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#1 elmarriachi

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 02:22 PM

Hello all together.

 

A long time ago… at a place far, far away … I have started a big project concerning the German railway gun „Dora“. I have planned to continue this never ending project several times, but due to some other projects I never had the nerve to go back to the “Dora-project”. I have made lot of modifications and changes to the kit which made lot of work necessary. This discouraged me to continue so many times… so many times I had the “Dora” back on my desk, but never really started to continue finally. Now finally, after some years of pause I want to come back to this work….

 

What are we talking about… the “Dora”. It was Hitler Germany’s biggest (often called by mistake) railway gun, although it was no railway gun as it was not able to drive on rails. It was transported in several separate pieces and put together at its final destination. The kit in scale 1/35 from manufacturer Soar Art Workshop was called the biggest plastic kit ever…. And it is really, really huge. Big parts, lot of parts and lot of mistakes. There are many things at the kit that need some modifications or upgrades, some changes which I started long time ago.

 

A small survey of the changes done before are …

 

  • Gun barrel. The gun barrel in the kit is too long and the proportions are wrong. I have cut the barrel in several pieces, shortened each part and put it together once again with an aluminium pipe inside for stability.
  • Catwalks. The catwalks in the original cannon were made of wire frame. In the kit it is made of one-piece plastic walks. I have made new catwalks with mesh and new crossbars.
  • Railings. All railings in the kit are about 10mm too high. I have modified each railing to its correct sizes.
  • Wagons. The gun was situated on 4 long wagons. Each of these wagons consisted of two separate wagons, put together under carriers. The kit provides 4 long wagons. I have cut each and made 8 separate wagons as it is at the original cannon. The running surface was made new of real balsa wood.

Further changes or modificatsions will follow during the further built of this model.

 

                                                                                                               

But for the moment, some pictures of the actual state of the kit in the following …

 

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Edited by elmarriachi, 24 October 2016 - 02:24 PM.

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 02:23 PM

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The next steps will be the platform at the top rear of the gun and the engine bay below it. Also I will start painting of the eight railway wagons in the next days.

 

I hope that this might become an interesting project for you, although I want to warn that I will not be able to work on it daily… so the updates will not come every day or week I think….

 

But after such long time I will continue now finally :)

 

Cheers,

Micha

 

 


Edited by elmarriachi, 24 October 2016 - 02:23 PM.

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 02:35 PM

Whoa!  That is some serious stuff.  Parts clean-up alone looks daunting.  Not to mention scratching new parts, putting it together, and painting and weathering.

 

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Did you turn this brass?

 

Mammoth effort, Micha.

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 03:03 PM

Awesome !

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 04:15 PM

so cool, I would love to build one of these but would have to sell my stash to do so


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 04:24 PM

so cool, I would love to build one of these but would have to sell my stash to do so

 

Agreed. A monster kit of a monster weapon. There's still one book on the gun that's eluded me, a JJ Fedorowicz volume. I'll get a copy someday though.


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Kevin

I was going to procrastinate tonight, but decided to wait.

 

In Progress:

 

 

 

 


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 11:46 PM

Micha, just one question ... exactly how big is your workshop???

 

Great work

 

Jim


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Posted 25 October 2016 - 01:45 AM

Cool. Have seen one built in the flesh and it's a monster.



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Posted 25 October 2016 - 07:00 AM

Thanks a lot :) 

I wish it would be bigger :) :) :) But until now it is still enough space :) 

 

Cheers

Michael


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 10:24 AM

Hi Mark,

I am sorry - I forgot to reply to your message.

These brass turned buffers are from RB Models.

Cheers

Michael


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 12:11 PM

Damn impressive.... I've already seen this kit listed in a few online hobby shops... Pretty pricey, but i did not realize it was SO BIG !

That's a shame there are so many obvious mistakes. But it seems you sort it out very nicely !


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 01:37 PM

Remember that the real gun was crewed by 1.500 men, not to mention the 4.000 men needed to build and guard the gun position.

 

 

Scaled down these are 42 men to run the gun. How many persons are you...? :hmmm: :whistle:

 

Well, you see, everything is allright with your on-and-off long-term build :thumbsup: And it Looks promising  :goodjob:

 

Regards

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 01:49 PM

£500!!!

 

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 04:36 PM

Your link is looping back to this thread Dean. Looks like a repeat of your PB issue ;), if I may ...

For this price I'd rather have a HPH Catalina, but then I was never in big guns ;)

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 09:16 PM

Hi,
 
luckily I have paid a "little bit less" when I got mine .... some years ago .... :) 
 
So here are the bogies once again - totally there are four nearly identically bogies now (each consisting of two 5-axled wagons). The differences are only the railings and the chests on top.
 
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Next step will be a washing of the wooden parts.... then salt/water on the wood.... then airbrush in German Grey.... as fist step :) Then some highlights with light grey... drybrushing, washings :) 
 
Cheers
Micha
 

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