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 Posted: Tue Dec 22nd, 2009 08:23 am
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Hi,
today I received a christmas gift from myself ;) , the pilot model of the very first laserkit designed by me:



Originally intended to fit in the FCALV-Range, I asked at first Daniel, if he wants to produce it. Sadly this is no longer possible, and so I decided to order some pieces for my own needs from a german lasercutter. Maybe my knowledges and informations are useful for Daniel sometime.


Don't look for a prototype, it's freelance :bg: For the chassis I will use a N-gauge Fleischmann 0-4-0 loco. Boiler, chimney and smokebox door maybe I will find in the junkbox, or they will be made as castings.

Michael


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Michael,

Nice cuts! The lokie isn't exactly my cup of teakettle but looks very interesting.

I definitely would welcome shots of your progress.

Since your laser-cutter is in Germany, perhaps he could be useful for Daniel...if he decides to ever resurrect his business. I know I missed out on the 1/32nd combine because of the economy over here in the states.

But back to your project. I think it would be very interesting to see what you use for the various sub-assemblies or rather how they all come together. The flat card doesn't show what each part will be or what has to be added to the parts list.

Inquiring minds and all that...



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Some progress:glad::

 

number of adjustments and minor design changes: 17 (and rising ) completely redesigned parts: 1
but hey, it's the pilot kit, the next will be perfect

@ sullivan:
Thanks for your comment.
If you're interested, some details of the assembling:
At first I glued the side walls and the two central frames together and added the footplate. There are several lugs and notches to adjust them in the right angle. The rear frame has slices for the sidewalls to slide on, and the front frame is holded by the double front wall. All this (except the outer front wall) I will paint black.
Between the frames and in the front and rear frame will be plates in green or red livery, and the bottom skirts can be painted separately.

Now I must back to the smell of white glue and wood dust...

Merry christmas to everyone!

Michael

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Looking good Michael!!  :glad: :glad:

Can't beat those lasers for cutting delicate parts.

Going to need some weight added for traction--whitemetal boiler and fuel bunker?

Keep us informed!


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teetrix wrote:
number of adjustments and minor design changes: 17 (and rising ) completely redesigned parts: 1
but hey, it's the pilot kit, the next will be perfect



I almost can't believe that statement...not from the looks of your build, which seems to be progressing very nicely.

I agree with Herb...wondering how you plan to weight the loco.

Keep us updated, please.



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Your laser model looks really interesting.

I liked it well enough to make a Card Stock Mock-up of it. Then I took a new but older model NWSL - PDT's and fit it to the chassis. The PDT is an HO scale 7' 6" wheel base model with 33" wheels. I think one with a 7' wheel base and larger wheels would be a real good fit. I added 82 grams of weight to the chassis to make the PDT run really well (for those metric challenged that is 2.9 ounces). The weight of a finished model with the boiler etc should reduce the weight would be necessary. If RC w/batteries were installed I don't think any extra weight would be necessary.

The model is not glued together yet.

I think I found all the adjustments you mentioned when I started putting my card stock model together.

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Herb wrote:

Going to need some weight added for traction--whitemetal boiler and fuel bunker?
Yep. There is also a little space beside the boiler I can use for white metal water tanks. If one of my Phoenix-Figures fits (they are in 1:43 scale, really huge) the driver will be a "heavy metal guy" too.

Sullivan wrote:

I almost can't believe that statement...not from the looks of your build, which seems to be progressing very nicely.
For example the slot you can see inside the front boiler ring is a real bodge, because the frontplate was 2mm (approx. .100") to wide. But this will be hided by the boiler. All the other things I could fit with a manicure file (the laserray was thinner as I expected, and so all fits were a little tight) or a cutter. But I like to achieve the quality of Daniels kits: A little sanding for a smooth surface, and all things fit together well - this bar is high :bg:.

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I liked it well enough to make a Card Stock Mock-up of it.
I'm amazed - you build faster as me :bg:

I think I found all the adjustments you mentioned when I started putting my card stock model together.
If your cardstock is thinner as my MDF, most of the problems are solved. For the rest - happy hunting ;) If you found real problems or need some hints, send me a pm.

btw: Please respect the copyright. A cardstock model for your personal use would be ok, and I like to see it finished. But please don't share any copies.

Michael

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teetrix wrote:


btw: Please respect the copyright. A cardstock model for your personal use would be ok, and I like to see it finished. But please don't share any copies.

Michael


Hi Michael,

I made this for my enjoyment only and have a great respect for the Copyright Laws.

I was hoping Daniel was going to sell some of his models and was sorry to hear he was having some kind of problem and closed up shop.

A kit like this model could be "bashed" into several different things easy. Are you going to try and sell some?

What you see took about 2 hours very late last night. Remember I had to cut all the parts one at a time. I need a pair of laser scissors. I was able to get just enough information from the picture to figure out where everything went.

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Cool little tram loco. Since this is O scale, I might suggest using a Bachmann On30 Porter sans cab inside the superstructure. Here in the States, this would be called a steam dummy.  On18 is a great way to go, however. It's too bad it isn't 1:35 scale, it might look neat on the Mogollon Railway hauling the Caso coach to the Gila cliff dwellings.

                        Woodie



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Neat idea! Its great you found an outlet to laser cut your creation. looking forward to your progress.



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