Cool stuff - "Carro Hg" for the fast freight train
Refrigerator wagon for Sg 5295: The model of the fast freight train Sg 5295 will include "Carro F" and "Carro FF" as well as four Italian refrigerated cars "Carro Hg". The latter come from kit No. 2 of TTM (TT Modellismo), which is currently available in a new edition (with replica of the new axle bearings). It is interesting that Italeri sells the (identical?) kit in parallel under the number 8704 - whereby here still the old axle bearings could be enclosed.
I'll build four cars, as each kit no. 2 from TTM contains decals for exactly this number of models. Perfect. Currently two models are in construction, one of which will be equipped with the old axle bearings (by exchanging the bearings with a "Carro F").
The refrigerated trucks receive etched parts from AW Lingen, as was already the case with my previous TTM models. This time, however, round profiles from Evergreen are used in addition to indicate the brake system at least rudimentary. This can be seen quite well in the photos that were taken before putting on the primer. Nothing special, no brake cylinders or more details, but better than nothing. And with a very manageable effort.
After a short search (as of July 2018) on the internet, a page with nice photos of the original brake system of a "Carro F", restored by an Italian railway club, can be found. When looking at these pictures, it quickly becomes clear that, although the connecting rods of the brake plates in my models correspond to the original, the two crossbars placed on these connections only serve the optics and have nothing in common with the real version.
The colour for the car body is created by mixing almost equal parts of white and white aluminum. So you can actually achieve a reasonably polished metallic effect. The paintjob of the "Carro Hg" in scale 1: 1 resembles to me rather a matt white or grey colour. In addition came rust and colour improvements.
It is always a special moment if one notices wrong details only after alreay having assembled the model: While the "Carro Hg" did not have the narrow roof overhangs over the doors which are so typical for the "Carro F", the kit includes this particular roof design. So I had to remove these overhangs on my two almost finished models carefully by using a scalpel. Funny thing is that TTM correctly displays the roof on the model photo shown on and in the kit's packaging. I suspect that only the reissue of the kit contains the roof of the "Carro F". So it's better to use knive and file directly after separating the roof part from the cast.
When positioning the decals of the painted braking markers, I unfortunately oriented myself to the photo of a ready-made model on the Internet. That was a mistake, because these markers have to sit a little lower (for doing it in the right way, see my photo of the Roco FF).
Finally, the car body receives a layer of Weinert clearcoat without matting, so that the already quite poor metal effect is at least minimally preserved. On the other hand, the roof and chassis are given a matte layer of clear coat after the brake plates have received their true-to-the-original colours. Then follows a patination with pastel chalk, which is supposed to resemble the condition of the wagons as seen on original photos from the 70s. I got used to patinate after applying the clearcoat, which has the advantage that I can later make corrections or rework.
Some words about the width of TTM's car body: The sliding doors of the "Carro F" obviously run in front of the side walls of the car body, whereas the laterally hinged doors of the "Carro Hg" are in same plane with the side walls. The roof widths of both vehicles, however, are identical. The car body of the "Carro Hg" is, compared to the "Carro F", at the ends of the car a little wider, which was correctly represented in TTM's model: The model of "Carro F" has a car body width of about 30.9 mm, while the "Carro Hg" is about 2 mm wider. This is also visually striking.
It's worth comparing the size of the model's buffer plates to the Roco "Carro FF" standing next to it (that's the recent 2018 model with replica of the brake system, etc.). The buffer plates on the Roco model are significantly larger. I have no idea which of the both manufacturers has met the right size.