C2 Models and Artwork

C2 models

The class of 28-tonne locos built in Eastern Europe, Russia and China was the most numerous type of narrow-gauge steam locomotive ever. Well over 5000 were built and they have operated in at least a dozen countries across Eurasia. Despite this, there are no commercially available models of the class, nor even any complete kits.
Happily, several people have taken on the challenge of scratch-building models of C2s or their Soviet counterparts, and we present a few examples here. There’s even the opportunity for you to have a go at building one yourself, for free!
If you have built a model of one of these locos, whether European, Russian or Chinese, we’d love to see some photos and add them to this page. And we'll happily add a link to anyone offering a kit or 'scratch-aid' parts. Please get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ link on the left hand side of the page.
Pride of place goes to a beautiful live steam model in 16mm:ft scale built by David Shearwood in the UK.
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The frame of David Shearwood's 16mm scale C2
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David Shearwood's 16mm scale C2, before painting
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David Shearwood's 16mm scale C2, in steam and nearly complete. David has built a matching caboose too.
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David Shearwood's 16mm scale C2, complete and fully painted.
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Cab interior of the loco in steam.
Meanwhile in France, Jean-Baptiste and Jean-Claude Malbec have been working on a 1:35 scale model to run on H0 track. It’s not finished yet but they’ve done a great job capturing the shape of the loco, including a Jilin Province cab. This is entirely scratchbuilt in card.
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A card model in 1:35 scale, built by Jean-Baptiste and Jean-Claude Malbec: about 80% complete.
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A card model in 1:35 scale, built by Jean-Baptiste and Jean-Claude Malbec: about 80% complete.
At the Quirks and Curiosities II gala in 2017, our shed was open for visitors and we were delighted to receive a visit from a baby C2! This one was in 009 scale and had been 3D printed. Again, we’d love to see some more photos once it’s complete. Going further afield to Poland, there’s a highly-detailed model of a KP-4 at a museum in Warsaw:
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009 scale KP-4 seen on top of the frames of our full size loco.
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A beautiful model of a KP-4 in Poland
David Daniels has made a very nice C2 in On30 / O-16.5 scale, complete with a rake of tippler wagons as used at Dahuichang - follow this link to see his methods and the build in progress: emu models.
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David Daniels' C2 in On30 scale: a painstakingly scratchbuilt model of a Dahuichang loco, complete with a rake of the characteristic tippler wagons.


A photo of the near-completed train is shown on the right.
In the world of virtual models, we like the one built by Barry Munro which can be found on the UKTrainSim site:

http://www.uktrainsim.com/filelib-info.php?form_fileid=21146
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A preservation group in Hungary has made a print-it-yourself card kit for their Kv-4 locomotive, the Hungarian equivalent of the C2. You can download the files for it here, print them out and build your very own model!
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For the starting point of a more detailed model, you might like to look at these 3D-printed options:

1:35 scale

1:55 scale

1:76 scale
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If you’re keen to build something more substantial, then we can probably help you with detailed drawings and other information. We are gradually building up a Solidworks model of our loco, but it probably won’t be finished until the real thing is done too!
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C2s on stamps