Work has continued on the second hand 3D printed loco body. This has involved a Dremel grinding bit, a razor saw and some head scratching.
- removed much of the thickness of the fire box to allow the motor to go further forward
- reduced the height of the cab to make it look more like a miniature railway loco
- extended the length of the cab so the driver can sit down
- added a false footplate to enable me to mount the body on the chassis
- placed an N gauge loco bogie under the rear of the cab
- added a false front plate because without it the smoke box was floating in mid air (and that’s not a good look)
I could see there were some problems with this loco body but as I work on it I’ve noticed several other problems:
- nothing is square or parallel – for example the front of the cab of at least 0.5 mm narrower than the rear
- the body has obvious lines from the 3D printing process – and these will have to be removed
- the grey primer is coming off on my fingers while I’m working – suggesting I need to soak the model in white spirit, which can introduce more distortion
At this point there are two key questions:
Am I making this look more like a miniature railway loco?
Am I putting lipstick on a pig?
At the moment I’m not sure.
I think I will assemble the modified body and then decide.