In November 2009 I started to build a model of DRGW's KM4000CC. Since I had stored several parts in 1/11 (wheels, couplers, horns, pilot) the scale to build in was rather obvious. Also I was a bit concerned about the construction of a six-axle truck with good tracking qualities in 1/8.
I started with sketching the shell and building the frame.
The pilot is a Maxitrak-casting originally made for their EMD-F7-model
The shell has a steel-tube-frame covered with fiber-board on the sides. The roof has a sub-construction from expanded metal.
The nose was shaped from foam. The whole shell is covered with fiberglass.
Basic shape of shell (12/2009):
Having the basic outline of the shell cut-outs for radiator areas, doors, numberboards etc. were applied (02/2010):
And some further progress (04/2010):