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Hon30 Combine Project

October 9, 2011

I unearthed my small box of old HOn3 projects the other day in anticipation for the new HOn30 layout, and a recent purchase from TeeBee models on Shapeways netted by 12 pairs of 3D printed archbar trucks to mount on the new equipment. One of which was a decrepit Gorre&Daphetid Combine car I kitbashed from a destroyed older MDC Sierra “Angels Branch” combine.

HOn30 Combine

I’m debating whether to go with N scale (or Z) Microtrains couplers or the ugly Hook & Loop European couplers. Any thoughts?

I still have a lot of detail to add to this car, not least of which is the end handrails, brake rigging and finishing off the interior. It’s fun to model HO narrow gauge though, it’s a change of pace. The car itself isn’t as perfectly proportioned as the Monterey & Salinas Valley’s #1, but I suspect I might build a second one of these soon.

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  1. October 10, 2011 12:00 pm

    This is fascinating! It must be the first application of 3D printing in model railroading. I have been of the opinion that this technology will completely change the nature of this hobby.

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