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#1 alanbuttler

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 11:49

Hi all,
 
I've been on the forum a few years posting about my Oswestry Works project, which ultimately inspired me to start my own business Modelu, providing 3D printed detailing parts and 3D scanned people as figures.  
 
The figure range has been created with assistance from volunteers at the Llangollen and Severn Valley railways, along with 'Big Jim' and some of his colleagues at Colas Rail.  Poses are created using 3D scanning and DLP 3D printing.  The range is steadily expanding and I'll keep this thread updated with new developments. 
 
Figures are available in scales from 2mm up to 16mm scale and any variations in between, for those that model other than the predominant UK based scales.    I also provide a scanning facility for custom figures at Exhibitions - take a look at the exhibition diary if you'd like to see scanning in action, or have one done yourself!
 
Detailing components include loco, tail and side lamps, loco detailing parts and point rodding in 4mm and 7mm scales.
 
The range is available via the website shop and includes the following figures:
 
Loco Crew
 
Tom Crew.JPG
 
Driver Poses.jpg
 
Iain Crew.JPG
 
Signal Men & Railway Workers
 
Sept 15 Railway Staff.jpg
 
Signalmen.JPG
 
Bus Drivers
 
Bus Crew.JPG
 
Modern Image (Available end of Sept 16)
 
Modern Crew.jpg
 
Crew 2.jpg
 
New Products Sept 16 - more info
 
- SR Tail and Side Lamps
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- BR Tail and Side Lamps
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- GWR Tail and Side Lamps
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Products in Development
 
- LNER Tail Lamps (end of Sept 16)
- Battery Electric Mk2 Tail Lamp (end of Sept 16)
- GWR Signal Lamps (end of Sept 16)
- LMS/Adlake Lamps (end of Sept 16)
 
- GWR Platform Lamps (early 2017)
- L&Y Platform Lamps (early 2017)
 
Thanks for looking!  
 
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Posted 16 September 2016 - 12:32

even in 2mm they are very nice indeed

 

the footplate inspector makes a fine Colonel Stephens

 

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excuse the base but he does get moved around a lot  ( memo to self get some tacky wax)


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 12:39


These figures are stunning, once I figure out where I am with locos and such I will be ordering some of these in 7mm.

John
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Posted 16 September 2016 - 14:42

No trainspotters yet then? Bunking shed or otherwise?



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 15:11

alan sent me the full range of modern image figures this morning which i'm hoping to make a start on painting this weekend (in between shifts)

 

now i know i may be bias as they feature myself and a couple of work collegues but the one that stands out to me is the WD117 figure of william (little willy) reading the magazine, the thickness (or lack of it) of the mag itself is something to behold, infact the one of me with my backpack over my shoulder, (WD106) even has the peak on the bumpcap thats hanging from the bag! 


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 15:11

GWR platform lamps sounds interesting and promising.
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#7 alanbuttler

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Posted 19 September 2016 - 15:43

No trainspotters yet then? Bunking shed or otherwise?

 

Nothing on the horizon for the time being sorry Jeff! You could always get a few young family members to a show to be scanned in bunking poses :) 


GWR platform lamps sounds interesting and promising.

 

I'll get the L&Y development finished soon, which will include looking at glazing and possible illumination, then I should be able to push on quite quickly with other types of lamp



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 20:02

Development Update - September 2016

 

Just back from a good weekend at ExpoEM North, with a few new ideas and scans for new products.  I'll post periodically about what items are on the development workbench.  At present it includes the following:

 

L&Y Platform Lamps - in development / samples at Scaleforum

A commission for the L&Y society, these were a bit of a gamble to print but have come out really well.  The next step will be experimenting with laser glazing and printing the column in two halves, to allow for threading of wire/fibre optic.

 

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GWR Concrete Pot Sleepers - in development / samples at Scaleforum

Designed to fit C&L 2 bolt chairs.  I'll be looking at template guides for placing these, for OO/EM/P4 spacing.  The 3D Scanned 2 bolt chair is for illustrative purposes only.  

 

WD201 GWR Concrete Pot Sleeper.jpg

 

Goods Guards - ready for sample / On Sale at Scaleforum

Thanks to Richard who I met at ExpoEM North this weekend, I now have 5 new goods guard poses, suitable for brake vans and natural poses in the yard.

 

Goods Guards.jpg

 

New Lamps - awaiting edits / On Sale at Scaleforum

New lamps which will be ready for Scaleforum this weekend include:

 

  • LNER Tail Lamp (later BR Eastern version)
  • Battery Tail Lamp Mk2
  • Manchester Ship Canal Industrial Loco Lamp
  • Adlake & GWR Semaphore Lamps

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 20 September 2016 - 09:10

That lamp is exquisite.

 

Sadly, I have no young family members to pose, or otherwise, my lads are 27 and 30.........


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Posted 20 September 2016 - 09:30

The figures are excellent- whoever did the painting did a first-class job. It was you, any chance of posting your technique on here?



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 09:39

The figures are excellent- whoever did the painting did a first-class job. It was you, any chance of posting your technique on here?

 

Unfortunately these are screen captures, the scanner captures texture and colour as well as the 3D Mesh.  At whatever point 3D printing in colour becomes good enough for smaller scales I hope to be able to print them in full colour.   In the mean time, I hope the screen captures serve as a useful guide for painting.


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Posted 13 October 2016 - 15:27

Very impressed with the 4mm loco lamps especially the fineness of the handle and the way they slot over rtr lamp irons.

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The signal finials aren't bad either.

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 22:45

Very impressed with the 4mm loco lamps especially the fineness of the handle and the way they slot over rtr lamp irons.
 

 

Thanks for the feedback Robin and nice to meet you at the Hornby show!  I'll have a think about how to improve the finials as we discussed.


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Posted 16 October 2016 - 21:38

7mm versions of these headlights would be of great interest to me if you would consider producing them please.

headlight.jpg

 

But please note that the mounting plate appears to be very slightly angled so as to aim the light beam downwards.

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It looks like the slight angle was common to all locos, it can be seen on this class 37.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 12:39

7mm versions of these headlights would be of great interest to me if you would consider producing them please.

 

 

Hi there, looks like a great idea for a new product, I'm sure the 4mm folks will be interested too.  I'll see what I can do, cheers

 

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 13:39

Hi there, looks like a great idea for a new product, I'm sure the 4mm folks will be interested too. I'll see what I can do, cheers

Alan


Well you know where you can find a 97 to scan if you need one, and do a few more big Jim's, tall Paul's and little Willy's while your there
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#17 alanbuttler

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 17:12

Well you know where you can find a 97 to scan if you need one, and do a few more big Jim's, tall Paul's and little Willy's while your there

 

That would be great Jim! Let me know when you guys are around again.  The last batch of figures went down great.  



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Posted 18 October 2016 - 17:27

October 2016 New Products

 

Now in the webshop: 

  • 2035 LMS / Adlake No 22 Signal Lamps in 2mm to 7mm
  • 2032 GWR Signal Lamps with backlights in 2mm to 7mm
  • 2031 GWR Ground Signal Lamps with backlights in 2mm to 7mm
  • 2033 GWR Signal Lamps without backlights in 2mm to 7mm

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  • 2062 LNER/BR Eastern Tail Lamps in 4mm
  • 2080 British Rail Mk3 Battery Tail Lamp in 4mm
  • 2081 British Rail Mk2 Battery Tail Lamp in 4mm

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Products in Development

  • All existing 4mm loco lamps in 2mm, 3mm and 7mm scales (December)
  • Spare Brake Blocks for shed scenes (November)
  • Battered Oil Drums (November)
  • Steam heating pipes (November)
  • LMS Tail Lamps (November)
  • LNWR Loco Lamps (November)
  • LNWR Point Rodding (December)
  • L&Y Point Rodding (November)

 


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Posted 18 October 2016 - 19:07

As mentioned in the last post, here is a render of the forthcoming stacks of brake blocks as seen in loco sheds, commissioned by Newtz1981 for his Newton Grove 19F layout

 

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 19:19

 

October 2016 New Products

 

Now in the webshop: 

  • 2035 LMS / Adlake No 22 Signal Lamps in 2mm to 7mm
  • 2032 GWR Signal Lamps with backlights in 2mm to 7mm
  • 2031 GWR Ground Signal Lamps with backlights in 2mm to 7mm
  • 2033 GWR Signal Lamps without backlights in 2mm to 7mm

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  • 2062 LNER/BR Eastern Tail Lamps in 4mm
  • 2080 British Rail Mk3 Battery Tail Lamp in 4mm
  • 2081 British Rail Mk2 Battery Tail Lamp in 4mm

attachicon.gif2062-300x300.jpg attachicon.gif2080-300x300.jpg attachicon.gif2081-300x300.jpg

 

Products in Development

  • All existing 4mm loco lamps in 2mm, 3mm and 7mm scales (December)
  • Spare Brake Blocks for shed scenes (November)
  • Battered Oil Drums (November)
  • Steam heating pipes (November)
  • LMS Tail Lamps (November)
  • LNWR Loco Lamps (November)
  • LNWR Point Rodding (December)
  • L&Y Point Rodding (November)

 

 

Exciting stuff, and I am glad to see that unlike Red and Blue Box, you have posted realistic years for release next to each product.

 

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 06:20

Any thoughts on brake blocks as separate items so making chassis building easier as no shorting?


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 09:11

Any thoughts on brake blocks as separate items so making chassis building easier as no shorting?

 

Hi Jeff, yes it is something I'll definitely look into when I have a little more time.  



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:01

....The signal finials aren't bad either.

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They've come a long way. I remember Peter Squibbs article in the first MRJ Compendium where he described having to file slots in one of the balls you get on a window blind chain, just to produce one GWR finial.



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:18

One more item I forgot to mention which has been added to the web shop - 2078 Manchester Ship Canal Loco Lamp, which might be a nice addition to the new Hornby MSC liveried Peckett.

 

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:37

Look great I two would like separate brake blocks if at all possible two types New blocks and worn down ones. Though easy enough to file them down.
Also would you consider doing some of the following, which I think would sell really well. Indeed some of your figures above are holding them, but they would be useful as separate items.
Billy can
Drivers bag old style
Guards bag old style
Rucksack
Shunters pole
Brake stick
Bardic lamp
Passenger luggage trolley the steel ones with the yellow push down handle that were a common sight everywhere during the 1980s.

I'm sure others will have ideas to add to that list. Just some little details that were common sights all over the railway, but no one makes them.

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