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Vintage Railcar

by BouncyMonkey Sep 18, 2018
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Is it possible to scale this to O-gauge? I love the model and would like to run it on my o-gauge layout.

Hi Cool_Guy_11
I had always thought O-Gauge was the same as HO and was thinking "No way! That's way too small to work", but I see the O-Gauge is 30mm which isn't a lot different from what this model runs on. Please correct me if I'm wrong here.
The original model was not designed with any particular scale in mind, but if it is close to anything, it's about 1:24. I see O-scale is about 1:48 which will be getting too small to scale well. I think trying to scale this model down to that level will make some parts too fine to print well. But if you are thinking about a narrow gauge model then this should scale relatively easily and still be able to print reliably - and look pretty cute.
So. What do you have in mind? A narrow gauge vehicle of a scale about 1:30ish should be easy for me to do. A standard gauge with scale of about 1:48 will probably not work that well because things like the mudguards and side lights will be too fine to print.

Nice design!
To be able to run it on 45 mm LGB tracks, I have increased your model to 125%.
By doing this there's just about place to fit a small geared motor, battery, RC-receiver and ESC under the seat, in the engine compartment and in the luggage-crate.
It's currently being printed. The results will be shared soon.

Regards, Rob

Thanks Rob
I like the sounds of your mods. I'm looking forward to seeing the end result and hearing about how it went. There is something attractive about the LGB scale - maybe I should design for that gauge in future.

This is diesel punk as hell and I love it.

Thanks misterducky
"Diesel Punk" is a term I first encountered only a few months ago. It really caught my attention at the time and I was impressed with the downright functional look of it. Thanks for reminding me of the genre and including this design in it.

Very impressive!!!

Thanks Buzzz57. I'm glad you like it.

Thanks. I'm pleased you like it.

no PDF in download...

Hi boxcar63
You'll find it 3rd from the bottom of the list in the "Thing Files" (I say this hoping that the order of that list is the same for all viewers). It's the only one without a blue image. The gear icon beside it is not all that helpful.

If you can't find it there, I have just put the project up on my own website and you can find all the information you want there;
Techmonkeybusiness - 3D Printed Vintage Railcar

Thanks sthone.
It was a fun (and relatively quick project).

absolutely beautiful idea and perfectly done weathering - love it!
Will try and make it somedays....

Awe shucks! Thanks petercb.
A splash of paint and a bit of dry brushing makes all the difference. It was printed originally in bright red with beige wheels. It was pretty shocking.

Thanks chev383
I was pretty pleased how well it came together. It incorporated a few features to make assembly a bit easier. I haven't done that previously but will definitely continue to use those same methods in future models.