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Hi all,

 

As some of you may know, I've been wanting to start my DeAgostini D51 loco. This is in 1:24, so while still LSM in stature, it now has a place on the forum which fits the subject matter. The loco itself is a super-detail monthly partwork which is mostly build from solid brass, with other metal components. It's got a choo-choo whistle, working wheels and also a glowing fire in the boiler. This isn't a toy either, but a very expensive and extremely accurate reproduction. 

 

There are currently about 5 month's worth of parts (out of 25 months supply!), and I figure I should start this in the next month or so, once I'm way ahead on my current project. 

 

Take a look at this video.

 

 

I intend to paint and weather this, and for it to look like it's about to deliver supplies to the Japanese military. This is a whole new adventure for me, so please bear with me.....

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Great! Looking forward to this James. I happen to be on pack #9 and will post my progress as soon as I can. Unfortunately, I did not take a ton of pictures because I didn't anticipate posting this up until now. But it should give you an idea of what this magnificent kit is all about. James can take over from there.

 

I am NOT painting this because I think it looks absolutely beautiful in brass and steel. Even the black screws highlight the beauty of this kit.

 

Paul

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Wow... this looks fantastic... I hate to know what the total cost of it would be!

 

a grand total of £900.

 

Makes a Tamiya Über-kit look like pocket money.

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I've been lucky enough to see the parts for this extraordinary kit (a friend living in the States has the the monthly subscription delivered to me here and I then send them on to him over there) and I've been super impressed with the quality and complexity of this kit. The only problem I see is one of having to buy two! One that you can leave un-painted and one that painted and weathered !

 

I'm going to LOVE watching this.... I'm so glad we see this build Jim, thanks!

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Well, after 11 months, I might just start to build this thing.

 

My workshop isn't finished yet, but this sort of build would perhaps be good to set my mojo off again.

 

Question is....do I build this OOB, in bare brass and metal, or do I paint it?

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I WANT ONE

 

...err...eventually...

 

...after I clear out my existing bench...

 

In building the Picket Boat, I've developed a huge appreciation for both the engineering and the artistry of the Steam Age.  This is a truly beautiful homage to that time.

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While I'm thinking on it - does anyone else have experience with this sort of subscription-based build?  Of course there's tons of hype from the manufacturer but how about from the standpoint of the builder?  Are they as good as they look?

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