The model prototype is finally here, and it’s a good feeling to finally hold the physical model after months of work. And it really affirm that the model is really happening!
Let’s take a look!
The model is made by 3D printing. This gives it more detail than a model made from CNC manufacturing. Check out the staybolt details on the firebox! There’s even spring hangar bearing surfaces on the frames, and hook points for the tender chains on the drawbar!
They are a couple of things that should be observed about this model:
1. This was made from the first prototype model, the one without boiler jacket and saddle finishing. Final version of course will have those.
2. The surfaces are a bit rough as a result of manufacturing, with some white powder residue. Ruling on curved surfaces are obvious because of the same, but these can be sanded away easily.
3. Some parts, especially the frame, is a bit flexible. It may require the user to add metal supports to the forward leg to actually hold the weight of the engine. The upward bend is also the result of manufacturing, but I was able to bend it back down in place.
And 4. Some parts are “warped” very slightly due to manufacturing tolerances. This, I think, won’t be noticeable when the engine is finished, but I thought you should know.
I really like that the details like how the staybolt heads on the firebox came out. The spokes on the driver tapers like it should, and even the tender hook on the drawbar came out great.
The final kit will have over 60 parts (maybe 70). This preview is only showing 5! I’ll show you know what they are later, but they will make a very accurate CK Holliday. Or, the kit can be a basis for many other 4-4-0, such as the EP Ripley, since there are very few Holliday-centric parts (I think less than 4).
I ordered the rest of the parts so I’ll show them here when they’re ready. Now, I’m off to the hobby shop to get some supplies to put this thing together!