In our new cabinet, we have about 3 large glass shelves, each 90 cm x 90 cm. The idea came to mind to put some “big” locomotives on these shelves. So, I started looking around, and noticed that “gauge 1” or “LGB” or “G-scale” locomotives where in fact “to expensive” to just use is as “decoration”. Why buy a complete engine with all electronics in it and a motor, if you are only going to use it as a static model ? So, I looked a bit further, and I found some interesting kits in scale 1/35th, from Trumpeter. One of these kits is a BR52, which, once finished, will measure about 89 cm in length. If I put this locomotive diagonally on the shelve, I will even have about 30 centimeters left 🙂 After a while, the idea became even “bigger”: Why only put a locomotive on rails in the cabinet ? Why not create a complete diorama around it ? While looking on Ebay for a BR52 for a reasonable price, I stumbled upon an “after-market” product for this building kit. LionRoar does offer a PE-set (photo-etched parts), to replace some of the original “plastic” parts of the original Trumpeter kit, to make the locomotive look even more detailled and realistic. So, I ordered a BR52 from Trumpeter, and … the upgrade-kit from LionRoar 🙂
Some PE parts (Friday – october, 16th – 2009)
The LionRoar PE-set already arrived, but the Trumpeter BR52 kit is not arrived yet … Because I never worked with PE before, I decided to give this already a try 🙂 First of all, there are a lot of PE-parts in this set, which needs to be bended is certain angles. The PE pieces are really thin (and I mean, really, really, really thin !), so it’s nearly impossible to do this by hand, without damaging the parts. But, there is a piece of tool, specially made for this type of bending 🙂 It’s called a “Hold and Fold”. (which I ordered together with my PE set) The idea is pretty straight-forward, put your pieces between the “Hold and Fold”, and use the included special bending piece, to get everything done as smooth as possible.
So, I was ready and up for the “challenge” … Here are some of the first results …The first piece is soldered with a special soldering-paste (melting point = 179 degrees Celcius). Everything works fine, but it’s actually not that easy to solder these parts together and the pieces are really getting dirty. After this, I did put the parts in my ultrasonic cleaner, which erased all the dirt from the piece, and made it shinny again !
Next, I was up to a “test” in bending the PE (the 2 above pieces only contained “flat” PE-pieces. On the left, you see 2 pieces, on the right you see these 2 pieces “bended and glued” together. The middle piece is bended in some sort of a “book-shape”, where the 3 points/triangles, form the back of the book (as you can see on the right) I must say, after all, this is a complete new experience for me, but I like it 🙂 My wife is getting nervous if she see such small pieces, but I really enjoy it, it actually makes me calm …
The actual building of the BR52 (Saturday – november, 21th – 2009)
The BR52 kit from Trumpeter finally arrived yesterday. (After waiting for more then a month to receive it from China) … Ooh well, I can’t complain, the kit was actually cheap, compared to (E-)shops within Europe, and I had enough other things to do in the meantime. And on the other hand, even a second BR52 is on it’s way to Belgium 🙂
Enough smalltalk, onto some pictures of my first progression …
Step one and two of the original instructions are done, I’m currently busy with step 3. The whole locomotive exists out of 26 steps, and another 5 steps are needed to build the tender. On the other hand, while building the original kit, I also need to follow the steps for the PE. I’m currently finishing step 1 out of 10.
“Chassis” done (Tuesday – november, 24th – 2009)
The chassis of the BR52 is mostly done. (first four steps in the building instructions) So, time to paint this “part”, but before painting I would like to show you some detailed pictures. (they are taken in order from the front to the back)
Tonight I hope to paint the chassis in red 🙂
“Chassis” done (Tuesday – november, 30th – 2009)
Last Wednesday, I painted the chassis in red (and black). Because of my illness, I was unable to take pictures and put them here online. Today step 1 and 2 are finished of the second BR52, and while taking pictures of it, I did take some time to take an extra picture. Chassis of BR52 “number one” and chassis of BR52 “number two”, on the same picture, as a sort of proof that we really are “busy” with 2 of these “monsters” 🙂
To be continued …