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It has been a while since I posted something new here, but don't worry, I have been building regardless, I've just been lurking a lot ;) Anyways, today I want to present my rendition of a MaK / ABB DE 6400 in DB Cargo design. Formerly the main diesel workhorse of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), nowadays a locomotive that also runs in Belgium and Norway, and which you can find even in Poland. I've always had a soft spot for these bulky machines whose design esthetics are mainly following the principles of modularity and usefullness (meaning they aren't styled at all to begin with) and to be honest, I already build it twice, but never to full satisfaction. I had several main goals while building this loco: Keeping it as closely scaled to 1:45, making sure the cab windows consist of 3 parts just like in the prototype (long live flags!), having it run on PFx Brick with it's own power, and hiding all the electrical components in such a way I didn't have to use any stickers for cover up. Also, due to the space available inside the loco, I knew I had to use the PF Lego Train Motor, which made doing proper shourding around the wheelsets a lot more difficult, since there is only one hole available in between the wheels. Thanks to a Lego Minifig Neck Bracket this turned out to be possible. In the end I think I managed to fullfill all objectives; I must however admit the loco only started to run properly after I bough a Lithium-ion rechargable 9V battery, because regular alkaline 9V batteries were emptied by the Lego PF train motor in less than 10 minutes. I never knew there was so little mAh in those blocks... Due to the way the frame is build it's actually a pretty stable locomotive, even though the hoods are only connected to the cab and only held in place by friction to keep them from wobbling. BTW, normally I model one particular number in the fleet, due to it for example having a specific name that reminds me of a town I used to live in. With the 6400 series this isn't really possible, since only several of them are named, and all of them after their drivers or people from within the company it runs for. (Acutally, three of them run with the same name as my grandfather, so maybe some day in the future it might become the 6407, 6434 or 6438!) NS 6400 #2 by raised, on Flickr NS 6400 #1 by raised, on Flickr NS 6400 #3 by raised, on Flickr Hope you guys like it!
Hello guys, a new month is arrived with a new locomotive of the European tour ...time of a ride in Holland... ...with the NS 6500! The NS Class 6400 is a type of 4 axle diesel-electric freight locomotive. 120 (numbered 6401-6520) were built by MAK and ABB between 1988 and 1994 for Nederlandse Spoorwegen. I wanted to replicate the locomotive numbered 6500 with the yellow/gray colors because is the livery a love the most! The locomotive now keeps company to the younger sister NS 345 I've wrapped the windscreens with yellow stickers because the pieces do not exist, creating a punched adhesive to apply, and I'm quite satisfied with the final result As usual the locomotive is equipped with lights and switches I'm planning to use these two Dutch locomotives for the coils and torpedo wagons waiting to build a yard for steel production (one day...) Now enjoy the pictures ...and see you next month in another European country! ...to be continued...