So I've decided to take a short detour down the Walther's National Model Railroader's Build Off. Initially I'll post information about the contents of the Individual Class Coal Country kit . I just received most of the kit on 2/9/2021. The track appears to have been shipped in a different package, which seems reasonable since its dimensions are considerably different than the rest of the pieces. The kit cost $100 + shipping. If purchased the pieces individually it would have cost $184.83 the full prices or $173.83 with the sale prices. If you are a part of the Year Master's Club you get the 10% of which brings the price down to $90 + free shipping, seemed like a good deal to me even if I don't win the contest. Package Contents: Walther's Cornerstone - Coal Flood Loader Part # 933-3051 Price: $39.98 (on sale 2/9/2021 for $33.98) https://www.walthers.com/coal-flood-loader-kit-4-x-6-x-11-quot-10-2-x-15-2-x-27-9cm Walther's Cornerstone - Industry Office Part
After watching Luke Towan's Chain link fence video I was inspired to create my own version. Since not everyone has soldering skills or styrene readily available I decided to create a 3d printed version. Here's a comparison of the materials used in the different methods: Metal: 18 Gauge Galvanized Steel Wire Nylon Tulle Solder (60% Tin 40% Lead) Flux Super Glue (Thin and Gel versions) 32 Gauge Jewelry Wire Rustoleum Winter Grey Spray Paint Dull Coat Styrene: 0.8mm Styrene Rod Plastic Cement Nylon Tulle Super Glue (Thin and Gel versions) 32 Gauge Jewelry Wire Rustoleum Winter Grey Spray Paint Dull Coat 3D Printed: 3d Printed posts (thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4712473 ) (Uses approximately 290mm of filament for 60 scale feet) Nylon Tulle ( Amazon ) Super Glue ( Amazon ) Thread or 32 Gauge Jewelry Wire Silver or Grey Spray Paint ( Michaels ) Dull Coat .One advantage of the 3d printed version is that it is cheaper and quicker to create.
Part of the reason for creating the VnBJan2021 Diorama was to figure out to to connect my bridge to the layout. I found the HO Scale Bridge Shoe (Pedestal) by bkpsu on Thingiverse and printed it out but it looked too big, so I decided to use OpenSCAD and started over. One of the reasons that I love OpenSCAD is that if you create it right you can incrementally adjust things until you get them just right without having to manually move lots of little points. Since all values are calculated it is also easy to revert back to a previous version and try a different combination of settings. I started with the basic upright shape which is a hull of a cylinder and a cube. I adjusted the position so that everything was centered so that it would be easier to position later. Next I put that in a module with the option to add a nut and remove the center. After that I created three uprights for the base and added base a plate underneath. I chose 0.8mm because it would give me three layers at a