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    • April 20, 2021 11:51 AM EDT
    • Alan, I know it’s a few years old post... Seeing if you still have these available?

      PM Sent

       

      Thanks

      Jason

    • April 10, 2021 11:28 PM EDT
    • I see that just because I own the boxcar, that doesn't mean I own the box ...

    • April 7, 2021 2:19 AM EDT
    • Okay, metal wheels are in!

      Ended up having to remove 1 sideframe each truck to swap wheels.

      I like those trucks, they are nicely done.

       

      Lou Luczu said:
      You need to VERY CAREFULLY remove the 2 springs on one side of the truck. If you have never done this, make a very confined space and spread an old white sheet to catch the spring which may SPROING (a technical term).

      Actually, what happened was I looked at my cats, thought, 'ya know, leashes keep them from jumping away ...'

      ... so I put the springs on leashes.

       

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      (Yes, that blue cord is his leash & yes the Bachmann Big Hauler and train ran over it just fine without derailing!)

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    • April 6, 2021 7:57 PM EDT
    • Bob Cope said:

      Forrest,  I can't see from the pictures you took, but are there actual springs in those trucks?

      Yeppers, real live honest to goodness actual sprung and working trucks!

       

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    • April 6, 2021 6:34 PM EDT
    • Aristo/REA trucks. If you look at the truck on the right Bob you can see the springs(two) below the central  of Georgia  logo. fairly clear on my screen.

       

      edited just to clarify that the two springs I speak of are immediately below the molded in springs on the top area of the truck

    • April 6, 2021 6:33 PM EDT
    • Lou Luczu said:

      Yeah, I usually do that too. The only danger is if the plastic is old and brittle, the truck side could break.

      But if you do, Rooster will just send you another one.

      Lou,

      I certainly will!!  Next thing you know you will want a video on how it's done.

    • April 6, 2021 6:30 PM EDT
    • Forrest Scott Wood said: Car's couplers look Aristo.

      And I think the car was listed as Aristo.

      Just went to look at receipt in box, yeah, car is Aristo.

        

    • April 6, 2021 6:21 PM EDT
    • Forrest,  I can't see from the pictures you took, but are there actual springs in those trucks? My stuff is packed away so I don't have a comparison at the moment, but if there are no actual springs in those trucks they may be Lionel. IF they are Lionel, the width of the side frames is a bit narrower than the other manufacturers and although you can squeeze the Bachmann or Aristo wheel sets in, the hole in the bearing is shallow and will bind on the ends of the axles.

       

      Good luck with your new stock.

    • April 6, 2021 4:16 PM EDT
    • Yeah, I usually do that too. The only danger is if the plastic is old and brittle, the truck side could break.

      But if you do, Rooster will just send you another one.

    • April 6, 2021 10:31 AM EDT
    • Actually Forrest you don't have to disassemble anything. You can just pull the sideframes outward and pop the wheelset out (on one side)then back in. Have done this many times over with no issues. However that is only my experience.

    • April 6, 2021 10:00 AM EDT
    • You need to VERY CAREFULLY remove the 2 springs on one side of the truck. If you have never done this, make a very confined space and spread an old white sheet to catch the spring which may SPROING (a technical term). Once the springs are removed, you can slide the old wheels out, and new wheels in.

      You should be able to remove one screw to take off the knuckle coupler off, and replace it with the hook & loop coupler.

    • April 6, 2021 1:07 AM EDT
    • It arrived in what in 4 minutes will become yesterday, so now the thing is to figure out how to put metal wheels in 2ndhand CoG "football" car purchased from Reindeer Pass.

      Have some Bachmann metal wheels on hand and they look like they should fit the journal bearings.

      But ...

      This is the 1st car I've ever had by whoever manufactured this and I have zero prior experience with how their sprung trucks come apart.

      Back of box says car was produced by REA in partnership with Polk's.

      I know who Polk's were/are.

      Car's couplers look Aristo.

      And I think the car was listed as Aristo.

      Just went to look at receipt in box, yeah, car is Aristo.

       

      And that brings up another thing ...

      Car has knuckle couplers but I want to use hook and loop which my Willow Creek Traction line uses.
      (The Bachmann and HLW steam locos use knuckle couplers.
      Much like how real life steam roads and traction outfits often used different couplers.)

      And the coupler shank and truck drawbar are differently shaped than any of either I have on hand.

       

      Also got the Swiss train people who will eventually be repainted for WCT.

       

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    • April 6, 2021 9:58 PM EDT
    • Dennis Rayon said:

      Awesome job, I love to see more people getting into the 3D printing, I have some structures (small) I have done.

      I love that you showed your drawings.

      Dennis

      As a newbie to 3D printing and CAD drawing I have to say I have fallen in love. I was not to big a fan on filament printing because it lacked fine detail. But as soon as I saw what resin printers could do and their radical drop in price I bit the bullet and am so glad I did already. Between readily available files and learning CAD I am printing all kinds of stuff. I think as our hobby continues to decline this will be the wave of the future. Readily available detailing parts and the younger techy nerd kids will find a new love for an old hobby. 

    • April 6, 2021 5:44 AM EDT
    • I might stand a chance then. I have 115 x 65 x 155. Only a few mm difference. I'd be interested in the files if I could beg, borrow, or steal them from you. 

       

      I wouldn't mind having a couple for my STMA project (the diesels I am building). While I was modeling their logging operation they equally hauled the finished product also. So a few center beam would be appropriate. And I do have access to a filament printer and possibly even a larger resin printer. 

       

      So if you are willing to share that would be awesome.

    • April 5, 2021 7:49 PM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Dan if you throw this on Thingiverse lets us know. I have a couple people who may want me to print some if I can get the pieces on my print bed.  I am using the Photon Anycubic so I don't have a huge print space. But the pieces you have it broken into look like I might be able to get it on there.

      The first one I did mostly FDM.  The struts would be much nicer in resin and center one barely fits my Elegoo Mars (120 x 68 x 155 mm).  I'm printing them now.  Each strut is about 10 hours.

       

    • April 5, 2021 6:32 PM EDT
    • Dan if you throw this on Thingiverse lets us know. I have a couple people who may want me to print some if I can get the pieces on my print bed.  I am using the Photon Anycubic so I don't have a huge print space. But the pieces you have it broken into look like I might be able to get it on there.

       

       

    • March 31, 2021 9:53 PM EDT
    • I'd go for five of these when the plans are all done.

    • March 31, 2021 9:45 PM EDT
    • John K. Saunders said:

      i want this!!!!!!

       

      will it be added to thingiverse?

       

      excellent work!

      Thanks John.  I've started uploading the parts to create the Thingiverse design page but the car is not quite complete (brake details, stirrups).  I may just go ahead and publish it anyway as a work in progress.

      -Dan

    • March 31, 2021 9:41 PM EDT
    • It costs me more in beer than electricity to 3D print.

    • March 31, 2021 8:08 PM EDT
    • Craig Townsend said:
      Pete Thornton said:

      And how much electricity for 26 hours of printing ? 

      Do you factor in electrical use when you use a soldering iron, or a lamp on the workbench? These things aren't mining Bitcoin...

      Don't know about others but I use my soldering iron for minutes usually and have an idea of how electricity is sold. I've been soldering for 50 years and using lights longer. but I have no clue about 3D printing and knowing it's electrical requirements gives me an upfront on its affordability. For all I know it takes 600 kilowatt hours to create a builders plate. So I appreciate knowing that's not the case