Scratchbuilding

Building things from scratch involves taking raw materials and turning them into realistic models. Materials can include strips of wood, plastic, or metal, sheets of wood, plastic, or metal, left-over detailing parts from kits you have previously built, purchasing and using small detailing parts from manufacturers (e.g. windows, doors, pipes, steps, grab-irons, etc.), and/or any other item found in your "junk" drawer. Starting in the 2000s, we now also have available 3D-printed parts.

To helps us narrow-down what we want to cover in this section of the web site, we are going to limit it by these following guidelines:

(this page is still under construction; more will come over time; content shown was previously published on this web site, but has been moved to this page)

3D-printing

Jim Kindraka shared photos of his recent 3D-printed efforts. He is working with Scott MacKenzie. Scott does the design work, while Jim does the actual printing and then building the parts into real models, as shown in the photos below. The models in the photo are not final yet. Also, at this point in time there are no plans to make these into some sort of commercial effort, as printing these cars, especially the Pullman-Standard 60-foot flat car is quite expensive. These were not printed using Shapeways. However, it does go to show that if you want some unique car, there are ways to accomplish it. The wooden deck of the flat car was custom-made by B.T.S. using their laser-cutter.


(copyright © Jim Kindraka; used by permission)

(copyright © Jim Kindraka; used by permission)

The gondola side shown in this photo is the first iteration. Changes have already been made to improve it slightly.


(copyright © Jim Kindraka; used by permission)

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