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  1. This assembly is the smoke box. A lot of laminating was needed, no doubt the laser-cut sheets (which are still in transit) would have had the middle supports included but I forged ahead with several layers of card. This assembly therefore took me three days to make, I'm quite happy with the results : A bevel needed to be cut for the "roof" section : The "roof" didn't fit very well - it was too short in one direction and too long in the other according to the glue markings despite the accuracy of the rest of the box. Apparently it's a problem with the kit design, as another builder (Stephan) found the same thing with his. I'd read his build log where he pointed out the mistake, so I was extra careful to align the box in case he hadn't, but came up with the same error. Hopefully there aren't too many more errors down the track, this one was quite easy to fix. I used the black laser-cut bolt heads this time instead of cutting my own : The tabs on the sides will be covered by the main frames later on. The two that extend out are used to align the box with the inside of the frames. Danny
  2. The 12 main springs. These consist of 7 leaves each, all are back-to-back laminated : A doubled binding strap encircles each one : Last things are the support arms and "nuts". I made a jig for ease of assembly of the nuts which saved a lot of time, holding the things was a bit difficult without it : Danny
  3. Thanks Pav, I knew that but I'd forgotten his name. I've checked out a couple of sites (one was Papermodellers) where I found out the story of his incredible work and the fact that no-one had heard from him for at least two years. Apparently he was getting close to finishing the design work when he went AWOL. I hope he's OK and will get back soon. Here's a random pic from the Instructions for the Big Boy he was working on. That's some fantastic detail : Danny
  4. It's not articulated Ken. It's about as large as they could go with a single piece frame. The Union Pacific "Big Boy" in 4-8-8-4 configuration was longer again and articulated, maybe that's the one you are thinking of. Unfortunately no paper kit of one exists, although a guy in Thailand was working on designing a brilliant looking model of one before he dropped off the radar. Danny
  5. Welcome all . Yep, quite a few Jan. There are only 180 part numbers, but a LOT of these are multiples of up to 12 or 15 individual parts. From memory they quoted about 2,000 on the website. And don't forget the 5,000 or so rivets . Also all the wire "plumbing" etc. Thanks for that link to the German build log. The translation is terrible but understandable. Odd, considering that German to English isn't some obscure language swap. At least he's documented all the small problems he had with the laser-cut parts matching to the printed ones - perhaps some modification has been done by Modelik in the 4 years that he started building it. Jeez, he's slow . At the rate I'm building I'll catch up with him in about 2 or 3 weeks, less if the laser-cut parts turn up in the next couple of days . I only made my first cut 5 days ago, and bear in mind that I've had to laminate all those parts needed so far. Here are the pics of the right side frame (I'm holding off on the other side for now). There are 6 assemblies to each frame - a red outer skin, a grey middle one and a red inner one. Each printed piece is laminated to 0.65mm card. The two sets of 3 are joined in roughly the middle, as even A3 size sheets are too short to make them in one length : I used a pair of 3mm drills to align the axle holes and prevent slippage while gluing the three sections together : Now is a good time to add all the "bolt heads". I didn't use the laser-cut ones I'd bought for these, as a bit of experimentation showed it would take a lot of work to repaint the black laser-cut ones. The kit supplies all the 250 bolt heads needed (in red) so I cut them out and glued them on. This wasn't as difficult as it looks, once I worked out a fairly quick way of cutting them and colouring the edges : Danny
  6. Hi all, After waiting a ridiculous 12 weeks my Card model locomotive has finally arrived . Yayyyyyyy . No blame can be attached to the Publisher, as they sent the kit within 2 days of receipt of the order - either the ship carrying it needed more rowers, or (more likely) it's been sitting in Australian Customs for most of that time. The worst part was that I could only track the package as far as the Polish dockyard, then it disappeared until it showed up on my doorstep. Ah well, I had a few things to keep me occupied while I waited . This kit is by Modelik from Poland. They publish a large range of (mostly) European rail kits in three scales - 1:25, 1:45 and a couple of 1:87 (I guess more of the latter may be coming soon) along with Aircraft, Ships, Armour, Vehicles and Buildings. Laser-cut parts are available for a lot of the kits. From my initial observations the kit is quite nicely detailed, although no "weathering" has been printed on. They suggest you do your own with pastels or paint if you wish, as well as super-detailing if that's your go. The cardstock it's printed on is good quality, and the instruction pictures are easy to understand and follow. Written instructions are only in Polish, so Google Translate gets a workout. Service, as previously mentioned was good although they need to use a faster ship . Postage from Poland (as always) is a bit of a killer - it came to more than the kits themselves. I also bought two carriages to accompany the one I got earlier from Fenten's in Brisbane : On to the model. This is a 2-6-6-4 configuration, meaning that there are 2 bogie wheels at the front followed by two sets of 6 driving wheels and a 4-wheel bogie at the rear - a total of 18 wheels. Information about the loco can be found HERE. The original was a bit over 18 metres long and 4.3 metres tall, making it the largest steam locomotive built in Europe. They were built between 1931 and 1943. The model is a whopping 730mm long from buffer to buffer. Parts come in 24 A3 size sheets, with an additional 5 sheets of Templates. I'm not sure how many sheets of Laser-cut there are, as I forgot to order them with my original purchase (or perhaps they were unavailable at the time, I don't remember). This has caused a real headache, as it seems I bought the LAST kit that Modelik had available - it's no longer listed in their catalogue, and neither is the laser-cut kit. When I first opened the package there were quite a few laser-cut sheets, but it turns out that they were for the two extra carriages. I didn't actually realise my mistake until I'd laminated one complete side of the main frame (12 pieces in total) to 0.65mm card and cut the lot out. At the time I thought it very odd that these parts weren't in the laser-cut pack. Laminating the amount needed for this kit by hand would take forever, as the card I'm using is quite dense and isn't easy to cut. What to do? I went back on the Interweb and found two other sites that listed the laser-cut kit as available - Yay! I'd almost finalised the order transaction - my finger was actually hovering over the "Confirm" button when a thought hit me. The price seemed way too low. So I double-checked my order and found I'd almost bought the 1:45 scale version! Damn!! So I checked out the other site (JadarHobby), and sure enough they had a kit available - in 1:25 scale. Bewdy!! I immediately ordered it from them. They also send it via Air Freight and quote a delivery time of 2 - 5 days! We'll see. Here are some pics of the cover and some of the parts : I also bought the Decal set and about 5,000 laser-cut rivets and bolt heads : Last things I did was scan and save all the sheets to files and make my customary "Part Finder" Spreadsheet which helps find each part on the corresponding sheet MUCH easier. Well worth the couple of hours it took to make : Danny
  7. Good to see you back at it Slog, and all to your usual excellent standard . Have fun with those ship's boats. I found in some of my Halinski kits that they sometimes print two of the same parts which are very delicate and easy to ruin in case you do just that. Maybe the same thinking here? Danny
  8. Thank you Ken, my mind was on a different type of "Garden Railway" - the kind you can actually ride in . Pav - I'm aware of the different types of Buffers and I'll sleep just fine, as these ones are slightly convex (bowed) as per the original. Perhaps that didn't show up too well in my other pictures so here's another. Thanks for the links. BTW - the buffers on the "next" wagon are NOT inverted (concave) but convex like these, or even just flat. It would be a VERY difficult task to sort out each wagon into "innies" and "outies" every time they were coupled. One could argue that the ones on the front were convex and the rear were concave, but the wagons do get turned around frequently. The convex buffers actually allow for a smaller turning radius, preventing "buffer lock", where one buffer can get caught behind the other and possibly cause a de-railment. I've never seen a concave buffer (or "innie") . You'll have to excuse me - my daughter just informed me that my Bulgar Loco has arrived at last - ordered on July 4th. I thought the ship had sunk . Looks like I'm about to get busy . Yaaayyy. Danny
  9. Thanks Ken. "Garden Railway" ??? It's a bit smaller than that - 1:25, which I think is "1" Gauge or a bit bigger . Danny
  10. STILL WAITING for my Locomotive kit , I decided to enhance the wagon with a load of logs. I downloaded some pictures of real logs and modified the sizes in Paint.net to suit the wagon. These took me quite a while to make, but it's filled in the time : I made them in four size diameters : To save on paper and ink I only made the middle logs 20mm long : I also made up some lashing chains and tensioners : Danny
  11. The wagon is finished. I've given it a couple of coats of semi-gloss clear. I'll have to do a modification to the bogie mountings later, when I know how high to make the the buffers sit. I have to wait on the rest of the kits to establish that. The difference is that this wagon was a narrow-gauge one and the loco and other wagons are standard (European) gauge so they are different heights. This occurs in "real life" as well - when shifting a wagon from a narrow gauge track onto the main line standard gauge the bogies are replaced with specially modified ones, which usually takes less time than unloading and re-loading the cargo. This is common practice in Europe and several other places in the world. HERE is some information about the process. Here are the final pics : Danny
  12. I think 99% of the population has an "allergy" to walnut dust. I believe it's the particular oil in the timber that causes it. I know I don't like sanding it much myself . You've done a great job of your first attempt at planking - far, far better than my own first go. Well done !!! The best filler you can use is the sawdust off the actual wood you are using. Save as much of it as you can when you begin your sanding. Run a thin bead of PVA glue into the gap and immediately rub a pinch of sawdust into it with your fingers. Let it dry thoroughly (a couple of hours will usually suffice) and then sand. You may have to repeat this a couple of times for larger gaps. Good luck with the rest of the build. If you keep going the way you've started you will finish up with a great model. Not as good as your next one though - that pattern will continue for your modelling lifetime . When people ask me which is my best model I answer "My next one". Cheers, Danny
  13. No problem with the post, but did you work out how much you finish up paying for this kit? A bit over $US1,500 plus Postage and Handling !!! And that's only for the Standard Subscription (add an extra $US240 for the Premium). Plus there's no guarantee that the issues come in the "order of building" - you might be waiting 6 months for that next vital part you need. I think I'll pass on this one . Then again there are somewhat dearer models out there. Check out this Tiger tank for a mere $US 7,499.00 plus P+H of $US of 1,447.00. Or this Drone for $US40,000.00. Danny

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