So I don't drag the BP 44 Armoured Train thread off topic I have started this thread to cover construction of 1/35th scale Command Train 72B which featured a front half of the standard set of armoured wagons from BP44 standard, a series 57 armoured locomotive (same as BP44 standard) followed by wagons off early German Army Protection Train.
Starting off on the wagons of the rear section, three G10 vans (the last with Pz 38t turret) with internal armour, a tank carrier wagon which actually carried a Kubelwagon with tail end charlie being a low side wagon. The G10 vans will be modified Ironside kits while the tank carrier will be a modified Dragon Ommr gondola.
Andrew wrote: Check the gauge between the two tupes of wagons. I've read that DML is slightly narrower than the trumpeter tracks. You might need to widen the wheels to get best fit
Thanks for that tip which I wasn't aware of. Anyway I checked the back to back measurement of Trumpeter, Ironside and Dragon wheels today. All are within fraction of a mm of each other so no problem with the wheel spacing. I wonder if the issue is with Dragon track compared with Trumpeter track?
Yeah thats where I got mine. I think its worth the cost. The only disappointment is there is only a few paragraphs on colour schemes and markings and what there is lacks anything definitive on colours schemes and all the thousands(?) of pictures are black & white.
After a whole evening scribing through the two load spreaders to narrow them down the resulting proportions are much better.
Also in picture is Azimut van that arrived yesterday. It will be fitted with a Panzer 38t turret.
Thanks for the pictures several are new to me and will help. The ramp is the next thing to tackle. I really have no idea how it was raised by a Kubelwagen as it just would not have the horsepower or traction to pull it up like the tanks do. I guess there was lots of guys lifting then the cable was secured to 'D' loop on the wagon deck visible in photo 6.
Basic ramp structure finished. I now trying to figure out how it fits around the buffers or if they were removed which then makes me wonder how wagon was buffered and coupled to the next wagon. At this point I have removed the sprung buffer heads but have left the buffer mounts in position.
I discovered I had an unassembled German flatcar stashed away so I've assembled the basic chassis to check out alignment of the raised ramp. Unfortunately the flat wagon deck is quite a bit higher than the tank carriers deck so there is no clearance for the ramp above pusher wagon deck so I will have to find the correct type of wagon to make the pusher wagon.
Started on G10 van ex Protection Train with Pkpfw 38t turret on roof. As the inside of the van walls are lined with steel armour across bracing is not apparent on the outside so filed/scrapped off and plank lines rescribbed.