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I wanted to share with you the mid-conclusion point of one of my longest modeling projects.
In 2011 I wanted an Amtrak Cascades Talgo train. One could make this train with the E-R Models imported Electrotren Talgo set, but many of the cars were not correct and a six car set was expensive. Additionally, the train lacked the characteristic fins of the prototype. The best way, I decided, was to 3D print the whole train.
This was however before 3D printing became really mainstream. The Shapeways service was really the only way I could get the pieces I needed, so the design process was started. As I lacked the 3D modeling skills needed, I asked a friend to help me. He came up with the basis for the intermediate cars (with correct window placement), and the project kept getting back-burnered as our two lives dictated.
Then, one day, I went for a train rode with my girlfriend, but we only made it as far as the I-5 bridge in DuPont, WA. The 501 derailment has been a major impact on our lives, and served to teach me that if I wanted to get things done, I had to be the one to get it done. I intend to own my experience and make sure that it is not forgotten.
With the intermediate cars done, I turned my attention to those blasted fins. Many hours was spent making and re-making them. I think I have finally got them at a point that I think they look right.
Another development that happened in 2017 was the availability of the Anycubic Photon 3D printer. This is what really enabled the project to get to fruition. The individual cars were going to cost $125 EACH from Shapeways- untenable. Especially when my train I need to build is 12 cars long. The Photon printer has been instrumental in pushing what I can do and leading me to explore more in the area of 3D printing in model railroading.
This article first appeared on model-railroad-hobbyist.com
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