Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year! My Kenworth W900's are Progressing

First of all, Happy New Year!  It's been a wild couple of weeks, and I haven't had much time to do anything N scale related.  It has been a nice break from the hobby, and a chance to focus on my family and my other interests.  It was about this time last year when I downloaded Sketchup for the first time, and started designing my first 3d printing models.  I have come a long way, and see some great opportunities in the future.  The hardest part now is trying to design new models, while still spending time enhancing existing models.  And I still have a huge backlog of items to paint and finish.  Oh, and don't even get me started talking about the "next" layout.  That doesn't even seem like a near term possibility as long as I keep focusing on trucks.

Oh well, I am still having a lot of fun, although the progress has slowed.  I wanted to have a complete trio of Kenworth W900's to share, but since it has been a couple weeks since I last posted, and I don't plan to have these done for another week due to some travel, here they are.  I am starting to put mirrors on my models rather than take shortcuts to get them done.  This is all part of my plan to continue to refine my designs, and give each model a bit more attention to detail.  The mirrors are simply wire and styrene.

The Kenworth W900 is a nice model, and I plan to make more configurations available in the future.  As you can see, they need some work before completion.

Here is a mirror design I am going to try for the Pete 387 and the Kenworth T800, where the mirror frame actually has some shape, beyond the standard tube bracket and rectangular frame.  This would be an added detail to the existing models.  You can see them here on a sprue so they don't get lost while printing.

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