My T gauge adventure

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mattinair
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I just checked your Shapeways shop but the Austin 7 models aren't there yet......I really want some of the little convertables without windscreens....hope'n they'll be on your site soon....

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Nutter wrote:Interesting all you need now is the steam rolling stock
Watch this space for suitable 4 wheeled rolling stock. I just need to find where I have put my stock of wheels (moved them some time ago into a 'safe place' so they did not get lost!) then I can test my wagons.

Other designers have suitable coaches available (and also other suitable 4 wheel wagons). Locos are of course the problem, especially powered smaller locos, although using a larger wagon body to hide a power chassis and then have a free rolling loco body is a way to go (and has already been done).
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mattinair wrote:I just checked your Shapeways shop but the Austin 7 models aren't there yet......I really want some of the little convertables without windscreens....hope'n they'll be on your site soon....
I just need to check that the screen really will fit in the model. Basically just a check that the slot is open enough to take thin clear plastic sheet. If so then I will add these models to my site. Will also add the version with a screen as well, so may put up different collections. Would you be wanting a single model (expensive unit cost as there is minimum cost for any FUD print of 5 dollars), multiple convertibles, or a mix of convertibles, vans and saloons?

Note that I may be careful naming these when they appear in my shop. Not sure about the copyright on the Austin name. This has not been used on a car since the Metro and Maestro, but it will surely be owned by somebody. I know that a few years ago the Morris name caught the headlines in the classic car press when the current owners of the name were targeting any classic car business which dared to show the Morris name or logo in its business name or in its adverts.
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I'd probably want about 3 or 4 of the convertibles without windscreens.... but I'm more than happy to wait until you've got it worked out.....

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5 dollars each doesn't sound unreasonable....

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I have now made a start adding the new models to my shop.

For now just the convertibles without a screen. I have added this as a single model and also as a pack of three.

I still need to organise the convertible with screen, saloon and van into collections, so if anyone is wanting any of these and has a preference of what packs you would like to see then just let me know. Remember that due to the Shapeway's pricing structure the more models are added into the same file the lower the unit cost per model.

Just preparing the images of the pre coloured models I had printed (full colour sandstone), so will put these up later.
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As promised, images of my experiments using Shapeways prints in Full Colour Sandstone to create pre coloured 1/450 models. This material is, as its name suggests, gritty in texture and quite unlike the finish of FUD which I normally print in.

My test print included some models larger than T which worked quite well, however the T scale items were really on the limit of what this material can do - both in terms of minimum wall and detail sizes for the print, and also the resolution of the colouring.

The first T scale item I tried was a red British telehone box. As can be seen the detail is not a patch on my police box models show in earlier posts, however they still probably look better than a regular print painted red if used far enough into the background when on the layout.
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The other model I tried was a simplified version of my Dodge Charger. As can be seen some of these models have side windows printed and other do not due to hitting the mimimum resolution for printing. The stepping effect on the front of the cars looks very prominent in the photograph, but is really no where near that noticeable when looking at the actual model.
The flag on the top of the General Lee version has worked out quite well considering the small size. For the black and white (completely made up idea) I added roof lights which turned out well - just need to be on a more appropriate model! For the other models I just took the opportunity to quickly and easily change the colours around.
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Wow that cop car looks great.....gotta put it on my list.....I had forgotten about the little chargers....

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Wow that cop car looks great.....gotta put it on my list.....I had forgotten about the little chargers....

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mattinair wrote:Wow that cop car looks great.....gotta put it on my list.....I had forgotten about the little chargers....
As of yet I have not put either version of the charger in my shop. I am just going through all the road vehicles that I have created and test printed ready to put up some collections (rather than single models, because of the higher unit cost per model). Once I check what other models I have I will pull some together, however if you are wanting any specific mix or quantity of models then let me know.
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I have now put my remaining 1930s models (Austin 7s) up on Shapeways.

Direct link to this model in my shop: http://shpws.me/M8U1

I have printed these but have not yet had a chance to paint them. When I have done so I will load some pictures.

Currently in my shop as a set of 3 models, but as always, if anyone want a different quantity or a different mix of models then just ask.
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I have placed an order at tgauge.com for a pack of adjustable chassis. I guess I was tired of moving the single chassis I had between the bodies I have made or bought each time!

The parcel may be here already. I had a card through the door whilst I was out to say there is an item to sign for at the sorting office. Do tgauge.com send out parcels needing a signature? So long since I placed an order I can not remember.

Either way I will now have 4 new chassis, and will have to decide what to build on them.
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They require signatures.

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A quick 'whats on my workbench' photo. I am currently getting stuck in painting a batch of road vehicles and accessories. Show here after the first coat of paint, so still need windows, wheels and details painting in. Some of the other models I am also painting at the same time (not shown in this photo) have been cleaned in hot water rather than white spirits, which leaves the prints clear so for those I will just need to paint round the windows. ('just' being a relative term in T - where is that 00000 brush?)

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One photo that I have not shown yet on the forum, my boxcar painted and mounted on a cut down 19m chassis.
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And another photograph of my models.

These are a couple of Austin 7s which I painted for Doug. Shown are the convertible (with the printed screen) and the van, I have yet to paint a saloon but that will be in my next batch.
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The end of the week, so I thought I would add a preview of a vehicle that I am currently working on.

Not for sale just yet, as can be seen it still needs some obvious details, i.e. wheel centres, spare wheel on bonnet etc. But when done should be useful if anyone is planning a military train (I have just put my 1/450 Land Rover Ambulance for sale in a pack of 6 for the same reason)
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Once the common details are complete I plan to get two different models from this, one with the hood up, and also one with the hood down which will have a visible interior (which I know is possible because I did it on my Austin 7 Tourer.


I am still working on my wartime bus. Also, have now taken delivery of a pack of adjustable chassis I do have other plans for US and UK outline freight stock, with a spread from the 1930s through to the current day.
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As promised in another thread, here is the first of the designs for rolling stock that I am hopeful will all be completed this week.

Our laptop is on its last legs and about to expire soon. The laptop I had borrowed, which I could have used as a backup, needs to be returned. Hence the push to get these models complete. If all get done there will be 2xUS and 1xUK.

This is the first of those models. A 40ft wagontop boxcar from the steam/early diesel era. This has been designed to fit the adjustable chassis, but will equally well fit the 19m coach chassis. This, and the other two models I hope to release this week, are all available as a single model or as a set of 3 (to reduce the unit cost per model). If anybody wants a different quantity then just ask.
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Single model: http://shpws.me/MvxK
Set of 3: http://shpws.me/MvxM
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The second of three promised models. This time a UK wagon from modern times, a nuclear flask wagon.

Something a bit different, but these do get seen on a number of routes across the country. Also they tend to be in short trains (would not want too much of this stuff in one place at one time!), so easy to model the whole train.
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As before the model is available in my shop singly http://shpws.me/MvK4 or as a set of 3 http://shpws.me/MvKk
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And I wonder who will be the first to recreate "Operation Smash Hit" in T gauge??? ;) ;) ;)

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