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Offline J.L.

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D51-200 Tender Locomotive 2-8-2
« on: April 13, 2019, 04:07:44 PM »
It is with great pleasure that I begin the construction of this iconic Japanese locomotive with the support of the membership - with the understanding that it is a pre-machined model of steel, brass and die-cast metals.

The class D51 2-8-2 engines were built in Japan mainly, but other countries as well, from 1936 to 1945. D51 200 has been preserved in operational condition by RJ West at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum in Kyoto, and has been operating on Yamaguchi Line since November 2017.

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 04:12:17 PM »
The kit is very well organized. When it was originally sold, the intention was that it be shipped to the customer one month at a time - cost being a factor. Now the kit can be purchased all at once. I was rather shocked when the delivery van pulled up loaded with boxes.

Here they are in the front hall.  :o

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2019, 05:20:10 PM »
Let's have a look into box one.
I am very impressed wtth the way things are organized. Every part has its own plastic well in a vaccuum formed plastic tray. Even the bolts are lined up in rows and set into the tray vertically.
The first box has a DVD (in Japanese) and a very clear information and construction stapled booklet.


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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 05:26:46 PM »
Wow, it really is presented well, isn't it?

Looking forward to watching you build this.  It will be quite interesting.   :popcorn: :popcorn:

And if required, you have the equipment to make a replacement part! :)

Kim

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 06:31:28 PM »
Thanks Kim.

You agreed with me about how well the parts are presented. Here is visual proof of that.  My finger is pointing at 10 2 x 5mm screws standing like little soldiers in their specially formed well.

Quite Impressive I think.  :ThumbsUp:

John

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2019, 06:31:44 PM »
Looks like a great kit of a great looking engine, it has a nice balanced look.


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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2019, 07:15:19 PM »
Looks like an interesting build. So...you thinking of a scale locomotive repair shop to put this into?

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 07:48:35 PM »
I already asked John that question ... there wasn't an answer ... yet!

Tom
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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 08:15:48 PM »
Wow! That is a lot of boxes John. Looking forward to the build though and thanks for showing it here.

Bill

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2019, 10:10:19 PM »
Glad to see you decided to post this John!
 Pretty nice looking kit.
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 John

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2019, 01:07:29 AM »
The class D51 2-8-2 engines were built in Japan mainly, but other countries as well, from 1936 to 1945. D51 200 has been preserved in operational condition by RJ West at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum in Kyoto, and has been operating on Yamaguchi Line since November 2017.

I visited that museum in Kyoto a couple of years ago.  One of the best railroad museums ever.  I also went to the one in Saitama, a 45 minute train ride from Tokyo.  Also excellent.

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2019, 11:37:20 AM »
As anticipated, this does look as if it will be quite a fascinating kit build, and of an unusual prototype for most of us. The packing and presentation is very fastidious, to say the least, but you must have been mighty surprised to see the pile of boxes that will produce a loco , what? about 33" long?  when assembled...!   All looks pretty exciting..   Dave

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2019, 06:36:20 PM »
Hi Chris,
 Good observation - it does have a nice balanced look.

Hi John,
 Me too.

Hi Kvom,
 Thanks for sharing. That must have been a wonderful visit. This D51 200 was built in 1938 at the JNR Hamamatsu factory. It's 19.7 m long, weighs 125.1 tons and has a maximum speed of 85 km/h.

Hi Dave,
 Good guess. In 1:24 scale it's 34.65" long. When finished, it will weigh 22.9 lbs.

The first part I've made is the sign for the smoke door.It carries a lot of information. The first letter indicates the number of driving wheels; D means four smaller driving wheels, C means three larger driving wheels. (There is a C57 kit available from this company as well)  The 50 to 99 numbers means the coal and water are carried in a tender. If they were 10 -  49,  the locomotive itself carries the coal and water. The last three numbers are the serial number of the engine and in this case means it was the 200th D51 that was made.

Oh what you can learn from the internet!  ;)

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2019, 07:19:25 AM »
Hi John,
 That looks like a great project!

 :popcorn: :popcornsmall: :popcornsmall: that’s better!

Cheers Kerrin
Get excited and make something!

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Re: D51-200 Tender Locomotive
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2019, 12:10:23 PM »
Oh man that is big and as stated fantastic attention to detail in documentation, parts and packaging  :praise2:

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