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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #240 on: August 20, 2017, 11:38:00 pm »
Nice work, Tom. Second place....you was robbed.

What can I say Malc ..... I'll never beat a GWR branch line, but im fine with that...... really I am  :'(

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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #241 on: August 20, 2017, 11:41:50 pm »
Evening all,

It was a lovely little show. I visited on the Saturday and Thornton Gate got my vote for best in show, no contest really with it being the only N layout!

Cheers

Ollie

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Hi Ollie , thanks for your kind words and support  :thankyousign:

Was I really the only N gauge there? Im trying to think now??? Anyways hope you enjoyed the show, I'm hoping to be doing some more local shows next year  :D

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Merry Christmas 2017.... And we have an announcement...
« Reply #242 on: December 17, 2017, 11:58:13 pm »
Time for an update....

OK first off...






A very Merry Christmas 2017 to all our readers / followers / fans and supporters!

Its been fantastic to get out with the layout this year! We've had a really wonderful time meeting and chatting with so many of you, so thank you!
I hope you can forgive the reuse of an Xmas scene from our Thornton Gate layout created a few years back. It is one of my favourites and well we've been a bit busy of late to do a new one....

Because.....we have an announcement...

After over 12 months of planning, research and building a new team around me,


I've decided the time is right to enter the growing 3D print market, the tech has gotten better and cheaper but the demands and requirements of the public and exhibition managers has lead to the conclusion that our current rolling stock is past its best. So Above is the CAD for a new more actuate Balloon Class tram car, this was done by a CAD engineer (to save time) with my guidance and input.


Above: and this is the first of the 'final run' cast/prints for the new tram car. I should point out the resin shell needs a little more cleaning up and the blue 3D print plastic parts (designed by myself) are just 'tacked on' in this photo, it will also have a smoother appearance once the main shell has been primed etc, but I hope it give a good idea of what the end model will look like.


One thing I really like is the custom printed parts freats, as you can see the new model will have alot be detail and depth then the ones they replace


The bogie or 'truck' frames are a new addition, custom designed and printed to fit the Tomix chassis we'll be using. To date we've never done custom frames before but I think new models for the post 2017 era demand it...

So there we go, I'm really happy to have got here, its taken a long time and a lot of hard work by the team so I cant take all the credit! Personally looking forward to the challenge of building a new and better fleet!


Also this announcement helps explain why we did a Balloon line up at the end of our last public outing this year (2017), well we knew this was the last show for our current balloon cars, so it was a bit of a send off to a fleet thats been with us since 2012!

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!
« Last Edit: December 18, 2017, 02:40:19 pm by Balloon_726 »

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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #243 on: December 18, 2017, 10:24:24 am »
The old stock has served you well and the new Balloon looks excellent.
Seasons Greetings to you and Anna, Tom :beers:

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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #244 on: December 18, 2017, 05:47:25 pm »
Hi,

Great update.

I have just got into 3D printing this year and amazed what can be achieved, sometimes with quite a bit of effort mind. Still learning mind but done an awful lot of printing this year, but nothing for the layout yet.

Can I ask if you printed the balloon yourself, and if so what printer you may have?

Steve
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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #245 on: December 18, 2017, 06:15:45 pm »
Hi,

Great update.

I have just got into 3D printing this year and amazed what can be achieved, sometimes with quite a bit of effort mind. Still learning mind but done an awful lot of printing this year, but nothing for the layout yet.

Can I ask if you printed the balloon yourself, and if so what printer you may have?

Steve

Hi Steve,

We've gone though a few machines and out sourcing in the past 12 months! but to answer your question...

Yes the Balloon master and parts were/are printed by myself, although the balloon shell is used to make a mould from which resin copies are made. This from a commercial prospective is cheaper, easier and quicker for mass production.

(Note to Admin: Im not selling these myself nor will i be acting as the agent for the vendor who is, All posts here are purely about my own work for my own project) 

The machine used to do these was a Flashforge unit, very very good printers! The material used is PLA.

For me this gives enormous freedoms to create and produce what i want / need or to test concepts, and just do really small runs of an item, without the cost and faff of having to get stuff sent away.

For Thornton Gate as well as the main rolling stock, this gives opportunities to replace and rebuild so much of the scenics or to create items missing or hard to make.

Admittedly the 3D printers I own arn't just used for model work, they do earn there keep doing other types of work.

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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #246 on: December 18, 2017, 06:42:14 pm »
Thanks for the info, look forward to seeing what the future brings.
I just have so many memories of these trams as most of my summer holidays with my parents were in Blackpool so love the layout.

I originally bought a cheap Prusa clone off Ebay and for 130 was actually surprised what is produced, whilst not brilliant were far better than expected.  After a month or two of spending money on upgrades decided to get a Prusa original and absolutely amazed at what can be achieved especially for a printer under 500. I know the Flashforge do have a good range of printers but will have to stick with what I have for now.

Cheers
Steve

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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #247 on: December 18, 2017, 08:37:55 pm »
 :hellosign:  Merry Christmas Tom & Anna, thanks for the update. Really looking forward to watching your progress & hope to see Thorton Gate in the flesh some time in the future
    regards Derek.














 






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Thornton Gate: Preston Show 2018 Cancelled
« Reply #248 on: February 27, 2018, 11:07:33 am »
Hello all, its been awhile once again and i'll be doing a full update real soon but.....

We were due to be taking the layout to this weekends Preston show, I received an email this morning stating the show has been cancelled due to the weather. This has been confirmed on the shows website:

http://www.prestonanddistrictmrs.org.uk/exhibition/

I will just stress i'm not associated with the club in anyway and was just booked as an exhibitor. So very much a case of don't shoot the messenger!

In a way im glad as with the southern burst of snow hitting on the Friday it looked quite bad for Shropshire so would have been questionable if we'd made it north  :(

 

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