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I decided to build something completely different and started on this rail car 

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It cames as a limited edition release with the Takom Jagdpanther which I'll build at a later date.  

Sabre Models is a company I haven't come across prior to this kit. Like many new(ish) model companies, it's out of China.  

Construction started with the deck of the rail car. The deck itself is four sections that butt together to form the complete length. Four full length frame supports are then added.

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One thing I noticed when sanding off the sprue gates was that the kit is almost certainly moulded in ABS plastic versus the usual styrene. Thankfully Tamiya Extra Thin worked fine. 

I then added the cross beams to the deck.

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Then the short end supports were glued in place. 

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So far the fit has been great and I haven't had any issues. 

As I figured it would be easier, I painted everything up to this point using Tamiya German grey as I figured I'd have easier access to it.

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So that's where I am after about an hour's work.

Carl

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20 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Real departure from the norm, are lengths of rail bed also included?

There's a section of track and railroad ties but no bed to out them on. So I may try to make that.  

 

19 hours ago, harv said:

Woo Hoo ! .....harv :popcorn:

Thanks Harv! Something really different for me. 

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Ok, I've been working at the rail car a bit more. 

I started on the trucks. There's a decent number of parts for each one. The leaf springs are separate and just need a scrape with a hobby knife to remove the mould seams lines. 

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On the back side, there's brake to added. .

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The instructions show that the shoe is handed and what to look out for to make sure you assemble it correctly.

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4 down, 12 to go.

 

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Carl , I have a buddy who is an EXPERT on rail road train air brake systems, he worked for CPR, then was asked to go to work for Transport Canada, Investigating train accidents.... he is a member of the Air Brake Association, and has written many papers and has been invited to BIG meeting to put on presentations......  i may be able to put you guys together....... let me  know.... no guarantees though, but I could try and ask...

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Jeff, thanks for the offer. I'm going to keep this one simple so I don't burn out. So far, it's been fun. Want to try and keep it that way.

The amount of stuff folks here know firsthand or know where to find it is awesome. That and the willingness to share it. :thumbsup2:

Carl

 

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I've been plugging away at the build. 

I finished the major subassemblies on the trucks/bogies. 

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I then started on the wheels. I painted part of them in polished steel and then masked them for the German grey. 

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Or rather, the other way 'round after looking at the photos. 

I then joined the two halves of the bogies. Next up was the endplates and their bracing. This is where I got confirmation that the railcar is indeed ABS plastic.  I initially glued the braces on using regular Tamiya cement (the white bottle) as it's tacky and has a bit longer working time. Well the parts fell apart without a singles glue mark. So I switched the Tamiya Extra Thin and no problems after that. 

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I've finally gotten back to this after a couple brief distractions. It's a small update but I'm making progress nonetheless.

I continued work on the deck adding various details to the sides and ends.

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I then painted the deck in wood brown along with the rails road ties.

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Since I haven't really done a lot of wood graining, I used the ties as practice. 

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I've applied a coat of Vallejo Burnt umber wash over the base coat. I thinned it with their glaze medium. What do you guys think compared to the ones without a wash?

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I think the technique is sound Carl, but the colour is perhaps a little too rich. The sleepers would be out in all weathers, and would look a little faded and dried rather than dark and 'wet' like they do.

S

 

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13 hours ago, GazzaS said:

I like the look of the wood.  I wish my deck looked that good!

Thanks Gaz!

5 hours ago, DocRob said:

Are you sure, that the boards were not painted and then heavily scuffed with their heavy load?

Cheers Rob

Actually, I'm not sure. The instructions say to paint it wood. The build review on the Modelling News did them in wood as well. Which doesn't mean that they're correct. 

The pics that I've been able to find show the railcars from ground level so you can't tell what the finish is of the deck. 

I'm going to leave them in wood and if I do find they were painted later on, it's easy enough to add a coat of paint over top. 

Carl

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1 hour ago, Bomber_County said:

I still reckon you ought to add the loco to this plus another six flats......+ panthers......or even KT’s

Tempting, but it would probably take up a lot of space. :lol:

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4 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Tempting, but it would probably take up a lot of space. :lol:

Details, Carl, details.... at the speed you work, you could have the whole thing built and set up before Sue gets home from work  !:rofl:And with a little luck she won't even notice :rolleyes:

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2 hours ago, Jeff said:

Details, Carl, details.... at the speed you work, you could have the whole thing built and set up before Sue gets home from work  !:rofl:And with a little luck she won't even notice :rolleyes:

I think Sue would notice. Especially if it ended up motorized and ran around the house. Plus I'm not sure the cats would approve. 

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I've given the deck a clear coat and then a very thinned wash of black over the whole surface. I used Mr Color Weathering Color multi black thinned 10:1 with their solvent. 

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It's not as dark as it seems in the photos but I think it helps tie things together.

Carl

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A quick update. I painted the edges of the deck and the buffers. 

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I have also started on adding some chipping and wear along the edges of the railcar. I'm using a silver Prismacolour pencil for this. 

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