Getting sources organized for 622

For my drawing efforts thus far, I’ve been considering the erecting card and the associated specification for the locomotive as gospel.  I mean, these were the resources that the boys at Baldwin would have used to put 622 and 621 together, and so they should be right. Unfortunately, unexpectedly, inexplicably, they don’t agree! The drawing […]

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Figuring out OnShape connectors

After watching the tutorial again, and sinking another night into learning OnShape, I’m not only in danger of dying prematurely because my body didn’t break down enough sugars and triglycerides, but I’m also in danger of becoming effective at creating Assemblies. Perhaps I should explain for those SketchUp users out there.  OnShape (and FreeCad) work on the basis […]

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Best to wear black or navy

Before he was a model railroader, my friend, Mark Dance was an award-winning figure painter.  So, when he asked if he might try painting a couple of the lovely pewter figures from A C Stadden, I leaped at the chance. Mark sent through some in-progress photos today, along with the question “I couldn’t find any […]

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622 drawing progresses in OnShape

I’m starting to get the hang of parameterized CAD with OnShape.   Tonight, I managed to get a pretty good sketch of the locomotive frame, and extruded it to make the outside layers. I also discovered a handy feature called a variable, which enables you to label a dimension, such as the standard thickness of metal, […]

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Improved roundhouse wall parts

Today’s lesson: when you’re cutting many window panes, don’t aim to cut right through unless you’re willing to babysit the Cricut. If the panes are cut right through, then they may pop off the cutting mat, and eventually the blade will land on one of the freed squares.  Then, dragging the square around like a kid […]

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Unexpected call from OnShape

I’ve been on the Internet for a long time, and I use a lot of free or freemium services. I can’t recall ever having a call with one of these services before. Earlier this week, I signed up for an OnShape account.  I’m hoping it will be the replacement for SketchUp! on Linux, and after […]

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Roundhouse ready to test

It’s a sad reality that creating models with new tools like the Cricut leads to more time in front of the computer.  What’s worse, my wife and kids are never even feign enthusiasm when I show them the output of a night’s drawing.  I doubt you are interested either. The partially tested plan is to make the roundhouse […]

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