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    Is there anyone on the forum that can or will do some cad design work for a Shapeways project? I have a future project to build some Union Pacific tank cars and need a new tank dome and collar for a more prototypical look. I can provide a hand drafted detail for someone to work from, scan that and e-mail to who ever is interested. Thanks....John

    GULF COAST & WESTERN


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    Try Ed Traxler. He's done a bunch of nice work and is about as knowledgeable a person on the subject as anyone else I've seen.
    Russ

    It's not Practice makes Perfect, It's Perfect Practice makes Perfect

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    • #3
      Yes, Ed is a genuine Wizard at using SketchUp for very exacting and detailed Shapeways projects!

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      • #4
        Ed just finished up a project for Rusty Stumps so I'm sure he can handle yours.
        Dave Mason
        On30Kits.com

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        • #5
          Thanks Russ and Bill for your replies. I have sent Ed Traxler an e-mail thru his Deep River RR website. I plan to do at least 4 UP tank cars and the domes were 69 inch in diameter. The collar that connects the dome to the tank car has a double row of offset rivets around it and will be a bear to try and copy by hand, especially for 4 or more cars. The Athearn single dome tank car will be a base for my model. With only a few other details added and the right trucks (which I have from Kadee) this makes a pretty close copy. Thanks.....John

          GULF COAST & WESTERN

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          • #6
            Ahh .. see my name is being taken in vain! .. will check to see if I got the email(?). Did you send it via the "Comments and Questions" link? I just tested it and it worked.

            http://etraxx.com/contact/comments-questions/

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            • #7
              Thanks to all again for your replies. Getting on the Railroad Line Forums was one of my best decisions. What a bunch of helpful folks.

              Got an e-mail reply from Ed Traxler and I will be sending him all the info I can on the tank car dome I need drawn. If all of this comes to fruition, (production via Shapeways) I'll do my best to post some photos. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

              GULF COAST & WESTERN

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              • #8
                I have sent Ed an e-mail with my project idea and he said send the info I had and he would take a look. A few days later I e-mailed drawings and dimensional data using e-mail in his post. Several weeks have passed and I have sent 2 more e-mails just to verify he received the info I sent. I have not heard a word on any of my e-mails since the very first one. Now I am wondering if Ed has fallen ill or something. I am in no rush for my small project but not hearing anything back at all, I am concerned about his well being. Does anyone have any info on Ed? I hope all is well and he is on vacation in the South to escape the winter.

                GULF COAST & WESTERN

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                • #9
                  Not ill or dead. Busy with other things but will get back to you this week.

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                  • #10
                    You can't kill Ed. He's been through two wars and a wife.
                    Russ

                    It's not Practice makes Perfect, It's Perfect Practice makes Perfect

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                    • #11
                      Ed....Good to know you are alive and well. I thought you might have had a heart attack or died laughing when you saw the drawings I sent. As I said, no rush. Contact me at your convenience. Thanks.

                      GULF COAST & WESTERN

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