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  1. Brilliant work there! Pulled a seat. /STefan
  2. Teutonic Error, you could build many things, or if you do research and go deep into the topic, build only extremely few models in your life...I have finished none so far^^ Many different approaches, so just do what you like and enjoy!!!There is no need to do scratch building if you enjoy assembling kits. /Stefan
  3. I am so looking fwd to that universal carrier! If you need pics, I have taken many at the Sinsheim museum recently. /Stefan
  4. SThx Francis^^. Squarehead, 1/72, that will be like torture^^. I am building a WR360 C12 but converting it into a C14 in 1/72, those things are soooo small. Will hopefulyy get some WT work done next week though. Can I have some of your popcorn? I want some, too! /Stefan
  5. Francis, there are much better modellers and scratchers out there, I am totally new to this, so it is still a fight for me, but as time goes by, things become easier. But I am happy with the results so far. I like your M109 a lot btw ! Photobucket is annoying these days, some pics are lost... For anynone building a WT, here some measurements and basic layouts.
  6. Another great model of yours! Touché- Nice work on the interior there! /Stefan
  7. Jim, I prefer building very few things but as accurate as possible replicas while learning about their history. I did some test fitting with a paper ammo rack. /Stefan
  8. That's a great one. Baking powder... lol, what a great idea!!! /Stefan
  9. Nice one there! Maybe a bit too much shadow with the red scarf?
  10. Awesome work here! Actually, no. It is EPIC!
  11. Progress won't be posted here anymore, lack of interest/help here leads to termination. Still looking and enjoying ur stuff though, all recent and future developments will be on militarymodelling.
  12. Joho, Willkommen hier der Herr Grüße aus dem Schwarzwald
  13. Nice and clean build, but exaggerated chipping and rusting unless it sat in the desert for years. Though it does look awesome! /STefan
  14. Morning all, Well did a bit more work with the tender. I will need one more layer of the grey, then I will go to the rusting and stuff. On some flat floor surfaces that would have been exposed to water and vapour I applied a bit of a thicker and quite uneven paint layer *1) (as paint and rust lift the surface a bit before "exploding" and I will try to add this effect. Not sure if it works or looks bad. Also were many workers used to build and paint them forced labourers (German regime enemies as well as left wing party members, Frenchmen and many Russians [probably many more, but I am not that far with the research yet and thus will not state assumptions with respect to this]), you must never forget/neglect this, and many of them were peobably trained in a different profession. As Gottwald writes, many finished engines were criticised for bad paint jobs, missing tenders (YES!!!) and shitty sand dome welding, as sand just dripped out of it.*1) This was mostly the case, because the "Abnahmeverordnung" of June 1st 1942,declared that the producers of steam engines were obliged to do final product acceptance themselves instead of the Reichsbahn Zentralamt (RZA), which had done it previously (Samsung has not learned from this). Another factor was price pressure. In 1939 the BR 50 raked around 179,000RM to the producers, whereas the first BR 52 yet were rewarded with 153,000 RM without tax claims, 160,000 with future tax claims and in 1943 the price had dropped to as low as 90,000 RM. Cost cutting (despite forced labour) resulted in lower quality... blabla. The two different numbers above arise form the different production group pricing models within the economy of the Third Reich. Gruppe I - Price without taxed due at the end of the fiscal year H1 42 153,000 RM vs H1 43 150,000 RM Gruppe II - Price received, but taxed due at the end of the fiscal year H1 42 160,000 RM vs H1 43 155,000 RM Gruppe III - Extremely intense and difficult assemblies (steam engines did not qualify for this group) Assuming that there are not many economists like me out here, I'm leaving aside the detail unless demanded. This also applies to the economics behind resource allowances to the Reichsbahn vs the Wehrmacht pre 1943 and post 1943 as well as change of the Reichsbahn's rank and importance within the organigramm of the Reich in terms of resources, labour and financing it received. *1) Alfred B. Gottwald - Deutsche Kriegslokomotiven 1939-1945, page 66 Now to the photos... Thats as much as there is to post. I am still in the realm of research. I found this: A book from 1923, the ecyclopedia of railroading. It has, what feels like endless sketches, technical drawings and blabla about anything they knew about steam engines back then^^. Enough for me, as this is the sand dome system (maybe a predecessor with the same style) used with the BR-52: The "Sandtreppe" (sandstairs) were designed and developed by Borsig, the ones of this sketch anyway, they had probably modified them but I have not found an exact type description for the 52 yet. Basically the right number 2 air pressure jet will whirl around the sand (coming in from the right above number 4) and the left most number 2 air pressure jet will shoot the air down down the pipe (5). This creates a low air pressure thingy and sucks the sand onto the pipe and throws it between wheel and tracks. This is needed for better traction. *2) Dr. Freiherr von Röll - Enzyklopädie des Eisenbahnwesens **LINK** I have also found the original Bosch manual of the oil pump used to grease all major running gear parts automatically. This manual is form 1940 and was used on many 51s, not all though. This thing is quite interesting. Bild 8 shows the tip and the main handles (9) which control the amount of oil pushed into the pipes. This can be between 0mm and 8mm per stroke. It can be cranked by hand when the engine is not runnign or automatically, with those weird wheel attachments (see my paint picture below). Besides each handle is a litttle glass showing the level of oil allowed into the system (25). Each handle controls 2 oil valves, to ensure equal amounts to parts needing two greasing intakes (cylinders and so forth). If a pipe is not needed, it can be switched to 0 and done. I won't bore you more, this is the basic concept, there is much more to it, but I do not want to responsible if you fall asleep before setting the alarm laugh *3) Bosch - Lokomotivölpumpe LHA (Hochdruckschmierpumpe) - I have also been granted special access to the Sinsheim Technikmuseum to visit the BR-52 there next Monday. This will lead to a massive boost in research and photographs of the interior and any parts usually hidden to the visitor's eyes (as mine last time I was there) Have a great week, /Stefan
  15. Painting has continued, at least a bit... A major error with the kit is the location of the pressure tanks. Not only were they wrong, but also place in a wrong way. They are level with the outermost side of the wheels on the right hand side (lookinf forwards) and end just before the boiler and walkway support beams end. Sorry for the slight misalignment, they are not glued yet^^. I am waiting for reference materials from, amongst others, the Bundesbahn archives... Might need to add some things to the frame, but was not sure about this yet, so I need to wait. I am also drawing the plans for the automated greasing system at the moment. The before quoted propaganda movie has a 2 second sequence showing them. Luckily I discovered it^^. As the wheel is turning, so are these lower metal bars and changin the rotating motion into an forward/backward movement (2), the connector (3) which leads to the grease box at the top, stirs the stuff around and is stirring it out of the box into the pipes. This only worked when it was warm, as it got really cold the pipes froze (diametre was smaller than the russian ones), the engines broke down due to malgreasing of the axles (they got so hot that they dented and melted). Cheers, /Stefan