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DOGA Warflat Kit

Build & notes by Phil Parker

This kit is available to DOGA members only. Price £15.50. A resin cast tank is £10. For more details, vist the DOGA Shop

The kit as is comes. The main fret is in nickel silver. Buffers are whitemetal and bogies plastic mouldings.
I started by punching the rivets out on the buffer beams. Dimples are provided on the back for this.
The main part has to be annealed to soften the metal allowing it to be bent easily and cleanly without snapping along the bend line.
Annealing discolours the metal so it has to be cleaned up or the solder won't stick. You can do this with emery paper but I prefer Shiny Sinks cleaner.
The parts with holes are bent in a Z shape and then flattened. I used bending bars but a pair of cheap steel rules in a vice will do just as well.

Part folded fret

The part folded fret.

Once bent the metal is flattened to the floor. Some gentle taps with small hammer help this process but don't hit the metal hard.

Soldering is easy - just put flux in each hole and the melt some solder in there.

The sides are fitted in the slots.

The bottom flange is soldered in place carefully. I then cleaned everything up and moved on to glueing.

The top and bottom rows of rivets were carefully stuck in place with superglue. Tie down rings are fitted in the same way.

The bogies are Parkside mouldings. They are a bit fiddly so let the glue harden after each joint. Make sure everything is square with the Romford wheels are fitted.

To get the buffers to height, I had to pack the bogies with a 1.5mm piece of plastic under each.

Please ignore the end jacks in this photo - I managed to fit them inside out !

End jacks The end jacks should be fitted this way round. I fitted a length of wire for the jacks themselves but kits are being provided with nuts and bolts to represent this feature.
The finished model awaits paint. (Note the jacks are wrong in this photo)
Finished model A resin tank is also available. It needs to be glued down and then secured with chains.

Rear view of finished wagon

If you decide to use a plastic kit tank, make sure it's not too wide. Only the smaller vehicles will be within the loading gauge.