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    OK, got a start in 3D printing. Not hard at all. Not expensive either once you figure the cost of a print and the cost of buying a finished item. There is a limited amount of 1:160 items that are either a free down load or a nominal fee. I did find out that that if you take 1:100 vehicles and other things, scale them at 62.5% of the 1:100 it's very close to 1:160. One free download is over a hundred military vehicles in 1:100. Including the Holt 5 ton, 75 and 125 artillery tractors used in WWI. (Holt and Best eventually merged and became Cat). https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3553160 is just one site. There are also sites with buildings and some detail parts for rolling stock.

    Even with my limited experience I've learned that before you buy a printer you should do some research. A daughter in law bought a printer. In appearances her's is nicer than mine. Mine is 100% better in print quality. Not my doing either. Daughter in law is a biologist. I also have a son who has a degree in computers and works as a network engineer. She is into hobbies and crafts while my son also likes trains. He did the legwork. She and I both spent about the same money. Within 20 dollars or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtanker View Post
    OK, got a start in 3D printing.
    What 3D printer did you get?

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    Wasn't sure if I should post a brand or anything. I have nothing to do with the company!!! Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer. I bought from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 .

    Type and quality of the filament is also important.

    Bad picture but that's an M577 I re scaled. I've also been printing 48' containers for my well cars. Average cost of a container is about 50 cents.

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/album....hmentid=103898

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    Rick please keep posting pictures and info on your 3D printing
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    Well if you ever do the Holt 75s I'm interested. And the Russian Zis trucks, they're very close to 1920s US trucks
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    More stuff that is downloadable. https://www.thingiverse.com/tag:n_scale

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    Well if you ever do the Holt 75s I'm interested. And the Russian Zis trucks, they're very close to 1920s US trucks
    I may try the Holt 75 just to see how it turns out. I do own a 1948 D4 7U Dozer serial number 18 and yea, the numbers match. I love old Cats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtanker View Post
    OK, got a start in 3D printing. Not hard at all. Not expensive either once you figure the cost of a print and the cost of buying a finished item. There is a limited amount of 1:160 items that are either a free down load or a nominal fee. I did find out that that if you take 1:100 vehicles and other things, scale them at 62.5% of the 1:100 it's very close to 1:160. One free download is over a hundred military vehicles in 1:100. Including the Holt 5 ton, 75 and 125 artillery tractors used in WWI. (Holt and Best eventually merged and became Cat). https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3553160 is just one site. There are also sites with buildings and some detail parts for rolling stock.
    I got a Creality Ender Pro earlier this year and did some investigations on using it with this scale in the thread below. I find it to be very useful for this hobby.

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...-Investigation

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    ????????????? What happened? Now I'm printing toys for a grand daughter.........but I did work on printing a Farmall pulling tractor. Still got some work to do on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtanker View Post
    What happened? Now I'm printing toys for a grand daughter
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    Did you get it Mossy? Sent it off my cell phone so I'm not sure it sent. Never used it for email before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtanker View Post
    ????????????? What happened? Now I'm printing toys for a grand daughter........
    Before long you'll be printing parts for a lot of other things too. Besides railroad stuff, I've printed a part for our dishwasher (got a new dishwasher a couple of years later) ,a vacuum port for a old router table and a box to hold my stryene strips among other things. If you can draw it and it'll fit the printer, it'll print.

    Now that you have seen what a FDM printer can do, You'll be wanting a Photon before long, if not already. I have 2 now and will get another or two this fall. Most of my prints look like injection molded parts. This is a step that will go on a O scale GP7. (It's sitting on a dime)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodsup9000 View Post
    Before long you'll be printing parts for a lot of other things too. Besides railroad stuff, I've printed a part for our dishwasher (got a new dishwasher a couple of years later) ,a vacuum port for a old router table and a box to hold my stryene strips among other things. If you can draw it and it'll fit the printer, it'll print.

    Now that you have seen what a FDM printer can do, You'll be wanting a Photon before long, if not already. I have 2 now and will get another or two this fall. Most of my prints look like injection molded parts. This is a step that will go on a O scale GP7. (It's sitting on a dime)


    https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...921/PqyLBd.jpg
    Is a photon printer the latest greatest? They look to be fairly affordable. What brand and model do you have?
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    OK got the picture to upload!! https://www.nscale.net/forums/album....hmentid=103937

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    Quote Originally Posted by migalyto View Post
    Is a photon printer the latest greatest? They look to be fairly affordable. What brand and model do you have?
    From what I can tell, the Photon is the best of the low cost resin printers. I've read a lot of reviews and most put the Photon at the top of their list.

    Both of mine are Anycubic Photon's (original) and were new in November. The Photon S is out now with a better pixel display that the plain Photon. The biggest complaint that I've read on the "S" is the case is plastic now whereas the original is metal. I've just ordered one of the new "S" model display to install in one of mine. Want to see if I can tell the difference between the two in the prints.

    These were one of the first prints I did on mine. They are about 1/350th scale (guessing) and everything printed but the windshield pillar on the tanker.



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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtanker View Post
    OK got the picture to upload!! https://www.nscale.net/forums/album....hmentid=103937

    Rick

    Rick, did you draw this up??? It look pretty darn nice for a FDM printed part.

    If you're willing to share the STL file, I'll try printing it on the Photon.




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    Rodney, no free download https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3553160 . Originally 1:100. I went with 62.5% of the original which should be 1:160. I made that alteration on the CURA program also a free download https://ultimaker.com/software/ultimaker-cura.

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    Got it Rick, replied
    The Holt looks great!! Have you tried anything else yet?
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    Thanks Rick.

    I haven't been on thingiverse in a while and I have seen the page before, but never really look at it closely. He has a lot of interesting stuff on that single page. I looked at the US army jeeps, but they were pretty crude (I have some better ones) so I downloaded the M47 Patton's and the Holt's to see what they look like. The Patton look OK, as does the Holt. I have a late Patton with turret printing on one printer and 4 Holt's printing on the other one. Printing both at 65.5%, as you suggested. Both will take just under 3 hours to print at 50 microns layer height.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodsup9000 View Post
    Thanks Rick.

    I haven't been on thingiverse in a while and I have seen the page before, but never really look at it closely. He has a lot of interesting stuff on that single page. I looked at the US army jeeps, but they were pretty crude (I have some better ones) so I downloaded the M47 Patton's and the Holt's to see what they look like. The Patton look OK, as does the Holt. I have a late Patton with turret printing on one printer and 4 Holt's printing on the other one. Printing both at 65.5%, as you suggested. Both will take just under 3 hours to print at 50 microns layer height.

    I said 62.5. Really hope that 65.5 you wrote was a typo.

    I'm going to paint a couple if items tomorrow and see how they look then. Then I'll go from there. At the price of decent vehicles I'll sacrifice a little quality. 20-30 bucks for a truck? I don't think so.

    I'm going to be interested in seeing how yours turn out.

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