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I also use this method for producing decals. However, if I have a lot to do, I lay them out on a Word document to fill an A4 sheet, save it, copy the file to a memory stick, and  go to my local print shop with a sheet of decal paper for Laser printers, and get them to print the sheet. I take my own paper as the decal paper used by print shops may not be suitable for models with raised detail and complex curves, as I found out once. The advantage with laser printed decals is that they do not run when immersed in water. An A4 sheet of decals is also relatively cheap to get printed.  

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Hot off the presses - the first full test print of the 40 foot beet wagon, sized to fit on the IRM 42 foot flats. Some clean up and refinement required. Print time just under 6 hours. 

I bought a new soldering iron in July and repurposed my 'mobile modelling' set up to hold most of my soldering equipment. I also went a bit mad with decals, the surface area made them very tricky to a

I picked up this truck at the SDMRC show last weekend. I repainted the cab and crane, and altered the ramps at the back of the bed. Also applied some dry brushing to the bed. New registration plates w

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1 hour ago, RobertRoche said:

Home Printed Decals

I print a lot of decals at home. I use Microsoft Word and AutoCAD to reproduce the art.

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The decals are printed on Mr Decal Paper (sourced on eBay) using a home inkjet printer set to the highest resolution. Most decals print well, but some are just too small to print on most home machines.

Mr. Decal Paper

Once the ink has dried, I give the decals several coats of spray varnish. It is important to give enough coverage so that the decals won't run when exposed to water.

Once ready, any of the usual methods and products for applying decals can be used. 

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That’s impressive and really useful information 

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3 hours ago, murphaph said:

They are the business. When and where were these used on the network?

Thanks! These wagons were put together for the 2005 beet season - which unfortunately was the last season. The trains ran Wellingtonbridge - Waterford - Limerick Junction - Mallow.

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3D printed 40 foot beet wagons complete

My rake of these wagons is now finished. I think the technology works well for a wagon body such as this, which I would say is well within the 'two foot rule'; particularly when weathered and combined with the detail of the IRM flat wagon. The layering and slightly soft edges are less noticeable in person.

Each wagon takes about 6.5  hours to print. There was a small amount of clean up and sanding required before painting. Matching the colour was difficult and initially I wasn't happy with it - I have used the weathering to depict the rake as it might have been later in the season. As there is only a single door for unloading, I have noticed that the wagons were positioned so that the door is on the 'north' side of the tracks (east of Limerick Junction anyway).

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On 8/6/2020 at 12:26 PM, RobertRoche said:

3D printed 40 foot beet wagons complete

My rake of these wagons is now finished. I think the technology works well for a wagon body such as this, which I would say is well within the 'two foot rule'; particularly when weathered and combined with the detail of the IRM flat wagon. The layering and slightly soft edges are less noticeable in person.

Each wagon takes about 6.5  hours to print. There was a small amount of clean up and sanding required before painting. Matching the colour was difficult and initially I wasn't happy with it - I have used the weathering to depict the rake as it might have been later in the season. As there is only a single door for unloading, I have noticed that the wagons were positioned so that the door is on the 'north' side of the tracks (east of Limerick Junction anyway).

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Wow, very convincing.

Stephen

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On 27/12/2020 at 11:38 AM, RobertRoche said:

I am currently experimenting with some 3D printed signal parts.

Nice!

What do you use to move the wing? If servo, what servo controller do you use?

 

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16 minutes ago, Sven-E said:

What do you use to move the wing? If servo, what servo controller do you use?

Hi Sven, I will be using a servo but I don't have any at the moment. This is the MERG signal, but I have designed by own which is more prototypical for Ireland. Not sure how I am going to design a servo mount without any on hand.

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Thanks Robert. 

One tip is this video from Megapoints Dave who converted a Dapol semaphore to servo. I like his simple method of just gluing the servo to the bottom of the semaphore base. Makes it a single unit so you can lift it off the layout easily.

Join the MERG Irish Area Group on Sunday for some more advice. :)

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