Following Luciano's example, I have started a 'Bliki'. This is primarily to showcase 'extra-world' creations I have made.
|April · April Tram model · 27 Palenkaplats and Liivu ·|
Santjana Linna home 2014-15
Blue home strip for the Karolian capital side. Read the process here: File_talk:Linna shirt front.jpeg
A nice red design. Ideally it would be more like Spain's home strip. Read about it here: File_talk:Karolia_shirt_front.jpg
Class 038 trainset
The model was created in Sketchup and used for the page on the Känton S-Raud. Karolian trains run on broad gauge track and are very wide compared to UK railways. I could have used a real-world rail modelling scale but went with 'what would fit on my print bed', reasoning that OGF would have its own model rail scales anyway (and it saves printing time and filament). I decided that the type of trainset might have been used in a different city too, so a few details were changed like the front light clusters. The only drawback with this small scale is that detail has to be compromised - and printing track and wheels for it to run on could be difficult.
My first attempt was not that good. Many surfaces were missing because they were too thin to produce at this scale. There was also a lot of stringing and other parts broke when handled as too thin. The model is brittle and bends easily. But incredibly the printer was able to create cutout windows tidily - normally 90 degree overhangs are very difficult for a 3D printer to achieve. And the roof is very smooth thanks to some new settings I tried. I did some experimental painting to check it would take acrylics. Perhaps with some other details this could end up as a war damaged old train in Commonia being used as a shelter by refugees (a fascinating story for any journalist reporting the war...).
Second attempt was aborted as there were still some missing areas above the cab, despite making many surfaces thicker.
Third attempt is almost entirely correct, no holes, correct window cutouts, little stringing and much stronger. I also add some interior detail to the inside roof. The main fault is the warping at the front right, this is the first area to be printed and has curled away from the print bed. It may be related to making the roof thicker. It just needs a little tidying up
Now I set to work creating a floor piece with basic interior detail and seats. This took longer to print than to design. The arch at the end is the support for the connecting corridor, which I have plans for...
Painted roughly and found the two pieces fit pretty much perfectly together. I used an off-white colour for the exterior and interior and reckon about three coats to cover the orange. The doors will probably stay orange.
The interior is now painted duck-egg blue, which is often found in transit vehicles, and the exterior has some yellow added - this was actually done with a yellow pen designed for writing on glass, but it sticks to the paint no problem. A black pen was used for the route display and headlight surrounds. I later realised that with orange, white and a yellow front the carriage actually now resembles London Overground sets - although they would never be so wide as this. The rear is painted black as this will mostly be hidden when corridor is installed. The large surround for this is pretty fragile.
The next part, the underbody, will be more challenging. I tried 3D printing wheels and they were too small to be any good - the printer cannot create a smooth cylinder with just 2-3mm radius. So I may have to purchase some n-scale/n-gauge bogies and print a chassis for them to stick to. Glazing the windows is also a challenge to be considered. I am hoping acetate packaging will stick to the interior walls. Sarepava (talk) 20:54, 27 November 2016 (CET)
You can read about my creation of a Dunwic/Fontjana tram here:
http://wiki.opengeofiction.net/wiki/index.php/User:Sarepava/Bliki/April_2017 Sarepava (talk) 00:59, 5 April 2017 (CEST)
- Updated 12/04/2017