6 results found for 'Peter Ross'

  • A light on DCC short circuits

    Peter Ross

    Issue 205 (2011)


    Peter Ross presents a solution to an annoying problem that will be familiar to those that have chosen to adopt DCC operation.

    Using light bulbs to avoid short-circuits triggering DCC overload protection shutdowns.

    Tags: DCC / Digital Command & Control, electrics / electronics

  • MRJ Portfolio

    Peter Ross

    Issue 277 (2020)



    Photograph of New Zealand Railway J class sheep wagon built from a kit in S scale by Peter Ross

    Tags: MRJ Portfolio, New Zealand, wagons

  • Optical Wheel Quartering

    Peter Ross

    Issue 199 (2010)


    When I travelled to New Zealand, I was met at Christchurch airport by Peter Ross, who introduced me to the finescale approach of the NZR modellers, who have adopted S Scale to model their 3ft 6in gauged railways. It soon became clear how familiar they are with the finescale movement in Britain, and how influenced they have been by the writings in this journal. Peter quotes Iain Rice as the inspiration behind his fascination with faultlessly running locomotives. He uses hornblocks, beams and silent motor drives to make his NZR class WF tank or KA 4-8-4 glide effortlessly along. So here Peter tells us about a simple idea that has helped him precisely check the quartering of his wheels, an essential first step to perfect running.

    Tags: chassis, techniques

  • Static Flock Grass

    Peter Ross

    Issue 178 (2007)


    The extraordinarily convincing representation of grass created by Peter Ross and his modelling colleagues in New Zealand has electrified all who have seen it - not least scenic maestro Barry Norman. Such a highly charged reaction is entirely appropriate, as it takes a current of around 20,000 volts to produce the effect.

    Tags: scenery, techniques

  • The Amberley Limeworks - a signature model

    Peter Ross

    Issue 250 (2016)



    In New Zealand (total population 4.6 million) railway modellers are a fairly rare breed - especially those who choose to model the 'native' 3ft 6in gauge prototype in SN3½ (3/16 in scale on 16.5mm gauge track). As can be imagined, there is not a lot in the way of commercial support for this scale/gauge combination: a handful of cast and etched kits of variable quality, some very good fittings and components, and not a whiff of anything RTR. As seems often to be the case in such 'adverse' circumstances, the result has been the evolution of a tradition of modelmaking of the very highest quality, of which Peter Ross's portrait of a small lineside industry is a fine example - the more so as everything else on the layout is fully up to the same stunning standard!

    Tags: buildings, industrial, New Zealand

  • The Ultimate Axle Jig

    Peter Ross

    Issue 212 (2012)


    In his quest for the perfect, smooth-running locomotive, Peter Ross has questioned the accuracy of his jig axles. He suggests that to get the ultimate in performance from a compensated chassis, each axle box has to be set up precisely, and to do this the commonly used axle jig has to be made with precision. Here he describes how to do it.

    Tags: tools