The Thunderstorm Express.
train with a tender

Introducing our innovation - The Thunderstorm Express.
Unique 3D train model by Veter Models which will astonish you!
The Thunderstorm Express
train with a tender
Price USD 87+
3D train & car constructor in diesel punk style. This model has more than 7 operating units and quite easy for assembling. The one and only puzzle on the market in terms of functionality!

The train design refers to retro futuristic pictures of the past. The loco heart is a powerful spring: it and the car can travel at up to three meters distance and a few units are operating at once. We paid lots of attention to details and design.

So you will not only enjoy assembling, but also the fantastic look of the model when it is on your shelf. " Thunderstorm Express " is supplied in a set with standard rails or bridge.

No glue.
Part qnty: 538.
Difficulty level – medium.
Approximate assembling time – 9 hours
  1. Runs max 3 meters on any surface
  2. Spring drive
  3. The driver's door are opened (where you can see monitors with train speed, navigation)
  4. A special window inside the cabin (which can be opened with the driver's lever to look at the loco drive operation)
  5. Mechanic hatch that can be opened.
  6. 3-piston IC motor.
  7. Automatic-clutch tender (car)
  8. Car’s cargo compartment that can be opened (can be used as a jewel box)
  9. A set of rails where the train looks even better
  10. Option: A bridge-type pedestal and extra rails set (2m)
Video review
Watch this short video to learn all about the train.
A few words about the model.
Railway, the spirit of adventure with a hint of nostalgia! The power of steel and human mind cannot help but touching your adventurous heart! Immerse yourself into the long journeys world with Thunderstorm Express.

DIY loco & tender model by Veter Models company will contribute to unforgettable impression from grace of lines and specification. Enjoy the running motor, the interior of the driver's cabin and the tender mechanism. The model, in addition to moving forward, is provided with reverse gear.

Let the rhythmic wheels’ clatter accompany you as you dive into the long-distance travelling world. Forms’ streamlining, maximum specification provides the impression of speed and power being in your palm.
Technical parameters
Parts quantity:
538 wood and plastic pieces
Assembly time:
9 hours
You will not notice how the time flies.
Difficulty level
Medium. Everyone is able to assemble a model.
1:87 of the real prototype.
7 operating Units.
  1. 3-piston motor.
  2. Driver cabin doors.
  3. Boiler manhole in the cabin.
  4. Cabin window.
  5. Mechanic's hatch.
  6. Piston-type wheels’ turning unit.
  7. Automatic-clutch tender (car).
  8. Cargo compartment.
  9. Reverse gear.
Glue-free assembling
You assemble the model following the guidelines with your own hands without glue and tools.
"The Thunderstorm Express"
Wood-and-plastic hybrid puzzle. The new technology allows unprecedented reliability and durability achieving. The plastic as a component provides huge possibilities for functionality and specification. The model is easier to assemble and it looks even more futuristic.

Try the process-oriented puzzle and see for yourself. Each and every our puzzle is unique in some way. This section will introduce some details regarding train model functional peculiarities.
3-piston motor
3-piston motor. The main loco part is the three-piston IC motor. The three pistons move up and down asynchronously and it is fascinating, you’ll want to start it again and again.

We know that large IC-motor loco do not exist. But in the world where this train came from, humanity took a different path of development. You have seen the portal on the box, right? ;)
Spring drive.
The spring actuator is hidden under a cover at the loco top. You can open it and breathe life into the Thunderstorm Express with a few movements.

When fully wound up, the loco and trailer travel up to three meters on a smooth surface. The train is also equipped with a reverse lever. Therefore our train can successfully move both forward and backward. Why do we use a spring?
The high-quality materials which these puzzles are made of, are capable of considerable pressure withstanding. It means that you do not have to disassemble the model and replace worn parts, as is the case for other 3D puzzles with a rubber-band drive. The drive will operate for many years.
Driver’s cabin
We have filled the driver's cabin with various cool parts. You can get into this compartment by opening the folding doors. Inside, there are several units - a speed sensor and a lever that opens the boiler manhole.

You can observe the motor operating through the manhole from an unusual angle. At the cabin top there is a functioning ventilation hole. Owing to which the driver can take a breath of clean air and rest from the smoky diesel motor;)
Front piston block
Especially we are proud of how the "front piston group" is arranged. This is the system of levers and shafts that transfer motion from the spring to the wheels.

As the loco moving, you literally can see how this system makes the wheels turning by means of a simple spring.

Owing to this part we have managed to show the aesthetics and principles of real loco moving. While assembling this constructor, you will be feel like a real 18th century engineer!
The loco is supplied along with a tender (car). It is designed in the same way as the loco itself and also has several units.

By easily pushing the lever (which is arranged on the tender side), the car flaps open aside and you can use it as a storage unit for your favorite jewels.

There are also doors that provide access to the inside of the car from the driver's cabin. Another interesting feature of the tender is the automatic clutch system. In order to combine them, you just need to press them together.
Model dimensions
345*63*46 mm
Package dimensions:
250 * 140 * 30 mm
Bridge-type pedestal.
You can add the model with a stylish pedestal.
Once assembled, our models are real interior ornaments. And to make Thunderstorm Express look even more beautiful and astonishing you can provide it with bridge-type pedestal and extra rails set (two meters).
This way you can achieve an authentic image of the magnificent machine on your shelf.
Max scope of supply.

Train & bridge photo gallery.
Feedback about the model.
What do our customers say about this model.
"The Thunderstorm Express"
All Parameters
The Thunderstorm Express
Train with a tender


Delivery time from 7 to 12 days.
Expedited delivery 3-5 days.
Price – 7 USD. USA

Working hours
mon - fri from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
sat - sun off

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Wood & plastic Mechanical models
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