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Built Review
''Victoria'' Mine Extension
Extension Kit to Small Mine, Loading Facility
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

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Extension Kit to Small Mine, Loading Facility
Item: 66303
Category: Laser-Cut
Material: Medium press board
Other scales available: TT, N

NOCH produces this loading facility extension kit for Small Mine “Victoria”, also a limited edition kit. In 2011 NOCH celebrated their Centennial. One of the releases was Small Mine “Victoria”, a complimentary facility to a Märklin set of industrial railroad cars.

Loading Facility. With the loading facility the loading of the bulk minerals can be extended by two reloading sites. The headroom for loading is suitable for all H0 track systems. Thanks to this extension, an even bigger mine can be replicated.

Featuring impressive Laser-Cut technology and decorated embossed heavy card materials by NOCH, “Victoria extension” is an impressive model. Thanks to NOCH, RailRoad Modeling is able to show you this sharp model mine facility.

Extension Kit to Small Mine, Loading Facility
With this extension kit, small mine “Victoria” can reach her full potential! You can see the build-review of “Victoria” by clicking Click here for additional images for this review below!

NOCH packs the kit in a light weight box with hinged lid, in their signature yellow. Making good use of their resources, this universal box with standard NOCH box art has the kit label taped around it. On the back are images of the model and the model in a diorama, a dimension diagram, multilingual descriptions, and contact information.

Inside is a 10-gram tube of special transparent 4-minute curing glue and a sealed bag of several ‘sprues’ of the building components, several medium-weight press board sheets of laser-cut parts. The frosted vellum for the windows was missing from my box. I did not count the number of pieces but estimate there are well over 100 individual parts. Each part is held in place by hair-thin attachment points. Parts mainly attach together via a tab and slot method.

NOCH printed many signs for the facility on the inside of the box sides. They are printed in HO, TT, and N scales.

Parts are cut into two weights of 'sprue' boards. Bents and cross beams are a thicker board than the walls, ends, floors and other parts.

Documents and Instructions A large instructional booklet guides you through assembly in five languages:

    • Dutch
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish

The instructions consist of photographs and line drawings with symbols. They are dark and sometime ambiguous to where some arrows point to.

Additionally, a certificate shows this kit's limited edition number is included. Also included is a brochure about NOCHs laser-cut models.

NOCH provides you with a PDF of the instructions on their website.

Size: The extension increases the footprint of “Victoria” to 14.76 x 1.97 x 5.71 in.

Detail includes both texture and parts. High quality texture sheets are entirely engraved by laser. A complex laser beam machining process removes material and thus creates a realistically structured surface. While Small Mine "Victoria", Basic Kit featured six simulated materials of brick, concrete, metal, plaster, tar paper and timber, this extension represents three: concrete, tar paper and timber.

I find the texture to be effective. Instead of trying to describe the effect I offer you photographs.

Part detailing is also impressive. For instance, door has hinge and lock detail zapped into it and all windows have sills burned around the openings.

None necessary. All parts are in color. However, for fun, I painted the door and windows green.

Building it!
Despite a 20-pound tool box of modeling tools, for this model I only used a pair of hobby knives, tweezers (rarely), two machinist angle plates, a metal ruler and a plastic L-clamp. I have found that cutting the smaller parts from the sheet is easier with a curved hobby blade such as X-ACTO’s #10 blades X210. A straight blade leaves some burrs yet it worked well on larger parts.

Assembly is straightforward through 11 steps. Pay close attention to the diagrams and test-fit the parts. The interior shells have window and door detail etched on only one side. If you get that wrong, the external sheathing will cover up some window detail.

Although it is easy to cut most parts from their attachments, use a sharp knife! Dull blades can slip and gash parts. The tab and slot method works well and the Uhu glue sets quickly, perhaps too quickly if you are trying to attach many parts at once.

Step 1: You start with the ore transport halls. First, you construct the shells. The structure is so long that NOCH made it in two segments. They lock together with interlocking tabs. Next, simply attach the exterior sheaths. Be careful to align the exterior window openings with the etched window details. You may notice that the long walls bow inward. Fear not, for after building the hall, you insert the 16 rafters. Not only will they support the roof, they reform the walls.

After building the hall, turn it over and begin the substructure by attaching the 10 crossbars. Next you will attach the bents: four units of vertical posts with integral beams, caps, column cross braces, diagonals, sway braces and stilts. This is also easy although the stilts can warp if you are not careful. Align them carefully. Using experience gained building the basic kit loading hall, I built and attached the ore bin hoppers before adding the bents and stilts. This helped align and steady the vertical structures. Again, pay attention to the orientation of the parts: they have marks scored on only one side to help you align the cross beams.

Next you attach the cross braces. Several have tiny tabs on two ends to help align and space the larger parts of the beams and bents and stilts. With dozens of members to attach, this step takes some finesse, so work slowly. Finally, set the ends of the stilts into the footers.

Step 9 is assembling the discharge chutes. These are small assemblies; they have no alignment tabs. Spend some time figuring out which edges fit inside of which pieces. When I assembled them for the basic kit I got them wrong. The side pieces mate against the inner surfaces of the flue and upper door for a square opening.

The most demanding step is number 10, assembly of the tall staircase. Forty individual treads have to be cut off their sheet and properly inserted into small slots into one of the stair stringers. This was practically impossible for me to align them so I only glued the first few as anchors. Then I pressed the rest in. Next began my hour battle to align each tread’s tab with the slot in the other stringer. When all tabs were seated, a backing stringer was glued to each side, also gluing the tabs. Be careful that you do not block the mounting notch on the stringer top.

The very last steps are setting the roofs, and attaching the railings on the end of the hall.

In all I spent about 8 hours building this kit.

I have built models of acrylic, cardstock, foamcore, Hydrocal, metals, plaster, plexiglass, resin, styrene, urethane and wood. This press board seems different from the cardstock. Texturing is great. I appreciate the pre-coloring. The laser cuts are sharp and I enjoyed assembling this model.

My only complaint is the instructions. They have a couple of ambiguous elements. Also, the instructions shows 2 of 4 beams -- parts number 29 -- on one part sheet, while they are cut into a different one in my kit.

Victoria Extension should build into an impressive component for the basic facility. The quality of the laser cuts and detail is impressive. I think this model can stand alone on a layout, or easily be incorporated into another structure via kitbashing. I happily recommend it.

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Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Sharp laser cuts and great detail. Pre-colored and textured components.
Lows: Instructions and some illustrations are slightly confusing.
Verdict: Victoria Extension should build into an impressive component of the basic facility. The quality of the laser cuts and detail is impressive.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 66303
  Suggested Retail: 39,99 €
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 27, 2012

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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...

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