To be fair, this is a quote from Mike Bartel he left in the Yahoo N Scale Traction list:
OK, I’m going to give this N scale thing another go, and at the same time, try Shapeways.
IHP now has a store on Shapeways selling N scale items. You can see it here: http://www.shapeway s.com/shops/ ihphobby.
You know how it works: you see a design you like, you order it from the Shapeways site, they print it out, and it arrives at your doorstep in a few weeks. 3D printing is still not yet perfect, as we have been discussing here, but N scale might be a good first-time test for some of these items that have been sitting on my computer for the better part of a year.
First items are a Budd RDC-1 Reading Version shell, and a Budd RDC-9 shell. They were made using original Budd blueprints and info. Both RDCs represent Phase II (or ‘New Look’, or ‘Modernized’ depending on your source), and have never been modeled in N scale before. The Reading cars have details specific to that road’s 12 RDCs delivered in 1962 (the last RDCs built) including larger end windows, open pilots and no sand filler hatches on the sides. The RDC-9 was built for the B&M in a batch of 30 units. A few later went to the CN. As per the prototype, the shell has no end windows or pilots and since they had only one engine, the body details are present and placed accordingly. Both shells include stepwells. The shells are not designed for any specific mechanism, but obviously, RDC drives from Con-Cor or Kato would be obvious choices. Both shells come with stepwells.
Also available for you electric traction fans, for the first time in any scale, are the MU cars built by Canadian Car & Foundry and used by CN in Montreal’s Deux Montaignes electric commuter service from the 1950s to 1995. A motor and trailer shell are available. The motor car has roof walks separate. The trailer has a floor with some underbody on it. Both shells have diaphragms, pilots and stepwells.
The shells can be printed in a variety of materials which have different prices. Check them out. More shells are coming, some might even be in HO.
So, we’ll see how things go like this. It will be interesting making a product without benefit of casting or tooling.
Wait a second, CN MU cars??? In N scale??? Bit early for Christmas isn’t it eh? Heck with that, let’s go check out Shapeways.com and see these things for ourselves. Here’s their rendering of the model:
I’ve seen pictures of Mike’s resin kits before and they look very nice and I’ve heard great things about his work. I had no idea he was working on these and I’m very keen to order a pair. I really didn’t enjoy shipping things from Shapeways to my address here in Canada but this is just too tempting to really ignore. Think I’ll start with a cab and a trailer and see how it goes.
So check out the models on Shapeways. Send Mike a thank you email and now let’s get started on some seventies-era Canadian models. This sure is fun.