44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

AR Kits XCG Bogies

Hi Guy's

Here is a quick modification to AR Kits XCG Bogies that I think looks pretty cool. All XCG bogies had their original outside huge brakes removed at some stage. They cut off the redunant parts of the bogies. As the cast of the bogies are hollow, when the ends were cut off it reveiled the hollow cast. So the photo's show how I drilled and hollowed out the cut off ends.
Just need a real sharp blade to do the finishing off. I guess this same modification could be done to the numerous RTR XCG bogies on the market atm but I haven't tried it on any as yet. I find that the bogies are something that can really excell a model and for some reason not many modellers pay much attention to. Over time I will work on all my bogies and try to work on getting the colours about right and even go to the trouble of putting data on them at some stage. The sort of data that explains when there next service is due.

Just a side note. Auscision are producing a new bogie for their AOOX/ABFX project that you need to see to believe. I am not sure on the code of the bogie but from what I have seen from the Liverpool Exhibition it is a reproduction of a bogie that was imported by the newly formed National Rail from Canada. Anyway it looks real good. I am sure that they will start to add the same detail to some of our locally produced bogies as time goes on. I think the Yanks will be lining up for this new bogie so Auscision will have a new market I am sure.

Cheers Justin Moy

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