3D Printed Figures
AndIan Models has been working to produce our very own authentic NSWGR loco crews. We’ve spent several hours with Keith Jones, Director of the Dorrigo Railway Museum, who was a fireman and Driver for the NSWGR from 1969 till 1979. We consulted Keith as to how and why the Driver or fireman would be positioned in each loco to go about his work. We have tried to create a number of typical poses for our loco crews while maintaining prototypical positions and attire. For example, when firing a 30 class tank, the fireman would need to grip the main shaft of the shovel with his left hand so as not to hit the back of his hand on the seat behind him. Unlike the 50 class where there is more room to fire, the fireman can hold the shovel by griping the ‘T’ handle on the end. In addition, the coal plate of the 30 class is basically at floor level so he would be bent right over to scoop up the coal.
We have measured the heights of seats, fire-hole doors, regulators, handrails and coaling plates to be able to recreate our crew to be in the correct positions when fitted to a model.
The Museum was also kind enough to loan us a brand genuine Tulloch Fireman's shovel, authentic and original guard and station masters uniforms and hats with correct badges for guard, station master and station assistant.
The use of extremely high quality scanning equipment provides extreme detail and definition in the 3D prints. We are looking at providing several sets of crew specifically for each locomotive type with the first being for the 50/53/55 class, 30 class tank and 19 Class. They are designed to fit correctly into either ready to run or brass models, they can also be adapted for use in other loco classes.
Of course, our figures can be used for any prototype loco. We now keep stock of O (1:48) scale crew for the American modellers. Some of these figures will be ' mirrored' for right hand side driver crew and some will have American Railroad Hats.
Custom sized figures can also be specially ordered in any scale from 1:160 to 1:12 scale. Please email us for a quote.
All figures are supplied unpainted and with some support structure attached. Over time we will be expanding the range to cover most loco classes along with station crew, train guards, shunters and perway crew.
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I am very excited to finally announce the release of our Perway Crew figures. These were inspired by a photograph in Bruce and Robert Wheatley's 'Railway Portraits' book no.1 of the fettlers at Muswellbrook in March 1969. Bruce and Robert were kind enough to let us use the image on our website and is pictured in the gallery below.
The figures are available in HO, 7mm (1:43) and O (1:48) scales to our usual very high standards. All four figures are wearing authentic attire, well except for 'Red' who is sporting just his stubby shorts !
All fettlers have authentic railway tools including dog spike hammer, pigs foot and shovels all kindly loaned by the Dorrigo Railway Museum.
The figure will be sold as a set of four only. We are already planning two more perway figures that will be announced soon.
Perway Crew Set A.
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Several other figures have also been added to the range. These are generic diesel Crew.
Designed to fit the cabs of most ready to run locomotives. These figures will replace the horrible plastic crew and will bring your locomotive to life.
As mentioned, Our figures are all wearing authentic attire and can be painted to represent crew from the 1960's to the late 90's.
A surprise release not previously announced are diesel era 'changeover' crew. We also have a new station master for the PTC era. Ideal for capturing an important part of the workings of the NSWR.
Diesel changover crew and station master figures.
Considering painting the figures yourself?
There is an excellent article on how to paint our figures in the newest edition of Australian Journal Of Railway Modelling.
It can be purchased through the Stephen Johnson Models website.
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Custom Figure painting service
Ian has offered a painting service for those who wish to have their figures custom painted. As can be seen to the left Ian does a beautiful job. To find out more click on the link below.