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Loading Ramp & Dock
Loading Platform
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Introduction
Loading Platform from Artitec is a HO resin kit of a track side loading structure. It is item 10.216.

Artitec of the Netherlands originally started as a model railroad company and yet produces a wide range of models of railroad, military, maritime and automotive subjects, plusd related accessories - over 260 in HO alone. They also make kits in 1/72, 1/120 (TT scale for model railroading), N ( 1/160) and Z (1/220). Predominately of Dutch, Belgian, French (Flemish?) and German prototypes, these models consist of resin and when needed, photo-etched metal.

As Artitec describes their models:
    Artitec kits consist of resin and etched metal components. In the box, you will find resin castings. This material sometimes needs to be sanded or trimmed so we recommend keeping a sharp scalpel and some sandpaper to hand. Resin is not coloured and can be painted with Humbrol enamel or acrylic paint. The small details are made of etched metal.

Artitec was founded by modelers and their passion for the hobby is obvious. This review examines this common railway structure.

The Kit
This model is of a concrete and cobblestone structure with a keeper's hut. I counted 25 individual parts to build the dock, ramp, and hut. I count 19 exterior parts, the rest being internal supports. I did not find any casting flaws; all of that flash between the parts acts as a sheet holding the parts like a sprue. A couple of pieces are slightly warped.

This dock is a scale 70 feet/21.5 meters in length and 24 feet/7.5 meters wide, and 7 ft/2 m high.

Detail
Artitec sculpted a zillion cobblestones for the paved ramp and deck of the structure. The retaining walls represent masonry and concrete construction. Those areas you see that look like incomplete casting? Those were sculpted to look like cement or stucco that has flaked off of the masonry work. The hut is also formed concrete with a tar paper roof. Finally, a pair of buffer bumpers are attached to the side of the dock.

Instructions
A simple line art exploded-view of the model guides assembly. Textual directions are in four languages.

Each part is keyed to one of five colors for the model. Humbrol and Revell paints are referenced.

Conclusion
Loading Platform should build up into a good model of a ubiquitous structure essential for efficiently transferring vehicles and other freight to and from freight cars. It has good detail and clean castings. The slightly warped parts should straighten out easily after being treated with hot water.

I look forward to placing this dock into a diorama and recommend it.

Please remember to mention to vendors and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.
SUMMARY
Highs: Clean casting. Good detail.
Lows: Slight warping of a few pieces.
Verdict: This model should build up into a good model of a ubiquitous structure essential for efficiently transferring vehicles and other freight to and from freight cars.
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 10.216
  Suggested Retail:  19.10
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 27, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Netherlands
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 86.98%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.40%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

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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