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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby NeilM » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:21 pm

I have painted my call boxes using Vallejo acrylic. In Spanish that is Azul Intenso, but in English is simply Blue. There are several blues in their range, but the numbers on the bottle are 70.925 and 052. This is just a colour that I picked as looking as though it may be close, and it does look OK after a couple of coats.

I had not thought particularly about making agricultural machinery, although I would not rule out doing a tractor at some time, especially as T scale leaves so much room for fields on a layout.


I have just tried to solder wires to track sections. When I first started I was less confident than I had been before sitting down and looking at how small the tab was I would be soldering to. However it looks to have worked out - I now have wire firmly soldered on and am still able to connect the track. Will try and get a photo of this for my next update.
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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby mattinair » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:47 pm

Thanks for the tip on the call box color (in the promos for the Dr. Who show the Tardis is purple but I noticed that it appears to be blue in the actual shows)....so blue it is then >looking forward to the electric connection photos>Everything is running well enough on my layout right now but there's one little section that seems to run slower.....
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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby NeilM » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:43 am

As promised, some images of my 3d prints which I took to test my new camera.

Please note that none of these are finished in these pictures, they are all just partly painted. Also, I have a close up photo of the power feeds that I soldered to the track sections last night, these are still on the camera and I will add them later.

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One of the Police boxes I have printed. Just needs another coat of paint to finish.


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I am painting this Land Rover as an AA van. Still needs another coat of paint, and then some tidying up and detailing which will possibly need a magnifier if it is to look good in such a cruel enlargement.


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This model does not have a painting handle like the Police call box, however I does have a hollow in the body which will allow it to be stuck on to a wooden skewer (liberated from Wethespoons after eating my deli deal wrap!). Needs another coat of black (possibly toned down to very dark grey?) and then needs the yellow on the corners as per the prototype. That last part should be fun! After that just a silver or grey roof.

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This was only a test of a contained body. It scales out to about 20' in length, but does not have any end detail at all. I am back working on this now, and hope to have 20', 30' and 40' containers, with end details (and possibly different door styles, as there seem to be numerous out there). I will run off a test print of these to ensure they work and if so then will add them to my shop, probably as multi packs of mixed lengths or as a pack of all the same length.


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I have only just started painting here, just the roof. This stage is however a good chance to show the difference between Shapeways materials, White Strong & Flexible (WSF) on the left and Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) on the right. This is one of the few of my models that will print in WSF, as all the others need FUD (or FXD) to pass the Shapeways checks for the fine detail, so I took the opportunity to order both for a comparison.
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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby NeilM » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:02 am

I had promised to get these pictures up sooner rather than later, but.....

I had decided that the single power track that I had bought may not be enough to ensure good power distribution around the whole loop of track on my test layout - do not know if this was unfounded or not, but from other scales I have learned not to rely on rail joiners alone to transmit track power too far especially with the extra joints from using set track rather than flexi.

If you turn the track sections over there is a small tab as part of the rail joiner, which is folded back almost flat to be nearly parallel with the rail. It is this I soldered the wire to.

Firstly bend this tag up carefully. Does this carefully. Did I mention caref.... OK, you get the picture, it worked OK for me but I suspect that this part may not take to much bending before it would just snap off.

I did the soldering with a fine point 15W iron. Before I did this I wet a piece of folded kitchen roll and held the track down into it for soldering. This was to ensure any extra heat was drawn away from the track - again do not know how effective this was, but it seemed to work for me.

In the photos below you can see how the wires were attached. The close photo up does show that I still managed to melt the plastic base a little, but the proof was in the fact that the sections could still be joined after soldering (I soldered them separately - however there could be and argument for joining the two sections first before any heat is applied).

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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby martink » Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:18 pm

NeilM wrote:.... If you turn the track sections over there is a small tab as part of the rail joiner, which is folded back almost flat to be nearly parallel with the rail. It is this I soldered the wire to .....

The same approach also works well for flexi track - the fishplates on the joiner section have similar tabs that you can bend down and solder to. Much, much easier than trying to solder to the iron rails!
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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby dkightley » Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:37 pm

This is the exact technique I have used on Robins Run.....and will be using on The Bridge.
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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby NeilM » Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:25 pm

I have finally completed the details for my shipping container. I am planning to send an order to Shapeways in the next week, and will include this to ensure that it prints correctly.

Although this will print as a single piece, I have designed the base 3d model as separate components, 10' centre section, 5' end with door and 5' end without door. This will allow models to be easily created as a 20', 30' or 40' container.

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If this works out I will add all 3 to my shop (20' one is already there, but marked as not for sale), and also sets of maybe 6 of each, or an assortment of sizes.

I am also planning to print some road vehicle tests for plans that I have had scaled up for some time. I say test, because they are just basic block vehicles, with little or no detail beyond the basic shape. These will probably include Austin Cambridge, Bond Bug, Ford Escort Mk2, Ford Escort Mk3, Dodge Charger 1969, Peel P50 and Africar (google the last 2 if they do not mean anything to you!). I do not plan to sell these as is, even if they print OK, as they will end up costing just as much as properly detailed models. However, if they do work out, I will start work on detailed versions.
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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby NeilM » Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:49 pm

I have finally got my Shapeways order ready. The free postage offer was an incentive to get this done (offer is on until Sunday, and is not the previous one that was US only, not sure if it is completely world wide but it definitely included the UK saving me GBP 7.24)

I have ordered one of Jesse's FP7 body shells, and also a collection of my own designs, none of which have been printed yet. These include all 3 of the shipping containers, a number of low-detail-quick-to-design cars as mentioned in my previous mail, and also a couple of canal boats.

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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby NeilM » Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:09 pm

My Shapeways order is now printed, but still in the post. On the assumption that the container will print OK I have already been thinking about a container wagon.

My first thought was a flat wagon with the containers added separately. However this would leave a very flimsy wagon, which may break even if Shapeways would print it.

My second thought was to combine the containers with the wagon as a single model. That would work as regards ensuring sufficient strength, however the problem there would be that it would be impossible to paint the end of the containers in the centre of the wagon.

So I think, even though the containers are fully detailed, the best way would be to join 3 containers with just a shallow groove between them. This could be filled with black paint before the containers themselves were painted. It would be hardly visible in 1:450 scale, and the outer ends would have the correct detail.

I did have a design for a bogie which held the axles in U shaped slots, rather than then holding the pin point ends of the axles. This still needs more testing, but if it could work then I think that it would be possible to print a wagon with two bogies already attached, which if possible would mean the wagon would need only wheels and couplers to complete. That however is a development for another time, so do not hold your breath for this one!

On another topic, I have finally got a complete circuit of track, with power leads, taped temporarily to a piece of foamboard - so it looks like my first T gauge layout is at last moving in the right direction.
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Re: My T gauge adventure

Postby mattd10 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:37 pm

Hi Neil,

Great minds must think alike as I have this coming in my current shapeways order...

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Designed to fit on a 19m powered chassis or a standard adjustable one. The colours are just a bit of fun but I'm hoping it'll look effective. I think I left a gap of something like 0.1/0.2mm in between which I intend in dribbling some black paint in too. I've designed it to sit slightly lower on the chassis than other T stock to give a flatbed feel....just hoping it doesn't obstruct bogie movement!

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