I haven't posted on my blog for months, due to lots of other things going on in my life, and I seem to check email about once a month, so while I haven't been off the grid, it hasn't been far from it.
I thought I would post some exciting news from Trainworx if you haven't already seen it. I must say that when I first saw the announcements of Trainworx getting in the truck and trailer arena, it was bittersweet. I am excited that a major player is now getting serious about some popular and meaningful models for us in N scale. However, they have come forward with guns blazing, and seem to have replicated multiple truck and trailer models that I have designed for 3D printing over the past 2 years. I have always said that 3d printing had its limitations, and now that Trainworx has stepped up, they will be able to provide us great models, painted, and ready to use on our layouts, as well as a very reasonable price compared to a raw 3d printed model.
I do find it ironic that they are creating a 379 Pete with a Merritt livestock trailer. Hmmm, I wonder how they got that idea? I like to think that I had a lot of influence over their model decisions, but I guess it really doesn't matter whose idea it was in the end. I hope to see a lot more modern truck models from them and welcome other players into this space as well.
So what does this mean for me? Not sure. I get hot and cold on projects all the time, and lately, I haven't touched anything in N scale. I still do have many unique designs that no one else in N scale has replicated, so I don't plan to shut down my Shapeways shop any time soon. I never really intended this to be a business, but rather a fun way to finance my hobby. I would have put forth more effort otherwise. If I get an itch in the future I might try to design some new models. But ultimately, I think this might be the change that forces me to look at a layout again. I am certainly due for another layout project, and have carried many ideas with me since I sold my Marias Pass years ago.
Here is the flyer about the new Trainworx model. There are photos online circulating of other "in progress" models as well which include a wide variety of models we desperately need. I see the 379 Pete with Merritt trailer listed for under $30 on some online shops. That is a steal when you consider that my Wilson version costs about that same amount for a raw printed copy. Way to go Trainworx.