Jan & Bjørn, what's new?

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I have some Rock Island 3 bay hoppers ready for production.
Rob Dikken was maybe too enthusiastic and posted a picture of unfinished one in his thread :)
Anyway, if you want some Rocks, you can order them by pm.
I would like to make a set of 3 cars, one more with the blue R will be added.
The red hopper is suitable for 1972+, the black hopper is for 1978+

- Jan
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They look nice. If I had the cash...
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The hoppers are not forgotten. My desk looks like this:
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Very well! Thanks for the update.
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Why do you want me to spend money???? lol
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It has been a year since I bought the Mimaki UV-inkjet flatbed printer.
I learned how to use it for decorating of TT scale trains.
I learned also that my rather limited production of models cannot pay for the rent and for my time.
I would need a team of 4-5 people to assemble the models, design the lettering, paint, and place decals on the ends. When doing all of that alone, the machine was not printing most of the time.
Then I got a phone call a month ago. The previous owner of the machine wanted to buy it back for their new branch/partner company. I accepted the deal after some negotiation, I was pressed by the Danish rules which do no allow to keep a "hobby business" without having a permanent job.
They picked up the machine last Tuesday.
I had my "projects" until June, so I tried to speed up everything and print while I could. No Easter holidays for me this time, I was working - ending up with a night shift Monday/Tuesday. I could not make everything though.
You can see most of the results on the pictures.
Some of the models will be for sale, but the quantity is very limited.
The Viking roofs are available + decals for Chesapeake & Ohio, Erie, and Norfolk Southern boxcars with Viking roof too.
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That's a great pity to hear. I hope you will do some further projects without your own UV-printer.

You got an order via PN. :wink:
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The reality of Hobby Business...
"How do you make a million in TT-scale...? Start with 2 million !!!"
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I found Ian's 2-bay hoppers too light for reliable operation. Therefore, I made some weights for them using laser cut. Some of the fine rivets on the inner side of the slopes would be hidden. I'd recommend filling the gap between the weight's top and the hopper's end. It is also OK without. The weights fit nicely in the kit, but they have to be glued to the slopes to avoid shocks - use CA glue. (I tried without gluing and the weights hammered the side off the hopper during transport)
Many of them were made for Rob Dikken's RTR 2-bay hopper project. I have some extra sets for sale.
Specs:
material: stainless steel, thickness 1 mm
weight per set (additional weight for the car) 10 grams
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Rock Island 40' Fowler boxcar.
Those are not available at the moment, all of them have their customers already. Maybe later.
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