Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I haven't died ...

Well, no new photos today, but a little bit of an update. I have not done a lot of work on the RR per se, but for the last month I have jumped into 3D modeling with Google Sketchup with both feet. I have produced several models and had them printed by Shapeways and it is, I must say, very cool. The coolest is my drop in Atlas O to P48 conversion bolster for their Roller Bearing trucks. It makes a several hour job into a several minute job. I got them back from Shapeways and they dropped right into, with no modifications required! I now have a set of RB's with 33" wheels for a boxcar done and one with 36" wheels done. I would have done them both, but I am saving the one on the sprue for the O scale show in Chicago, where I will be speaking about 3D modeling and the future of the hobby. Jeepers, and I've only been doing this for a month!

I hope to have more photos up soon, but I have had issues with the old computer not wanting to upload photos from my iPhone. It seems that when I updated the software, it caused issues with the phone, which, of course, should have been fixed ... I think it is a plot to get everyone to buy new iPhones!


  1. Jim:
    You'll find Google Sketchup a whole lot easier if you use your hands instead of your feet.
    But congrats for doing the conversion pieces. That'll be most welcome from modelers, I'm sure.
    I'd love to see a set of body bolsters to put under the Atlas O 70T ACF two-bay covered hopper, so that one can replace the Atlas 3 Rail-style trucks with trucks from Rich Yoder or Protocraft. Since you're in a 3D modeling mood...

  2. Using an industrial-grade CAD package will ease your pain in the long run.

    Are you taking commissions yet?

  3. Nothing worse than having photos get locked into you phone. If you are using iCloud to sync your photos, you may be able to pull them off the web using your iCloud account. I'd love to see some photos of what you've done. I keep hearing about shape ways and Sketchup. Did you make a Shapeways store to sell your designs?