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  1. Today I primed my brakevan so I can repaint it, because the color Bachmann chose was really strange. The primer is kind of speckled on the sides, but I might leave it that way so that when I paint it, whatever doesn't stick will look like some weathering. I'm going to weather it anyway, so it'll hopefully just add to the effect. I also re-primed and painted the last Thomas face, which means they're all ready for eyebrows.
  2. https://www.walthers.com/thundering-rails-santa-fe Here's a link because I can't get a picture. This was my first electric train set! I got it for Christmas when I was 8 and I would play with it on the basement floor a lot! The locomotive didn't die until I was 13 and the rear truck (bogie) broke. I still have the two tank cars, stock car, and the caboose (although the corner of the roof is missing). Eventually I need to get around to changing the couplings on those.
  3. I worked a little bit on one of the faces today, giving it eyebrows made from electrical tape. They're so small it was kind of hard to cut, so I'm wondering how difficult more complex eyebrows will be. Luckily these faces appear to be small enough to fit the smaller boiler on my 3D model (they're around 0.75mm smaller than the Bachmann boiler, and the new boiler has a diameter of 17.76 compared to 18.5).
  4. All this talk about the rule of thirds makes me glad my prototype normally runs shorter trains!
  5. It's been a while, but I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere with this project (which is now back to making a "mini" TV replica)! After forcing myself to learn how to do 3D modelling, using Tinkercad after seeing @chuffinghell use it to excellent effect, I present this: Finally having the correct measurements, I was finally able to make an accurate 4mm Scale Thomas! Well, a scratch aid. There are some things I know I can do, so I left certain things out, such as the water filler caps and the taper on the funnel and dome. The nice thing is, the model is much closer to the cor
  6. Seeing as I can't cut plasticard as straight as I would like, but having seen some great examples of 3D printing used, I decided to have a go at 3D modelling. It's actually a fair bit easier than I thought it would be! However, I do have a couple of questions for those who use tinkercad: 1) Is there a way to get a smoother finish to the boiler? I used the Cylinder option to make it. 2) How do you get an even arc for a roof? This is what I'm hoping to achieve: Image from TTTE Wikia Thanks for any help you can provide!
  7. In terms of manufacturers getting things wrong and needing to look closer at the prototype... Maybe ignorance is bliss? Although now I think I understand the mindset of making so many models. Finally being armed with the knowledge of exactly what I got wrong is opening the world of scratchbuilding to me entirely, and now I keep thinking of all of the models I could do 'correctly.' Of course, I'm going to need better tools, but it's nice to finally be able to see something I did and know it's (going to be) correct! Although I'll never tell anyone using (or modifying) a B
  8. So, this is a (really weird) question for people who have a permanent layout in their homes. Do you have to remove spiders/webs from the buildings? If so, how often do you have to do it? Just a thought that popped into my mind a couple days ago. Thanks for any help you can give!
  9. But I was going to fourth it... In all seriousness, though, I think your wagons look great! I haven't been sure how I felt about 3D printed wagons for a long time, but yours really make me want to try a couple!
  10. Hmmm... I feel like I have to keep taking back what I say, so this'll be a double development with the Gauge 1 version, since I now have the necessary measurements. Although, I guess now it'll be "Scratchbuilding Thomas the Tank Engine."
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