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Middleton Bogie painted......


Red Devil

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I decided to smooth out the Shapeways Middleton Bogie, easily done with the white detail stuff, basic Halfords primer and 800/1200 wet and dry did the job with no loss of the detail.

 

I'll let you in on a bit of secret, I'd cocked up on checking bthe CAD and there was a fault with the model, both doors being at the same end :blush: so this was only ever going to be an experiment, the CAD has since been corrected and another model ordered. So mI thought I'd hastily throw some paint at it to see if it was worth persisting with. The next one is having an etch done for the doors ventilators and fenders, these would be fitted before painting.

 

So a quick coat of paint and some decals we have this,

 

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Very rough and ready as I wanted to see how it would turn out, one thing I did learn is that Shapeways models are quite susceptible to heat in my haste to get it finished I placed it on a hot radiator and managed to distort one side somewhat, they do infact warn of this in their literature so no blame on their part, and thinking of the manufacturing process quite logical, so something worth noting for the future.

 

Overall, very pleased with the results and I'll be doing a fair bit more with this medium as it's great for small volume production, which is ideal for the model tram market. White detail whilst being twice+ the price is well worth it overall for ease of use in my opinion. Plus the advantage of being able to resize models very easily.

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A remarkable achievement, congratulations. With these techniques, you have the potential to drive a radical improvement in the quality and credibility of UK tramway modelling - whether 'it' likes it or not! I hope you succeed and achieve much more, and will be willing you onwards [from the sidelines].

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Cheers EL, high praise indeed! I have something in the offing that will probably be of interest to you, it being one of the London trams to run in Leeds, if you get my drift.

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how will you motorise it - the ones we did have a ds10 with shafts and drop boxes to get all axles driven - but you need that with a whitemetal body - these look very light so are you using a commercially available drive

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how will you motorise it - the ones we did have a ds10 with shafts and drop boxes to get all axles driven - but you need that with a whitemetal body - these look very light so are you using a commercially available drive

 

 

Halling equal wheel bogies, driven from a Mashima 10/15 can motor with 1.5mm uj's to the bogies, plenty of lead strip should solve the weight issue.

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