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Track Foreman's Handcar, Russian gauge 1524 mm
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Track Foreman's Handcar, Russian gauge 1524 mm is a 1/35 model from Armor35. Developed with cooperation with Pereslava Railway Museum, this multi-media kit consists of resin and metal parts. Handcars have always appealed to me and I was very excited to see Armor35 was releasing one.

Military modelers should be enthusiastic about this model, too. It can be an eye-catching part of an Eastern Front vignette, or an component of a larger diorama. As ubiquitous a handcars were, no doubt this model can be incorporated into scenes in other countries.

Military-scale railroad modeling continues to grow with an ever expanding selection of models in the dominate military scale of 1/35. Project Armor35 is an enterprise in Russia focusing on creating accurate 1/35 German and Soviet railway subjects circa the Great Patriotic War. Armor35 produces resin rail and track components, i.e., spikes and tie plates, wooden and resin sleepers (crossties), scale sand and stone ballast and coal, lineside equipment like signs and a water column, as well as dozens of civilian and military figures, and statues.

While there is not currently a 'model rail scale' for 1/35, it is very close to No. 1 Scale (also referred to as Gauge 1, Gauge One, 3/8", etc.) of 1/32. Regardless, it does afford some crossover to electric model railroading.

Currently Armor35 catalogues over 50 figures and more than 34 railway models.

Handcars were created to allow men to power themselves along railroad tracks. There were numerous designs and configurations, carrying individuals or equipped to seat - or stand - multiple men. They could even be built to tow rail trailers or carts. Eventually they were powered by internal combustion. Those vehicles are widely known as "speeders."

Today the handcar/handcart/pump car/speeder is a popular artifact, preserved or restored for display or operation. Across North America, and presumably elsewhere, clubs even exist and excursions are arraigned for owners to zip along rails - active or abandoned - for the pleasure of seeing the countryside up close and personal. There are many sources of information for these neat vehicles, and I found a random one that is a good start that you can view via Click here for additional images for this review, below.

Track Foreman's Handcar, Russian gauge 1524 mm
This model is packed in a one-piece flip-top box. The pieces of this mixed-media kit are held in two small zip-lock bags. The 33 pieces are:
    2 X Axles
    2 X Seat brackets

    4 X Wheels
    4 X Axle brackets
    4 X Wheel retaining spindles
    2 X Brackets for hand lever
    2 X Brackets for gear
    2 X Eccentric cranks
    2 X Eccentric rods
    2 X Foot pedals
    1 X Mechanism cover
    1 X Bench
    1 X Car frame
    2 X Gears
    1 X Hand pump lever
    1 X Brake lever

Four parts were knocked off of their sprue attachment. I can identify three of them but not the fourth.

Armor35 casting is crisp and sharp with high quality detail. I found no air pocks, casting mold seams, incomplete parts, or sink holes. However, while it has been very rare to find flash on Armor35 parts, this kit has a lot. None of it looks to be a problem to remove, it is just uncharacteristic of Armor35 castings.

Some of the parts are fine and I shall handle them with carefully.

Retaining bolts for brackets and hardware are to-scale. The wooden frame featured molded reinforcing and mounting braces and brackets. The wooden brake has a bevel for the flange.

There is plenty of detail on this relatively simple kit. It should look great built up.

Armor35 produces some of the the best instruction sheets I've seen. Look at the photos.

This simple model requires only five colors. AMMO by Mig brand are referenced.

Armor35 has produced another excellent and versatile kit for their railway series.

For such a small model there are many parts, and they are well detailed. Except for the flash, the part casting is high quality.

This model offers an unique component for dioramas and vignettes. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Armor35 and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Highly detailed and predominantly excellent casting.
Lows: Flash.
Verdict: Armor35 has produced another excellent and versatile kit for their railway series. It offers an unique component for dioramas and vignettes.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35408
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  PUBLISHED: May 12, 2018

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2020 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


This looks like an interesting kit. Do you know of any other distributors of their kits?
MAY 27, 2018 - 07:47 PM

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