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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 01:22 am
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A while back, I ordered a 1:35 scale (35n2) open passenger car, designed by Tom Bell (tebee) and made by Shapeways. Here's a link to Tom's models:

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?sort=newest&section=1%2F32+and+1%2F35

And now, here's the car:







What a fine model it is! Tom redesigned the model when Shapeways couldn't produce a couple of items and it took a little bit of time, but I really, REALLY love this model! I might have scratch built a car like this, but I figured that as long as Shapeways could make it...I would save a bunch of time. This car is almost "RTR", it arrived carefully packed just as you see it here! The details are very fine and as can be seen, the big job will be to paint it. I plan to show what I am doing on this car as I get it on the road. It has no underbody but I will build a frame and truck bolsters. One other thing, I will need to build several "tourists" for it, a car like this one just has to be hauling some happy folks!

Thank you, Tom. A wonderful job and I would urge everybody here to check out Tom's offerings and PM him with questions.

Woodie



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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 02:33 am
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Looks good Woodie! cant wait to see it painted and all done up. That detail on it is great. The rest of his stuff looks top notch too. Might have too look into some of that on30 stuff.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 03:07 am
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That is a great looking model



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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 03:14 am
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That´s a great model!! Wich trucks you will use?



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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 05:50 am
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Cool! Is the entire thing done by rapid prototyping, or are parts of it styrene?



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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 08:51 am
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Glad you like it. :cool:

It's all 3-d Printed in one piece - one of the nice things with 3-D printing is you can make things you couldn't make using molds.

I left the underbody detail and bolsters off for several reasons. Firstly there's a lot of plastic in them so it adds to the cost, secondly different people may want to use different trucks which may need different bolsters at different places. Finally I'm lazy, this is derived from the 4 wheeled version which does not have bolsters ! I effectively did a virtual kitbash from the shorter version - this is the reason I can produce so much stuff quickly.

It's quite a small car, about 5ft wide and anyone over 6ft would have to duck when boarding. The 35th scale version might even work as a On30 car. I was trying to capture the spindly feel of the early tramcars and the Koppel cars made for South American plantations - I am a little worried I may have made some things too thin but this plastic is a lot stronger than styrene.


The actual prototype for this car ( well I glanced at a photo first) was a modern 70cm gauge car built by one of the Dutch museums but that was based on the earlier Koppel cars.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 12:52 pm
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Thanks again Tom. I will probably add some "stiffener" rods of brass since the roof supports are delicate but that's a very minor thing. I have a pair of Grandt Line SR&RL On30 trucks with Bachmann spoked wheels which will look great under the car. I can't wait to get started on this, the Gila Tramway needs it for all the tourists who want to visit the cliff dwellings.
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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 02:47 pm
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Really superb model, congratulations Tom and Woodie.

But I'm am concerned that it is a little too elegant for the life forms that infest Mogolon.

Suggest a TSA "shakedown" before boarding Woodie, before they shoot holes in the roof, or carve their names in the seats.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 03:18 pm
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Duly noted, Herbert...this car is "new" and it costs extra to ride in it. Therefore any vandalism will not be tolerated! The locals don't give a hoot about the cliff dwellings anyway, most of them still live in caves!

I just couldn't wait to get this car on line so this morning, I put some "roof stiffeners" in which really made the car sturdier. There wasn't anything wrong with the car to begin with, but I know how me and the other operators are...we have big hams disguised as hands!




As can be seen, the stiffeners are just lengths of .039 brass wire CA'ed to the inside surfaces of the roof supports. They are barely noticable. Also, the gray primer that I use on everything worked great on this material, although I tried a "test" spray on the underside just to make sure. Next up is the underframe, trucks & couplers, and then with some weight, the car will make it's "maiden run" to the wilds.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 26th, 2012 03:26 pm
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That's a beautiful model there! Elegant, for certain. It'll be a grand addition for the paying customers, and probably even nicer than the constraints of a closed car. 



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