Saturday, 23 February 2019

1:76 Dc & 1:120 Dx Test prints

1:76 Dc & 1:120 Dx Test prints, pushing the capabilities of the printer somewhat, at least with 1:76 the detail can render properly. It still requires a bit of sanding but am so far happy with the result. The Dx while technically possible requires a few tweeks to the overall thickness, especially around the cab. I still think it can be done. Will offer up the 1:76 stuff to the trademe crowd

The chassis in the background was from a dcc dash 9, the body was removed in the hopes of converting it into a DL to offer up. will see if it will take a 1:76 shell without looking silly.

1:76 Dc in the early stages of a 1 day print, The intent first came to me at 5 in the morning and in the rush to find a design, scale it & remove unnecessary detail forgot that working cab doors should have at lest been attempted. 

1:24 NZR DX (General Electric U26C)
1:24 Ka class
1:120 KIWIRAIL DL Class

If your interested in something made available that i've already printed  let me know below

Friday, 22 February 2019

1:24 Seats

Making a drivers seat is next on the list, I don't have exact dimensions but the dimensions are based on my 1:24 people. It swivels and the backrest tilts like the real thing.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Seeing double

Going with the trend of posting pictures of model loco's on the running board of larger model loco's here's a few I had on hand from my nz120 & 1:24 fleet. The models originated from the same 3d design with exception to the pictured below nz120 dx, df & dft.
It takes more than twice as long to place all the wheels on the track in nz120, after looking at the 1:24 version trying to focus on a detail in nz120 is difficult to say the least.
An idea i had was to wire up the N track and run both back n forth at the same time for a video, may try it.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

1:24 Ja Update

1:24 Ja 1275 fitted with metal wheels & motor, replaced the main frame, side rods & motion. Runs very smooth with front truck & driving wheels all picking up power. Slowly getting additional detail printed & added.

NZ120 Ja resting on the running board of the 1:24 Ja

Friday, 11 January 2019

1:24 Fs 50' Steam Van

Although I don't yet have any 56'ers painted up in the northerner livery yet, I couldn't help but print off a 1:24 Fs 50' Steam Van.
Still riding a bit high. Needs a bit more sanding but its early days yet.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

1:24 Plates

1:24 Plates from, arrived by post christmas eve, perfect timing. Lawrence drew everything up, was very easy to deal with.
Gave them a few fine coats from various angles, then using fine sandpaper exposed the raised brass.
Need to get the rest of the fleet fitted with plates.

They say the plate doesn't make the loco, Naturally I stopped visiting them years ago!

Friday, 16 November 2018

NZR DX (General Electric U26C)

After many delays & other locomotive projects getting in the way the DX in its original form gets priority. This time things are different with the UP Box printer up and running, I can print larger sections now & after some test prints one can presumably assume nice warp free prints, time will tell of course. knowing this I've designed the loco in sections, the chassis, nose, cab & main body will be printed and assembled separately, allowing for slight variations across the board.

At this point the front cab door will also print separate, allowing for it to be fixed it in place or make add a hinge using fine wire, which I think could even be achieved in nz120, for 1:24 I anticipate no real issues.

A quick print of the Cab & door, as suspected its rather simple assembly, even the door latch works.. 

Yes, hes literally glued to the phone..
More sections finished
Getting closer

Thus we rush boldly forth into functionalism madness, festina lente

Panels close and open, I ended up using 0.5mm brass wire for the hinge. Very snug fit.
Doors open, not sure why I primed the Cab, as this will be reprinted.
It's at this point i'm kicking myself for not printing the side doors on the engine section, I may as well print a phase 1 Dx, and will include the feature. I might still at least print the top part of the engine for the current loco

Not long before we get to see my take on a GE (Ordered through the National Electrical and Engineering Co Ltd, Part of the Cable-Price-Downer group) v12 2750hp diesel power plant poking through under the engine hood. Since everything comes apart I'm saving heaps of time & coin on masking tape.

No sanding or cleanup at all, removed the support material, a quick spray with Tamiya Fine Primer then allowed to touch try 2 minutes before it was fixed to position. Couldn't be happier.

The orange however is simply too dark, Rather the running board edge has the correct tinge of the ginge.
It took 4 coats to find the right shade, $14 each time, but worth it.
This time the top panels have slightly thicker hinges, held to the body by 0.5mm brass rod in a staple like fashion. And of course the addition of side service panels. I'm still experimenting with the exact hinge method to be used here.

2nd Dx Longhood, cab & nose mostly done, orange section is just a place holder until that section prints. In fact just to complicate things why not have the doors open to reveal stacks of batteries, of which i've no picture nor have I ever seen em in person.
Final colours

Best photo I have of the actual prototype, picture taken indoors, so gave me the best indication. Picture is copyrighted, borrowed from "NZ Railway Historical Group"
It took a good week to install a reliable working side door panel, and 20 minutes to install the rest. Drilled a 0.56mm hole through the body & into the 2mm wide door, and installed 0.51mm brass rod to act as the hinge.

Engine printed & installed

Second 1:24 Dx mostly printed, just need to reprint the front hood, the control stand as it first made an appearance, the actual controls will be free moving.

After more painting its starting to look very sharp, need to think about glazing & lighting

More lights added
Early morning shot, The handrails are not glued, but rather can be removed in order to remove front, rear hood & cab