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  • #315 - Water Tank and Handcar Maintenance Shed - Build Thread

    I got home from work tonight to find a parcel on my front porch bench that didn't have an Amazon logo on it.

    In my world that can only mean one thing, Brett's newest and latest kit from SierraWest had arrived and my life had just got a whole lot better. My tired steps away from the car instantly lifted and I had new found energy. I grabbed the box, opened the door and eagerly rushed inside to (carefully) tear it open.

    Here's what I found inside.....

    A larger and heavier box than I was expecting with the impressive photo label to show me what treasure was stuffed inside.

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    As always the items inside the main box are impeccably packed for protection and presentation, also, as usual with a SierraWest kit there is very little spare space in the box.

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    Carefully removing the items from the box to review them reveals many layers of multiple items.
    Strip wood, laser products, full size templates, another amazing manual, miscellaneous items, and of course the gold standard of TWO boxes of detail parts.

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    The first bag I opened was the main laser cut components, this contains the laser cut stud walls, the sub base for the tank itself and a couple of other useful items.

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    Next to open was the miscelaneous bag containing jigs, chain, styrene, labels, the tank roof, to name a few, but also even more.

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    Time to get into the bigger of the two casting boxes. The large box is filled, two bags of castings, mostly 3d printed with a few metal parts and also the large, exquisite resin castings of the shelf and storage pieces. I removed the shelves and opened the first bag.... Wow, thats alot of details, all specific for the kit and way too many to list, obviously they'll be shown in datail later in the thread.

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    The second bag again is filled with a bounty of incredible parts,and, in no small number !!!

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    I carefully packed the large box of casting back up to keep everything together and then moved on to the second smaller box of details. This box contains the more fragile, intricate and specific details.

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    Each group of parts is separated for protection and ease for the modeller, I had to look at these closer and marvel at them out of the bags. These delicate parts should be returned to their respective bags until needed later to ensure they are protected.

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    Temporarily opening each bag reveals the absolutely amazing parts inside. Simply incredible. I didn't open the 'spout' bag as it also has several bags inside it with even smaller parts inside them, that one can wait until I need it.
    The other bags contained the parts for the Hand Truck, Portable Air Tank, Oil Tank on Stand, Wall Mounted Drill, Oil Crate with Handle, and of course the large bag for all the components to build the incredible Handcar for the repair scene.

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    Last, but in no way least to look at are the amazing resin cast walls to build the Water Tank base. The resin walls fit together perfectly and the detail captured in the resin is amazing. Perfectly flat and no flaws anywhere in the castings.

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    Time for me to clear this bench and get started on this amazing new kit from Brett.
    Available at :
    SierraWest | O Scale Water Tank and Handcar Shed (

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  • #2
    Awesome, Karl! I can't wait!

    Thanks for the detailed unpacking and running commentary - I felt excited just reading along!

    Cheers, Mark.


    • #3
      So, you bought a bunch of details and a building to put them in. It looks like a well designed kit. Watching your work will be fun.

      Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.


      • #4
        Nice looking kit Karl. Looks like Brett outdid himself!!

        Really looking forward on how you do this build.

        "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


        • #5
          I've said it before and I'll say it again, IMO Brett makes the finest kits available.

          Karl, I know you'll turn all that stuff in the box into a contest winning model.
          Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rick View Post
            I've said it before and I'll say it again, IMO Brett makes the finest kits available.

            Karl, I know you'll turn all that stuff in the box into a contest winning model.
            you're absolutely right about brett's kits. there isn't any competition.
            what karl isn't telling us, is that the resin walls are the result of karl's fine carving skills.
            i can't wait to see how this thread goes.....


            • #7
              Karl, what a way to end a day! The only problem I'd have after looking at all the treasures would be getting to sleep that night.


              • #8

                Brought my chair and six pack of Yuengling.

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                • George_D
                  George_D commented
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                  At the speed Karl works, you only need two bottles.


              • #9
                Outstanding Karl. The usual SierraWest fantastic kits and parts. Those resin casts are right from your own hands. Looking forward to your great building skills progress.

                Louis L&R Western Railroad
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


                • #10
                  I'll be following...a perfect winter project for you Karl...


                  • #11
                    Interesting kit. Enjoy showing us how…we’re going to enjoy the lessons.
                    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                    Cedar Swamp
                    SW of Manistique, MI

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                    • #12
                      Impressive-looking kit, Karl. You did well.
                      Vincent Massi


                      • #13
                        Another Masterpiece awaits us from the Master. Pulling up a chair next to Bernd. How bout sharing those beers?



                        • Bernd
                          Bernd commented
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                          No problem, one for you, five for me. <LOL>

                        • UKGuy
                          UKGuy commented
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                          Fridge is full, help yourself....
                          But, don't ever take the last one.... hahaha

                      • #14

                        The only thing lacking in this kit is assembly and paint. I'll be checking in on progress.


                        GULF COAST & WESTERN


                        • #15
                          Well, this looks like fun, Karl. "Some assembly required."

                          I'll pull up a chair also. Rich, I'll bring a six pack and share with you.



                          Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin