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 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 04:33 pm
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Wow-Sometimes the part-time retirement job gets too interesting-no railroading! About my track-the early layouts were mostly Peco HOe (HOn30); more recently just Peco Setrack points and Atlas N code 80. (Once it has ballast you really don't notice the tie spacing. Now I am using mostly Tomix Mini-Finetrack in the 103 and 140mm radius (no bending), and the 140mm points. There are two new microlayouts in the playing around stage, both will probably be HOn30 as I want to build some of the cardmodel narrowgauge stuff from Clever Models. Thom and Dave do great artwork but the problem is adapting them to real running. Recently purchased a CAD program called ViaCAD 2D/3D (less than $100usd)-kind of a ProE-Soildworks Light to replace my old Autocad. It does create the STL format that Shapeways uses for the laser so I can do frames and such for the cardstock cars and locos.  I have a vision in my head of an N scale (HOn30??) 3 truck Shay powered by 3 of those little World Craft chassis! AnyRail is the design program of choice for the layouts (the home page features one of my drawings). Watch this space ;) - later - Russ

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 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 09:25 pm
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I've already got a 24ft HOn30 underframe on Shapeways that might do for the Clever Models Cars http://shpws.me/O4O

If it's not the right size - I've not got any Clever Models Cars myself to check - I can do a modified version to fit if someone tells me what the right size is. Is made to take body mounted Micro-Trains couplers, but again I can make a version to work with truck mounted ones.

I also do my own archbar truck - A bit bigger and longer wheelbase as compared to N gauge ones http://shpws.me/1yqt - these take Atlas 36" N gauge wheels.

As there is a start up cost I do these in lots of 24 to save money but if you only want a couple to try contact me direct. In a few weeks time I should have an Ebay shop set up for these but I'm still in early stages of everything.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 07:15 pm
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Tom - Sounds interesting-here are real world dimensions-
car underframe(one size fits all)2.6875"l x 0.9375"w. The little caboose - 1.8125"l x 0.8125"w. Due to really tight curves I am using truck mount couplers; 0.40" from end of floor to bolster hole and 1/16 to 3/32 high. Off group haigh44094atgmaildotcom will work. Send me an stl file if you work something up. Russ

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 Posted: Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 07:22 pm
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Accidently posted twice! Actually the Clever critters and NG car CD is pretty good except for the frame issue - this could solve that problem.

Last edited on Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 07:27 pm by russn20

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 Posted: Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 10:48 pm
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OK I've done a new one as the cars seem to be only 19ft 6 long.

I've put it on Shapeways too http://shpws.me/1Mwl in a group of 4 to save on start-up charges and with my (small) markup it takes it just over the 25$ minimum order there.

I have a couple of ideas for the caboose too.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 4th, 2011 12:31 pm
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I ordered 2 sets, gonna do some car bodies. I think your frames will be assembled with the scribed surface down so it shows from the bottom. The Clever kits have nice floors and full car interiors if you do them with the doors open. On30 versions next?? - Russ

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 Posted: Wed Aug 31st, 2011 02:07 pm
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W C Greene wrote: Holy Mackerel, I will jabber a bit also! You can have 2 footers in S (1:64) scale using available HOn3 loco mechanisms and trucks...there are locos (expensive brass) and cars (expensive resin & wood kits) or just make stuff yourself and use HOn3 track. If you had some HOn3 stuff and would consider a slightly narrower gauge, using O scale, that HOn3 gauge becomes 20" gauge. And then there is 2 foot gauge in 1:35 (military scale) using HO, On30, 16.5MM gauge. I know a couple of dudes doing that now.I also know more doing On20 also. And yes, I know some Sn2 modelers.I can get shot for suggesting this but you might consider using already established and available materials for your venture. Locking yourself into something like 1:74.285 or 1: something something will cause you to give up in disgust because no figures or vechicles are available.

Depending on what type of 2 footer you would like makes a difference also. Do you want British/European tramway stuff? Do you want Aussie/NZ stuff? How about US stuff-Maine types, industrial lines, or as I love-western US 2 footers. As for a small layout, look here in the micro layout section for ideas. Using tiny locos and cars, you can have a neat little line in a 1 foot square layout!

Stuff to think about.  I do know a little about 2 footers and what I don't know, others will...just ask.

                              Woodie
I was unaware of any Western US 2 ft...can you point me in the right direction for some further info/research?Thanks-Mike

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 Posted: Wed Aug 31st, 2011 04:56 pm
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Mike-there were a few Western 2 footers...look up Gilpin Tramway in CO and Silver City, Pinos Altos, & Mogollon RR in NM. There were some industrial lines also but less documented. And if this isn't enough, you can build a Western 2 footer freelance and it then becomes the prototype.
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 Posted: Wed Aug 31st, 2011 05:16 pm
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OK thanks. I found some cursory information on wikipedia with your input. I visitied northeast New Mexico as a kid where there were some mining ruins; it seems like I would remember if there was anything that hinted of railroads, but I don't have any clear recollections of that sort of thing.  For now, the Maine RRs will keep me busy....

Mike

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 Posted: Sun Sep 4th, 2011 09:36 am
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Hi All.

My new Sn2N locomotive is under construction.

I'd like to show some pictures of the locomotive.

British-made Graham Farish 4-4-0 mechanism.





Narrowed MDC/Roundhouse slopeback tender.








Regauged HOn3 arch bar trucks.





Cab was made of styrene sheet and rods.





Cab windows were too low. :w:

I used 1/2 inch diameter styrene pipe for the boiler and smoke box.
0.5mm thick styrene sheet was wrapped around the "boiler section."








Shortened Grandt Line On30 Porter smoke stack was glued onto the smoke box.





Grandt Line On30 cylinder block and crossheads.





Japanese-made HOn30 cow catcher.





I modified cab side windows. :bg:





Why 2-4-0, not 4-4-0?
It is too narrow to put wheels between crossheads.

To be continued.

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Junior


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