3D Printing Swiss narrow gauge

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I just wanted to share what I have been doing during quarantine since I think it's pretty exciting. I've been working on some Swiss narrow gauge models which I thought I would never own in G scale! IMG_20200604_122508.jpg IMG_20200415_110313.jpg
 
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Nice job. The finish looks very good. Is that what you get from your printer or do you just do a lot of rubbing down?

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Nice job. The finish looks very good. Is that what you get from your printer or do you just do a lot of rubbing down?

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A combination of both. It took me several months to figure out my printer settings to get it to this point. I paint using the same general concepts as painting a car. As anyone who has gotten into 3D printing knows, it is FAR from user friendly or consumer ready. I'll admit to wanting to throw my printer in the trash on at least 2-3 separate occasions! My goal is to become available to people who don't want to go through all the hassle of learning a CAD program and dealing with the cheap Chinese technology but still want their dream train that wouldn't be available otherwise from big manufacturers.
 
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Well done for persevering and producing a very good start to your required EMU.
 
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Looking great! Let us know when you open up the order book! ;)
 
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This one next?
 

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This one next?
This can be arranged! PM me if you want to take a look at some drawings I have. Im planning on building one of these for myself first to work out the kinks but if you're happy with the way mine looks I'd be happy to do one for you!
 
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This can be arranged! PM me if you want to take a look at some drawings I have. Im planning on building one of these for myself first to work out the kinks but if you're happy with the way mine looks I'd be happy to do one for you!
Oh many thanks, but am into East Germany not Swiss, meant one for you but you are way in front of my thinking.
 
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That sir,, is amazing.
 
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Oh many thanks, but am into East Germany not Swiss, meant one for you but you are way in front of my thinking.
No problem! If you ever want something East German keep me in mind. :)
 
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Looking great so far, well done for getting the surface finish looking that good.

Would you have any information on the prototype?
 
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Looking great so far, well done for getting the surface finish looking that good.

Would you have any information on the prototype?
Do you mean the wagon in real life? It is a Abt Stuerwagen (Cab car) which is used in a push pull configuration on what is now the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway in Switzerland. I'm quite attached to them for some reason and have been riding on them since I was a kid.

This first prototype as far as the model is concerned is made with ABS 3D printing and laser cut stainless steel + Plexiglas. I'll use LGB wheels with electrical pickups but print the actual bogies so they are prototypical. Inside I'll fit a decoder probably in the bathroom to control all the lights which need to be change depending on if the locomotive is pushing or pulling.
 

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Here is a little update on these projects: I printed out an example of the "buffer coupler". It works pretty well but when connecting to an original LGB coupler is currently mounted a little higher. This should be a simple fix. Obviously also the actual loop behind the buffer is much smaller then an LGB loop, so the hook needs to be lined up more compared to original LGB couplers. I have yet to really run this system though it's paces on a torture track but I think the functionality will be similar to X-kuplex couplers.

Also I added a picture of some of my scratch build trains (on the right) coupled to LGB trains (Left). Note how much longer the true scale models are!
 

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Here is a little update on these projects: I printed out an example of the "buffer coupler". It works pretty well but when connecting to an original LGB coupler is currently mounted a little higher. This should be a simple fix. Obviously also the actual loop behind the buffer is much smaller then an LGB loop, so the hook needs to be lined up more compared to original LGB couplers. I have yet to really run this system though it's paces on a torture track but I think the functionality will be similar to X-kuplex couplers.

Also I added a picture of some of my scratch build trains (on the right) coupled to LGB trains (Left). Note how much longer the true scale models are!
If I went for them on Locomotives which would be my choice of use, they would need to be roughly 30thou lower than the LGB hook. This without using a hook on the Locomotive would give good reliability with no uncoupling issues.