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  1. Wouldn't it be simpler to insulate the wheels so they don't short out on the track? Such as paint a thick solution on them, or coat them with some insulating material? I once painted an old old tender D12 wheels with rust coloured paint. That stopped it shorting the track. Of course it was a static item, but paint itself would last a while, before it wore down when running.
  2. For an even smaller vacuum cleaner you can get one used for cleaning keyboards for computers. Some have USB connectors, but that's often for charging only. Cheaper too than brand named models.
  3. If I were going to model a branch line terminus, I think I would go for a coastal port or fishing village type setting. That would give you plenty of scope in terms of traffic. As for the station building, branch line terminus stations would not be new build, wherever it was set. Most branch lines were not getting invested in at that times, compared to the main network. I think a good example though would be the Heljan AH2 building, which is still around. Named Tignmouth. Though it's in Ho Scale. You can get suitable signage for that period, but by the later end signs where black on white. Stations tended to have the name illuminated on the front of the station, with the double arrow logo.
  4. You can buy blank water slide transfer paper from Amazon and E-Bay. You just need to scan the transfers and then print them out. The paper comes in two sorts. One of Lazer Printers and one for Inkjet printers. You need to apply varnish or lacquer (motor car spray) once the thing is printed before soaking in water.
  5. Don't blame the carpets my friend, the dust is literally bits of you and your family! Dead skin cells to be precise! You can get a filtration system that will take out the dust and other bad stuff. But unless you have a dust allergy you will have to weigh up the cost benefits. If you have a dust allergy, then it would be worth investing in one. Actually people (like myself) who have dust allergies are not really allergic to the dust, but the mites that feed on it. Yet even that isn't true! For it's not the mites, but what they excrete that causes the problem. Since the mites are related to the spider family, I like to say that I am allergic to spider sh*t !
  6. I think I would angle it so the back of the hotel cuts out the gap to the platform, eliminating the white fence, which looks to me like a root that fair dodgers could use. Perhaps with just the white gate between the hotel and station building corner. Which could be for luggage deliveries to the hotel by porters. View from railways tend to be the back views of even elegant properties.
  7. If you paid with PayPal then I would open a case with them. The trader will have to respond to the messages from Paypal and that should either get the ball rolling or your money back.
  8. A way around the lines if you need to reprint an item, is print the thing only once clean it up and then make a mould from the object. You can do this quite cheaply using Blue Stuff which comes in bars which become soft in hot water. Stick the object into the Blue Stuff and when it sets. Remove it. And you have a mould of the object. You can then use whatever you like to fill the mould, but Miliput is cheaper than resin. After you have finished with the mould, it can be melted and reused again to make a mould of something else. Quicker than reprinting it too and it will come perfect as the model you based it on. Green Stuff World are the only maker of Blue Stuff around £12 for 8 bars. But you wont need to buy more.
  9. For a FDM printer a 1KG PLA reel costs about £13. Though you will probably get one free with any printer you buy. As for working out how much it will use, simply pick up a piece of plastics and you can feel it's weight. Or you can put it on some scales. If it weighs says 2 grams, you are hardly going to make a dent in that 1KG reel. Some printing items do not need supports at all. Plus it depends on the printer you use. I couldn't tell you about resin printers, but the cost of resin is supposed to be higher. Plus I believe more dangerous to use than a FDM printer. At present there seems to be a lot of hype around resin printers, from what I can tell it has invaded this forum too. I don't know which thread you mean Jonathan? Lots of the threads with 3D printers seems to be more like "look what I've done" than actual discussions. I don't know of any on about making figures in 3D anyway.
  10. That's actually not a bad idea. A Google search I see forthcoming!
  11. I am very much in the real world. Unfortunately for people like yourself there's always a way around the people who would like the gravy train to keep forking them out a living. Do Hornby make things in the UK? No they send it out to China to simply cut out middlemen, smaller business and get rid of skilled workers that want good wages. If these companies don't alter their ideas, when cheap scanners come along - AND THEY WILL - then people will simply copy Dapol products and print them out. They can of course resort to the law, but you only need to look at what has happened in the music industry to see that doesn't work. Sound files for loco's. I don't need any of them. Sound recorder on a heritage line, or the real thing or the many records and tapes out their of old train sounds. All dirt cheap or free. If you are still in the trade I suggest you tell you company to start making things as cheap as chips. Because the pensioner trade will not keep you in business long. And kids do not have the money to fork out on £70 railway coaches. As I pointed out some companies sell PDF files of cardboard models. You only need to download it once. Why do they do that, when they could print them out and send them via the mail system, presumably making more money. Are they not worried that I could print of the file, copy the file and sell it onwards? They took an informed business decision that people can print the files of themselves. So they didn't have to invest in the machinery to do so and send orders out, which might get damaged in transit or lost in the post. Or you can carry on with blinkers on your eyes! Perhaps this way might happen. I/someone buys one figure. You get say £10. I/They get a scanner. Make a copy of the thing. Then post it onto file holding site (for free) after I have printed what I wanted. You loose everything you have invested into making the model figure. You still selling them, but a YouTube video tells your potential customers that they can get something similar for free. Without blinkers on. You offer a file for say £10, users can download it and print of as many as they like. When nobody downloads it any more you come up with another file for something else. The investment is in design and talent, not plant, buildings or machinery, which are costly to invest in.
  12. There's nothing to stop the likes of Modelu from letting us with 3D printers having the files for a fee of course. Several companies offer PDF files of Cardboard models, which you can buy. Then you print off as many as yourself. So the idea is not new. Of course maybe the 3D printer you have might not be able to do the fine detail you want, in which case you then can go back to the firm and say print me these. But in my case I want to try my own first. The thing that's special about model figures is that you need a lot generally. Whereas that sculpture is likely to be a one off. If the company charges £3 a figure and you need 50 that's going to really cost you. But say they charged £12 for the file and from that you can print out the figures then at your expense, more people would be interested in the product. Whereas the sculpture costing £5 to £10 to print, would be worth doing direct from them. Clive I had never heard of Miliput before your post here. That sounds interesting. Clearly if you are going to make a figure with it, that would require a mould? So how would you set about that? For example could you take a current plastic figure or object, press it into a plasticine or putty. Then pore the Miliput into it. Repeat with the other side of the figure or object to get two halves and glue them together?
  13. Scalpel between the legs and some plasticine lumps on the chest do you mean? The cats didn't get run over by the trains then ? Saw a cat on the news recently at a station. Seemed very friendly. Cats must be getting friendlier on the Railways these days!
  14. I have found that a £220 FDM printer can do detailed work. And that if I had the design files for say the Presier cleaning figures, It could knock out them in a few hours. Allowing for cooling time, you could easily knock out four or five of them per day. However that is all academic, since you have to have the files to print anything. And for me that is the big thing at the moment. There's very little (at least British railways) material to get hold of. There's a bit more USA stuff and some continental designs out there. GW bogies If you mean these, then that £220 printer would easily knock them out in the detail shown, providing it has them in a form of a STL file, which is probably what the Shapeways printer uses. You might get a few what Airfix used to call "flashes", but they can be removed easily. If the item was split into parts that would speed up the printing no end. The cost of the printer of course has to be covered, but the more stuff you can print out, you will quickly recover the cost. One chap on YouTube managed to knock out the equivalent of the Peco Overall Roof. He had a large station and the Peco roof costs around £30. If he needed six roofs that would come to £180. I doubt you would use anywhere near 1KG of PLA to print them, currently costing around £12 per 1KG reel. So the saving made covers two thirds of the printer cost on one item. So I could print out cleaning figures very cheaply. I don't at present because I need a design to work to. And that is the only tricky bit in 3D printing at the moment.
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