3d printed 'Thrall' steel coal gondola

ZFRANK Jul 29, 2018

  1. ZFRANK

    ZFRANK TrainBoard Member

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    Hi all,

    After having build quite some 'Thrall' steel coal gons for my coal train from PU casted copies of a styrene model, I have now a 3d printable copy. I decided to have the car body as 5 seperate parts, which are all printed in the same orientation to minimise printing artifacts. This way of printing seems to give a much better printing result.

    Designed in Sketchup as a 'kit'.
    Printed by shapeways in 'Smoothest Fine Detail Plastic'.
    The car body shell is printed as a 5 parts 'kit' on a sprue.
    Either MTL, Full Throttle, or AZL roller bearing trucks with coupler will fit under the car body.
    Detail parts are designed by me and professionally etched by http://www.ppdltd.com/ .
    White decals are self designed using 'Open Office Draw' and printed by http://www.decalwinkel.nl/ (Decal winkel is an online print shop in the Netherlands).
    The PSCX 486, which is shown in the picture, has no wethering yet. It has just a satin clear coat to protect the decals.

    5 parts on a sprue
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    assembled and primed
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  2. Doug A.

    Doug A. TrainBoard Supporter

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    Very nice. Is this something you will make available commercially? Not something on my immediate ToDo list but eventually I would like to model a Fayette Power train. (FPPX and LCRX gons hauling coal between PRB and La Grange, TX)
     
  3. zdrada69

    zdrada69 TrainBoard Member

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    Very nice models and usefulll information about suppliers of decal pronting and photo-ething services.
     
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  4. southernnscale

    southernnscale TrainBoard Supporter

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    Outstanding work!
     
  5. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Looks great! Just need another 20 or so...
     
  6. ZFRANK

    ZFRANK TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Doug,
    I am not planning a web shop... Main reason for me to share the info here is to encourage others, since this is also the way I came to scratch building and kit bashing. Car body can be made available trough Shapeways. For etched detail parts I might be able to help you somehow. /Frank

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  7. Doug A.

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    No worries, if that's not your intention that's fine. Typically pretty easy to offer things up in Shapeways so that's why I asked. But the etching would be the real gem, and I realize that would be a pain to do and distribute. Like I said, I'm not a customer at the moment so certainly won't protest. lol
     
  8. minzemaennchen

    minzemaennchen TrainBoard Member

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    Nice, great improvement over the first version printed in one go. Make those Shapeways parts available, please.
     
  9. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Member

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    With 3D printing, why hasn't draw up a dented, bulging, realistic work train ?
    Challenge on !
     

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