TT Nut GE U30B

TT Nut GE U30B

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:54 pm

I've started CAD work on the U-Boat. For those interested in following the progress, I'll probably be updating it every one to three days: http://www.shapeways.com/model/154380/g ... id=sg44148
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby areibel » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:27 pm

Looks good Boss! I can't wait to buy one (or four?)
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby Arseny » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:32 pm

And what about the chassis ?
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:35 pm

Arseny wrote:And what about the chassis ?


That will come.....I'm still working out the details but I think I have a solution in mind.
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby Marquette » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:16 pm

Sweet! I'm VERY much looking forward to seeing this come to fruition, as I'll be aiming to get several - all of the Milwaukee's U-Boats did their duty in my neck of the woods (based out of Tacoma, WA).
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:47 pm

BN got a few of these when the Burlington Northern acquired SLSF ("The Frisco"), the SLSF added 30 units to the BN roster, and with our focus now on BNSF and it's predecessors, this is a project I could find a use for on my layout (when it gets built...).
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby Marquette » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:31 am

AngrySailor302 wrote:BN got a few of these when the Burlington Northern acquired SLSF ("The Frisco"), the SLSF added 30 units to the BN roster, and with our focus now on BNSF and it's predecessors, this is a project I could find a use for on my layout (when it gets built...).


BN 5770-5781 were ex-Frisco Phase IIb U30Bs, while 5782-5799 were ex-Frisco Phase IIg1 and IIg2 U30Bs. BN also had ex CB&Q U30Bs as well - 5470-5479 (Phase I-something) and 5480-5484 (Phase IIa). Then there were all the U28Bs as well inherited from the predecessors...


On an aside, dunno if you looked, but in my post "SD45 Info" there are listed a number of SD45s that survived into the BNSF era...
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:43 pm

Everything has been smooth sailing so far so, naturally it's time for things to blow up. The complication of the model has reached a point where Google Sketchup simply crashes when anything is done. This is a huge hindrance in the progress of the project...........
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby Marquette » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:49 pm

Yuck.

Try doing it sectionally, maybe? Like, separate cab, short hood, long hood...

...this could make it easier in the long run, too, for different variants... I don't think anyone would mind needing some assembly!
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Re: TT Nut GE U30B

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:57 pm

Marquette wrote:Yuck.

Try doing it sectionally, maybe? Like, separate cab, short hood, long hood...

...this could make it easier in the long run, too, for different variants... I don't think anyone would mind needing some assembly!



I would prefer not to do that. The reason being, if I'm doing all this, I'd like to make these projects available to others. Some people are not "experts" at assembly, etc. Obviously, some of that will be required but I'd like to cut it down as much as possible.

Also, I'm looking at a different type of manufacturing - if the stars align just right, it will be injection molded (better surface finish, more detail). So, less molds = less $$$$$.

I'll have to see what I can do about more powerful software.

But, if all else fails I'll consider all the options including breaking it up into multiple pieces.
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