Monday, 6 January 2014

SXT Bogie Sheep Wagon

SXT - ready for painting
Marbelup Models has just received the first test print of an SXT sheep wagon.

The 10 prototype SXT bogie sheep wagons were introduced in 1961 and 1962, and were written off between 1975 and 1990.  They were literally kitbashed by WAGR from two CXB 4-wheel sheep wagon bodies mounted on a long bogie underframe from a TA cattle wagon.

Marbelup Models was able to replicate the prototype kitbashing by cutting and pasting the 3D drawings of the CXB onto a stretched version of the underframe from the VG bogie covered van.  It wasn't quite that easy, as the gangway linking the two CXB bogies had to be drawn in, based on available photographs, and various minor alterations were required.  Nevertheless, the ability to reuse parts of 3D drawings already done saved a lot of time compared to drawing a new model from scratch.

Computer Rendering of SXT model (Bogies shown are not supplied.)
The photo below, from Rail Heritage WA, shows an SXT in good condition.

Refer to the WAGR Wagon Pages for more information on the prototype.

AS with the CXB, the body of the SXT has been printed in two pieces with a vertical join.  The modeller will be required to remove the support materials from the 3D printing process from the two sections, and add various details such as handrails, from brass wire (not supplied).

For further information, please refer to the detailed Construction Tips.

The expected price for the SXT (body only) is approx. $195, subject to exchange rate variations.  3D-printed sheep loads in Polyamide material are also available for $25 per wagon (180 sheep).