I've been working pretty hard to get this project complete, and I'm happy to say it's finished!
It definitely had its challenges, mostly just trying to get things the right size so they fit together but apart from that it has been such a fun project. While it's by no means perfect, this is my first dive into building a 3D printed working locomotive and I'm most definitely happy with the end result.
I actually used to catch this train to and from high school back in the late 90's.
There's no commercially available model for this specific train so having the availability of 3D printing is such a great thing! Over all it wasn't cheap to build this, mainly due to the cost of the DCC decoder and the motor. The decoder was just over $200 and the motor was $100, and I probably spent about $10 worth of resin. However, to add extra dummy units will only cost an extra $30 roughly and most 3 car sets that are sold commercially ofen cost around $700 or more, so it's at least half price! And if it brakes I can just print another one!
While I have finished the project, as far as the video filming is concerned, there are some things I'll change for future builds like this.
To test the model I used the digitrax zephyr, I've had this for a while but never really used it. I used to use NCE however the Power Pack Starter set recently died... after a good 10 years! So it did pretty well.
Now it's just a matter of finishing the editing of the video before posting it to YouTube. Hopefully it won't take too long 😉
A chimney that is actually used to direct smoke... A really cool effect for a model railroad! and with the right tools anyone can do it 😉
Deciding to build a roller coaster for the next video... Have I bitten off more than I can chew?.. Nah it'll be right 😁