IA Review


(sorry forgot to take photos)


Received a package of an IA etching from Evan,


Looks very detailed at first glance, so looked for instructions, no instructions 🙁


Gently peeled the masking tape off oneside of the styrene, hmm not gentle enough as the skeleton side frames came off with the masking tape, not good, will have to glue those back on.


Had all the separate bits on the table, printed out a picture of the IA from the computer to get an Idea of how things went together,


Now ready to glue.

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simple circuits

I’ve recently veiwed an empty page on controls and electrical so im here to do something about it

there are 3 different types of controls



cab control

i will try my best to describe these to anyone (dont quote me too much there will be occasional mistakes)



simple power pack transfer nz240V to 12V(dc) allows a user to create a simple layout usually consisting of a single locomotive or isolating sections to isolate any other sections of track whilst not in use insulfrogs on pointwork will be the most common isolating section in these circuits

if you require more info bout this system email me


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DOWNLOAD – Laser Etched IA Wagon in 0.5mm styrene

Attached to this article you will find the files that will enable you to create your own IA in styrene.  You should be able to track down a friendly laser etcher through the Yellow Pages, take these files to them with some 0.5mm styrene and be up and running in no time.

Two files are provided;  The first is a cutting template where the laser will cut right through the styrene, the second is the raster template, where the laser will score a line.  Also included is a license that controls the distribution of these files.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ IT!  A more user friendly version is included on the "Read More" link below.

 If you are unable to do so, I am able to provide a sheet of parts for $20 (includes material, cutting and postage).  Contact me here if you are interested.

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Free-running bogies for NZ120

Having unpacked my last collection of "goodies" that arrived promptly in the post from the good folks at Trackgang Products, the US flat deck wagon that was amongst said "goodies" has sat untouched since. Until today.

The only reservation that I held about the US was its cast bogies. I had had some minor problems getting the 4-wheel wagons from Trackgang to run smoothly; something that, admittedly, was related more to my abilities than to any inherent problems with the product. I didn’t fancy my chances of getting all four axles to line up and run properly on the US, so I put it aside in the hope that a brilliant idea would come to me. This morning I came up with a solution that is satisfactory, cheap, and simple.

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Trackgang XP wagon

Today we have another review of a Trackgang kit. This time its the XP. I initially brought this to investigate the possibility of converting it to an Xa. 30 seconds after I opened the packet that plan went the way of the dodo. The only thing left? Build it as god intended (well, almost).

The box (Tauranga to Nelson in 24 hrs) contained the following bits. The casting are, as one would expect, crisp with very little flash.

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