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 Posted: Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 09:35 am
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The first of the E44s is now available, with correct details for 4400-4405 as built . I'll be adding more versions over the coming days.

I've also been sent some photos of the models delivered so far to the chap who commissioned the designs from me.


GF6C British Columbia Railway Tumbler Ridge loco



EF-3 New Haven heavy freight loco



New Haven Osgood Bradley passenger car



The EF-3 and Osgood Bradley together


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Got mine ordered. Thanks!



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 Posted: Sat May 5th, 2012 01:31 pm
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Thanks for your order Eric.
Several extra versions of the E44 are now on Shapeways, with more to come.

This is the latest loco that I've been working on, the Canadian LRC. These locos were based on a similar principle to the Intercity 125, but were rather less successful, operating from 1981 to 2001.
This model actually depicts the pair of prototypes which were operated by Amtrak on the North East Corridor between 1980 and 1982.

















Finding a chassis for the model is proving to be a challenge, as the locos were about 2 - 4ft lower than most North American prototypes. I think that the Dapol Class 67 might be suitable, but am trying to confirm some details of the chassis. If anyone who has one can help out I would be very grateful. The first thing I need to know is the bogie wheelbase, distance between bogie centres, and the height from the top of the rails to the top of the chassis. I'm also trying to find out whether the underframe details are part of the cast chassis block, or whether they are a separate part that can be removed. Finally I'm wondering how much of the mechanism is in the underframe rather than the body.

Many thanks to anyone who can help,

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Look what came in the mail!



I can't wait until I have time to bust out the Dremel, take down the C628 frame, and add a decoder! Unfortunately, it's going to be a few days, so this will have to do for now.



One thing that I am a little disappointed about... The parts sprue is really badly warped. I'm not sure how much of that is due to the build orientation and natural curling, and how much of it is due to the fact that they chose a bag that was about 2mm to small to ship it... I'm hoping that with some time under a little weight, it will straighten out.



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Eric, thanks for posting those very nice photos of the E44.

I'm sorry to hear that the sprue was warped. If you send Shapeways customer service a photo of it they are normally very good at sending free replacements for warped parts, especially if you can show it is longer than the bag it was packed in.

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I've made two more locos available on Shapeways.

First the British Columbia Railway GF6C.



There are two options, with the rooftop electrical gear part of the body, or with it as a separate part on a sprue.

Also now on Shapeways is the New Haven EP-5 / Penn Central E40.



There are versions depicting it in both as-built condition, and later condition with extra grabrails and the underframe fairings removed. Additionally there is the option to have fine engraved lines to help guide the painting of the complex New Haven McGinnis livery.

The models are available from Shapeways

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Another model is now up on Shapeways, the New Haven EF-3.




There are two versions, as above for the locos as built...




...and for the five locos fitted with steam heating boilers.


As before, available from Shapeways.


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I got home this afternoon and found a box waiting for me at the front door. Inside were these little guys from Dapol.



I tried them out on the E44 shell, and here's what I came up with.





Not a perfect match to the prototype, but plenty close enough!



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OK, after a Bestine bath,



Application of details (which included several bits snapping apart, and one grab iron going flying of into the void),



And painting, I wound up with this (lost a handrail stanchion during painting):



I've still got some work to do, but I have to say that I'm grateful to the PRR for the paint scheme.



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For the ignorant - what's a "Bestine bath" when it's at home ? :roll:



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Bestine is brand name for a heptane solvent. It dissolves the wax coating that comes on Shapeways models without damaging the resin. You can see in the second photo how the RP resin has turned white instead of translucent. That's an indicator that the wax has been stripped. The model also feels different. Before the bath it feels slick.



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I decided to test fit the whole thing together.



The underbody detail is just taped there, and it's clear that the frame will have to be painted before final assembly. As you can see, this preview cost me another handrail stanchion. :twisted: What you can't see is that it also cost me both C628 frame halves. Fortunately, Atlas offers the frames as replacement parts, and I found the stanchion this time. I also found out that I'm out of CAA. Urge to kill... RISING!!!!

Although I'm very grateful for this shell, I have to say that the details and handrails are a royal pain. Just as a suggestion, I'd include a couple of extra grab irons on the sprue to account for parts flying off.



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Thanks for ther explanation about Bestine Eric - I thought the white was because you'd primed it ..............:oops:

Is there any particular reason these printed bodies have to carry all the handrails and other small details ?  I'd have thought it would be better to add that afterwards ....................:roll::roll::roll:



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Eric, thanks for posting those photos of your progress on the E44. It looks like you're making a really good job of it.

Are you using black or very dark brunswick green? Looking at photos of the E44 I've been unable to work out which colour they were.

Sorry about the C628 frame parts, and the broken handrail stanchions. I'll definitely look at adding some spares to the models.

Petermac, the handrails and other details are printed separately from the body on a sprue. This exploded view gives an idea of how it all goes together.




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Paul - It's PolyScale PRR Brunswick Green. Here's what it looks like once it gets a coat of gloss finish:



I really should have taken your advice and just sent Shapeways an email with a photo of the warped part. I decided to try and build it anyway, and the snapped stanchions were a direct result of that decision. I'm trying to work with Shapeways to get another sprue.



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Wow it's been awhile. I did get a replacement sprue from Shapeways. About a week ago, I was pointed to these:

http://www.mountvernonshops.com/E44.html

And they came in the mail today. Maybe its time to finally finish up this project.



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