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PKP PX48 Narrow Gauge 0-8-0 from GLR 3D Model Design


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Morning,

 

Richard at GLR 3D Model Design has recently introduced a 3D print of these wonderful machines in HOe and OO scale.  The HOe version is designed to fit the Graham Farish 8F chassis without modification.

 

The kit comes as three assemblies and can be purchased through Richard's Shapeways shop with a link from his website.

 

Here's the link:

 

http://www.glr3dmodeldesign.co.uk/home/3-5mm-scale-products/px48

 

Some of you may remember Castles photos and experience of driving these locos from the photos on his 'Little Didcot' thread:

 

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/51212-little-didcot/page-22

 

I believe Richard is working on other variants of the PX48 including the Chinese C4 version.

 

Hope that's of some use to those with an interest in these locos?

 

Cheers'

 

Mark

 

 

 

 

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I'm building one at the moment as well as Mark, but mine is in 009 (4mm) and I'm using the Bachmann USA N-gauge Consolidation chassis - this requires a bit of 'cutting' (or butchering) of the bodywork to fit, but I am told is a great runner - and the wheel diameter is spot on in 4mm scale. The tender uses Parkside Dundas 8mm spoked wheels and Chivers L&B bogies. There are a lot of details still to add - plenty of parts on order from specialist suppliers - so I expect it to be a long running project.

 

I tend to keep my blog up to date with progress though - so check back there if you're keen to learn more :)

 

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I'm building one at the moment as well as Mark, but mine is in 009 (4mm) and I'm using the Bachmann USA N-gauge Consolidation chassis - this requires a bit of 'cutting' (or butchering) of the bodywork to fit, but I am told is a great runner - and the wheel diameter is spot on in 4mm scale. The tender uses Parkside Dundas 8mm spoked wheels and Chivers L&B bogies. There are a lot of details still to add - plenty of parts on order from specialist suppliers - so I expect it to be a long running project.

 

I tend to keep my blog up to date with progress though - so check back there if you're keen to learn more :)

 

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Evening James,

 

Ooooooh!

 

That looks good.  Captures the prototype nicely.

 

Hope it's not too much of a long term project mind? ;)

 

Saying that-all that detail to add on the boiler/smoke box! :O

 

Keep the posts coming.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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  • 4 years later...

Can you believe it? The PX48 I started in November 2013 nearly 5 years ago is finally ready for paint. Last seen on the workbench before I moved, when I'd added pipework to one side in January 2015 it not has both sides with a complete complement of plumbing as well as handrails, couplings and some work in the cab and tender...

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It's a funny looking beast and if you trace the history of my model you'll realise I have taken a little artistic liberty to fit the chassis - rather than have a strange gap under the cab, I shortened the boiler when it was first assembled. I don't think this has negatively impacted it's appearance, but I'll leave that up to you to decide.

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The pipework is a mix of brass wire in 0.3, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.7mm brass wire, a few whitemetal castings and Hornby Class 31 buffer beam valves (of all things). The air pipes are also from the same set. I added circular etched water filler lids from one of my old O&K kits on the cylinders. The cab received a section of Talyllyn coach roof and a larger footplate, as well as a little detailing to the front of the tender inside the cab, where the coal drops through etc. Just something to catch the eye, I'm not certain it's accurate as I couldn't find any photos of the tender front. On the rest of the tender as well as handrails, I added beading to the 'cab' cutout, a false floor inside the tender and a water filler hatch.

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I'm planning to spray it all black before picking out the tender and cab sides in green, and then red footplate edges and buffer beams...

 

Obviously all this effort on a locomotive, it needed something to pull! I bought this coach from Shapeways some time ago but never got very far with it. Today I modified the Graham Farish BR2 bogies by removing the couplings and added Greenwich ones, and constructed something to use a as a coach floor once it's painted. The roof and sides are one, so once painted I will glaze, and then add a rudimentary interior and finally the floor.

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Size wise it's a good match with the locomotive. I'm not certain without going through books again whether it's a Russian or Polish (or even Romanian) design, but it's a short length which suits the potential shunting plank concept layout (more on that shortly).

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Finally, a glimpse with the other relevant locomotive, the Romanian Lyd2, which I've had to fabricate a replacement roof for today as I'd lost the original. A can of San Miguel succumbed to the knife and worked a treat. Now to decide what colour to paint it, and the coach. More soon...

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The second of my Polish locomotives, the PX48, is also now at the stage of weathering after pressing on with painting over the last 24 hours...

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It's a pretty straight forward colour scheme, but the green required careful masking! The model was first sprayed black, a mix of satin and matt black enamel from Humbrol. I then mixed up a green using Humbrol 131 as a base, and adding a darker olive green until I had a shade I was happy with, again airbrushed. Once this was dry I used red to pick out the handrails, buffer beams and sides of the footplate and sole bars as well as the coupling rods.

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The headlight rims and the spectacle plates and cab side windows were edged in with white by hand, and the headlights touched in with silver. The etched works plates, done by Steve at Narrow Planet a long time ago in brass had a red backing added, but didn't look right in raw metal so I dry brushed white over them. It's not perfect but better than before. The finish was sealed with dull-cote before I added glazing using 10thou clear styrene.

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The plan now will be to lightly weather the model, and then add some coal in the tender. More soon...

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