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Kriegsdampflokomotive KDL 1 - Baureihe 52

Diorama construction of this steam behemoth with battle damage

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Blaubar25/12/2016 07:40:15
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Thanks Peter for your kind words.

Our tree survived the evening and did not go up in flames, no candle ignited it^^. I hope all of you had a wonderful evning and to those who celebrate on the 25th, enjoy the day today. In Germany, all is over now.




Allen Dewire25/12/2016 08:09:44
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Stefan, Frohe Weinachten aus OberFranken...Wir Sind nicht Bayerische....Wir Sind Franken! Bier ist unser specialitaet aber wein ist auch gut. Mein Geschenk von eine Kunde in Bad Durkheim...Schoene Pfalzer wein!

Ich wunsche Dir alles gute und viel spass!!!


Hmmmm, Die Luna Rosee war lecker......



Blaubar25/12/2016 11:41:47
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Prost Allen,

I know, ihr Franken seid stolz, aber you are still in Bavaria :D Enjoy your Frankenbier!

Der Riesling wird besser als der Luna Rosee, trust me, had it a while ago in Speyer.

Drink on my Franke, Goose time.


Blaubar04/01/2017 18:20:53
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Happy New Modelling Year!

Pretty awesome what you guys have accomplished so far here in the last days. I failed to get any stuff done, except for another paint layer and last fixings to the tender and a few frame rivets. As such, I put the things together to have a look at it.



Here a frame view


I have no nice little green box as others, I just take crappy photos along the way, it takes too much time preparing them and moving stuff around, so my background always kind of suckslaugh.

Just ordered my new model for the GB, I changed the kit I'll use.


Steve Jones 1206/01/2017 19:43:27
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Indeed there is great deal happening on the site at the moment. I struggle to find the time to comment and build as well. I have quite a lot of catching up to do tonightsmiley.

Its nice to see what the build is starting to look like. How much more do you think you have to do to get to painting stage?


David Hewkin07/01/2017 14:15:24
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Happy New Year Stefan!

Like you I got nothing done over the festive season, and my bench is currently inaccessible as we have builders in.

Its looking pretty impressive now, and I am really looking forward to seeing it completed this year.


Blaubar09/01/2017 07:11:07
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Totally missed those things yesterday... David, your fault^^, you made me too excited about your 1/72 project! Hopefully the mail man/woman will deliver super soon! Not sure about this year... Are you getting the Big ED kit, too?

I just handed my notice to quit my current job and too long office hours in front of the computer. Might give me some extra time needed, but 2020 will be a better goal I think^^.

Steve, I will try and get some more frame-work done and should then be able to paint the lower frame part (as soon as I get the fire box mounts and other frame interiors finished). As there are so many gaps, hidden parts etc I will need to paint it in dozens of stages I think. I will start contacting people who have built the kit and see how they went on painting it. I need to do some Diesel research first though, more pressure with this GB thingy now. doing some catch-up work in the forum now, too!


Blaubar11/01/2017 14:18:02
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a quicky before returning to the tiny stuff... I felt that I had to rip apart the frame again...


The whole shape is wrong

The above design is for out the plate frame, my reference picture of Sinsheim is a bar frame, so the position of the support structure is further on the inside, this does not matter to us though. It just shows how the general shape should look like.

The smoke box support structure lost, it has been cut away. Now some holes need to be drilled into the "floor" panel (grey part) and I will also need to remove more frame side parts. Then a vertical cut to the rear of the support structure with a power saw will be needed, to separate the front section completely and then the whole thing will be rebuilt anew. (I hope this won't destroy the kit . I will try to dismount the cylinder support brackets and cut where they are located, as it will be invisible later and require less fixing^^ as I am a lazy man.

I will reuse the top, which I had already modified, but will modify further, to adjust to the corrected radius of the smoke box. Thanks for looking in. I hope the frame will survive intact tonight's bash.


*1) Russian manual see sources above, 1= BR 52 4181 2= BR 52 7596 3= BR 52 4830

Edited By Stefan Blaubar on 11/01/2017 14:22:13

Laura Ann Peters11/01/2017 18:33:05
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Looking good Stefan,

making some good pregress

Blaubar18/01/2017 09:01:38
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Well, the 1/72 hurt my eyes and as such, I did some large scale research^^.

Targets were the frame, strange pipes, the driver's cabin and whatever I spotted in the (often before quoted) propaganda movie.

I was wondering about this pipe here in the front for some time, but to some extent, I have solved the riddle. It is only present on engines with the advanced frost protection (yellow crosses in the following pictures), however, not on all of them, as on some the pipe is below the boiler's belly! 

red arrows showing the steam pipe vs no steam pipe and in the front they do point to the chimney cover (Only 100% sign of advanced frost protection)

Also notice that when no advanced frost protection was present, the steam-feeding pipe towards the compressor sometimes went along the boiler's right side as indicated by a red arrow in the above picture... 

While the BR50 had 2 water level indicators, the 52 only had one on the left and some manual thing on the right-hand side... Also notive the 2x3 grease pumps in addition to the automatic Bosch grease pump discussed earlier.

Notice the thin arrow to the very right... Trumpeter, Voyager and all have a hole on both frame support sides there, they did never exist though, only on the right hand side were there sparrings, not on the left. 

And in case ypu need to turn on the lights, here are the 4 switches, behind the 5 hand crank wheels to adjust the steam flow to various targets (next post):

Have a good one,



Edited By Stefan Blaubar on 18/01/2017 09:17:48

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