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3D Printed Thomas Mini Track System
#16
Wow, those look great Nigels. I had no idea that there was that much difference in using different filaments at the same resolutions produced such different results. I can only imagine what the better filament with higher resolution would look like. Fantastic work Nigels.
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#17
I know, amazing isn't it, but you have to try different filaments regardless of cost, sometimes you find some real gems at a good price. You also don't necessarily always get what you pay for either, sometimes the more expensive ones are not as good as the cheaper ones...
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#18
Ok, after a bunch of printing (between other projects), I've got together a suitable selection of rails to build a small layout which I will be doing in the next week or two, here's a picture this shows the following;
  • 4 x Radius 1 curves (makes a circle)
  • 8 x Radius 2 curves (makes a circle)
  • 5 x Shorter straights
  • 4 x Longer straights (can't remember the exact length and I'm not home to measure them at the moment lol)
  • 2 x Different 4 way crossovers
  • 1 x Straight Cross-over track
  • 1 each Left and Right Points - Could be used for sidings or a passing loop

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There are still plenty more types of track to print including dual lane straights/curves, other types of points including curved points and three way switches, as previously posted also bridges etc...  I will be printing more of all types as time goes by and expanding my track set to go with my mini collection.  I'll soon be offering these for sale as well if anyone is interested, watch the trading zone or PM me if interested.
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#19
Wow, those look amazing Nigels. Smile
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#20
Thanks super, I'm pretty happy with them using this filament,nicely they are almost bpt coloured as well Big Grin
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#21
Anxious to see a Layout using these along with some custom mini's on it.
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#22
I agree they look first class. Great job. Looking forward to seeing you put them together.
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#23
Thanks guys, I just need to get some of the custom minis completed and then I'll get something together Smile
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#24
they look awesome, nigel! great work
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#25
You'll be able to see some in the flesh soon Sun ;-)
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Ok people, something a bit special this time, my latest creation, Rebecca in Thomas Mini format (extended);

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This is my prototype, I'll be painting up the detail and then will post pics of that next Smile
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#27
Wow - that's amazing!
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#28
did you print the chassis as well or just the shell?
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#29
Awesome Nigels

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#30
Thanks guys, I'm pretty happy with it, been worth the pain to complete it lol

@Leyland I 3d printed everything except the wheels and the screws holding it together which I robbed off some duplicate minis I had. I've actually got 3d printed wheels as well, but haven't figured out the best solution for the axles as they are incredibly thin, almost like a pin with flattened ends, but I'm working on that. I've also sourced from eBay some screws that I think will suit, just waiting for them to arrive.

For those interested I will be offering a very limited run of these for sale, PM me if you think you'd like one, I'll be posting in the trading forum when I've decided the price, although I do not intend it to be massive. I will also be able to offer models without the name, number, face but with a proper smoke box door if anyone wants a real world Battle of Britain or West Country loco version.

This is going to be the first of my range of mini locomotives and rolling stock to compliment the track I'm also going to offer for sale. So again if interested let me know and watch the trading forum for details.
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