[Free Model #3] - Polish Locomotive Ls1000-002

Discussion in 'Railroading' started by redhorse, May 6, 2008.

  1. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    I've decided to enter this contest with an HO scale diesel locomotive. The download can be found here: PTKiGK - Prezenty: Model kartonowy lokomotywy Ls 1000-002

    The instructions aren't all that detailed but there are a lot of photos of the real locomotive and a written steps in Polish. It seems the internet translators don't work very well, at least for me, so I'm kind of guessing at some of this.
  2. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    First I had to figure out how to print out the A4 onto letter as it doesn't fit. I ended up printing at 100% and then rotating the image in Acrobat and printing it again the other way. I figured I'll mess up enough parts that the extras won't hurt:D

    I found some matte photo paper Canon advertises for card models and decided to try it out. It does print really nicely, but for forming I think I prefer regular cardstock. I also tried printing on some old Kodak glossy photo paper, but that wouldn't take any of the glues I use.

    So there are really only 2 pages for this model instead of the six I've got here...

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  3. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    The next step was to laminate the frames and glue them together.

    The instructions say to add 0.5mm cardstock to the main part, but don't do this!!!

    It will be too thick at least judging by the photos of the real loco and the side view and not look very good.

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  4. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    I started this a couple of weeks ago and needed to take a vacation as my job was getting a bit stressful, so the next step of course was to go camping!! That's my favorite form of vacation because I can bring everything AND the kitchen sink. So of course my hobbies always go along :mrgreen:

    I think the train liked beautiful Lake Texoma...

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  5. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    I set up shop on the dinette with a little LED desk lamp. This was the first time I'd tried one of these for detail work and I think I'll need to pick up another one, that will probably be bright enough.

    The frame was put together and I built the fuel and air tanks. These were fun to make with their little straps and details.

    I started cutting out the parts for the trucks and then too quickly it was time to go home...

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  6. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

    Nice silverado! Is there a card model somewhere? :)

    Oh, yes, nice loco too.
    Good luck with the build.
  7. outersketcher

    outersketcher Illustrator, Tinker

    I like the tanks too. They look great. Are you planning on cutting out the spokes on the wheels or just leave'm be?

  8. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

    Never knew this model existed...! Nice build so far, eager to see more!
  9. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    I decided to leave the spokes as they are. This is only my third paper model, and cutting all of those tiny little things out is too complicated for me at the moment :oops: I figured they are also pretty much hidden by the trucks.

    Here are some pictures of my progress so far. I used an HO truck to get the guage close and stick pins seem to work so the trucks can pivot once the locomotive is finished. I'll just have to nip the ends off and for the moment at least, friction seems to be holding them on quite well.

    Now, I'm looking forward to starting on the body. If I only had more time!

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  10. KCStephens

    KCStephens Member

    Fantastic! Great job on those small parts - very clean. Anxious to see more.

  11. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    Well, it's been a week since my last update so it's time to post my progress.

    But first, I did see the controversy on the contest thread and realize the pins holding the trucks on are not part of the model. They are necessary to put it together though as there is a little x on the frame and a corresponding one on the truck and a pin through the x's alligns the parts. I want to pose it on both curved and straight track so I just left the glue off I figure. If this disqualifies me, so be it! I've enjoyed posting this build and it's kept me working steadily on this :mrgreen:

    So, back to the build:

    There is an interior to the cab, so the windows need to be cutout. The corners of the windows on the exterior parts are curved and I used my Japanese hole punch (which is currently my favorite tool - I highly recommend it) to cut them.

    I used the wrapping from a pack of fancy paper napkins my wife bought for the windows and sandwiched the plastic between the walls with super glue gell.

    There are a lot of raised detail parts in this kit for doors, panels and such. It brings out a bit more detail in a pretty simple manner, very nice kit so far.

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  12. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    And here are a few more pictures...

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  13. B-Manic

    B-Manic Peripheral Visionary

    You are doing a great job of this model. I built it a while ago and it did not look near as good as yours. It is very small which made it hard to work on for me.
  14. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

    This is awesome!! Rail cars takes long to build but once completed they're just spectacular!
  15. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    Thanks all for your very nice comments! I've really enjoyed posting my progress on this. Got quite a bit finished over Memorial Day weekend and just have the handrails to finish.

    First are the bulkheads and bodies being assembled. Kind of interesting supports for the roofs, I'm not really sure how much support they actually give. I think they may have moved a bit before the glue dried.

    And finally I get to glue the cab and bodies to the frame, it looks like a locomotive!

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  16. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    And now all the little detail parts and a couple of close-ups...

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  17. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    I know I have a Marklin crane car or something similar around here somewhere. It needs to go on the shelf with that.

    Now I just need Kooklik to finish his UP Big Boy! I want to blow that up to 1/25 and put it on my mantle when I'm finished :) I really like building these trains.
  18. Mark Crowel

    Mark Crowel Member

    Now that looks sharp! What type of clear plastic did you use in the windows? I've found that clear plastic notebook page protectors are just the right thickness and rigidity for model automobile windows on my cardboard cars.
  19. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    Hi Mark - actually I used the wrapping plastic a bunch of napkins came in for the windows. It was thicker than normal for napkins and actually worked relatively well. I didn't want to run to the store, so I improvised. There is one little wrinkle in one of the windows and I think those notebook protectors would probably work better. I've got to remember to pick some up...

    The final touches on the loco were the railings and it took me a while to figure out how to do them. I decided to make jigs out of the templates from the kit. I made two copies and glued them to 1 mm cardboard. Then I cut out the outlines from one set and glued those onto the other set.

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  20. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    I thought they looked pretty good, but then everything fell apart. I forgot how much I hate soldering :curse:

    First I tried it with a soldering iron which didn't have the heat, so naturally I grabbed the torch:eek: The pyro-maniac in me liked that, but the jigs didn't... I thought OK, lets go for the super glue and see if we can't cut the jigs away. Nope, as I figured not enough strength.

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