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Fledermaus 06-14-2018 06:57 AM

The bed had the handle holes opened

A third handle hole is made on the center of each side, but first the center reinforcement rib was cut so the new hole can be made

The area is ready to be drilled, the two locating pins are also removed

The area is marked and the hole drilled out

The bed finished and already primed

A couple of reference photos

That’s it for now, still a couple of mods to do but it is slowly getting there
Thanks for following!

Glaurung 07-04-2018 03:14 AM

Absolutely stunning work.
Keep it going!

Lost legionar 07-09-2018 09:55 PM

To Do or Not To Do
I would love to see this project finish and then again no, it is sooo captivating to watch as it comes along. By the way I have personally seen the Dora
when I visited Din at his house while in Puerto Rico during the month of May.
I took this photo at his house.

Fledermaus 08-06-2018 07:03 AM

HI my friends, more detailing work has being done to Dora, but first a couple of corrections I have
Made, first the location of the front bed lock on the carts is not correct, I couldn’t find a photo that showed this area of the cart, so I assumed it should be at the front of the cart, but after watching a video of Dora there was a shoot that showed the front of the cart and the location of the
front Lock.

Here is where I placed originally

This is the picture taken from a video

The lock in its correct location

Now I continued to work on the generator room, the security chains are done next, the Small eyelets for the chain hooks are made with .45 styrene sheet, each measure 2mm x 1.80mm with a .80 hole

One of the sides is rounded a little for better fit under the handrail

Here the eyelets in place

Using #26 gauge brass wire I made the chain hooks, this measure about 8mm long

The hook with a piece of small chain, the chain is then cut to size

The hooks and chain glued in place

The next correction is made to the generator room, I have seen a couple of Dora models with the catwalks made all around the generator room, the kit has catwalks only on the sides and the front. So after carefully studying photos of this area I was able to make the missing front area of the catwalk.

Here is the photo of the rear area of the generator room that shows part of the Catwalk Missing from the kit

Fledermaus 08-06-2018 07:04 AM

First I made a new drawing with the new area added with all the measurements

To add this part I started by cutting the corner on both sides of the catwalk at an angle

Using rectangular styrene of 2.5 x 3.2mm I cut the parts needed and glued it in place

It looks like this now

The handrails are removed on both sides and the length modified to fit the modified floor

The ones on top are the original length, the ones below the corrected length

The floor mesh is cut to size

The new floor is finished, now the handrails are constructed

The bases for the handrails are cut from a styrene strip

The handrails are glued in place and the bases added

Finally the safety chain with hooks are made and installed

Still more to come on the generator, work here is almost finished
More soon



Fledermaus 08-21-2018 06:22 PM


Work on Dora’s generator room Continues, The ladders are next, the kits ladders are
Completely wrong, they made a Simple ladder for you to put from the generator balcony
All the way down to the Railcar floor, the original ladder is attached to the generator from a horizontal bar and two stabilizer tubes from below. It doesn’t touch the railcar floor or it will rip the ladder off
When in a turn.

The original kit ladders are not even close to Dora’s generator ladders
As you can see here

Here are a couple of photos of the original ladders
This first one shows the ladder hanging from the horizontal bar

The ladder plans are made after calculating the approximated dimensions
From the photos

Using again 1.5mm brass rod the construction began

6 steps each

The two ladders are finished

The horizontal bars are made with the same 1.5 x 20mm long brass rod and two pieces
Of .80 x 4.5 by 3mm styrene strips

The bar is attached through the ladder and glued in place

Fledermaus 08-21-2018 06:24 PM

The measurements for the stabilizer tubes are calculated

4 pieces of .28 x 2.15 x 9.15mm brass strip are made in to u shape and soldered to one end of
Each brass rod

A piece of 1.5 x 47mm brass rod is used, then a piece of 2.4 x 5.95mm styrene tube
Is placed through it to simulate what looks like a coupling for the stabilizer bar

I used 34 gauge brass wire and a piece of 40 links per inch small chain to make
What I think are locking pins

Everything together looks like this

Two pieces of angular styrene are glued under the generator as attachment points
For the brass rod stabilizers

The tubes are then glued to the ladder and the angular supports, the ladders are finished

The last mod to the generator is the rear door, looking at this photo I noticed this
Small door that looks like a cable access to the generator

After the approximated measurements are taken the port is made

I used a 4 x 10mm styrene tube and sanded it at an angle

After gluing it in place I made a hinge with a piece of 3mm strip and 3 pieces of 1mm styrene rod, in the photo I used a piece of cooper rod but changed it to the Styrene rod instead

A look at the port door from below

Fledermaus 08-21-2018 06:26 PM

The molded hinges are removed

After looking for a thousand times at photos of the generator I changed all the
door handles for what looks to be a rotating disk with a handle, or at least I see
It that way

I made a disk with .30 styrene sheet 3mm in diameter and a piece of .70 x 3mm rod
To make the new door looks

3 pieces of 1mm diameter rod makes the hinges, now a retouch of the paint and
the work on the generator room is finished.

The final area that needs some modifications is the elevator area
Already working on it, thanks for following
And stay tuned



Lost legionar 08-22-2018 02:05 PM

:eek: There is nothing else to say :thumb:
I think this build should be in a military history museum.

Gopher 09-03-2018 12:01 PM

Great work!

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