I’m pretty excited to share updates on a few of the new models in my Shapeways store. Of all the parts I’m adding in, I have a few that are very personal and have been on my own “to do” or “geez, why doesn’t someone make XYZ?” list for a very long time. Here goes:
CP plywood sheathed van
These are my favourite cabooses. This one is designed to fit on a standard N scale caboose frame such as Atlas have been selling under their Santa Fe end cupola van since the beginning of time. I really wanted a one piece replacement shell that was somewhere between a foobie CP van from the Atlas catalogue and the Kaslo kit. I believe I’ve hit the mark here. I can’t wait to see this one in paint.
CN transfer van
This thing is beautiful. I’m very pleased with how well it turned out. I have it sitting on my layout right now, still in its raw plastic state and I still can’t believe I’m seeing it. I’ve scratchbuilt a few of these in HO scale but this is further than I’ve ever gotten with an N scale version.
Finally!! Several test prints and iterations later I have one that works perfectly. It’s tiny and fragile but fits on the stock Life-Like sw1200 truck perfectly. I know Micro Trains have one on the way and I don’t want to overlap their production but I’m going to go ahead and release mine for sale. One interesting detail that I don’t have resolution on for these trucks is in regard to the brake cylinders. The Life-Like sw1200 has these wide gussets at the step wells and the cylinders hit them on tight curves. To do a Canadian unit you’d need to file these guessets back so I’m not so worried but they do take the edge off the of easy conversion I was hoping for.
I dropped off two pairs of RSC13 hood ends and a set of trucks to Taylor last night. I see on Facebook that he has paint on the first shell. I can’t wait to see a pair of these running in a couple of weeks. Wow!!
In all this has been a welcome break at a time in the hobby where I’m trying to find a direction for my modelling.