Good day foolks,
During late fall, I began working on the 52 again.
The engine saw some major modifications and adjustments. I had to scrap and bin old parts and especially the whole frame, as yet more faults and deficiencies were discovered. Also much of my early bad work had to be trashed as it was just too bad and awful to look at. As such, the ash pan is being built anew, as is the whole cabin, as it is totally warped. Despite heating it and trying to bend it into shape, it is impossible to use the kit cabin (which is actually of very good quality and the only kit part that is correct and good).
Back to the frame:
Sadly, the kit frame does not resemble this at all.
As the support beam L-lip is by far too wide and wrong, the interior support structure is missing completely and the general shape is sadly also off (mixed plate and bar frame stuff).
Off to the drawing board:
A 3D frame view:
Redesgining the cabin floor, adjusting it for internal floor heating pipes and adjusting the shape.
The new frame parts, not yet all done, but getting there.
This now includes the new coupling support block, which holds the weight of the 1200ton train being pulled at 65km/h. The weight is held by one single bolt and steel bar, as opposed to 3 (1 main + 2 additional safety ones were standard for the BR50, but to save weight, labour and materials, safety was neglected during the war!)
The two holes to each side were the ones for the safety rods (BR50).Ohne Titel
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It is quite an enjoyable build. Sadly, the kit was wasted, hwoever.