A new venture, Trains of War, has nudged at my creative side for over 20 years. Now, with the advances in 3D modelling and prototype printing, the dream is taking physical form.
For the past 2 months, I have been beavering away in the evenings to produce the commencement of a product line for n-scale WWII armoured trains. Hopefully this will grow to include another four product lines of armoured trains across different eras.
So without further adieu, I would like to present the first physical protoype for Trains of War.
Armoured trains have rumbled across a number of major battlefields since the inception of the locomotive. ‘Trains of War’ aims to give N scale model railroaders the opportunity to bring these epic titans of the rail to life with a unique set of rail carriages based upon the most prominent war trains of their times. Given the unique customisations for nearly every wartrain in history, arising from regular capture and recapture by opposing armies, we have chosen to target representation over rivet counting. To achieve flexibility in design, each carriage can is ordered in 3 parts; base, main body and accessories. Each component has a standardised interface to ensure ease of fitment – any base will fit any main body and any accessories will fit any main body. This allows the customer (you), to select and customise your entire rolling stock to capture the best ‘feel’ for your rolling stock. Want an armoured assault train? Then load up on a command car with plenty of artillery and tank turrets. Wan a rapid response troop transporter? Grab a couple of platoon cars with light anti-aircraft guns to keep away the ‘flies’. If you don’t have a WWII era scene to run a European war train, then consider a few rolling stock as ‘museum pieces’ being moved as a special run. Overall, we hope to bring you fun through kits that provide entertainment, spark an interest in history and are cost effective for enthusiasts like you.
Direct fire gun stowed for combat patrols along the western front.
A command car variant with base carriage, direct fire gun, command turret and vented blanking plate.
Currently the models are available in a kit form which enables the end user to mix and match configurations to the combination they desire. The use of standardised interfaces ensures all parts are interchangeable. A few more examples of current systems already available also include;
Trains of War should be releasing on average 1 to 2 new models a week until the WWII product line is completed in mid-March 2015. With sufficient support, we look forward to expanding the product line across a number of fronts.
We have already opened to the public on two front, a Trains of War facebook page for all the latest info and the 3D printing shopfront at Shapeways.
What era or location would you like to see in an expanded front line for Trains of War?