Jul 3, 2017

Lowering the TomytecTM-TR01 drive for Electromobiles

Tomytec TM-TR drives
Remove the black plastic cover
Some N scale streetcar bodies are too low for Tomytec TM-TR drives (TR01, 04, 05 ...) There is an easy and non-destructive way to lower them one millimeter, enough to place an Electromobile or also a GHB PCC shell. No need for soldering, the drive remains mainly unaltered. 



In front, the unmodified drive
In the middle, the lowered drive









Step 1: remove the black plastic covering the metal contact strips, with a screwdriver or simply with your nails

Step 2: Glue the contact strips with some cyano - few drops are enough. 

Step 3: with a cutting knife, cut down the pins overlooking the contact strips
Glue the contact strips
Cut down the small pins holding the contacts

Liberty Bell Limited in N scale available @Shapewa...





Jun 27, 2017

American Gothic House Laser Kit, HO scale




Now available: The American Gothic House. This small house in Eldon, Iowa, is a design in the "Carpenter Gothic Style", with a distinctive upper window. It was the backdrop of the iconic 1930 Grant Wood painting American Gothic.
 
This MDF laser kit is easy to build - assembly requires just a steady hand and some patience. You will need to provide: white glue, paint, some sandpaper, a pin or a toothpick, a cutting knife and tweezers. 

Look for it on eBay, searching "American Gothic House Laser Kit". The kit is manufactured in small batches, regularly reproduced. 

May 25, 2017

Lehigh Valley Transit "Liberty Bell Limited", ex C&LE "Red Devil", in N scale


The  Lehigh Valley Transit "Liberty Bell Limited" cars, former Cincinnati & Lake Erie "Red Devils" will be produced in N scale soon. Three versions are considered:

1/ unpainted 3D printed body with accessoires (truck frames), to order at my Shapeways Shop. Release date early June 2017.

2/ painted 3D printed body with accessoires (truck frames, dummy poles), will be sold in small quantities on eBay for a fixed price.
Release date end of July 2017 (see photos on the right)


3/ painted and lettered 3D printed body with accessoires (truck frames, dummy poles), will be sold in small quantities on eBay for a fixed price
Release date not yet fixed, aimed for September 2017

Due to very recent pricing changes by Shapeways I cannot yet announce the prices, I need some days more to rework the drawings, the prices will be published soon.

The body is snapping over a standard Tomytec TM-TR04 drive, this drive had to be purchased separately