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Author Topic: 3D printed coal load for Peco MGR wagons  (Read 1358 times)

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Offline willike1958

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3D printed coal load for Peco MGR wagons
« on: August 27, 2016, 12:54:56 PM »
I'd like to run one of my MGR rakes of 30 wagons loaded. Having looked through various threads on creating coal loads, I've tentatively concluded that the best way to go might be 3D printed formers to capture the load shape sprinkled with very fine real coal. Has anyone tried this approach? Would anyone be interested in a small commission to develop and produce the formers?
Some typical load shapes can be seen via the links belows:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55879910@N02/6277683605/in/photolist-ayJLCe-gyFia4-dUTfzq-bsFEwK
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Penmanshiel_Tunnel_(coal_train_on_new_alignment)..jpg
http://www.petertandy.co.uk/58023_mgr_hat_3785.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55879910@N02/9558916762/in/photolist-fyFWVG-dnewHu-gJqVHV-g8GVdB-dvPq5E-e45QLz-e49q2D-akoVz5-b9DEm4-iu7kDD-dcepw2-9sMB4m-e5GUBg-dUKfeY-cWGf97-dNmSYp-d1Tqrs-fq9nxU-foCt9R-foSK4Y
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Re: 3D printed coal load for Peco MGR wagons
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2016, 02:55:01 PM »
Interesting initiative. Many of the bulk loading facilities for MGR trains produced their own distinctive load shape which was then more or less identical for all the wagons sent from that point. There might have been some shift variations due to operator differences. At the smaller loading points trains would be split for loading so a train could be made up of wagons loaded on more than one shift, so with small variations. Looking at your first tagged photo the loads are remarkably uniform.

3D printing might be a good way to get the initial shape but home made resin casts from a 3D printed original would probably be a good value alternative.
Mike

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Re: 3D printed coal load for Peco MGR wagons
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2016, 12:23:35 AM »
Parkside do coal loads for Minitrix HAA MGR wagons.  They are available from the NGS shop, if this is any help.  In my opinion they look better than the loads Peco supply for their HAAs which seem to be designed for the canopied variants

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Re: 3D printed coal load for Peco MGR wagons
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2016, 12:45:19 PM »
Thanks for your comments guys. I'm not convinced by the photos I've seen of Parkside loads. The resin cast approach seems like a good idea. I'll continue to mull this over, though if anyone else has any ideas please feel free to share them.
Kevin

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Re: 3D printed coal load for Peco MGR wagons
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2016, 08:01:20 PM »
Bit late but Ten Commandments (http://www.cast-in-stone.co.uk/shop/index.htm) do lovely MGR loads and also HTA loads.

Alan
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Re: 3D printed coal load for Peco MGR wagons
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2016, 08:40:50 PM »
Better late than never! Thanks for this Alan. I'll take a close look at these and see if they fit the bill.
Kevin

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Re: 3D printed coal load for Peco MGR wagons
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2016, 08:45:46 PM »
Having bought some ballast loads for my Dapol hoppers from Ten Commandments I can vouch for their excellent service.

 

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