I think this project is at a point where I can start to share it.
The photo shows a sideframe that I’m working on, that will be available on Shapeways. This sideframe is designed as a direct replacement for those on Kato’s RSC2 trucks and represents those found on the iconic Canadian RSC13, 14, and 24 lightweight diesels.
The final part will include mounting pins so these sideframes can just be plugged directly into the Kato truck. I’ll include brake rigging details that are found on the face of the prototype truck but none of the details typically found behing the truck (e.g. brake shoes). They’ll be packaged in a set of four and I expect they should price out just under twenty dollars for a full set.
I expect to have a test print ready to submit by the end of the week, this week. Once I have a test print in hand I’ll be able to adjust it to make sure what I created works as well as I want it to and to adjust any details for thicknesses and similar refinements.
Also on my drawing board right now are some other detail parts for typical lightweight MLW parts including hood ends for the same 13, 14, and 24 diesels. The first parts will be in HO scale but very close behind will be TT (1/120) and N (1/160) scale versions.
Since this is all still in development, let me know what you think and any suggestions for the design.