A Fork In The Road - 2019
Placeholder for my new adventures in 8mm scale (1:38) using 12mm track which is spot for 18in gauge in this scale.
FR - Paint Evening
Jan 06, 2019 : Had some fun with paint this evening. My 3D printed figures got some, so did the atlas mine wagon and the details for the crane. The white paint on door and windows is kept one layer only, so not looking to neat.. I want the crane to look used, not new...
FR - Mold Failures
Jan 07, 2019 : Done further extended tests with making 3D printed molds during the holidays, sadly to the result of a big failure... White glue and PLA just likes each other to much. I solved several problems on the way, for example I can now make the molds as big as...
FR - Freelance Van
Jan 09, 2019 : Designed and printed this freelance van a few days ago. At first I planned to make an extended version of the classic atlas chassis for it, but now looking at the pictures I think short atlas bogies would look even better. Will do both so I can see them..
FR - Van Chassis
Jan 09, 2019 : Printed a second body this evening plus made below new drawing for a bogie chassis for this new wagon series. Still not sure which I like the most, will probably keep both versions, 2-axle and bogie variant.
FR - Mold & Van Chassis
Jan 11, 2019 : This evening the roof tile mold was prepped with olive oil and got another coat of white glue. After two layers has fully dried out it will be very interesting to see the result when I try to lift it from the mold. Also did another turn on the Atlas ...
FR - New Atlas Wagons
Jan 13, 2019 : Mold got it´s second layer filled in. Beside it is also the mold for the ridge tiles. I reached desired design with the chassis / bogies now! This last version feels final. During the time I also made a few new atlas wagons, meant to use the same chassis
FR - Molds again
Jan 14, 2019 : The mold for the ridge tiles was ready this afternoon. I could have used a bit more olive oil in the mold, but the principal works great! The other mold needs a bit more time to set. When both dried out properly they will be put on the roof of the crane.
FR - Print Problems
Jan 16, 2019 : Had problems with getting the prints to stay on the table last week. Tried several solutions. In the end it turned out to be the bed sheet which was way past it´s due date. After I changed it, suddenly all prints get very flat and crisp again .. : )
FR - Mold final
Jan 17, 2019 : PLA + white glue = LOVE! ..... Just amazing! One would think that a generous layer of olive oil would solve it ... Nop! ... Took about 40 minutes just to remove it from the mold. Yes, it staid in one piece this time and Yes, it looks very nice painted..
FR - New Atlas Painted
Jan 18, 2019 : Atlas wagons got some paint this evening. The open ones needs a bit more on the decks and all of course needs some wheels, but that is about it. Really pleased with these ones. I have one more timber version coming up which is not printed yet, but coming
FR - Crane in PLA
Jan 19, 2019 : Since the roof was not to be made in a mold, next step was to make it as positive print from the start. Previous I had already made a drawing for the base, since that was the easiest way to get it right. Remained only walls and the boom / arm, left to ...
FR - Timber & Crane
Jan 21, 2019 : If you want to make God to laugh, tell him your plans... Was about to do a lot this last weekend, but got a cold a few days ago. BUT, that does not stop me from feeding the printer with what it needs.. Here is the timber wagons I talked about before, plus
FR - Crane & Tracks
Jan 26, 2019 : A little crane and track update. The crane progresses, but not as quick as hoped for. Turn out shortcuts are much longer than ordinary cuts. I tried to print both roof and frame as one piece each, which did not work out. I had to divide the frame in f....
FR - Crane Assembly
FR - Tiles Testing
Jan 27, 2019 : The molding trials are over but I couldn´t leave this idea to somehow use 3D technics to create easy roof tiles. Suddenly this evening I got the idea to why-not-print-them-as-loose-pieces or small groups .. ? Said and done, here is the results. During ..
FR - Crane Assembled
Jan 28, 2019 : So finally, all walls and roof in place! A bit fiddling left to do plus paint and chains, but starting to look like a crane now (or small house on a hump...) First pic shows how big the boom should be according to the drawing. Didn´t reach anywhere, so..
FR - Crane Painted
Feb 09, 2019 : Weekend again and time for some modelling! The crane got some paint. Only waiting for the chains now (ordered a week ago), so I can put on final touch. Seeing the pictures I see some touch up on the white is needed to.
FR - Monitor Sölve, startup
Feb 09, 2019 : After John Ericsson did success with his USS Monitor at Hampton Roads in 1862, he started the race of a long row of other "monitors" or ironclads as these ships also were called. A similar class as the USS Monitor was built in sweden, also two other ....
FR - Monitor Sölve, the hull
Feb 10, 2019 : Ran out of gray filament, so I show here the four end pieces printed so far. Each of these took about 8.5 hrs to print. Until I get some more gray filament I am printing details to put on deck, which I can paint separate from the hull. The hull will be la
FR - Monitor Sölve, gun & turret
FR - Monitor Sölve, the dinghy
Feb 12, 2019 : The dinghy were finished last night. I was thinking a lot of about how to make a complete hull like this, never done it before. It turned out to be very easy. One more skill to the list .. This is also one of the best prints I got from my printer! ....
FR - Monitor Sölve, the vents
Feb 16, 2019 : These little buggers were more difficult than first expected. Tried several ways with different angles and supports, still not first ok item printed. But can´t have a boat without them, so will keep trying. At first tried to print all at once which of
FR - Monitor Sölve, vents, again
Feb 17, 2019 : You learn from your mistakes, or as my dad used to say, ´you learn from your mistakes, each time you make them´ .. which translates to you haven´t learn the lesson until you remember it.. I did redo complete air vent drawing, this time a bit prettier
FR - Monitor Sölve, vents done!
Feb 21, 2019 : Voila - Meet the family, here they are all together! Been sick a few days but not worse then been able to press start on the printer. Lucky me I have prepared several drawings ahead, so the printer will continue to be busy.. Next in line is the rowboat ..
FR - Monitor Sölve, the Rowboat
FR - Monitor Sölve, Hull V2
Feb 23, 2019 : I was done waiting for gray filament, so I decided to go full out with a yellow (sub)marine. While started preparing to print the rest hull pieces in yellow I had an extra look at drawings and the few photos I have. To my despair I found out the deck is..
FR - Monitor Sölve, Failure
Feb 24, 2019 : Started printing second part of the hull last night. Now after about 40% done, I found it like this. Lets hope I don´t get many of these, else it will be a very long time to finish the hull .. Printer is restarted again for a second attempt on this part.
FR - Monitor Sölve, Hull V3 first
Feb 26, 2019 : Second hull version failed to ... But, I am not giving up, I want my boat! This time I did split the hull in 8 pieces so I could lay them down. Instead of avoiding infill and supports I try to take advantage of it. All pieces are solid this...
FR - Deptford, 1 plank version
Feb 27, 2019 : The monitor is still on, but first I got further problems, this time with the print bed cover and second, the printer has been occupied with vents and hull pieces for over 2 weeks, I wanted to do something else for a change.. So here is first wagon in ...
FR - Deptford, 3 plank version
FR - RAR 2x Ammo Van
Mar 04, 2019 : Last of the RAR / Deptford two axle wagons I intended to make. Now I only have a little loco to print which can pull these little goodies .. Then back to the monitor. During long printing times with the monitor, I have these to fiddle with.
FR - Bagnall loco
FR - Bagnall printed
Mar 05, 2019 : So, also the loco was finished this morning! The chassis is a Roco 36004 TT chassis. See also the deptford wagons in the background. Now I can change printer bed cover and continue with the monitor!! The delay with the monitor was not only need for a dive
FR - Monitor Sölve, B section ready
Mar 07, 2019 : Second piece of the hull was done this morning! Seems I found the winning concept now, which means the remaining pieces should not be any problem either. They are about the same size as this one, with only different details on top.
FR - Monitor Sölve, C section ready
Mar 08, 2019 : third piece is printing now, hopefully done this evening. see below a picture on how it looked this morning during print. The infill pattern shows how much space there actually is, it is not solid through and through. It also shows how much available spa
FR - Deptford train painted
Mar 09, 2019 : Put on first layer of paint on the deptford train today. The loco needs a lot more attention, but the wagons is about done, maybe just a bit weathering. Driving wheels on the loco is way to small, almost caricature looking.. but not much to do about that
FR - the Fork drydock
FR - Monitor Sölve, D section ready
Mar 09, 2019 : Fourth, the D section was finished this evening. Starting to catch up speed now when I found the way. On this one you can see the spoon like shape just under the figure. This is where the turret and small corridor will go.
FR - Monitor Sölve, E section ready
Mar 10, 2019 : the E section was finished this evening. This part is the one which the turret and gun stands on. You can see the rails on top, which the gun will move along for each re-load (first guns were breech loaded). Now there is only three sections left forming..
FR - Monitor Sölve, F section ready
FR - Monitor Sölve, G section ready
FR - Monitor Sölve, H section ready
Mar 13, 2019 : Final H section of the hull was done this morning! HURRAY again, complete hull is here! Now I can start planning for all the remaining details on deck. These sections will be glued together 3 and 3 because that is the only way to be able to airbrush the..
FR - Monitor Sölve, details 1
Mar 15, 2019 : Now when the hull is done and sections are being glued together, I have started to draw up new details to print for the deck. Below are the ones I made this evening. The corridor, chimney and toilets was quickly done, but the anchor was a bit tricky ..
FR - Monitor Sölve, the Steam launch
Mar 21, 2019 : Since the printer is fully occupied with last Friday drawings, I started on the drawing for the steam launch this evening. Complete hull is done now, only the engine, machine gun and other smaller details left to draw (and print, and paint, and ...).
FR - Monitor Sölve, Toilets & Corridor
Mar 23, 2019 : Toilets and the corridor under the gangway was finished today. The anchor failed, still some dirt in the nozzle. Ordered a cleaning kit since I could not find a needle with 0.4mm width in wifys sewingbox ... The corner of the corridor also got...
FR - Monitor Sölve, left-to-dos
Mar 23, 2019 : Put together a list today to see what´s left to do for the monitor. At least I was surprised.. All are small(ish) pieces printed in a few hours each, not days each .. I was hoping for the summer but now it looks much sooner!
FR - Monitor Sölve, Launch Machine
Mar 31, 2019 : Did a drawing for the steam launch machine today. Last week I tried to clean my printer nozzle and ended up clogging it totally instead ... Ordered a cleaning set plus new nozzles at the time, which was supposed to arrive coming Thursday. Yesterday I got
FR - EARTHQUAKE Newsflash !!
Apr 02, 2019 : Extra, Extra, directly from the local bulletin! 17:12 local time the entire port of Fork Town was destroyed by a giant Earthquake! As a prayers answer, everyone was in the market square for the market and no one was hurt. Railway owner Mr Enrico Laurelli.
FR - Monitor Sölve, Back in business !!
Apr 08, 2019 : My service kit with nozzle cleaners etc arrived today! Used these toilet levers to make sure the printer is Ok again. Not FUD or anycubic quality but I am pleased with it. The queue for the monitor is restarted! Right now the anchor is reprinted and ...
FR - Monitor Sölve, Anchors
FR - Monitor Sölve, Details 1
Apr 10, 2019 : Did a couple more detail drawings this evening. They will be printed the coming days. Bow hatches is done, the chimney bottom part is printing now (first item above. It´s upside down on the picture)
FR - Monitor Sölve, Details 2
Apr 11, 2019 : Almost all details on the bow deck is done now, only three remains - flagpole, winches and handrails. Also printed a young sailor who lost his hat to the wind, captain will not be pleased!
FR - Monitor Sölve, More Print Problems
Apr 19, 2019 : Got another print mystery on my hands ... See the picture. Top right is the piece I am trying to print, the rest are different tests I made last week or so. Dead center is a chess piece which the printer was delivered with. As you can see it at least has
FR - Fork Harbour II
Apr 19, 2019 : In-between "print studies" I am trying to figure out how the new harbor should look like. There is many different solutions to choose from, but which do I like the most .. ? There are four major versions as I see it. Either there is a dock angled from rig
FR - Pier Solution
FR - Pier Solution II
Apr 19, 2019 : I like the first pier solution very much. Only one problem, I would always have to reach over whatever ship is moored... which did felt like a no-no. So I moved the pier on the outside instead like this. Not sure on the trackplan here, but should be fine.
FR - Sölve, Chimney Extension
Apr 19, 2019 : Finally !!! Here it is. So I have struggled to get this item printed correctly! Not as much as on the vents before xmas, but not far from it. Only difference really betwen these two prints on first picture is the slicer program used. Left is Print Studio,
FR - Sölve, Steam Launch
FR - Sölve, Machine Guns
FR - Fork Harbor, Final version
Apr 22, 2019 : After much afterthought I did go for the first pier solution, with just a few changes. Ships can be moved and as you can see below, with the foam cut out they also get about two inches lower than before when first trying the idea. Last is a picture on the
FR - Fork Harbor, Pier in place and all ground painted
Apr 27, 2019 : Pier in place and first ground paint is added all over, to get a better sense of whats to come. The water will get several coats on top of this. Now the harbor has room for a lot vessels floating around the dock, with tiny 18in trains running around and
FR - Sölve, Parts update
May 01, 2019 : Labor day here, as in most places. Time for some relaxing time in the cave. Today I did another test with printing handrails and posts. Sometimes like here they look quite OK, but again other times ... The key when printing high posts of any kind is to...
FR - Sölve, Handrails problem
May 02, 2019 : I thought I should explain how I solved the handrails and posts problem. I simply increased the diameter from the supposed 0.84mm to 2 hole mm in diameter. It´s a secret, so don´t tell anyone. If I haven´t said it I doubt you would notice it. See firs
FR - Sölve, First paint
May 04, 2019 : So, finally !! After many moons, first paint is on! Did stumble on another problem with fitting the railings, so I could not paint those areas there railings will go. But to eager to wait, so I put on first layer anyway - I had to see how it would look!
FR - Fork, Boats & Waves
May 10, 2019 : The new rowboat replacing the previous to high one was finished printing this afternoon. As you can see on the picture the proportions got quite different. Also added first cautious waves in the harbor. This is a plaster called "Husfix" which is meant ...
FR - Waves & Railings
May 11, 2019 : Put on second layer of plaster for the waves this morning. Later during the day it was dry, but I did not think it look like much so I added a layer of blue paint (the only I had at home, to bright, I know) to see how it turned out. But when the paint ...
FR - Bogie flat
May 18, 2019 : Was not in the mode for railings this weekend so I made this bogie flat wagon instead. A few pics on current state of Sölve included as well. Last is three figures from ModelU which he kindly printed to my 8mm (1:38) scale.
FR - Sölve, railings
May 26, 2019 : Yesterday I did drill holes in all the handrails, low as high. Using a 1.6mm drill in a 2mm post was not easy. I did waste several in the beginning before I found the technic on how to do it. Since they break very easy I had to hold a finger on one side w
FR - Sölve Done!
May 26, 2019 : The monitor Sölve is done, finished. Not one more item to add or alter ... Both sad and relieving! It started February the 9th this year. Now a bit more than three months later it is ready for it´s maiden voyage. I was actually a bit surprised it was..
FR - Pluto, Water and Boom
Jun 07, 2019 : Been doing some serious thinking about what to do after the monitor and the choice fall on doing RAR locos in 8mm scale. Pluto is first out. This first print looks quite ok, but many details to fix so will have to re-do it once more. Good example of a 7mm
Layer-drift problem solved
Jun 20, 2019 : Had a few days with serious layer-drifting again. Normally when this happens your belts are not tighten enough, but mine are, so got a bit puzzled until I realized the filament was tangled on it´s way from the spool to the printer head, also my new sp...
Fork - Freelance O&K loco
Jun 24, 2019 : See how nice it can be when the printer behaves .. compared to the pile of failed prints in the background.. Initial drawings is a correct O&K 0-6-0 loco which ones ran at the Nyberget Mine railway in sweden, but since I had to do so much changes to fit..