Stefaneris

Building Techniques for European passenger cars

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Hello all

I want to show you some techniques I used for my MOC of the ÖBB Nightjet. Since this train consists of several different cars from different former owners, there’s quite some variety of cars.

I want to show you the most important building techniques used for cars based on the UIC-X car and the Eurofima-car. There are two links to the respective German Wikipedia page.

 

UIC-X

Eurofima

These two types of cars can still be seen on the major European railroads on InterCity lines and were also used on the legendary TEE Rheingold. So, with changing the colours and some details, a lot of cars can be built using the same techniques

Now the first part I show you are the windows, since the original ones from LEGO only come in limited colours and are quite expensive:

http://48414951247_8ff5e3c591_c.jpgUIC-X by StefanEris, auf Flickr

http://48414800016_da4046a2a5_c.jpgÜbersetzfenster 1 by StefanEris, auf Flickr

http://48414950427_0838ae7cc7_c.jpgÜbersetzfenster 2 by StefanEris, auf Flickr

http://48414799786_b3a3e18b58_c.jpgBautechnik Fenster by StefanEris, auf Flickr

The windows are built using SNOT-techniques and using plats with handles and plates with clips, one can achieve different spaces between the windows, as seen on the picture with the one stud wide window. This technique can also be applied to 6-wide cars.

Also note the doors, here a minifig hand is used to model the door handle. (I’ve seen this idea on other MOCs, thanks for the inspiration)

The roof is made with the slope curved piece and a lot of hinge plates.

 

 

The next car is an SBB Eurocity car, which is based on the Eurofima-car. The story behind this car is, that several railroads wanted to order the same car with the advantage of paying less per car.  Since the more were built, the less one single one would cost. In the end not everything worked like the railroads wanted, but a lot of cars are still based on the Eurofima-car. Also the Swiss Eurocity car you see below.

The most challenging part here was the roof with it’s longitudinal beads (?) (please correct me if someone knows the right translation of “Längssicken” here, they are used to reinforce the roof). To get this shape right, I used tiles and hinges.

On the other hand, the windows here are quite simple. There’s only a three studs height stripe (snotted) with trans black and black brick.

 

 http://48414951547_1521f11594_c.jpgEC-Wagen by StefanEris, auf Flickr

http://48414799276_6e4450d416_c.jpgDach by StefanEris, auf Flickr

http://48432669826_2f5bb02848_c.jpgDach 2 by StefanEris, auf Flickr

I hope I could inspire someone or help you to build some trains, even if train windows and doors aren’t widely available in the wanted colours.

 

 

Stefan

 

Edit: Added another picture of the roof technique.

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11 hours ago, Stefaneris said:

The most challenging part here was the roof with it’s longitudinal beads (?) (please correct me if someone knows the right translation of “Längssicken” here, they are used to reinforce the roof). To get this shape right, I used tiles and hinges.

They look a lot like longitudinal rain strips, similar to those on British Mk3 and Mk4 coaches. They channel rain water over the ends of the coaches and remove the need for large rain gutters to protect the doors, etc.

I’ve got to tip my hat to you for those wonderful coaches. Does the Eurofima roof keep its own shape naturally or is there something inside to keep the curve?

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6 hours ago, Hod Carrier said:

I’ve got to tip my hat to you for those wonderful coaches. Does the Eurofima roof keep its own shape naturally or is there something inside to keep the curve?

Thanks a lot. The roof keeps it's shape but the hinges have some play. So removing the tiles and reattach them like I did for the photo has to be done carefully. The middle line of tiles is stable and therofore the roof can be handeld easily holding it while putting the pressure in the middle of the roof (I hope you get what I mean).

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WOW! I would prefare the good old CNL if I would be from Swiss. :devil:

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On 8/13/2019 at 1:40 AM, 4020 said:

WOW! I would prefare the good old CNL if I would be from Swiss. :devil:

Haha, thanks. I went with the Nightjet because it's the actual paint scheme, but since the CNL was also dark blue, to change this shouldn't be that difficult.

7 hours ago, Man with a hat said:

That's really nice, especially the UIC-X car. I like those windows.

Thanks. I guess in the Netherlands, there are also cars with such windows.

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12 minutes ago, Stefaneris said:

Haha, thanks. I went with the Nightjet because it's the actual paint scheme, but since the CNL was also dark blue, to change this shouldn't be that difficult.

Thanks. I guess in the Netherlands, there are also cars with such windows.

Yes. Former DB UIC-x Coaches that were renamed to ICK. https://nl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICK

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