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Made in ca
Fixture of Dakka




Canada

Hey, is that done in Solid Edge? I think you need to turn the aa settings on Or get a new graphics card. Looks nice ESDK, as always I love the engineering mind set (feels more familiar to me) and your attention to detail. Have you sourced any scale train parts for the wheels/drive system? I'd stick with that to save time and produce the most convincing effect.

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Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






Yeah, it´s Solid Edge. If anyone asks this is, uh, "Academic" use, okay The anti-aliasing never seemed to do much, maybe it really is my graphics card.

I´m quite content with the wheels (aside from the mentioned problems with the resin) and the pistons and con-rods are rather simple shapes, so I´ll stick to scratch-building for the time being. Mostly because that´s the fun part for me but also because it allows more flexibility as I´m not limited to whatever parts I can find in the appropriate scale. Also, while the level of details on bought parts is better it can be at odds with the chunky WH40K style.

As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in ca
Fixture of Dakka




Canada

I use the Academic version of Soild Edge as well. I'm glad that others like it as much as I do... too many of my friends swear by Autocad. *shudders*


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Made in us
Bounding Dark Angels Assault Marine




Laurel, MD

I dont think this design would be considered conservative enough for a Naval Reactor. Gravity isn't going to do alot to insert your control rods if your engine derails and flips over or on its side. Nice thing about ships and subs is they really hard to flip over. Of course for a gothic dark future a nuclear meltdown as a result of derailing a train is about right.
   
Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






No problem, I´ll just install some icons and incense burners as redundant security systems

As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in se
Violent Enforcer





Skellefteå

Amazing project.
I have a W.I.P. 40k train on my desk - but seeing this, and realising how lame my train is, I decided to restart the project and steal alot of your ideas.


>Of course for a gothic dark future a nuclear meltdown as a result of derailing a train is about right.

That comment made my day. If I had been into sig collecting I had used it...
   
Made in au
Regular Dakkanaut




Administratum Water Cooler Loiterer [Brisbane.Au]

This is a great idea! I can't wait to see it finished.

I really like the control cabin, are the ports on the walls a turret mounting? If so what kit?

Usiel - The little engine that glows in the dark

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Made in ch
Dakka Veteran




Planet of Dakka

the mounts are SoB tops.im guessing by the small angled windows.


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Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






Yes, it´s the top of an Immolator cut in two.

As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in de
Dominating Dominatrix






Piercing the heavens

love the way you included the manofactorum sprue! keep up the good work
   
Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






I´ve completed one of the more grueling tasks of this project: putting rivets all over the boiler and the cylinders. The results:





I also started building a footboard running along side the boiler:



Right now it´s sitting a bit too far above the wheels. To give some scale:



I´ve also finally got the resin, which made casting the wheels much easier. With one side done I´ll now decide the final position of the wheels and then see about the pistons and rods.

As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in ca
Regular Dakkanaut




Looking very good keep it up man.
   
Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






Alright, picking up some steam, the footboard is in place and the drive train is taking shape:







Shrouded in mysterious shadows:



And I´ve started working on the undercarriage of the engine tender:


As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in ca
Regular Dakkanaut




Me rikey. Keep up the good work man. I'm wondering what your doing on the front of the train with those cowlings?
   
Made in ch
Dakka Veteran




Planet of Dakka

you know what would make it rawk?
A look alike to the train in Half Life 2.


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Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






@DanTheAngry: I must admit I don´t really know what these are good for, maybe they are some sort of width indicator like on old trucks. But they are on the original (see page 1) and look cool. Reason enough to put them on.

@Clayman: I did think about that one but a steam engine just has the more characteristic look.

As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in ca
Regular Dakkanaut




I see. Yeah they maybe an indicator, but trains go on tracks why does it need to fit between things? Isn't the path alreadt defined? They do look cool and will make a great place for decals and AM symbols...
   
Made in us
Fresh-Faced New User




Kansas City, MO

The weird plate things on the front of the engine are more than likely armor plating to protect the front of the boiler since this is a wartime train.  I believe that portion of the boiler is where the steam is accumulated and then sent to the drive cylinders at the front of the locomotive.  Damage to the rest of the boiler (bascially a big water tank) would not be nearly as catastrophic as damage to the very high pressure steam accumulator.

Trains generally can only be as wide and high as any tunnels that they will go through on their journey.  This would be taken into account in every facet of their design.  FYI, the maximum length of the cars is determined by the severity of the curves the train with be asked to negotiate.


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Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






Heh, after some googleing I learned that these are in fact smoke deflector plates. They were designed to direct the airstream towards the exhaust to keep smoke and steam away from the windows in the drivers cabin. So, on a nuclear powered train engine without forward facing windows, they are quite close to being completely useless. Thankfully, I can always blame such design oddities on the rites and traditions of the Adeptus Mechanicus.

As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in us
Plastictrees



Amongst the Stars, In the Night

One can not deviate from the sacred ways of the Omnissiah! For it is decreed, the Machine Spirit is protected by the Sacred Plates of Admantium, blessed be the plates and with these holy unguents and the burning of the Imperial Incense doth the techpriest see to it that the vehicle of atomic locomotion is prepared to do the bidding of the God-Emperor of Mankind in his ceaseless work at defending mankind from the cowardly enemies of our Holy Imperium!

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Made in se
Fresh-Faced New User




I don't really like those "armor plates". They look like they've just been slapped on there, both on your model and on the original picture. The Train looks more streamlined and HighTech without them imho.

If you decide to use them anyway, perhaps bulking upp the inside of them some would help as to not have them look like two big sheets of metal welded to the boiler.

Other then that, the model looks great. Will be interesting to see how the suspension turns out.
   
Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut





Silverdale, WA

Well, before I started driving a Ford Ranger to work I would take an atomic locomotive. The "blast plates" on the forward sides were explained to me as being non-essential but still usefull by the dealer at the lot I bought it from. He said that they helped direct airflow when the engine was at speed that aided in cooling the outer hull of the reactor. They also acted as radiation deflection plates around the seal on the front of the engine. Finally, they were usefull as "whiskers" if the engineer was uncertain about width and height restraints when entering tunnels or clearing obstacles.

...oh, wait a minute! No, I owned a convertible superbeetle! Man! I always get that car confused with an atomic supertrain! Sorry, carry on.

 
   
Made in us
Been Around the Block




It seems to me that with a little bit og work, the smoke deflector plates could be made into water radiators instead.

 

I have no experience in steam engine design, or in nuclear reactor design.  But it seems to me what the reactor is going to be doing is generating steam to drive the pistons.  Somehow, you're going to want to cool the steam off the reuse, right?  I'd use a design like a car radiator - put it out in the air stream, and I'd think it would work pretty well.  At least in terms of 40k tech. 

 

So for this train, you could make some small radiators to put between the "armor plates"/smoke deflectors and the main boiler.

   
Made in fi
Junior Officer with Laspistol







I'd keep the smoke deflectors, because they are an iconic feature of large European steam locomovies, such as the BR52 "Kriegslok". Not to mention the fact they're good surfaces to engrave sacred icons and inscriptions onto, as already brought forth.

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Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






And the Lord said: "Let there be supensions !"





Some more detail on the cylinders:



And a first rough mock-up of the tender:



The lower part will become the fuel rod hold while the upper part serves as base for the gun turret. The tender as a whole is too small right now while the gun turret is maybe a bit too big. I´ve got the idea for the turret from this picture:



Originally I planned to have two gun turrets next to each other, protruding somewhat from the sides of the tender, to get a better field of fire. But as often the size of the components seems much more fitting in the store than at the work bench. I´ll probably build a more detailed tender first and then decide on the size of the gun turret. Oh, and yeah, I´ll leave the smoke deflectors in place.

As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






Alright, after two weeks vacation and some other distractions I´m back at the workbench again.



The engine tender is coming along quite nicely, though the gun part of it is maybe a bit too blocky right now. Maybe I´ll cut out some of the lower parts.



The undercarriage still needs some details. I was pleasantly surprised by the two part silicon rubber I used to make the molds, it even allowed for rather big undercuts.

I must however admit that I´m kind of burnt out concerning this project, especially thinking about all the smaller stuff like the pipeworks that still remain to be done. So, I started a side project. Originally, I wanted to use some of the Chaos Space Marine sprues I have lying around to convert them to Terminators.





I also wanted to use Beastmen parts as iconography but found them too big. Solution: Built a bigger Chaos Space Marine:



So, using plasticard and Beastmen and Ogre parts, I plan to built a Lord with stature/Demon Prince. I´ll start a seperate thread for him once I have more pictures.

As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in de
Regular Dakkanaut






Well, the project isn´t dead, it just started to smell really bad. After a lot of back and forth and general procrastination, this is the current state of the drivetrain:



That´s fine so far but not nearly as elaborate as the real thing. Building all the necessary pistons and pushrods to complete the look is more work than I want to do. So what do I do ? I remind myself that this is a military locomotive and as such needs armor plating, which just so happens to hide most of the wheels, leaving plenty of room for imagination:



I also finally got around to place some iconography on the smoke deflectors:



Together with doors and a roof for the driver´s cabin the whole thing now looks like this:




As I stride knee deep through the dead, all is clear. I know what must be done... 
   
Made in gb
Dakka Veteran






Cheltenham, UK

I can't help but feel that keeping this as a diorama piece is a waste of such beautiful work. You must, must make this into a tabletop piece, even if only for special occasions!

R.

   
Made in au
[MOD]
Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.






Under the couch

Yup... I'd be fighting the temptation to rig up a motor to the wheels, and have this little fella tootling around the board during games...

   
Made in us
Dakka Veteran





Or make a game board specifically for this piece, then write up some cool rules for the train and a mission to "stop the train" or "protect the train" or something. Anything to actually use it in games.

   
 
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