After the success of my first 3D printed tanktainer I decided to go ahead and incorporate the lessons learned into a new version of that first model and also produce a few new designs.
Here they are… the parts of my first 3D printed tanktainer.
I got a little carried away and painted the tank and tank ends before remembering to take photographs.
Read on for a review of this model.Continue reading “Review Of My First 3D Printed Tanktainer”
I’ve always been fascinated by the seemingly endless design variety and livery variation of tank containers.
So I decided it was finally time to have a go at creating some CAD models and produce my first 3D prints…
Most of us probably understand that 1 measurement unit in our N scale model world is the equivalent to 160 measurement units in the real world. I use the term measurement unit because it could be feet, metres, inches, centimetres, millimetres etc. I prefer to use metric units so as an example 160 real world centimetres would be 1 centimetre in N scale.
All pretty straight-forward but what happens when we’re making a model of an object like the Derwent Way swing bridge and we don’t have access to the prototype to take measurements?
Well, aside from accepting you’re unlikely to be 100% accurate we’ll need to convert the measurements on the drawing, satellite images or if we’re really lucky, the plan of the real World object we want to build to N scale.
Read on to find out how to do that…
Now things are settling down after the house move I’ll soon have the space I need to actually start making some model structures so I thought I’d do a quick post on some of the techniques and materials that I intend to use when scratchbuilding structures.
I’ve built some simple structures from styrene in the past but I’ve been following a thread by grahame over on RMWeb forum that discusses card and styrene structure scratchbuilding; after seeing the amazing results he achieves, incredibly quickly too, I know I’d like to give card building a go.
I found this photograph on a Creative Commons image website called Pixabay.
There wasn’t a great deal of information about the location posted with the photograph but based on the catenary it looks like it was taken in Germany.
The picture speaks for itself but I couldn’t help but think it’s a great prototype for a European version of a junction module.
I remember when I started getting interested in North American N gauge I used to see adverts for the North American Railcar Corporation Hawker Siddeley cylindrical hopper wagons everywhere… and I remember really wanting a rake or two.
They’re beautiful looking models and just like the real wagons they are produced in a range of colourful liveries. You can see the range on the Pacific Western Rail Systems website by clicking this link.
So you might wonder why I’m mentioning these models in a post about Annacis Island industries?
Having introduced Annacis Island in previous posts, this time I thought it would be worth taking a look at how trains actually get onto the island. That’s because they make use of a rather interesting road and rail bridge known as the Derwent Way or Annacis Island swing bridge.
Booms by Glen Ritchie – All rights reserved
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The slightly cryptic image above doesn’t reveal a great deal about the bridge itself (it’s a view from the control tower of the bridge as it opens/closes for passing river traffic) but it has the potential to make a very interesting module and scratch building project…
The first Annacis Island rail-served industry I thought I’d take a look at is SSAB Hardox. Here’s a picture of their building, spur and unloading facilities taken by Chris City:
SSAB Hardox by Chris City – All rights reserved
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It’s a simple but has the potential to be quite an interesting and relatively compact module.
Just a quick update on the SRY locomotive roster today.