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    Shapeways 3D models - anybody else used them?

    Has anybody else had success using Shapeways 3D kits for 00 or N gauge loco, wagon or coach bodies? They seem to have quite a bit of N gauge stuff as well as 00 wagons.

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    Yes I ve used them a few times, the 201 is terrible but some of the wagons turn out OK with a bit of work. The surfaces need a lot of work as they come pretty rough.

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    I've bought some bus kits and also some of Richard EH's kits, loco and coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riversuir226 View Post
    Yes I ve used them a few times, the 201 is terrible but some of the wagons turn out OK with a bit of work. The surfaces need a lot of work as they come pretty rough.
    Thanks for info Tom. Which wagons did you feel were 'ok'? Noel

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    I built an E Class using a Shapways body and also had some parts printed to my own design.

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    The E had a lot of added detail including etched overlays, sprung buffers etc but I still haven't got round to finishing the model

    Each material has its advantages and disadvanages

    Most 3d printed models need some form of surface preparation the WSF (nylon) used in most 4mm models has no noticeable layers, good surface resolution, downside is a surface texture like smooth sand and cement render or mill scale on steel plate and is best filled with a car spray primer-filler rather than sanding.

    White Frosted Detail (plastic) mainly used for N has a smooth surface texture, finer resolution for modelling fine detail like beading, and is sandable. Main disadvantage is layers are noticeable and cost.
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    If I was going there I would'nt be starting here.

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    Would 3D printing be suitable for a mk4 DVT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newtoncork View Post
    Would 3D printing be suitable for a mk4 DVT?
    Yes especially if it was done in two separate prints, one vertically for the cab end to avoid 3D stepping on the compound curves, and another horizontally for the rest of the body. Just needs somebody to do the cad drawings! (Says just in jest). Another option could be just the cab end designed to marry with a cut short Bachmann/Hornby BR mk4 coach. BR Mk4s different but closest looking RTR stuff to Irish mk4. 3D replacement coach ends could make a lot of difference (i.e. flat profile + corridor connectors).

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    N scale 141, E Class, Sulzer and I commissioned the fictitious 'Goldeneye' train.

    The level of detail was good on all of them apart from the Sulzer. In fairness the Sulzer was a 5 or 6 years ago and the quality has improved a good bit.

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    My n gauge 201 arrived in the post today. I haven't had a good look at it yet. I hope it's ok. It's going to be covered with an Electra Graphics vinyl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirley View Post
    I've bought some bus kits and also some of Richard EH's kits, loco and coach.
    Indeed so, and many thanks for doing so! There's a couple of GNRi JT's that have been built from my kit. We've been round the discussion about the quality etc of the materials. As usual, you get what you pay for, generally. The cheaper materials are better for wooden bodied stock, or need overlays/more effort in the finishing. I've been designing for over 5 years now, and love it... just finding the time to do it, is the problem!

    However shapeways have/do change their pricing, which largely priced out my 1 piece carriage designs a year or so back, and even the WSF material is quite pricey now, hence I've been reluctant to release much more as it's too expensive!

    Cheers for now!

    Richard.

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