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    Since not much is available in North American TT scale. I'm going to have to scratch-build much of the models, both rolling stock and buildings. I thought it would be nice to keep a log of what I do. I'll be posting the full procedure on my website in the TT scale section. http://www.kingstonemodelworks.com/TT.html Not much there yet. It'll be built up as projects progress. THE TT SECTION OF THE WEBSITE IS NO LONGER UP.

    More in the next post.

    Bernd
    Last edited by Bernd; 08-01-2022, 12:14 PM.
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  • #2
    So, here's the first project. A freelance caboose. I started drawing it up in Design Spark Mechanical 2.0, a 3D CAD program. I started with the bottom of the caboose. More to come as I draw the rest. It'll take some time since I'm only just learning how to use the program.

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    Next, I hope to get the ides drawn up.

    Bernd
    Last edited by Bernd; 08-01-2022, 12:26 PM.
    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

    Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

    New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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    • #3
      Neat Bernd! I'm watching tutorials on sketchup via facebook. These concepts are all new to this rookie. I'm pretty good with cad standard, a 2 d program. http://www.cadstd.com/. I use it for dead on easy buildings & it's a simple progress for me. I'll be following along. Ed Traxler is a real pro at these programs.

      Philip
      Philip

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      • #4
        Hi Bernd,

        I'll follow along! You're projects are fantastic and I know your builds will be interesting.

        What is the size of TT scale?

        Dave
        Dave

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        • #5
          Bernd,

          I've been watching this evolve for a short time but heck, who needs to wait to draw up a sketch when all you need to do is look at a picture and build, like me. Although I haven't seen many buildings in TT scale! Nice looking modules BTW.

          Rich

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Philip


            Neat Bernd! I'm watching tutorials on sketchup via facebook. These concepts are all new to this rookie. I'm pretty good with cad standard, a 2 d program. http://www.cadstd.com/. I use it for dead on easy buildings & it's a simple progress for me. I'll be following along. Ed Traxler is a real pro at these programs.

            Philip


            I tried Sketchup several times and just could not wrap my head around that program. I believe it doesn't use actual measurements. but units when outputting? The program I use, DesignSpark Mechanical 2.0 is a free version of what's used in industry. It's quiet powerful. I just finished the floor and able to print out a drawing exactly to scale with very little frustration. I've seen of Ed's work and I'm impressed. Design Spark also puts out in STL, plus several others with out having to add extra programs to make it function. Good luck in making Sketch-up work.

            Bernd
            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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            New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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            • #7
              quote:


              Originally posted by Guff


              Hi Bernd,

              I'll follow along! You're projects are fantastic and I know your builds will be interesting.

              What is the size of TT scale?

              Dave


              Thanks Dave. Might my projects be fantastic because I'm not stuck on building an actual prototype? [^] Could be. I like using what is structurally plausible and apply it to building a model that I would want in a 1:1 scale if I had a railroad.

              Yes, it's TT scale. This is a great scale in between N and HO. It's big enough to have fine details, but yet small enough to fit a space that HO wouldn't. Also I'm trying to help revive the scale. It's going to be a tough battle since there are virtually no manufacturers of American prototypes. It'll be mostly scratch build or scratch bash.

              Bernd
              New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

              Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

              New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by Pennman


                Bernd,

                I've been watching this evolve for a short time but heck, who needs to wait to draw up a sketch when all you need to do is look at a picture and build, like me. Although I haven't seen many buildings in TT scale! Nice looking modules BTW.

                Rich


                Yes I could do just that, look at a picture and build, but what I enjoy is showing the process of getting to that model and how a tool such as a computer can help design a model. It's a learning process that is fun for me. I'm also learning how 3D CAD can help visualize a model.

                Hopefully I'll be able to start on the first module this coming week. It'll be slow going, but hopefully at a steady pace.

                Bernd
                New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

                Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

                New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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                • #9
                  Here's a refined drawing. I discovered that making a complete picture you need to actually draw many little parts and assemble them. Take the individual boards on the end platform. I actually had to draw each board individually and then assemble them onto the frame. Virtual frame building.[^]

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                  Till next time.

                  Bernd
                  Last edited by Bernd; 08-01-2022, 12:28 PM.
                  New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

                  Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

                  New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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                  • #10
                    Hi Bernd,

                    Looks like another TT adventure.

                    I remember while learning a cad program the joy of discovering I could replicate a line or object at a regular interval in any direction. I understand you are using quite different software but doesn't it have something similar?

                    I think you're in a different dimension than most of us.

                    Mike
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                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Michael Hohn


                      Hi Bernd,

                      Looks like another TT adventure.

                      I remember while learning a cad program the joy of discovering I could replicate a line or object at a regular interval in any direction. I understand you are using quite different software but doesn't it have something similar?

                      I think you're in a different dimension than most of us.

                      Mike


                      Yes, another TT project. An easier one at that. Haven't decided whether to use styrene for a full build or make molds for resin castings. That'll come once I get the caboose all figured out.

                      My DraftSight 2D CAD software has a place were you can do multiples in linear fashion or circular. Great for doing multiples. If the 3D program has it I haven't found it yet. I just started this a couple of weeks ago and am still learning my way around the program. I'll probably never use it o it's full potential. I would like to learn making an Stereo Lithography file so I can do 3D milling on my Sherline. Then I could make all sorts of parts. But that's a long way off.

                      I guess you could say I'm in the 3D dimension.

                      Bernd
                      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

                      Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

                      New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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                      • #12
                        Hi Bernd, nice start. I'll start with I know nothing about 3D CAD programs, and I'm sure you could shed some light on the subject, but I would think the way other computer programs are, You should only have to make a few deck boards, highlight the deck and attach as many individual deck boards as you wish. Just my thinking!


                        Louis L&R Western Railroad
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by desertdrover


                          Hi Bernd, nice start. I'll start with I know nothing about 3D CAD programs, and I'm sure you could shed some light on the subject, but I would think the way other computer programs are, You should only have to make a few deck boards, highlight the deck and attach as many individual deck boards as you wish. Just my thinking!


                          Thanks Louis. Actually it's quiet easy to do. You make one board to the sizes you want and then you attach them to each other and you have a solid piece. I may be doing it wrong but it worked for me. There's a ton of stuff yet to learn on using this program. I've just scratched the surface. I am enjoying myself now that I figured out how to do it. It took a while to understand that you make individual parts and stick them together so to speak. Once I understood that concept it was a piece of cake. The individual parts I designed are simple parts. You can make much more complicated parts from what I've seen in the tutorials. I'll get better eventually.

                          Bernd
                          New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

                          Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

                          New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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                          • #14
                            These are the two models I'm using to design my TT scale caboose. I like the upper caboose picture. It was an article written by Jack Work in the December 1957 Model Railroader. It's an HOn3, but I like the looks of it. Since I'm building a standard gauge TT scale one, I used another article written in Railroad Model Craftsman February 1967 issue of a standard gauge freelanced version for dimensions.

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                            I did some more 3D modeling, as they call it, and did the sides and ends.

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                            Until next time.

                            Bernd
                            Last edited by Bernd; 08-01-2022, 12:33 PM.
                            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

                            Main thread to all that's happening on the NY,V & N Rwy. The New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy. - Railroad Line Forums (railroad-line.com)

                            New York, Vermont -and- Northern Rwy HOn30 Quarry Line https://railroad-line.com/node/31167

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                            • #15
                              Had a request a while back for TT hydrants. This is one I painted up. These suckers are SMALL!!



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