Nine Mill Scale models

built by Bob Allen of Christchurch




Bob has an eye for the character of a model. This shows in the structures, scenic features and rolling stock which have a sense of 'belonging'; of being a good fit in their respective settings.

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Prize Winning Crane - Bob carried off a first prize at the 1994 Porirua Convention with this model of a Craven steam crane, scratchbuilt mostly in brass.

Craven steam crane

Craven steam crane

Craven steam crane

Craven steam crane


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30 foot van at waterfall

a 30 foot van trails a train which has just passed the waterfall which feeds the rapids and pools of the river in the foreground, well known by locals for its bounty of brown trout.


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Bob has a hankering to place some of his friends and relatives on his layout. First to arrive is his 'cuzzie' seen here doing what he likes doing just about most of all! 'Cuzzie' started life as a 1:32 scale military figure who has been radically modified by the scalpel. Bob's cousin at play

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Water, water, everywhere ....

The first of the structures to appear on Bob's layout are watering facilities.

water vat

Two typical NZR styles are shown here. Both are scratchbuilt, mostly from wood and plastic.

Water vat<

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47 foot car

A 47 foot passenger carriage built from a John Gardener kit.


47 car-van

Another vehicle of the same era - a combination passenger carriage and guards van, also built from a John Gardener kit.


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Updated 9 October 1998