ON30 Puffing Billy NA locomotive

 
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Not many of those tourists will be catching a mixed!

True. And sadly, too few enthusiasts catch a mixed (or ride behind a Climax) either. Taking photos is much more important than riding the train...

Sorry - I couldn't resist. It's a pet hate of mine...

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Any possibility of RTR HOn NA class locos (from any manufacturer) coming on the market?
parksider
no idea but you have rised a interesint sideline. Years ago there were rumors of a N scale NR. Theaustrain HO scale was good and was a great corporate gift but took up a lot of room for stock, especially on train. A N scale one obviously takes up less space.

Jump to The NA. Again a big toy to buy, a smaller one might be esier to buy stock and take with one. But to me the ON30 is just as good as chances to buy the loco would make it onto "little Johnny's" HO train table. Still no idea if a HO one will come about, didn't colonialmodels make a kit, perhaps it might return one day.


Duttonbay, your concern is noted !  Chasing, riding, or just staying home to see the online photos is all part of today's  special runs.

Regards,
David Head
  danpickard Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong
See you early on Sunday John?  
I'll be on the Climax Laughing (and wouldn't miss something like it).

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Yes Dan, I'll be there bright and early to ride the train. It seems to me that being part of the action is much better than looking on from outside...
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
were told there was a NA at the Bergs stand att he Liverpool show. Missed it Sad

Wonder if any one saw it there who didn't see it at Caulfield, has any comment on it......

Regards,
David Head
  naguoning Locomotive Driver

Location: At Escape 41, Kaohsiung, Taiwan!
were told there was a NA at the Bergs stand att he Liverpool show. Missed it Sad

Wonder if any one saw it there who didn't see it at Caulfield, has any comment on it......

Regards,
David Head
dthead
David it is probably not worth worrying too much about not seeing the sample that was on Peter Berg's stand. It is the same one as was shown at Caufield. Their are running samples that have been made since then but have not been sent to Australia. We are expecting a sample with revised parts and improvements to the body details in about 2 weeks. Also they will be doing decoration samples at the same time but in the interests of getting the model out quickly these may be separate as both the factory and I can't see the body changes making any difference to the Tampo printing pads, spray masks etc to be used. I will put the pics of the revised bodywork and decoration samples on line in a couple of weeks when I get them.
cheers,
Kieren Haskell.
  naguoning Locomotive Driver

Location: At Escape 41, Kaohsiung, Taiwan!
Just in case anyone is interested and has not seen them forgive me for being a bit spamy but we put a few pics on line of the latest samples:

http://www.haskellco.net/0n30puffingbillyNA.html

I am biased but I do think the model runs VERY, VERY nicely (I had one running here basically non-stop since Sat until this morning) and even at low speeds it is not jerky etc.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
thanks for the update.

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Well, they are here and being delivered. Only paid a fortnight ago and I have a On30 NA !


http://dth.railpage.org.au/pbr_emerald/up31jan2014.htm


I also hear Brunel Models have them as well......

Have not run them yet, but that willhappensometime this weekend !!!!!

Regards,
David Head

  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
What's with the wonky cab?
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
What's with the wonky cab?
TheBlacksmith


That headlight won't work too well either..
  naguoning Locomotive Driver

Location: At Escape 41, Kaohsiung, Taiwan!
Looks like the postie has been playing football with the parcel. Thankfully very easily fixed. The headlight and cab both clip in. That makes it easier to take off the cab to add figures etc.
I personally think the model looks much nicer once the number/build etches and coal are added.
Kieren Haskell
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The photos were 2 min out of the box !  Only noted those two minor problem just now. Still a wonderful model which I have to wait to try out.  It and other will  assitme to eventually build my PBR Emerald layout.....

Regards,
David Head
  naguoning Locomotive Driver

Location: At Escape 41, Kaohsiung, Taiwan!
I am not sure but I think what you are talking about is a 10 second fix. The cab may not be fully clipped in so it is at an angle. It may have come adrift a bit in shipping. It is designed to be able to be clipped in/out. This is not really broken, just needs to be pushed back.
John will be back in a few days and I think he knows the model better than Justin.
Kieren Haskell.
  HcoteJunct Junior Train Controller

I picked up NA yesterday.

No problems what-so-ever and very pleasing to the eye.

Thanks Kieren.


Regards
Scott
  steambuff Station Master

Location: Research, Victoria
I am not sure but I think what you are talking about is a 10 second fix. The cab may not be fully clipped in so it is at an angle. It may have come adrift a bit in shipping. It is designed to be able to be clipped in/out. This is not really broken, just needs to be pushed back.
John will be back in a few days and I think he knows the model better than Justin.
Kieren Haskell.
naguoning

The cab was firmly attached to the footplate. The footplate below the cab was not horizontally in line with the footplate below the tanks - i.e. it appeared bent. Hence my reluctance to take it home. No doubt the good people at Brunel will sort it out - they offer great service.
Pete
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
my na has the 10 sec clip fix done, and the headlight is ok now.  Ran it for the first time last night at Eltham
Model Railway Club.  Ran for a while in both directions.

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Got my 2nd NA today, the black one with red lining.  Lpooks as good as the first,and wrapped differnetly, so thr headling and cab are quite OK.

Just wondering were there and NA version with red on the tank as well ? I might get  a decal to do thst if that is the case.

Regards,
David Head
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
David,
To my knowledge the only red lining on the NA tanks were the hand rails.
Im happy to be corrected but I can't find anything to show.

I recieved my NA (8A) last week and she is a beauty!
If anyone knows where I can get a set of VR jacks from in On30 would be happy to hear from you.
  dthead Site Admin
  libertyRS Junior Train Controller

Location: staring at the water
Hi everyone
I picked up my red NA, and was wondering what glue people are using for the number plates and builders plate.
cheers
  Mansfield Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Try Microscale Kristal Klear. It can be removed without marking the body and will hold the number plate. Most of the shops no longer carry it, so I should become a dealer, as it is such good stuff.

I hope to have a video of a sound equipped Haskell NA up on Youtube in the next day or so.
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
I would hold off on putting the build plates on as they are way to big.
  mattrawls Chief Train Controller

Location: Newport Workshops (Steamrail)
yeah the builders plates are way too big! and the big grey smokebox....

still need to see the red NA in the flesh reports are the colour is quite off Sad which is a big shame.

Still a great and reasonable priced model of the Na's

Matt you could try BGM for the jacks?
  naguoning Locomotive Driver

Location: At Escape 41, Kaohsiung, Taiwan!
The builder's plates I accept are too big. We are working on new ones that will be supplied to those who have already purchased. That said it seems a lot of the engines ran for long times without the plates on which is how the mistake slipped through.

For the smoke box colour in particular I suggest looking at real engines. If you do you will see that the colours are not uniform. Their is no one right. I have stood next to a real NA with the model and found the smokebox on it looked darker, not lighter.

If the red you are refering to was on the sample I strongly recommend looking at the production model as the sample that was first displayed was more pinky than the final product.

I strongly suspect they fade over time. Likewise for the red, gree and even black fading. The colours we have used are perhaps not so on the glossy side/more like faded ones but I don't know this is completely wrong. I guess on one level I have been surprised as in my past experience usually many modelers prefer models with a worn/weathered appearance and I think this is probably more like how they were most of the time pre-preservation.

Kieren Haskell

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