Steam era DERM kit (any tips?)

 
  libertyRS Junior Train Controller

Location: staring at the water
Hi.
I have sitting in front of me still in its box a DERM kit by Steam Era models. Now before i start to make this kit does anyone have any tips or hints for me. Such as paint it before assembly etc
Any feedback would be great!!!  Very Happy

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  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
The most important tip is to follow the instructions! Wink

If you follow the instructions you should be right with this kit. They tell you exactly when to paint the various bits.

The SEM DERM is a great kit. It's very easy to assemble and looks great when finished.

[bigimg]http://vr.railpage.org.au/temp/63rm.jpg[/bigimg]
  639 Chief Commissioner

Its a great kit just take your time with it and look at what particular era you are modeling.

Here is a shot of What can also be made from the kit.


Something a little different than the traditional Blue and Gold...
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Lol, two Derm models, two 63RM's Smile
  elmhurst_motor Station Master

Location: melbourne
one good tip is to cut out the window glazing to size before you assemble the body. the windows around the drivers cab at each end are tricky to fit once built.
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
Add one more 63RM.  Rolling EyesLaughing

One tip, make sure painting and weathering and dullcoating is done BEFORE adding the windows. I did the paint then stuck the windows in and forgot to dullcoat.. doh.

Steve
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Mines also 63RM!

No pic though! - I definatley agree the windows need to be added before final assembly, as they are a pain in the rear to add once the body is put together.
  639 Chief Commissioner

I have 2 of 63RM the one above and one similar to what VRfan has.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Just remember you can still ride the real 63RM at Daylesford! Smile
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
Just remember you can still ride the real 63RM at Daylesford! Smile
"VRfan"


Laughing Cheap, shameless plug!  RazzLaughing

In all seriousness, though, as you can see by the examples on here, and a couple more I've seen up close, they make excellent models. Well worth the effort!  Very Happy

Wolfpac
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Never said it wasn't Razz, but remember if you want to build an accurate model, nothing beats having a look at the real thing!  Wink
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...

Laughing Nope, you certainly didn't... Laughing

Still, I'm semi-thinking about it myself, especially after seeing the models on here, and seeing our MMRC president's handi-work with the SEM kit.

Might need a field trip down to DSCR again...  Smile Inspiration and research, yeah, that's it!  Razz

Wolfpac
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Here is another 63RM...I mean version  Razz



Presented as one of the other preserved operational DERMs 58RM. I didn't build this one, but I have corrected some of the paintwork to better reflect how it appears today (Black pilots and radiator grills, along with brown partitions and green seats in the passenger space).

The number of versions that can be made from the kit are pretty vast.  Smile
  libertyRS Junior Train Controller

Location: staring at the water
Thanks for all the tips.. Love the photo's. I will post mine when its done. Do you think i should undercoat it first before painting?? Also a little off topic, what van (other than the normal MT) did they haul for freight?
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Thanks for all the tips.. Love the photo's. I will post mine when its done. Do you think i should undercoat it first before painting?? Also a little off topic, what van (other than the normal MT) did they haul for freight?
"libertyRS"


They hauled just about anything at times, but probably the most common was the C van.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Thanks for all the tips.. Love the photo's. I will post mine when its done. Do you think i should undercoat it first before painting?? Also a little off topic, what van (other than the normal MT) did they haul for freight?
"libertyRS"


They hauled just about anything at times, but probably the most common was the C van.
  PE Chief Train Controller

A simple question with a complex answer but I'll be as succinct as I can.

Basically is was dependent on which line the PE/DERM was operating, some example consists are;

- BC or ABC car when standard trailer not attached
- Z van
- two Z vans
- two Z vans or UB truck when a standard trailer attached
- single horse box and one Z van or loaded I truck and one Z van
- CE van and Z van or CE van and one single horse box when standard
  trailer not attached.
In the 1970s the DERM on the Balranald line was authorised to haul upto three loaded 4 wheeled wagons or one loaded GJX bogie grain hopper.
  GreatSouthern Junior Train Controller

On the question of an undercoat, it's not really necessary from the point of view of paint adhesion and it's just adding another layer of paint to possibly obscure detail.  Having said that, and if you intend to spray-paint the model with SEM Diesel Blue, I'd suggest that you first spray the model with a thin, emphasis on thin, coat of Humbrol gloss black.  The SEM diesel blue has only limited covering power and will have a deeper blue colour if applied over black.  You'll also need to use Solvaset or a similar product to help the decals to conform to some of the bumpy surfaces, like the belt rail.   To do the ends, prop the model up in a carboard box with wads of crumpled paper so that the end is horizontal.
The main thing is to just do one surface at a time and keep that surface horizontal while you're doing all the decalling and solvasetting.  Only turn the model around to deal with another  side when the solvaset is completely dry, otherwise I guarantee it will end in tears!
Happy modelling.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
DERMs have been known to haul GY wagons in the Northern district. I'm not sure if it ever happened in VR days but in preservation they have hauled a single BPL/BCPL car.

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