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Bandua Infinity Train – Large terrain piece

Bandua Infinity Train – Large terrain piece

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Project Blog by stryker778

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About the Project

About 2 years ago while on a trip back to Canada I picked up the Bandua Mag-lev Train. After 2 years of sitting on my shelf, barely even opened, a close friend of mine here has made a bet with me to see if I can finish the whole train to a reasonable tabletop level by October 31st. The prize? supposedly a box of knights for Adeptus Titanicus. Long time viewer of BoW but first time I have decided to put my own work on the site. I will do my best to give updates on building and painting this beast. As well I will give my rationale for my way of doing things. Currently living in Korea and I work a lot so it will take quite a bit of effort to get this done on time. Let the terrain building begin!

This Project is Completed

Pics in Action!

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Last weekend I took the finished train to the gaming cafe where we play and we setup the table with it. Thought it would be neat to show some pics of it being used.

Done.

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Worked non stop to get to this point.

I want to go over what I did more but that will have to wait. For now I need much deserved sleep.

Done.

Interior Painted

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So I painted the interior area of the cargo bay with mostly cold grey and then stonewall grey.

For the interior area at the cabs, I used more stonewall grey to lighten them up.

Then I removed all the masking from previous steps. Thankfully none of the previous painting had been damaged.

I had actually masked around the edges before painting the interior, but if you can get the angles right when spraying outward then you can avoid the areas you don't want to paint.I had actually masked around the edges before painting the interior, but if you can get the angles right when spraying outward then you can avoid the areas you don't want to paint.

Overall I am extremely happy with how this project has turned out so far. I have 3 days left to go and hand paint in all the details and then seal the entire thing with varnish.

The last step will be gluing in the acrylic pieces.

Time is almost up!

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Been quite busy with work related stuff, but I have kept making progress. After last post I had to mask off all the yellow which took a lot of time, but is kind of unavoidable.

Being made aware of the large gaps at the front of the train I went about fixing them.Being made aware of the large gaps at the front of the train I went about fixing them.
I used Tamiya plastic putting, filled the gaps then after it dried it sanded it down to match the MDF around it. Then I primed over it in black. (Sorry forgot to take pictures of the whole process.I used Tamiya plastic putting, filled the gaps then after it dried it sanded it down to match the MDF around it. Then I primed over it in black. (Sorry forgot to take pictures of the whole process.
With everything masked I went about painting the exterior with a light grey, then Vallejo Model Air Sky Blue. Finally I airbrushed white (with a lot of flow improver) on the very edges and tops of panels.With everything masked I went about painting the exterior with a light grey, then Vallejo Model Air Sky Blue. Finally I airbrushed white (with a lot of flow improver) on the very edges and tops of panels.
I then removed the masking tape from all of the yellow stripes and got this! I then used vallejo gloss varnish over it and will move onto the interior.I then removed the masking tape from all of the yellow stripes and got this! I then used vallejo gloss varnish over it and will move onto the interior.

Overall Look

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This is what the project looks like so far. Yellow on the sides is all done. Next will come masking of yellow stripes and hazard stripes. Then base coating of the entire hull.This is what the project looks like so far. Yellow on the sides is all done. Next will come masking of yellow stripes and hazard stripes. Then base coating of the entire hull.

Painting and Hazard Stripes!

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Been awhile since an update, but I am still making progress!

Got through a ton of painstaking work today as you will see.

So, after priming the train I realized that the texture of the MDF really bothered me. For a building, it's easy to just say So, after priming the train I realized that the texture of the MDF really bothered me. For a building, it's easy to just say "Oh it's concrete" but trains are smooth! I went back with 1000 grit sand paper and sanded the entire train. This gave me a much smoother surface, but required touchups on the priming.
For the cargo platforms I painted them a mix of dark grey and dark blue. I also used a bit of airbrushing white to add a quick highlight. I am not entirely happy with the colour, but I can go back later and fix it up.For the cargo platforms I painted them a mix of dark grey and dark blue. I also used a bit of airbrushing white to add a quick highlight. I am not entirely happy with the colour, but I can go back later and fix it up.
I then masked the painted areas to help make further painting easier, and reduce the amount of repainting I have to do. I basically planed to work out from the details, then later to the main hull colours.I then masked the painted areas to help make further painting easier, and reduce the amount of repainting I have to do. I basically planed to work out from the details, then later to the main hull colours.
Finally, I painted all of the hazard stripes in the cargo area. This took me quite awhile. I chose to airbrush the yellow, because there was NO WAY I was going to hand paint that much yellow. I then went back and hand painted the black in the hazard stripes, as black will easily go over yellow. I had to be fairly careful with this. It may look messy but further masking and painting will clean up the look.Finally, I painted all of the hazard stripes in the cargo area. This took me quite awhile. I chose to airbrush the yellow, because there was NO WAY I was going to hand paint that much yellow. I then went back and hand painted the black in the hazard stripes, as black will easily go over yellow. I had to be fairly careful with this. It may look messy but further masking and painting will clean up the look.

Final thoughts:

I am very happy with how well adding a 50/50 mix of PVA and water to the model helped with the issue of MDF soaking up paint. This is far easier to paint because of that, and is just like painting on other materials now.

That being said, in the future I would do this order:

  1. Cover all the pieces in 50/50 Water and PVA mix.
  2. After drying, sand all the pieces nice and smooth!
  3. Assemble the MDF model.
  4. Apply another Water and PVA layer.
  5. Prime the model.

Doing things in this order would likely result in a much better surface finish, and ease of painting. Any future MDF projects will be done like that.

All Primed Up!

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Not much to add to this, other than the experiment of covering the model with PVA glue and water mixed was a huge success. The primer went on much easier than other MDF projects I have done, and it didn't just soak up everything.Not much to add to this, other than the experiment of covering the model with PVA glue and water mixed was a huge success. The primer went on much easier than other MDF projects I have done, and it didn't just soak up everything.

More Pre-Primer Work

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So not moving as fast as I said, but there were two more things to do before I get primer on this model.

I realized that this large cutout area for the acrylic window was very tight, and if I add paint then the piece wont fit. So I filed all the edges to give it a bit more room.I realized that this large cutout area for the acrylic window was very tight, and if I add paint then the piece wont fit. So I filed all the edges to give it a bit more room.

Finally, I used a mixture of 50/50 white glue and water and did a light coat over the entire train. I then let the train dry and did a second coat on just the bottom of the train.

Our gaming group is in South Korea, as I have mentioned, and we deal with dry winters and humid summers. This has caused a lot of warping in cardboard tiles, but more importantly with MDF terrain that has large flat surfaces. I am hoping a coating of this white glue and water will seal in the train and help to prevent this dry season wet season warping that we have on other pieces.

In theory this could be done with a varnish, but this method is easy, so giving it a try.

NEXT COMES PRIMER

Build is complete

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Not a big update, but the train is all built. Will likely get started priming it later today. Obviously some parts are left off for ease of painting. Acrylic pieces also left off as they will be the last thing I do on this project.Not a big update, but the train is all built. Will likely get started priming it later today. Obviously some parts are left off for ease of painting. Acrylic pieces also left off as they will be the last thing I do on this project.

Foam Bits Post 2

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So apparently the internet won’t let me do posts with more than a few pictures, gotta post these entries in smaller bits. Sorry!

After getting the foam bits in, I made up a mix of 50/50 White glue and water. I then applied it very liberally to the back side of the foam, and a bit less so to the front. I did this for two reasons:

First, I was worried about the train being handled and someone accidentally grabbing the foam and it popping out.

Second, the foam is obviously porous and I figured adding this glue to it will fill in some of that and make it easier to paint. Just a theory though, so I will see if it actually works later.

Finally, I added a lot more white glue to the top seam where the foam meets the MDF. I also did this to the bottom. I am hoping this really secures them in place. I did spread it out with a brush and cleaned up the bottom after application.Finally, I added a lot more white glue to the top seam where the foam meets the MDF. I also did this to the bottom. I am hoping this really secures them in place. I did spread it out with a brush and cleaned up the bottom after application.
Here you can see the foam and toppers all in with an extra coat of water and glue. Have them hanging over the edge to avoid gluing to the table! Dog is clearly tired of me explaining how cool building terrain is.Here you can see the foam and toppers all in with an extra coat of water and glue. Have them hanging over the edge to avoid gluing to the table! Dog is clearly tired of me explaining how cool building terrain is.

Foam Bits Post 1!

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So this is the part of the build I was looking forward to the least. The train has 8 foam pieces that are used to make round sections of the Train’s generators.

I noticed immediately when building the first of these two generator sections (one on both sides of the train) that I made a mistake. I partially built the wall, and realized it gets in the way of installing the foam. Therefore I did not build the wall on the opposite section.

Above you can see the top MDF sections of the generators are built. I also gave them time to dry as the foam puts outward pressure on the circular bit. These caps essentially keep the top end of the foam in a round shape.

The next picture is dry fitting one of the pieces to see how it goes together. Fits rather well without the wall installed.

As you can see here, the wall is angled and thus blocks the bottom slots for the foam a bit. This makes assembly a lot harder. After a bit of tweezer work and no small amount of dexterity I did manage to get them all in. (Was not fun)As you can see here, the wall is angled and thus blocks the bottom slots for the foam a bit. This makes assembly a lot harder. After a bit of tweezer work and no small amount of dexterity I did manage to get them all in. (Was not fun)

Basic Construction

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So shown above you can see the type of glue I am using. Basic white glue which can be purchased at any Daiso, or stationary / dollar store in South Korea.

I file the tabs of the MDF pieces as well as the holes they go into since Bandua kids seem to be a bit too tight of a fit. A metal file seems to do the trick, helps to have a round one nearby.

Finally, my dog is keeping an eye on me to make sure I don’t do anything stupid. Like say, buy more models when I have stuff sitting on my shelf for multiple years…. Old girl will keep an eye on me.

The beginning

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So as the description says I have had this terrain piece for infinity on my shelf for two years! I bought it the last time I was in Canada, as the shipping cost for an item like that to South Korea almost doubles the price!

Let’s see if I can manage to get this completed by October 31st and win this wager with a buddy of mine.

I will do my best to explain my steps in making this MDF Train and my logic behind my methods as this is not a very simple kit.

Above you can see the box, the instructions (which are more like rendered pictures from different angles so that you can figure out how to build the kit)

Also, you can see what I have built so far!

This kit contains MDF, Acrylic for doors windows, and a computer panel. Also it has Foam pieces used to make the trains generators. These will be a pain as foam does not paint well.This kit contains MDF, Acrylic for doors windows, and a computer panel. Also it has Foam pieces used to make the trains generators. These will be a pain as foam does not paint well.