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So, I quite fancy having some railway on my board with a ruined train on it. I intend to make it modular so I can take it off if needs be.
I want to get some large scale stuff, so it fits with 40K scale (even a bit bigger would be cool) However, I have a few questions:
1. Where would I find such a thing fairly cheap (I don't want to spend £100 if I'm going to ruin it)
2. What scale would it be? (G scale? H scale? I have no idea )
3. How would I make each track section modular?
4. How would I make it look realistic?
In my head I'm picturing a big american freight engine in red the Mechanicus symbol on the sides and front.
I have no idea whatsoever...
But... I do know this - Try to convert/disguise the train as much as possible, or else it will just look like some old steam engine teleported from the 20th century...
(I'm not a big fan of Tigers made to look like a Leman Russ either, they DON'T!!!)
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Trumpeter and various others make kits of the German locomotives that pulled the railway guns in WWII. They are avaliable in 1:35 i believe. They would be you best bet. Not that cheap but not bad either. Try ebay too.
With the addition of 40k bits and some plasticard work, it would look quite nice.
If thats unavaliable or too expensive, get something thats around 1:48 or 1:35 scale. They are the best realsitic scales to match 40k.
O gauge is 1:48.
This probably sounds easier than it actually would be, but couldn't you just buy some model trains and rip them appart?
I have done a little research on this myself: a scale as cloe to WH40k's scale as possible is 0. This corresponts closely, as to train's, i settled on an early model electric train, as i wanted it as an urban tram like train.
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My idea for the wreck is basically an imperial world, getting on with life when... SURPRISE! Chaos is here! So it's not so much an armoured train, as an unfortunate freight train that got caught by a stray bomb/shell.
The engine I'm thinking of is one like this only in red.
As I said, cheaper options are preferable. Cheers
Well the correct scaling here actually doesn't exist. 40k models exist in a odd scale between HO and O, though O is much closer to being the correct scale(Im a 9 year model railroad vetern).
OK with that established lets look at what your talking about. What type of railroad are you modeling, a heavy traffic line, a commuter rail line or a small time freight line. O is much more expensive then HO, so Ill give you some tips on buying later. The engine in your picture is of a GP-38(General Purpose = GP), those are used for light rail traffic and yard duties. To make a realistic load for this train in the future lets give it a boxcar or two, a tanker, and maybe a flat car. Now that tis assuming it wasn't military, if it was then you open up yourself to making gun cars and armored engines, something that would be much more involving modeling wise.
Track is sold on sections about 8'' to 10'' long, so you could make several 20'' segments that simply snap into each other. This way you could rearrange the track on the board and where the wreak is. To do so glue the track down to mansonite board or anything else you see fit for basing, give a few inches on either side for scenery and beveling. The train wreck sections will be much thicker to show the train off the tracks.
OK so you have this 35,000 pounds locomotive pulling several cars that each weight upwards of 10,000 pounds plus cargo. They hit a broken section of track and what happens? Well the forward momentum of the engine and cars would push the engine into the ground while the cars accordioned behind it. That is they would slam into each other and push to either side of the car in front of it.
So modeling this well use an engine shell instead of an entire locomotive, why cause powered units cost upwards of $200 each, the shell maybe $20. Dont worry that it doesnt come with wheels, model it as though the ground was muddy and the locomotive sunk into the ground. As for the cars, go to town. Beat them up, twist them, turn them, as long as it applies to normal physic taking into account the forward momentum your golden. Weathering them up real good will also add realism, as well as painting over the modern day road names and such. Use decals from GW sets to make the cars and locomotive IG related.
Hope that helps alittle. Post what your buying for what price here and Ill tell you if its a good buy. Good luck and good night
Last edited by Guant; December 14th, 2008 at 18:07.
Thanks for the info, Fox. Really usefull
Hopefully, I should be getting a fairly cheap O guage set in a week or two from a £ store (Mr. Cheap, for those who know it.) depending on how much it costs and what kind of loco is in the box. My cousins are coming round for x-mas so I may keep it all intact for them But afterwards it's fair game
Cheers for the help guys. I should be posting a rough sketch in a few days.