If you can’t beat em make shit they’ll buy


reclining NBW

Reclining NBWs in 1:160th

I don’t like where model railroading ended up but I do have a lot of Gcode – enough that I recently acquired a down on it’s knees resin printer to make hay. At the moment the printer is barely operational enough to shrink test with but early prints hold promise. I am muddling through a homemade scanner/printer/lost resin setup independent of this printer for my agricultural/architectural modelling projects with the hope that they will compliment one another. Time will tell.

Above is the first print – well the second actually – the first was in an area of the build plate that is completely non functional. It’s a poor image but the little nubs are 1-1/8″ NBWs for a GN water tank hardware kit that I drew up ages ago. The square nuts are .013″ across, look hex to the eye, but are actually pentagonal owing to some artifacts and failing consumables.

If I can get through the testing phase unscathed I have GN/NP FT and geep dynamic brake kits, GN/NP switch hardware and PNW caboose shell kits that will be offered in N scale for sale on insta.

Historically my interest has been with the the GN three phase system and the late 50s/early 60s end time period and so that’s what I’ll be flogging at first. More recently I’ve been dabbling in outdoor 1:50 and 1:32 and have printed off shells for some of the Skagit River Railway electric locos in N scale but unless someone shows interest in that, I think that those tiny prototypes are best left to better, heavier and much more costly manufacturing techniques in proper materials. Resin printing is a cost effective way to get a decent Z, N or TT scale model shell of a wooden boxcar, caboose, or a larger boxcab for that matter, but there are limitations to the process that demand better.