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  1. Sorry I seem to have missed replying to you before, welcome aboard! Progress is slow, it having been a few years but i'm hoping to push on through this time. I've been doing quite a bit of measuring of parts and there are plenty of convenient exact millimeter measurements in this one so I imagine they just design them to look about right and stop when there's enough to confuse the eye into believing that it's a good kit. There's certainly going to be a large increase in resin parts on this one. I'll still scratch build where it's easier but I now have the means for some fine detail so I might as well use it. I didn't get much done yesterday, my main computer being commandeered to try out Meshroom, which creates a 3D image out of your photos. The test was only supposed to take 10 minutes but it ended up taking all morning. After a few PC crashes (my motherboard being about 10 years old now so not really up to all that punishment) we managed to get a pretty impressive scan of a trilobite. However I only managed to get the boiler segment made in 3D (I don't have any photos as it's a bit dull, being mostly a cylinder with some shapes on it as I only need a rough guide from this anyway). This morning, having the PC to myself again I did some fairly time consuming work on mapping out the boiler back in the cab. As per usual the trumpeter part is just annoying me in the whole inaccuracies front so i'm mapping out the major parts size and distribution. I've been using a mix of some reference photos i've collected over time, a diagram from my Dampflok book and a rather handy picture of 333 from abut 2017 having a boiler recondition. I've been using it to get the main positioning of 333 specific items. I've found out since it's been rebuilt they've gone a fair bit more modern inside so my final model will date to around about 2016 and not the latest incarnation. Depending on how all this 3D stuff goes, I have plans to remodel my diorama base to be a bit more dynamic, but i'm going to ignore that for now and carry on, the diorama being no good without the main model and all. Still it's small steps for the moment. I pan on bouncing back and forth a bit with the cab work as it's going to get quite intensive. When it gets a bit much i'll have a go at a nice simple element then come back to the tricky stuff. I haven't decided how much of Libor's resin will be used but if it's still good and within scale then I don't see any point in making extra work for myself. It will be very much 86 333 specific as they all have some small variations and Trumpeter have used a much older type as their reference.
  2. Thanks! I rather enjoyed the mucking up part, though it did take a couple of goes to get just the right look.
  3. As for BR86, here's my progress for today. I'm doing a fairly rough rendition of the chassis and the boiler. I got most of the chassis i've built so far done. Just in case anyone is interested in just how, I used a scan of the sprue set up from the instructions, drew out the outline of the parts I wanted, made a duplicate, then scaled one in the length direction and the other in the width, then extrapolated the lines to get a true scale, then checked and adjusted each part against the real thing. It's only a rough version though as I left a lot of the holes square and didn't bother to exactly duplicate them as I only need a rough guide on where they are. The reason I scaled in both the length and the width is that scanning, even at a high DPI so slow scan rate distorts the length and width disproportionately to each other, the effect being worse at the edges than the center, having a fairly standard flat bed type scanner. The 3D making after that is pretty simple and takes the least time. The reason i'm making this is so I have something I can either make 3D parts from or have a really good 3D map for the pipes and things as I just couldn't get my head around it all last time just from photos. This will also help me make sure the parts I make to print from my image references are correctly scaled. I also bought a book in Germany called 'Dampflok Technik und Function' which has some great pictures and diagrams as well as all the German words for the parts (the rest also being in German, some of which I can read and some I can't). For my diagram I have also checked the dimensions I am going to use from this 3D model (surprisingly few actually) are accurate according to the model itself. I'm done for today but I hope to have a boiler shape tomorrow. After that I will just model what I need and leave the rest as I don't need a complete render of the whole model.
  4. My figure is pretty much done, ready for a clear coat to be honest a decal sounds like more hard work, i'd much rather paint it. I'd imagine the success varies with the figure. This guys got pretty small eyes and they're quite irregular. I've never seen anyone paint this particular figure, which is a shame as he's quite well detailed and in proportion.
  5. I'm hoping so too! I do enjoy painting the figures, though I have to try when the mood takes me otherwise it doesn't go well. Eyes are most tricky, it being pretty much a case of a tiny slip and i'm scrubbing the paint off and doing them over again! I've literally just got the kit out again today to blow off the dust and take stock of what I want to keep and what I want to re-model. Thankfully i'm happy to keep a fair amount, but I do think i'm going to do a complete remodel of the cylinders at the front, though at least I have a profile diagram I made for my scratch building attempts so it's not all going to waste. I'm also thinking of making a complete boiler part for the cab, there's a few bits that are just difficult to do by hand that I can really get my teeth into now. I think the work i've done on the outside back section of the cab is acceptable though so that's staying. I'm also going to have another go at some of the frames that I modeled in plastic card. I'm also hoping to do a rough 3D model of the main chassis and the boiler so I can work out a plan for busying up the underside with all those pipes. Basically lots of time on a computer and not as much hard modelling for now, but i'm going to commit and stick a few bits on first. Hopefully i'll have some photos to show this week. I have less time at the moment due to the whole home schooling thing but it's half term so i'm using this as a good opportunity to get some wheels rolling in the right direction.
  6. It's still going strong, at the moment it gets taken out fortnightly for food shopping.
  7. After a very long hiatus the BR86 might be back on soon! (well maybe). I have since done many things including moving house, building other things. Ignoring the BR86 box, learning 3D CAD (self taught so i'm still battling with it) and finally, most recently, buying a 3D resin printer. The last being the final thing that may push this project forward again. I may end up re-doing a few parts but i'll assess and if it's still good I won't mess with it. One of the reasons for me stopping in the first place was just purely project fatigue and looking at all the things that just aren't there that should be was just so overwhelming. If anyone is interested, my recent work was actually the face of my Renault FT17 tank driver. I'm looking forward to the Miniart German Railroad Staff set coming out so I can finally make a proper diorama!
  8. Interesting build! Having never seen any one make a figure from scratch i'll certainly be watching!
  9. I had no idea trains had tyres! I thought about it a bit and decided it makes sense to have a replaceable component. Personally I think grey is boring so i'm pleased your swmbo changed your mind! Sometimes I wish I had just gone for a straight build, it does make a very interesting subject and it does look good completed even with the inaccuracies, but i'm in for the long haul now! It's always good to push your boundaries once in a while.
  10. I've been mostly not making models until about 6 months ago then i've been in the WIP figures section. I have finally found my model making motivation again so the loco may soon be back on the cards. Though I have now got 2 projects on the go so one has to be completed before I dig it back out again. I need a couple of confidence builds before I step once more into the complexities of my loco build! Good work so far Dave, it's always good to know what doesn't fit! I can't even remember any more if i've test fitted these. I may have to look at my own build log and see where i'm at, it's been so long! I'm pleased to hear it's the red and black scheme, it's my favorite! It would be nice to see one of these completed, it so very rarely happens. My build rate is so slow i'm pretty certain you're going to complete the build before me!
  11. Hi! I wish you the best of luck with your build! The Trumpeter kit does indeed have way too many errors to count! Trumpeter do a very good job of making interesting models that are mostly inaccurate. Of course my model is based on the restored version so it does diverge from the kit even more just to make life more interesting. I'd be interested to know what scheme has taken your fancy, is it the classic red and black or the war scheme? It'll be interesting to see your work, i've been toying with the idea of getting my loco out of the box again for the past month or so now so it may yet happen.
  12. He lives with me, he must do! He's also been building models for a few years longer than me. One of the first models (an Airfix mk1 female tank) I built was from his kit stash. He thought i'd never finish it but to his surprise I did and have never looked back since. I would have loved her to come with a set of photo etch glasses, I was a little disappointed that she didn't. Maybe that's why she's looking so nervous!
  13. Phew! After many very tense moments, Fraulein Muller (changed to an unmarried female in my figure rather than an old married lady) is completed! she's very much a plain Jane type character who's a little nervous around crowds. Her bicycle was also a complete pain to make. It's literally the flimsiest and most beautifully completed piece of plastic ever! I can't claim all the credit for this one, it was very much a collaboration between me and my husband. He had the joys of fitting the spokes and aligning them correctly as well as constructing most of the bike and painting the whole thing silver. I'm really not all that great at using Alclad chrome so he very kindly did it for me. My most frustrating moment was getting Fraulein Muller's hands in the correct place, which was a complete pain involving a lot of frustration and almost snapping the bike and/or her thumbs! That said, i'm very pleased with the outcome and I really do think the bike is an amazing piece to add to a diorama. I just might give it a while before I think about ever attempting another one!
  14. They're some kind of knitted pom poms I think. I like your idea better though tram drivers, equipped with party poppers! I decided he was going to be an older guy as the sculpt kinda reminded me of a friend so he's based off him. So my tram driver is actually called Tony which fits rather well I think!
  15. I must be having an off day with this one, he's not my favorite but he just about passes. I made a bit of a mistake with his coloring, I really think I should have added a little more shadow but i'm not brave enough to try and correct him too much! He was also a complete pain to pose. His arm didn't want to go high enough for the handle. I also would have liked to have him touching two controls but it just wasn't going to happen. I notice on the MiniArt version his hand is also way too low and he's standing on a piece of perspex on top! I've made my figure so the handle should just pop in the slot. That's the theory anyway, i'm not going to test fit him too often, I don't really want to snap the handle, though there is a spare. MiniArt provide one for each end when in reality it seems the driver just had one and carried it with him.
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