outside companies and solutions to various problems before a kit can be released.  During this period which happens often I ponder if I can improve or enhance existing kits.  As a result of this and my slow progression into CAD (lol) I have managed to finish a ‘W’ bogie for my AW, BW, ABU/W passenger cars and CW guards van.

Currently they are being 3D printed and I hope to have some within about 3 weeks to test.  Also the first shipment of SOP/AE pass car 3D printed bogies will also arrive.

Currently waiting packing are the BLF/X bogie van and steel T van.  Lastly the GH etches and masters are done and a special jig will be with each set of wagons to aid the builder getting the correct angle on the walkways.

If you have a queries regarding any of the future products email me at  Replace the (dot) with a .  This is stop the auto spammers.

Chris Pearce – Spirit Design