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  1. It will get a custom etched chassis as the brakegear on these wagons is quite specialised. It is OpenSCAD but I typically draw side, end and sometimes top elevations in TurboCAD, export as DXF and let the intersection magic of OpenSCAD turn them into a 3D object. This post demonstrates the general concept of this approach: Chris
  2. 0.3mm is what I use, and what I was told when I started out etching. If you do the maths, this is about right (0.35mm is minimum needed for 0.25mm material if you don't expect the metal to stretch, but I presume it does a bit). Chris
  3. Sad, to say, I gave up trying to etch hopper wagons when I realised how much quicker it was to draw them in 3D and then have them printed. Not only was the design a whole lot easier, but they don't need any building (well, the body at least). Most of those mind-bending thoughts on shapes of hopper parts are nothing more than the intersection of two simple rectangles projected in the X and Y planes. Chris
  4. I think anyone who logs on via the 2mm account would become a co-host and able to moderate. So perhaps we just need a few more people who have those details. Chris
  5. The supplier no doubt. I have a German source who are much cheaper. https://ghw-modellbau.de/
  6. ???. This happens with both the explicit meeting number and using the link.
  7. I have some of all the three you mention (BFK, GUV, CCT). SK are all gone though. Chris
  8. When I did some pillars for Jim Watt's footbridge they printed fine at Shapeways. Although the decorative parts were affixed to a base for the footbridge itself protecting them from damage in that case. Chris
  9. Sadly my replacement motion parts will make the loco look prettier, but not really very much narrower. The requirement to negotiate tight curves is only one of the issues here. Even if N gauge locos only had to run on straight track, their motion would still need to be wider than the real thing,. Because the combination of (track gauge + 2 * driving wheel thickness) is greater than the prototype, and this applies equally to N and 2mm Finescale. The 4mm boys have it easier, as OO track gauge is 2.33mm less than the prototype, meaning their cylinders can still be set at scale width.
  10. Let's wait and see if the LMS open kits reappear, as well as the GWR Open C. So far they have not. Chris
  11. Probably, but I have long felt that the Bachmann Warships are too tall, even for 1:148 scale. And CCTs/GUVs are lower than normal coaching stock as well. Chris
  12. The surface on the ultra-fine detail plastic is furry where-ever there was resin printed (and since removed by heat) to support the detail above it. So you can see the open wagon is more furry under the diagonal strapping on the sides for example. Shapeways have a tool which will show you for a given orientation where the resin will be. If you don't specify an orientation they will print it however they want, which can be disasterous. Some of this furriness you can sand away, some not. You can reduce the effect by changing the orientation, or breaking your wagon into a
  13. The ranges that consist of multiple parts are the ones that are difficult to keep going. For the Mk1 coaches, assuming they would continue to sell (which they don't), they would still disappear when the batch of resin roofs runs out. That has already happended for the Mk1 suburbans. Chris
  14. Steve, Do you find it easy to clean off the printed side painting that the earlier Farish Mk1s come with? Or did you manage to get hold of some unpainted versions? Chris
  15. All the bogies will be continuing and I expect to do the BR4 again in due course. Not that it was the ideal candidate for etching. Commonwealth bogies are not in a plan, their cast construction really would not etch well and I use the TPM plastic ones. The Association chose to discontinue the GUV and CCT due to lack of sales (because of the Bachmann ones I expect) but I still have etches and roofs for both. Chris
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