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Finished Cars


TPL engine No. 35 with TPL caboose No. 5 are getting ready to as- semble a train to head for the woods. The logging flats are from Shapeways. Bob Hogan kitbashed Nos. 35 and 5 in S scale. — Bob Hogan photo


when it is printed. Shapeways’ automatic scan found some thin areas that may or may not print. We really don’t know what detail will come through until I do a test print.” Four more drawings of the car included the weight well, a view of the top with a weight installed, a view of the top with decking in- stalled, and the stake pockets on the sides of the car. The following day, I received an- other eight images, which showed the proposed car from all angles. All the end details, side pockets, coupler pads, queen posts — ev- erything was there. Bob Hogan’s comment says it all: “Wow! What more can one say?”


All these designs were for HO cars. I asked the designer if he could also make them in S and N scales. “Sure. It is easy to scale the drawings up to S or down to N, but I can’t guarantee they will pass printability tests.” Much to our delight, all three scales did pass the tests. Two weeks after our first con- tact, Shapeways placed the files on its website! These were test


prints, so the files were with- drawn after we ordered all three scales.


As the test cars were built over the next few weeks, numer- ous emails flew back and forth between the designer and the three of us: Mitch in California in N, Bob in Georgia in S, and me in Ohio in HO. Minor problems cropped up in all three scales that were corrected.


Six weeks after our journey started, the files were ready for anyone to order from Shapeways.


The prices range from about $12.50 for a single N-scale car to about $27 for an HO-scale car to about $60 for an S-scale car. All the cars’ prices drop if they are ordered in multiples. Shipping for each order is extra. The cars can be ordered from Shapeways at http://www.shapeways.com/ designer/R3feetr.


There are some things a mod- eler should understand about the process. Each time the file is printed, the equipment is set up by an individual technician. The


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Mill Flat No. 221, a mill flat, is just out of the TPL shops, having been completely rebuilt, including Bet- tendorf trucks. The wear and tear on the logging flats is shows clearly on the two flats behind it. The mill flats were used to move cut lumber around the mill, and finished product to the TPL wharf on Humboldt Bay for shipment around the world. The logging and mill flats are S scale from Shapeways. — Bob Hogan photo


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