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Steam Loco Drivers

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:42 pm
by TTTerrific
I was "cruising" through Shapeways train stuff and noted in the HO section a fair number of steam loco drive wheels for sale. Assuming these wheels can be produced in TT scale--what are the reasonable possibilities for the following:

1. Can wheels be produced to include integrated rim and flange?
2. If so, could these wheels be operated using the 3d materials in which they are made?
3. If not operable, could these wheels be used as patterns from which more robust (for operation) copies
could be cast?
4. What would be a good material (type of resin, etc.) for operable castings?
5. Has anyone made any effort--successful or not--in fabricating steam loco drivers?
6. Are the drivers offered through the British 3mm Society useful for TT scale steamers with an American
"outline?"

Just wondering?

Re: Steam Loco Drivers

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:16 pm
by Richard-B
TTTerrific wrote:I was "cruising" through Shapeways train stuff and noted in the HO section a fair number of steam loco drive wheels for sale. Assuming these wheels can be produced in TT scale--what are the reasonable possibilities for the following:
1. Can wheels be produced to include integrated rim and flange?
Possibly... but then you are stuck with the rim the same material as the center
2. If so, could these wheels be operated using the 3d materials in which they are made?
It depends on the material... IMHO - NONE of the resins would last very long.
3. If not operable, could these wheels be used as patterns from which more robust (for operation) copies
could be cast?
Certainy... lost plastic or lost wax investment casting
4. What would be a good material (type of resin, etc.) for operable castings?
Brass...
5. Has anyone made any effort--successful or not--in fabricating steam loco drivers?
http://www.pacificlocomotive.com
6. Are the drivers offered through the British 3mm Society useful for TT scale steamers with an American
"outline?"
An approximation can be had if you find something without too many spokes, and then use an overlay for the counterweight

Re: Steam Loco Drivers

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:21 am
by j p
Shapeways can do investment casting. I have not tried with wheels, but I bought a steam locomotive shell in bronze. Investment cast wheels may need some fine turning afterwards to get the correct profile (RP-25).