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    • December 14, 2018 4:37 PM EST
    •  A very nice job on that tanker Dan and a great use of the 3D printer.

    • December 13, 2018 7:18 PM EST
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      This post has been edited by ROOSTER : another useless post only to bump the count

    • December 13, 2018 3:19 PM EST
    • " Rooster " said:

      I personally use 3/64" but I model by eye and not to scale

      So that's 1.19mm.  Thanks!  That's close to 17 Gauge (1.15mm) which I what I was thinking would be a good balance of looks/durability.  3d printed parts that small would be too fragile but 17mm Electric fence wire should work!

       

    • December 13, 2018 12:43 PM EST
    • VERY NICE 1/29.

    • December 13, 2018 12:24 PM EST
    • But rooster, that must be off from correct scale by at least 0.000004" !!! what the heck? Oh the humanity!

       

      this site has some interesting data on grab iron and piping dimensions:  http://www.urbaneagle.com/data/RRstddims.html

       

      Greg

       

    • December 13, 2018 11:16 AM EST
    • I personally use 3/64" but I model by eye and not to scale

    • December 12, 2018 11:30 PM EST
    • Added a control valve based on the New York Air Brake DB-60 and some holes in the reservoir to accept piping.  Question for 1:29 folks, What size wire do y'all use for grab irons?

    • December 4, 2018 10:25 PM EST
    • Interesting bending jig there on Thingverse.

    • December 4, 2018 5:07 PM EST
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      Thanks, was just trying to get a feel for the actual size.

      In my research I found Tank cars made in many different lengths and diameters.  The 3.5" OD pipe is 8' 5.5" diameter in 1:29.  I have ordered some 4" OD Aluminum pipe which at 9' 8" will be closer to the 9' 10"-10' range of a General Service Car.

      I also did not realize Al Kramer sold complete trucks, will have to take a look at those, how do you like them as compared to Aristo or USAT?

      I bought these in bulk from him on eBay http://www.roll-ez.com/product/1pair-strongest-bettendorf-upgrade-freight-trucks/ . They are nice looking and super strong.  However, I plan on shaving off the center caps and drilling them to accommodate bearings and working center caps.

       

       

    • December 4, 2018 11:51 AM EST
    • Thanks, was just trying to get a feel for the actual size.

      I did not realize that you had put the list of components on the thingverse site, very helpful.

       

      I also did not realize Al Kramer sold complete trucks, will have to take a look at those, how do you like them as compared to Aristo or USAT?

       

      Greg

    • December 4, 2018 11:15 AM EST
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      What diameter tubing is that? Is it styrene or abs or pvc? (I ask this because you could not have printed it and not smoothed it clearly).

       Greg,

      It's Schedule 40 3" (3.5" OD) PVC.  This is not a fully 3D printed model.  If you check out the Thingiverse page https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3239142 you will see a list of all that is needed.

       

    • December 13, 2018 6:26 PM EST
    • Y'all aint seeing mine right now. Cause it can't be seen under all that s occupying it.

    • December 13, 2018 7:34 AM EST
    • Jim Kottkamp said:

      Nice work Bruce!  What a bold posting...a photo of your work bench.  For years I've felt bad about the multi mid project appearance of my work bench!  Feeling much better now that I see it is more of a normal situation.  I feel so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'm normal, just feeling better.

      Ah - you will notice I didn't include a photo of my workbench...

      I should make you feel real good and show ya mine.................

    • December 13, 2018 5:42 AM EST
    • Nice work Bruce!  What a bold posting...a photo of your work bench.  For years I've felt bad about the multi mid project appearance of my work bench!  Feeling much better now that I see it is more of a normal situation.  I feel so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'm normal, just feeling better.

      Ah - you will notice I didn't include a photo of my workbench...

    • December 11, 2018 9:44 AM EST
    • Who knows what it will take?

      Anyway, I'm looking at the divider...

      It's a bit tight, but I think it will be OK.

      It's really only tight on the peon side...

    • December 9, 2018 1:27 PM EST
    • Gary Buchanan, FOG said:

      Maybe what Bruce needs is a life coach for himself to get him motivated to finish this !

      Maybe Devon could...no, that wouldn't......I could, no, that's even worse.....um....

    • December 8, 2018 9:04 PM EST
    • Gary Buchanan, FOG said:

      Maybe what Bruce needs is a life coach for himself to get him motivated to finish this !

      Raising hand as I'm available ?

    • December 8, 2018 8:15 AM EST
    • Maybe what Bruce needs is a life coach for himself to get him motivated to finish this !

    • December 8, 2018 7:59 AM EST
    • So, apparently it's up to me to get to projects on the "work" bench.   How misnamed is that?  

      Anyway, I glued the other side in place...

       

    • December 10, 2018 7:22 PM EST
    • The reason I'm building one of the updated laser cuts is to make sure I've removed all stuff ups before I take money for the kit. For example, you'll note the white circle next to the coupler. This is filling the hole for the air hose which was much to close to the coupler. One of the many compromises when compressing a prototype.

      The grabs are custom brass castings and the hose is from Ozark. Break cylinder is a custom white metal casting. Note the custom castings will come with the kit.