We’ve just been building another great kit from Terrakami Games, their MagLev Train MKII kit designed for use with sci-fi wargames like Warhammer 40k and Infinity. This kit works well with Terrakami’s Sci-Fi Containers which we recently reviewed, along with other kits we’ll be reviewing in future like Terrakami’s Sci-Fi Container Crane.
The MagLev Train MKII complete kit is priced at €49,90 (around $54) and arrived as the two stacks of 2.5mm laser-cut MDF sheets shown below. One stack contains the parts to assemble the two MagLev Locomotives that come with this kit, and the other stack contains enough parts for the four Cargo Wagons.
After removing all of the parts from the MDF sheets we ended up with this large collection of parts. Removing the parts was an easy job since everything has been just so accurately and cleanly cut – more so than some other MDF kits we’ve built. Looking in the bottom right container of parts you can also see a couple of pieces of laser-cut acrylic used for the windows and control console. In the centre are some neodymium magnets that also come with this kit.
The MagLev Train MKII kit comes with 20 round neodymium magnets used for connecting the locomotives and cargo wagons together. The magnets are 4x2mm and holes are already cut in the relevant parts to make aligning these easy which is a nice touch.
Another nice touch is that Terrakami have included some stencil templates in their MDF sheets, useful for when painting up this kit – this is a new one to us, but a great idea!
Also included are some clear instructions on how to assemble the parts into our MagLev Train model.
We started off by following the instructions to build a cargo wagon, 1 of 4 that come in the kit. Each wagon has a large flat bed with railings at the sides and some small raised pegs for stacking Terrakami’s Sci-Fi Containers. Each end contains 2 of the magnets to make connecting and disconnecting the wagons and trains a breeze. A completed wagon measures: 110mm (W) x 200mm (L).
Here are the 4 completed cargo wagons. …another random thought we’ve just had is that these will also come in handy as bridges for use in our games.
Here’s what we meant about being compatible with the Sci-Fi Container kits also from Terrakami, this locks the containers into place while you play.
Next up we assembled the Locomotives, and with a pretty clever use of the flat laser-cut parts we ended up with this sci-fi design. A completed Locomotive measures: 110mm (W) x 200mm (L, at the base). The outside of the design has a aerodynamic shape, with a transparent acrylic window, vents at the front, and doors at the rear. There are also more magnets at the back to allow this to couple with the cargo wagons.
Once assembled, the Locomotive has a removable roof and rear door allowing you to access the inside. The inside includes a driver’s chair and controls, along with a brightly coloured acrylic panel, which would make a great objective to fight over, we’ve also included a Warhammer 40k Space Marine in one of the photos for scale.
The magnets are a nice choice for this kit as you can easily attach and detach the trains and cargo wagons as needed, plus its a strong enough connection that they shouldn’t come apart accidently.
Now that we’ve assembled this set we’re dying to try out some small skirmishes based solely across the trains. We could run a Warhammer 40k Kill Team mission, where you have to fight from one end of the train into the cockpit and access the objective, using the cargo for cover while the train travels at high speed.
A fully assembled set gives you enough pieces to make 2 decent sized trains, or 1 absolutely massive one! The long one is 120cm long in total.
This kit is going to add some much needed variation to the terrain used in our battles, we cant wait to fight across an industrial train yard, or even as previously mentioned run a Kill Team type game wholly upon the train. The price feels reasonable for the size of this thing (120cm!) especially since it is well designed, comes with an accessible interior, and can be arranged as one large train or a couple of shorter ones. Since the locomotives and wagons are magnetised, they can all be separated for easy storage which is very useful on a kit this large. We’re big fans of the Terrakami Games, MagLev Train MKII kit, let us know what you think in the comments!