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    • September 18, 2017 8:17 PM EDT
    • Ron Hill said:

      Craig, how does Shapeways work? I have a Jordan Spreader drawn up in 2d. Do they take that and make the part from it?

      shapeways requires a 3d drawing to make a part not a 2d drawing, Drawing it in 3d is the hard part, the 2d plans are easy to find

       

    • September 12, 2017 9:02 PM EDT
    • Ron Hill said:

      Craig, how does Shapeways work? I have a Jordan Spreader drawn up in 2d. Do they take that and make the part from it?


      The simple answer is you upload a file, select what material you want, they run a check on the drawing, and you pay. The coat of printing a whole car would be way coat prohibitive. Depending on the material it would be $200 or $300 or more. The printing of small parts that are hard to build are the benefits of 3D printing. If you really wanted to be high tech, I would say laser cut the sides, and than 3D print everything that couldn't be laser cut. It still would be pricy, but I would think less than an all 3D print.

    • September 12, 2017 8:46 PM EDT
    • Craig, how does Shapeways work? I have a Jordan Spreader drawn up in 2d. Do they take that and make the part from it?

    • September 11, 2017 8:14 PM EDT
    • Thanks Dave, I hope so. Even though I have the prototype plans, I'm finding this particular dozers has a lot of extra features. It sure makes for an interesting build.

    • September 11, 2017 7:34 AM EDT
    • Nice choice Craig. those will really stand out to the viewer when done.

    • September 15, 2017 7:55 PM EDT
    • Tank car turned out great Jim !

       

      You do understand that we will want pics and video of this Sundays run! That's just how things work around here or so I was told by the elders!

       

       

       

       

    • September 13, 2017 1:24 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys, see you on Sunday! You are welcome to bring by any battery loco (or woody :-)) or any cars with #1 kadee couplers (that don't require a 20 foot radius) you want to run...

       

    • September 13, 2017 1:09 PM EDT
    • Jim, see you on Sunday. 

    • September 13, 2017 9:08 AM EDT
    • Great job Jim, your attention to detail is spot on.  Look forward to seeing it in operation this weekend at your BAGRS open house.

    • September 12, 2017 11:39 PM EDT
    • OK, I'm calling this done. Thanks for all the suggestions along the way!

       

      Sorry about the quality of this video: first run of the Climax, being put onto the track out of its  (Chuck Inlow style) carrier.

       

       

    • September 11, 2017 8:05 AM EDT
    • That came out real nice !

    • September 12, 2017 2:40 PM EDT
    • I had this same dilemma -- many different kinds of couplers that wouldn't work reliably together.  So I bought lots of Kadee #1 coupleres (a few at a time) and body mounted one on as many cars as I had couplers for.  Soon, about half my freight fleet were "transition" cars.  I did completely convert all of my passenger cars, but that was because I was doing a lot of things at once: replacing wheels, adding LED lighting, and putting on Kadees.  I used the Kadee gauge to set the height, but added some spacers in the gauge to get the couplers a little higher, which I thought looked better.

       

    • September 12, 2017 2:33 PM EDT
    • When I updated some Aristocraft passenger cars, I found some screw in LEDs fitting the sockets, and used them.  I had to rewire some of the sockets because they were wired backwards for LEDs!

       

    • September 11, 2017 11:38 AM EDT
    • Rockwall Canyon Jeff said:

      Hi David,

      I changed some sharing settings...can you see them now?  Thanks for the heads up. 

      Yup. Ats better. Nice job.

    • September 11, 2017 12:06 AM EDT
    • Thanks Andy,

      Glad to bring back some good memories! 

      This winter I also hope to paint up a "bluebird" B&M GP-7 (with RailBoss) to run push/pull the B&M RDCs. 

      You may remember, after the Blizzard of '78, many of the B&Ms RDCs were badly damaged mechanically.  In response, the B&M's mechanics figured out a way to remotely control a GP7 from an RDC cab ("Kiersten Connection"?).  This way the RDCs could operate with just one engine running in each car (mainly to provide lights and A/C) and the GP7 could push-pull the train.  Later on some of the RDCs were sent out to be rebuilt as push-pull commuter cars, and (I assume) received HEP thereafter. 

    • September 10, 2017 11:08 PM EDT
    • Nice equipment...   Love seeing old home decorated units....   Grew up watching B&M trains...    

    • September 10, 2017 11:02 PM EDT
    • Hi David,

      I changed some sharing settings...can you see them now?  Thanks for the heads up. 

    • September 10, 2017 10:37 PM EDT
    • Pictures?

    • September 10, 2017 9:35 PM EDT
    • Hello folks,

      If you're a B&M fan you may like my latest re-lettering jobs. 

      1st up is an AML 0-6-0 live steam in the simple B&M square-herald.

      Next up is a shnazzy new B&M RDC-1 in the phase 3 scheme, or first McGinnis scheme following the minuteman version.

      ..I also did 3 more in phase 4 scheme.  That gives me a 4-car train in B&M and 4-car train in MBTA.