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  1. Hi G, I've not made these available yet in 7mm but i'll work through them and check that they are printable. Some wagons I've been working on recently in different scales. Line up of wagons by simon br blue, on Flickr First wagon a 1:32 VAA van, body made in 7 parts from PLA printed on my Balco printer, Shapeways versatile plastic chassis. Slaters wheels with Balco PLA printed brake discs. Door locks printed in grey resin on Form 2. 1:32 VAA van by simon br blue, on Flickr Next up a 7mm UKF PWA fertiliser wagon. Body printed in PLA in 14 parts with Shapeways Versatile plastic bogies. The door locking bars will be added from evergreen plastic strip after homemade transfers are applied. 7mm UKF PWA by simon br blue, on Flickr 3rd wagon is a 2mm PHA hopper wagon for a Redland Self Discharge train. PA12 chassis with Form 2 grey resin hopper body. 2mm PHA hopper wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr
  2. Recent posts about Wisbech and Upwell no.16 and PA12 led me to dig out some of the Wisbech and Upwell models I have. I've taken some photos of the models in various scales and materials to show what the prints look like, bear in mind that some of the close ups will display the models larger than real life. First photo's are of a 4mm Y6 Tram printed in PA12, with basic livery applied after a coat of primer. 4mm Y6 tram by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Y6 tram interior by simon br blue, on Flickr Basically the same model in 3 different scales, 7mm, 4mm and 2mm trams. 7mm J70 printed in Natural White Versatile Plastic (WSF), 4mm Y6 in PA 12 and 2mm Y6 in Grey resin printed on my Form 2. 7mm, 4mm and 2mm trams by simon br blue, on Flickr 3 4mm models in different materials Drewry class 04 freshly printed in colour resin on my Form 2. J70 printed in Shapeways Fine Detail Plastic and Y6 printed in Shapeways PA12. 4mm Wisbech And Upwell trams by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm J70 Tram printed in Shapeways Fine Detail Plastic, this was printed before the Model Rail J70 was announced. Model has the common partly removed side skirts layout exposing the cylinders. 4mm J70 tram by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Drewry 04 rear tram printed in Colour Resin on my Form 2, this shows the support material requiring removal from resin prints which is required to support the print any overhangs. 4mm Drewry 04 tram rear by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm, 4mm and 2mm Wisbech and Upwell coaches. 7mm and 2mm printed in Shapeways PA12, 4mm printed in PA12 Black material. As can be seen detail is affected by the material in the smaller scales. Also note that the finer details such as the end railing need to be thickened up in the smaller scale to enable it to be printed. 7mm, 4mm and 2mm Wisbech and Upwell coaches by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm Wisbech and Upwell bogie coach veranda printed in PA12 showing the railings 7mm Wisbech and Upwell bogie coach veranda by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Wisbech and Upwell coach veranda printed in PA12 Black showing the railings - this was an early PA 12 black model and some of the initial models had these small holes or gaps in the material. 4mm Wisbech and Upwell coach veranda by simon br blue, on Flickr 2mm Wisbech and Upwell coach veranda printed in PA12 Black showing the railings, noticeable how thick the railings are - a reason why I haven't as yet made this available in 2mm. 2mm Wisbech and Upwell coach veranda by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Wisbech and Upwell bogie coach veranda printed in Shapeways HDA Black resin (no longer available from Shapeways) showing the railings 4mm Wisbech and Upwell bogie coach veranda by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm GER luggage van printed in Polished White Natural Versatile Plastic. 4mm GER luggage van by simon br blue, on Flickr Bogie coach printed in Shapeways HDA Black resin (no longer available from shapeways), short coach printed in PA12 Black and GER luggage van printed in Polished White Natural Versatile Plastic 4mm Wisbech and Upwell coaching stock by simon br blue, on Flickr Finally for this update, 7mm Wisbech and Upwell van no.16 printed in 2 parts (body and chassis) on my Balco printer. 7mm Wisbech and Upwell van no.16 by simon br blue, on Flickr Hope this helps.
  3. Hi, Just a quick question about the UKF wagon - what colour brown was the lower bodyside?
  4. I realize you are disappointed with the model, I think the current price is £38 for the model but would I pay that for a similar print in PA12, yes I would and I currently have some 4mm models on order with Shapeways but I realize that PA12 that is a compromise between design limitations, surface finish and minimum thicknesses. Hopefully 3D printing will continue to improve where prints like the HDA model in my last post can be produced without the need for support like the current SLA models, without support residue marks like the Fine Detail Plastic on Shapeways and without the layering or lower resolution seen on FDM printer.
  5. Hi, like most people on here I don't sell or give away my stl files. I have a Form 2 SLA printer but it would struggle to print the coach and to remove the support material easily. I models in this thread are made for myself as a hobby, I make them available for others if requested. A more modern item of stock that i was able to take plenty of reference photos of is a 156 DMU. I wasn't able to find any detailed drawings but using the drawings and some side and front on photos I've made some drawings although there are some more detail to finish like the interior and sorting out a way of making the window frames - I'm thinking possibly laser cut frames or an etch. I did test print of the basic shell printed in 2 parts with the main body and a cab end with gangway printed as one part. I then printed a test of the snowplow and coupling on the Form 2 and a bogie on my Balco printer. I think the best way to print this would be as a one piece shell on Shapeways with separate details bogies and under frame. 156 cab render by simon br blue, on Flickr 156 bogie render by simon br blue, on Flickr 156 Underframe render by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm 156 DMU test print by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm 156 DMU test print by simon br blue, on Flickr
  6. Hi, Thanks for the comments, always good to get feedback. just to reply to the comments above- These models were originally resigned for the Shapeways black resin which they stopped using a couple of years ago. I only made the models available recently as the cost for PA12 was significantly reduced recently meaning that some may want to order one. Shapeways SLA resin material would cost about £75 and the Fine Detail plastic (previously FUD) would cost over £60, I can make these available if anyone wants them but would have to check if they meet the design guidelines. Below is a text print that was printed by Shapeways in their HDA resin before they pulled the material. Now that they have been pointed out I can see the issues with the bodyside and think some of these carry over from elements copied from previous Wisbech and Upwell coaches and looking at some other vintage coaches and as mentioned I could't find a photo of the non break end with the door. I think the chassis issue was because I struggled to find decent photos and used the photos available of the brake on the Mid Suffolk Railway which doesn't have the original underframe. All the models available on Shapeways can be viewed in their 3D viewer which may show up any detail issues on other models and as mentioned most details can be easily modified when noticed.
  7. A couple of pictures of two 4mm Slab sided Polybulks I've been working on , one in the original livery and the second in the later Nacco blue livery, both use the Railtec 4mm decals with the Nacco version using the alternate numbers supplied with the main Polybulk pack. 4mm Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Nacco Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr
  8. Another update, Been doing some transfer application recently in 4mm and 7mm. First was the 7mm TTA Caustic soda tank with transfers from Precision Labels. This is the first of the TTA that I made and is painted in a darker colour to the most recent wagon. TTA Caustic soda tank by simon br blue, on Flickr TTA Caustic soda tank by simon br blue, on Flickr The next wagon is one of the 4mm Grainflow wagons, this wagon has the Fox transfers Grainflow decals although I've not finished all the smaller elements but took a couple of photos when I'd finished the other wagons. 4mm Grainflow wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Grainflow wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr The next two wagons are both 4mm Slab sided Polybulks, one in the original livery and the second in the later Nacco blue livery, both use the Railtec 4mm decals with the Nacco version using the alternate numbers supplied with the Polybulk pack. 4mm Polybulk wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Nacco Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr
  9. Just a quick update to mention that with the recent Shapeways price reduction on their PA12 material it has made a number of the 4mm models worth making available for sale including some of the Wisbech and Upwell items and a couple of vehicles. Link below to the shop. https://www.shapeways.com/shops/brbluemodels A model that I've been working on recently is the 1/32 class 25 with most progress posted on the 1:32 section of the Western Thunder forum. 1:32 Class 25/1 bodyshell Printed by Shapeways in WSF, Primed with Halfords primer/filler and then a second coat of grey primer after a quick sand. 1:32 Class 25/1 bodyshell by simon br blue, on Flickr 25/1 radiator end roof detail with WSF roof grill and cab join made from tape and water slide rivets. 1:32 class 25/1 roof deatils by simon br blue, on Flickr 25/1 Air braked version with outwards hinge grills and additional access hatch fitted with water slide rivets. 1:32 class 25/1 grills by simon br blue, on Flickr 1:32 buffer for class 25, printed on Form 2 with homemade piano wire springs and brass shaft. 1:32 OLEO class 25 buffer by simon br blue, on Flickr Class 25/1 cab interior with PLA bulkhead and control desks, Form 2 resin controls, fire extinguisher and handbrake wheel. 1:32 class 25/1 cab interior by simon br blue, on Flickr Pre shading of grills and panel lines on 25/1 with a mixture of model air colours. 25/1 pre shading of grills by simon br blue, on Flickr Progress with the Class 25/1 with bufferbeam added. 1:32 Class 25/1 by simon br blue, on Flickr Progress with the Class 25/1 with bufferbeam added. Multi working sockets printed on Form 2 with elastic cables. WSF vac and steam pipes. Air pipe fitting printed on Form 2 with elastic hoses. Coupling from Dingler 1:32 Class 25/1 by simon br blue, on Flickr
  10. Time for another update, Firstly some wagon progress, the 7mm Redland PGA hopper now has most of the transfers applied, Fox transfers for most of the details with homemade Redland decals. Additional underframe details added after looking at the Cavalex models version. 7mm Redland PGA by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm Redland PGA by simon br blue, on Flickr Next up a 7mm Polybulk in the original POLYBULK livery, this is the Shapeways version printed in versatile plastic with plasticard sides added. The transfers are mostly Railtec (using the E442 pack) with the rest homemade. 7mm Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr Next wagon is an Albright and Wilson TUB Phosphoric Acid tank. This was printed several years ago but only put together near the end of last year. just requiring transfers which is the holdup now as I don't have a way of printing the white lettering. 7mm TUB Phosphoric acid tank by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm TUB Phosphoric acid tank by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm TUB Phosphoric acid tank by simon br blue, on Flickr Another tank wagon nearly finished is a TTA ICI Caustic Soda tank. This is a updated model from the original Soda tank with a simplified chassis with separate underframe fittings to reduce the cost when printing through Shapeways. This tank also requires transfers and then some weathering as the colour looks too bright. 7mm Caustic Soda tank by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm Caustic Soda tank by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm Caustic Soda tank by simon br blue, on Flickr
  11. Hi Stewart, The Wisbech & Upwell project stalled when Shapeways withdrew the material the models were designed to be printed in. I will look again to see that can be made available in other materials.
  12. I have a Balco printer and recently purchased another in the Black Friday sale. I've used it for a lot of items in 4mm, 7mm and 1/32. they seem to work well and are easy to strip down and fix. The original memory card on mine also failed and only other issues have been worn/ damaged nozzle (when using 3rd party PLA) and heated bed not sticking anymore (replacement pads included with the printer). The main parts printed have been 4mm and 7mm wagon bodies, there is layering visible and parts need finishing/ filling/sanding before painting. A couple of examples below. Larger parts need to be printed in parts and joined together and there are limitations to what can be printed the same as with other PLA printers. 7mm Polybulk being printed- E443 Polybulk test print by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm Polybulk finished. E443 Polybulk wagon 7mm by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Polybulk painted. 4mm Slab sided Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm Polybulk before painting. Grainflow wagon 4mm by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm, 7mm and 1/32 Grinflow polybulk wagons all bodies printed on Balco printer. Grainflow Polybulks by simon br blue, on Flickr A 7mm ICI PAA hopper with PLA printed hopper, before and after painting. The hopper was printed at an angle as can be seen on the as printed hopper. 7mm PAA urea hopper by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm PAA ICI Urea hopper by simon br blue, on Flickr An example below of a test print of a 7mm GER coach with both the body and chassis printed in PLA, it worked out OK but required a lot of cleaning up where as a Shapeways versatile plastic (WSF) printed chassis would be more suitable. 7mm GER no.16 van by simon br blue, on Flickr
  13. Hi, yes I can make models available in 4mm, let me know what you're interested in, the only issue is that the models wont work out particularly cheaply as to get reasonable detail the more expensive materials will be required. Below are a couple of more wagons suitable for Kings lynn, another 7mm Polybulk in the original POLYBULK livery. This is one of the original Shapeways printed models with platicard sides added, I did get a couple of these but with the price increases at Shapeways it made sense to develop the PLA printed version. The transfers are Railtec (E442 Polybulk transfers) for most of the wagon with homemade decals to finish off. 7mm Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr Next wagon is a 7mm Ferry tank wagon used for chemical traffic to DOW Chemicals a Kings Lynn. This was actually printed a couple of years ago but only finished recently, the chassis and ends were printed by Shapeways in versatile plastic, Shapeways Fine detail tank hatches, PLA printed top cover and plastic pipe for the tank barrel. Finshed with homemade transfers. 7mm Ferry tank by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm Ferry tank by simon br blue, on Flickr I have also recently been painting a couple more 7mm mineral wagons, 7mm HTV hopper with PLA body and Form 2 black resin test chassis (ZDV) and shapeways chassis (HTV's), homemade transfers, weathered with MIG and model air acrylics, the only parts not fitted yet are the handrails. The ZDV was weathered using MIG and model air acrylics and MIG streaking rust affect. 7mm HTV hoppers by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm hopper by simon br blue, on Flickr The 7mm 16t mineral wagons are Lima body with Shapeways chassis, various weathering effects used to experiment with finishes, again weathered using MIG and model air acrylics and MIG streaking rust affect 7mm 16t minerals by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm 16t mineral by simon br blue, on Flickr
  14. Yes, that's one of the photos I used as a guide when drawing the conveyor. Paul Bartlett has a photo of the same process taking place at Lynn station and also a nice photo of a similar item North Elmham linked below from the Rail Scotland site- https://www.railscot.co.uk/img/23/750/
  15. A couple of pictures of some 3D printed items I've finished but not posted on here yet. A 4mm JCB Loadall, Massey shunting tractor and conveyor loading a Polybulk. 4mm Wagon loading by simon br blue, on Flickr A 7mm Massey shunting tractor and a grain loading elevator printed in versatile plastic loading a 20T grain wagon. 7mm grain loading by simon br blue, on Flickr A 7mm Produce elevator, one piece printed in versatile plastic. 7mm Conveyor by simon br blue, on Flickr
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