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  1. I've just started using my Mars Pro, and printed my first print with it yesterday (the standard 'rook' test piece that comes with it). Being a rookie at this too, I'm not in much of a position to give advice......however one thing that I read, and that makes a lot of sense, is the temperature in which you are trying to print. My printer is in the garage as I don't have space in the house, and therefore at this time of year, it's pretty cold. I have made a little temperature controlled heating unit which I bolted through the lid. How effective it is will be established over time, but on yesterd
  2. So due to the topsey-turvey way my mind works, I'm now wondering, if blown up etches from smaller scales don't work, could reduced etches from a larger scale work any better? Having only built 2 kits myself (I keep promising myself I'll do more, but life gets i the way!), I'm not in much of a position to answer it myself!
  3. They look great! As they were free, would you mind sharing where you found the stl file from? I fancy printing some of them myself :-)
  4. Very nicely done Tim. I have been quietly following this thread in the background and love your work on the buildings, but have very much enjoyed seeing you branch out your skills into brass kits. I've only built 2 brass locos so far, and haven't had much time over the last couple of years (young daughter to blame!) to get to the modelling bench to finish painting the second one. Seeing you produce a cute little loco of such quality has made me want to make time to get back to my bench again.
  5. Fusion works great on a Mac and seems to run without having to think too hard - that being said I only tend to model individual components of locos rather than the entire body! The only gripe I have with Fusion on a MacBook (laptop) is navigating round the model on the mouse trackpad is a little clumsy. Or maybe I'm the clumsy one......not sure which!
  6. I scratch built the shed and coal gantry many years ago in N Gauge, but that was pre-digital photos.....I'll see if I can dig out some old 'proper' photos later. I had a look to see if there were any suitable kits around at the time, but didn't find any then - however we are talking 25 years ago now!
  7. I bought a copy of The Chronicles of Boulton's Sidings a few months ago. Spoilt for choice for victorian locos in there!
  8. That's looking like a really nice model! I'm currently (paused at the moment) building an L class, and am part way through designing some etches for an old i-class. Love a good Manning Wardle!
  9. Adam, I've just been catching up with this thread - your models are superb! I've still got my L plates on when it comes to the CAD element of this at the moment, but I'm making progress. I intend (alright....been intending for a while without actually doing anything about it) to print parts for my 7mm scale models and then cast them into brass or bronze. The Mars Pro is on my shopping list, but I didn't think this was available (in the UK at least) yet? Can I ask where you got yours from? John
  10. Looking good Tim! I built my first brass loco about 3 years ago. I made loads of mistakes and as you say, learning how to rectify them is part of the fun :-)
  11. Impressive! I've been on the verge of pressing the "Buy Now" button for a Mars for a little while now, but it has been put on the back burner due to a house move. Having got settled in, I'll soon be ready to go again. I'm looking at producing castable masters for small parts on small industrial locos at 7mm scale. Would you mind me asking what diameter the pulley wheels are? 3mm or so?
  12. Haha! Clearly our minds work in similar ways :-) Although I was thinking more along the lines of a large, well insulated cabin with a windows and power. There must be at lease 3 or 4 meters between the end of the garage and the end of the garden!
  13. If there was an award for the best travelled loco before it's even been finished Bamburgh would win it by a mile. Having been conceived in Brunei, brought back to the UK last summer, spent time at my parents house, and more recently in our rented house, Bamburgh is now on the move again. We have finally completed on buying a place which we are moving into in a couple of weeks time. Yep, that means she's being packed up again, although this time we are only going 5 minutes down the road. Been a busy year with all the moving country/house. A young daughter, a new job, lots of house
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