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jsw
 jsw
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Theater facade for O scale model railroad.

Posted : 14/08/2020 6:33 pm
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Oxygen
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Man you design and print beautiful buildings. 

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Posted : 14/08/2020 6:36 pm
jsw
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Thanks, I appreciate it.

When I have time I do plan on writing these up and posting them in the Prints section here and on those other usual suspect sites, as I've done with a few so far.

I got into 3d printing mainly for model railroad things. I saw a working 3d printer for the first time at the Denver train show maybe 4 years or so ago and I immediately saw the possibilities.  I took a couple of courses at our local 'makerspace' to get up to speed on the hands-on of drafting and printing, and back last February when all of the three 'good' printers in the 3d lab were down all at once I broke down and ordered the Prusa, fortunately just before the Covid hit the fan.

Posted : 14/08/2020 6:45 pm
Oxygen
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I have seen your other designs and they are as beautiful as this theater. I have played with model trains when I was young and bought houses from stores but in my memory the were not as beautiful. 

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Posted : 14/08/2020 7:03 pm
gkas
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Definitely keep. posting you models. I really enjoy seeing them

Posted : 14/08/2020 7:18 pm
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jsw
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Posted by: @oxygen

I have seen your other designs and they are as beautiful as this theater. I have played with model trains when I was young and bought houses from stores but in my memory the were not as beautiful. 

Thanks.

Back in the days, many of the buildings for O and S scale were from the Plasticville collection from Bachman.  They had a marketing agreement with Lionel, and sold several of their buildings through Lionel dealers.

Here's a quick link to the Plasticville Collectors page which shows some of the common items.

http://www.plasticvilleusa.org/index-pages/os-index.html

Some of the Plasticville buildings were detailed and realistic, while others were definitely more of a toy grade.  Some of these are hot collector items, and, if in good condition with original box, can sell for several times the original list price.

Model railroading and 3d printing go hand in hand.  It's possible to, and quite easily, draft something that is not commonly available, or modify and print someone else's models.  What is extremely valuable is that it's trivial to scale most work up and down.  No longer is something that's built for O scale unusable with HO and v/v.

I'm doing a subway-el line as part of my model RR, and realistic O scale elevated stations are hard to find, and very expensive if you do find them.  I was able to do my own, drafting from photos.  It's posted in the Prints section here:

https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/32893-elsta1

Every train show will have at least one vendor of 3d printed buildings.  Below is a photo of one at the Denver show last March.  Buildings shown typically sell from $10 or so to $20-30 or so.  If you don't see what you want, the vendor will usually have a book of models and will print one on demand, time allowing, of course.  If you see one but need a different scale, they will print it for you, again, time allowing.

They will almost always have a working 3d printer.  The one below looks like a Creality.  Of course, the process usually exceeds the viewers' attention span.  😉

Posted : 14/08/2020 8:53 pm
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jsw
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Here's a quick shot of the first stab of the marquee lettering.

I may reprint it in a slightly larger font.

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Posted : 19/08/2020 9:55 pm
jsw
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Here's a quick shot of the installed theater.  Yeah, should have used more light for this for more depth of field.

Posted : 22/08/2020 1:29 am
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