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BCNorthernRail
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Posted - 03/10/2019 :  12:00:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit BCNorthernRail's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Forum

Having lurked on the forum and enjoyed what you members achieved in regard to model building, I thought maybe you might be interested in seeing my attempt to recreate some famous craftman kits in N-Scale.

I only recently converted - or rather diverged - from HO-Scale, because of the lack of suitable real estate for the larger scale. I approached N-Scale modeling by first designing each building in an open source and free 3D software called Blender, while keeping in mind the limitations of my entry-level 3D printer (a Tevo Tornado modified to print with 0.3 mm nozzle).

While I am not yet where I want to be, I finished a few of the planned models over the last couple of month'.

Renderings of the Red Hook Wharf adaption




A photo of some of the finished models


I am aware of quite a few issues, that could have been approached better with the right tools. But I am just starting over, so these issues will be addressed as soon as my workshop improves over time.

Purchasing a 3D printer was a bit like opening Pandora's Box for me. Suddenly I was able to create something on my computer and only hours later I was able to work on the actual model.

Ever since I became an armchair model railroader sometime during the 80ies, I loved craftman kits and especially the Tidewater Wharf diorama by FSM. Well they have a price tag that is above my current budget and the particular kit is sold out and somewhat hard to find. So I had wanted to scratchbuilt it for a long time.

It was a given, that the Tidewater Wharf diorama needed to be adapted for my future N-Scale layout. For this scratchbuilding endeavour I purchased the original build instructions and plans, before starting the desing process.

Renderings of the repair dock




And two photos of the nearly finished N-Scale model of the same building





Well, that's it for now and I hope you like what you see. There are quite a few issues related to the printable resolutions of the 3D printer, so I invested into a second machine (the Anycubic Photon, an entry level DLP-Printer). Windows and doors, as well as detail parts should greatly improve using this device.

If there is some interest, I might write a more indepth decription of my scratchbuilding approach, but that will have to wait for some time, I'm afraid.

Best,
Mirco
Freelancing and modeling in N-Scale and HO-Scale
http://bcnorthernrail.net

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slimrails
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Posted - 03/10/2019 :  12:33:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mirco, your buildings certainly are impressive and the details in the construction came out terrific. I particularly like the the way the interiors look when viewed through the open doors.


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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 03/10/2019 :  12:37:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome Mirco.

N-Scale hard to believe you have done such a wonderful job building those structures.

Keep on posting I'm sure there a lot of guys who will be interested.


Jerry

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George D
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Posted - 03/10/2019 :  12:42:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm very impressed with the buildings you've built, Mirco. I'm interest in hearing more about how you constructed them.

George



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Grubes
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Posted - 03/10/2019 :  2:15:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pretty amazing. I'd also be interested in your process.

Dave



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BCNorthernRail
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Posted - 03/10/2019 :  3:07:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit BCNorthernRail's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the kind words. As soon as I get some sparetime, I will try to show the process by documenting my proceedings on one of the other buildings of the Tidewater Wharf diorama adaption.

Here are two photos that might be better showing the model in comparison to - well - my hand.





There are still a lot of details and some weathering that need to be done, but I hope to get to it soon and will keep you updated. For examle, I just noticed, I cheated with the insides of the large folding doors ;-)

Mirco


Freelancing and modeling in N-Scale and HO-Scale
http://bcnorthernrail.net

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Bill Gill
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Posted - 03/10/2019 :  9:38:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sehr gut, Micro. I like your Blender renderings too.


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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 03/11/2019 :  09:42:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent Micro and welcome to the forum!


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jbelwood
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Posted - 03/11/2019 :  10:54:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great start on Tidewater Wharf. I've had their HO version on my layout for the past 20 years. Full interior detail with lighting. One of my favorite structures. BTW..HO kit is from Builders-In-Scale. Curious to see how you complete this project.

John



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 03/11/2019 :  1:03:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Outstanding work Mirco! I can certainly appreciate the effort required to learn and somewhat master the whole 'additive manufacturing' process. Building the models comes only after a great deal of learning 'how to do it'. I know it's definitely NOT as easy as it looks. My congratulations on taking on the challenge!

Jim



Edited by - BurleyJim on 03/11/2019 3:34:48 PM

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