Shapeways SD45

Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:34 pm

They've always been good at reprinting for free. However, after many reprints I simply gave up.
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Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby Carsten » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:39 am

Yesterday I received an email with photo prior shipping the DD40x that the walkway has been warped. I could decide the action and so they will reprint it. Very good service.
I guess the construction is not suitable. I will ask the constructor to add the walkway to the shell. It means it's not so easy to paint but the whole shell will be more stable.
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Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby areibel » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:19 am

I gave mine a soak in warm water and soap, and made a spacer to spread out the long hood. It looks OK this morning. The walkway I soaked and weighted down, when I picked it up it looks like it's holding its shape, I'll take a couple pics and post after work.
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Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby MacG » Wed Oct 28, 2015 1:13 pm

Carsten wrote:... I will ask the constructor to add the walkway to the shell. It means it's not so easy to paint but the whole shell will be more stable.


That's a good idea for all locos with a road switcher design. A cab unit can internally have a support structure.

@areibel: sounds good :thumbup:
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Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby areibel » Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:42 pm

Look better??
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The walkway still has a little bow in it, but the shell looks pretty good.
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Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby Bernd » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:41 pm

Looking good Al. That shell looks pretty fragile though.

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Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby MacG » Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:06 am

The shell looks better, but the walkway not so much.
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Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby areibel » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:35 pm

I think the walkway will need to be fastened to the shell to really hold its shape. It is very flexible, even with teh weight of the fuel tank hanging from it it will bend.
I think I am going to dig out the walkway from my Norkin SD45 (at least I have that much of one built!). If it fits OK I could solder a few tabs onto the brass walkway for the shell to fasten to, and that would help support it as well..
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Re: Shapeways SD45

Postby areibel » Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:26 pm

OK a little update. The shell is holding up since I straightened it. And it is almost a drop on for the A&D SD45 chassis. The only problem is both the shell and the chassis have the raised section of walkway behind the engineer's door.
So I contacted the designer and he now offers this- https://www.shapeways.com/product/KJVUP ... d=58339460 (note it comes up as WSF, but the FUD is available).
It's just the shell, less the raised walkway section. You don't need the sideframes and walkway/ fuel tank with the A&D chassis so it saves a little money. More when it arrives!
I'll try to get some primer on the shell I have and post a few pics
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