I was tidying in the basement today when I started to think about the Nantucket Railroad and it’s railcar and trailer set The Bug and The Birdcage. I’ve blogged about them before.
I have a really sharp set of drawings that Wes Ewell kindly sent to me and I’ve long thought about how much I’d like to have a pair of these. Likely it would be easiest to build them in 1/4″ scale as On30 models. The size should be large enough to permit motorization and the use a nice, high-ratio, gearbox so they are smooth runners.
Anyway, back to the thought that I’d had. I was thinking about the intricate ironwork on the trailer (the “Birdcage”) and how to model it when it occured to me that it might be worthwhile to borrow on some experience I gained in designed a laser kit some time ago for another manufacturer. Why not build the ironwork up in layers of cardstock?. I just now revved up AutoCAD and drew out a template of what I was thinking about.
I plan on printing this out onto some really leightweight printer paper and laminating that printout onto some lightweight cardstock, something about as heavy as the stock a file folder would be made from. For each panel I imagine what will need to happen is to create 4 layers of the drawing and laminate them to each other to create the completed panel per:
The outermost panels would be cutout without the diagonals. Then, the centremost panels, will be cut out as mirror images of each other with the diagonals in place. When fully laminated the effect should work quite nicely. I’ll need a total of four of these panels for the sides and a simplyfied version for the ends. So sixteen in total.
Mind you…this would be really neat to try in 1/2″ scale…