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  1. A couple of Polybulk wagons for tonight's update. First up is another 7mm PBA Clay Tiger, new version of the wagon printed in 3 parts on my Balco printer with walkways and end details printed in Shapeways PA12. Y25 bogies printed in Versatile Plastic. side Pipework made from wire. Form 2 printed buffers and discharge handles. I tried this to see how it compares to the version available on Shapeways, this just needs the hopper lid painting and Railtec transfers adding. 7mm PBA Clay Tiger by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm PBA Clay Tiger by simon br blue, on Flickr Next wagon is a 7mm STS Polybulk. Similar design to the Malt Distillers Polybulk wagon, main body and bottom doors printed in 3 parts on my Balco printer with details and walkway printed in PA12 and Y25 bogies printed in Versatile Plastic by Shapeways, Invatrain Oleo buffers, Dapol screw couplings, Versatile Plastic air pipes, side pipe work using Steel wire and end brake gear and fittings printed on Form 2 in colour resin. Home made transfers printed on clear decal paper (bank white sheet positioned behind the data panel). This is probably the most detailed wagon so far with more parts printed separately than the other wagons and using 4 different print materials. 7mm STS Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm STS Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr
  2. The wheels I used on the PWA are 2'10" Peartree wheels. Another bit of an update, Following on from the PRA I had a go at making a couple more wagons using my PLA printer for the main body to keep the costs down. The first wagon as a POA scrap wagon, the main body was printed in 2 parts to allow it to fit on the print bed with additional details for the suspension and details being printed in PA12 from Shapeways. Transfer are from Railtec with Dapol coupling and Shapeways printed air pipe. 7mm POA scrap wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm POA scrap wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr Another wagon made with a PLA body is the HTV hopper, these use a Shapeways Versatile plastic chassis and have been finished with PA12 handrails. These have homemade transfers and Dapol couplings. 7mm HTV hoppers by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm HTV hopper handrails by simon br blue, on Flickr
  3. Yes, as pointed out they are slightly different bogies, Photo below of some of the various 7mm bogies I've made with an unpainted PWA Gloucester bogie in the middle. 7mm Bogies by simon br blue, on Flickr. Had time to fit mesh for the walkway and apply the Precision Labels transfers to PRA wagon at the weekend. 7mm PRA wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm PRA wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr
  4. Hi Al, I can make the bogies available on Shapeways and I can print the parts and the transfers. I'll work out the costs and send you a message. A small update, another wagon I've been working on finishing is the PRA china clay wagon, this model was made with a with Balco printed body and top sheet, Versatile plastic chassis, PA12 end walkways (mesh walkway not fitted yet) and Form 2 resin top cover wheel. Elastic hood straps made from fine elastic, glued at top before being tensioned and gluing at bottom. 7mm PRA wagon body by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm PRA wagon by simon br blue, on Flickr
  5. Time for another update, first up I've applied homemade transfers to the UKF and VAA vans. The UKF transfers are printed on clear decal paper and the VAA was printed on white decal paper with a red border to the Railfreight logo and grey inner for the TOPS panel. I added the door locking mechanisms from plastic rod after applying the transfers. 7mm UKF PWA by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm UKF PWA by simon br blue, on Flickr 1:32 VAA by simon br blue, on Flickr I finally got around to weathering and adding transfers to one of the BAA (from Railtec) and at the same time added some black bands to some PLA printed steel coils. 7mm BAA by simon br blue, on Flickr I've also been doing a bit of work on the Polybulks recently, still hopeful that I can get some transfer made up as I struggled make my own larger transfers especially printing light colours on green or blue backgrounds, the original drawings were done on MS paint. I though i would have a try at using vinyl and paper transfers printing a complete overlay for the bodyside with a possible bonus of smoothing out any inperfections on the sides. First attempt was using white Vinyl sheet for the Malt Distillers Polybulk in 7mm and then tried a 4mm version. 7mm Malt Distillers Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm and 7mm Malt Distillers Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr 4mm and 7mm Malt Distillers Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr Next I tried the Traffic Services Livery but I struggled to get the large areas of green to fix to the paper when printing so I tried some sticky back paper and this worked well, this overlay was added to a grey bodyshell, I then printed a side for the Grainflow wagon, this was the harder of sides to draw it was hard to find a good photo of the Grainflow logo. Most of the text on all the wagons was found by looking online on one of the font finding sites, the Malt Distillers lettering was a bit a bit homemade. 7mm Swingtop Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr 7mm Grainflow Polybulk by simon br blue, on Flickr Finally a line up of all 4 polybulks in 4mm and 7mm. 4 versions of the 4mm Polybulk wagons 3 bodies printed on Balco printer with Form 2 resin printed details, handrails made from handrail wire home printed transfer overlays on Malt Distiller wagon with Railtec transfers on the slab sided Polybulk and Fox transfers on the Grainflow wagon. Swingtop Polybulk is the Bachmann version. 4mm Polybulk lineup by simon br blue, on Flickr 4 versions of the 7mm Polybulk wagons with bodies printed on Balco printer with Shapeways printed details, home printed transfer overlays on 3 wagons with Railtec transfers on the slab sided Polybulk. 7mm Polybulk lineup by simon br blue, on Flickr
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Hi, Just a quick question about the UKF wagon - what colour brown was the lower bodyside?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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