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My apologies but I don't know that I understand the term "kit bash". I've seen it written but I'm not sure what it means.

Thank you,
Kitbash means to take an existing model, and modifying it to turn it into something else..I'll use one of my own "kitbashes" as an example..

This is a Bachmann locomotive, in its "as purchased" form:

I turned it into this:

using the same boiler, cab and part of the tender, with different wheels.

I believe the Porters in this thread also used the Bachmann mogul as their original source material...using the drivers and mechanism, and then changing a lot on top..

"scratchbuilding" means starting with raw materials, like sheets of plastic or simple sticks of wood, and then using those materials to make your model "from scratch"..

Fletch's masterclasses usually used a combination of both techniques..some parts of a locomotive were kitbashed from existing models, other parts of the same locomotive were scratch built..both techniques are often used in the same project, depending on what is needed.


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Kit bash means you take a kit, throw away whatever does not fit your model, and build on what is left. In the case of the porters i think the part that was not thrown away was the running gear and some of the detail parts.

Kit bash also, remarkably, refers to taking a model purchased in finished form and removing anything that does not fit the model you want. Seems to me there should be a special name for this.

As an example, you might see that it started life as a Bachmann 4-6-0. The fittings were back-dated (or fore-dated) to the appropriate era. The cab was completely scratch built. The tender was donated from another engine and modified to represent the correct tender for this class of loco. This would be treated as a kitbash.

Hope this helps.
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