…and a bit in the middle…
There’s a fine balance on these articulated locomotives between allowing enough space between cab and power units to get arond curves and landing myself with a mahoosive great hole in the locomotive. Still, it’s all a learning experience and this week I learned that if you make the cab unit slightly off square, then there will be gap that looks like the air intake on a muscle car between the hood of the power units and the cab cowling, large enough to allow a view of the screws holding the two together.
As the whole point of the cowling was to hide these screws, this clearly would not do. I pulled the cab unit to bits again and rebuilt it, a bit more square this time.
Then I learned the next lesson, namely that while making a smaller gap is good, making it too small means the locomotive can’t get around curves, and you’ll spend half an hour filing the sides down to get it to work properly.
I think it’s about fixed now. The loco still occasionally drops a wheel on the tighter curves, and worryingly on some random point on the bridge, but it generally runs around the whole layout most of the time without doing anything too embarassing.
Now all I need to do is figure how to make the couplings work and I can start work on the fun part of detailing the model, fretting about what colour to paint it. German narrow gauge diesels seem to come in various shades of red or green, but I’m not sure if I want to conform to that too carefully.
As I’m undecided what to go for, I’ll throw it over to my loyal readers. Let me know what you think below: