Posted by: aj427 | July 16, 2015

NER Diag 196 Horsebox – Printed Prototype

Back from Shapeways yesterday was the prototype horsebox model…

The roof arrived in a separate bag so I’m not sure if they’ve printed it like that or if they removed it or it became detached from the sprue during cleaning. It’s not a big deal and this is what it should look like after printing:

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And with the parts separated and placed loosely together:

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The small add-on parts are tucked away inside the body for safety during transit – the lamp/plug items need some modification:

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I’m very happy with how the detail has come out, especially the underframe. It is however, very delicate – I’ve already managed to snap off a couple of the spring hangers just by looking at them! I’ll be looking to try and beef these parts up a little. As usual, it’s a fine line between detail accuracy and robustness.

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Of some concern at the moment is how the parts fit. It’s too tight to fit the chassis on one side and the roof is a little warped at one end. This all may just require cleaning and a little filing so we’ll see how it goes. This was after the first cleaning session and already the fit is better:

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  1. Lovely. I’ll have one! 😊


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