Assembly method – non-Shinkansen type cars


There are 2 types of cars that Bandai make – this is the type mainly used with non-Shinkansen cars.

These models are very easy to build, and only require cutters or a knife to separate the parts off the sprue – there is no glue or paint needed.  It only takes a few of minutes to do one car and a whole train can be done in around an hour 🙂

Bandai’s web site (http://bandai-hobby.net/train/btr/what/index.html) tells you to do it in the following sequence …

  1. Choose the parts you need and cut required pieces from sprue (not all items are used on all models)
  2. Assemble bogies and attach to chassis floor
  3. Join window glass pieces together with end blocks
  4. Add roof
  5. Add the two sides
  6. Add the two ends
  7. Put the chassis inside the completed body shell
  8. Install the bogie side-frames
  9. Install the desired couplers
  10. Add decals/stickers if required

But the instruction sheets that come with the trains tell you to do it in the following sequence …

  1. Choose the parts you need and cut required pieces from sprue (not all items are used on all models)
  2. Assemble bogies, install bogie side-frames and desired couplers  and attach to chassis floor
  3. Join window glass pieces together with end blocks
  4. Add roof
  5. Add the two ends
  6. Add the two sides
  7. Put the chassis inside the completed body shell
  8. Add decals/stickers if required

So which one is right (or best) ?

I have found that it is better (as specified on the Shinkansen car type assembly), to add the window glass to the sides first, as they require a hard pressing with your fingers to join together securely sometimes, and if you do not fit them together completely, the sides will not join to make the body shell properly. THEN add them to the end blocks, install the roof and lastly the two ends. I also agree that the bogie side-frames should be added in the sequence as per the instruction sheet, not as per the web page.

When I put the next one together, I will add some photos to this page.

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