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N scale kits
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:43:49 pm »
I was finally convinced enough to take the plunge and go buy an n scale kits 53' all purpose spine car kit -mainly because I wanted something different on the layout- and because I've not seen one in rtr form ( I'm sure somebody will either put me right or agree ???. Anyhow it arrived day after I ordered it ( posted same day 1st class no extra charge-its in the kit price ( suspect it's UK only folks? )



It comes with a colour assembly sheet ( it's not that complicated an assembly in my eyes )





Being an ex 1/35th military modeller -i've come up against white metal, etched metal and resin parts before - so no shocks here. The kit is cast in pewter ( no lead involved) which is fairly easy to work with basic tools - my toolkit for this one -



The spine parts are identified on the bottom with letters which is important (a) for the formation of the 5 car set and (b) not all of the spines have the same equipment fitted to the sides !



The main spine parts are one piece castings to which you super glue the wheel troughs and brake cylinder details. The troughs are in two types -two sets for the end cars and 3 sets for the others. Easy to identify by a support arm missing ( it's cast on the spine)  I will say out of the whole kit only one spine had the holes drilled out ready -the others are marked ready for drilling ( don't know if the supplier does it and forgot or what ?) But I need either a 1mm or 1.5mm drill bit and sort it .








So I've set about cleaning up the bits and bobs with my tools -knife to scratch (cut the flash / runners- file to smooth and grit stick to polish ready for paint !




The kit requires you to supply bogies/ paint / decals ( transfers) . Micro trains are recommended and the two types required are on the bottom of the assembly sheet ( one for each end with couplings and 4 without coupling for the connection points. The standard microtrains mounting pin hole is cast into the pine units as are the articulation pins and sockets .








The smaller parts -air tanks / trailer mounting ( fifth wheel to us ) walkways -etched stainless ) are mostly clean -the etched walkways  need bending up - But I'll get to that.

My only other problem is suitable paint - the two recommended paints- badger or polyscale are either not stocked in this country (badger ) or no longer produced due to lead in the make up ( testors/ polyscale ) any way after a bit of viewing the net -vallejo acrylic ( Spain) do a suitable colour -in going to the ipms next week at Telford so I'll shop there ! I have a walthers single twin stack and a microtrains centerbeam car both in TTX yellow for comparison ! 
The bogies are on order as are some trailers to make a loads !

I'll post more as we go !
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Neil

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Re: N scale kits
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 07:22:45 pm »
Had a bit of time today -with the weather being so cold -i couldn't play outside for long -so I went to the cave and had a play ! Managed to clean and fit the the end unit  'A' together with all its bits ! Bit of fettling and all went together really well . Superglue and a bit of patience and Presto one spine done -i'll leave it for 24hrs then treat it to a cleaning job and a nice coat of white Halfords acrylic paint . Managed to get two more done before a bit of cramp set in and finished that for today . But up to now I'm impressed both with the quality and the fit of the kit - decals arrived from Osbourne's this week -still waiting for the trucks and couplings -but no panic yet ! Anyway a few pics of  spine 'A' for those interested .....







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Re: N scale kits
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 12:59:45 pm »
Good news construction is complete ! :claphappy: Had a bit of time last night so I finished the last bits .

Two are going to have containers on board -(1)45' and (2) 20' and then (3) 45' trailers to complete the setup. A trip thro the degreasing stage -no fairy liquid here ( why would you want to leave a film of goo that paint doesnt like ?? Might make your plates shine !!) It will be a toothbrush -cif cleaner- dry-spray wash with isoprop -dry -Halfords white primer . Many thanks has to go to Rich S of n gauge forum claim who helped me with the paint conversion . Due to the unavailability of polyscale paints these days and a lack of UK stockists of model master paints -i've ended up at Vallejo acrylics 72-705 moon yellow in their game air range ( no thinning req for air series -straight in airbrush ) 😄. Bit of gloss varnish- decals- which have arrived -matt varnish and were done -IF the trucks arrive !!
Will update as we go !
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Neil

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And I was Born ready .

 

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