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    New Freeware Models 2020 - ORTS/MSTS - North American Content

    Hi Folks,

    Perusing this forum - it seems with few exceptions - that the North American market for locomotives/rolling stock is pretty much dead... If you look outside of North America - there's some pretty exciting work and fantastic models being made... Are there people out there quietly modeling in private for this region ? Doesn't seem likely because the file library doesn't reflect that... It seems as if we're strictly relying on the very few payware companies we have left - to build everything for us... Locomotives and Rolling Stock are the life blood of the sim - without them - there's not much hope to generate enthusiasm or recruit new talent... It's really not that hard to model a new freight car - it's a good place to start - and it can be quite rewarding... You could probably knock something out in a couple weeks of working evenings - following a tutorial - with an earnest effort... For someone new to modeling - Blender might be the best vehicle as it's still supported - it's free - it has a large user base - and countless tutorials... For those who might already have some investment with 3DC, GMAX, of TSM - I'm sure we can find help for that as well...

    Please - if you're working on a model - post away - if you've ever been at all been interested in modeling - ask away...

    We need more participation in the modeling community and we're here to help...

    Regards,
    Scott
    <a href=https://www.trainsim.com/forums/filedata/fetch?filedataid=80663&type=full title=thumb_80663.png >thumb_80663.png</a>​ My Blender Models

    #2
    (A possible vain attempt to lighten the mood a bit. )

    Scott,

    As you may know, I've been working on things. My EMDX SD60s are very to release, but college has slowed work down considerably.

    Just needs final polish. (Yes, it's changed more since this shot.)

    SFCAN432.jpg
    Parker B. - A Misplaced Midwesterner.
    Also known as Mr. Two Bits and Mr. Squarewheels.

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      #3
      Hi Parker,

      And a mighty fine effort that is - beautiful job !!! Yeah - completely understand - schoolwork is important - this stuff is merely a hobby...

      Thanks for posting...

      LOL - was I that dismal ?


      I didn't intend it to be - I guess it does get a tad discouraging at times to see how little is being worked on around here...

      I've always tried to motivate and help people get started in modeling - I'll crawl back to my hole now...


      Regards,
      Scott
      <a href=https://www.trainsim.com/forums/filedata/fetch?filedataid=80663&type=full title=thumb_80663.png >thumb_80663.png</a>​ My Blender Models

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        #4
        Originally posted by scottb613 View Post
        LOL - was I that dismal ?


        I didn't intend it to be - I guess it does get a tad discouraging at times to see how little is being worked on around here...

        I've always tried to motivate and help people get started in modeling - I'll crawl back to my hole now...


        Regards,
        Scott
        No sir, you're fine. It's just a mildy silly comment on my part. And a poor attempt by me to lighten the mood...

        Yep, that didn't come out right at all.

        I understand Michelle is possibly working on some things.
        Last edited by SD40-2; 01-28-2020, 03:45 PM.
        Parker B. - A Misplaced Midwesterner.
        Also known as Mr. Two Bits and Mr. Squarewheels.

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          #5
          SD40A_3 by sunnhead60
          SD40A_2 by sunnhead60

          I've been away from the community for awhile now. I spend too much time with Run8 and TrainSimWorld 2020 (I like old UK stuff too), I guess. I started on this model about two years ago. I do still work on it occasionally. I still have 6 or so more units planned for this model, so it may be awhile still before they're ready for upload. The general meat of the model is all finished; only tedious detail work remains, mostly with the textures.

          For those who are unfamiliar, the SD40A was an SD40 built on an SDP45 frame to include a 5,000 gal fuel tank. 18 units were built for the IC around 1970. Five of those later went to Soo Line/CP. All but two were scrapped by 2009-10. Indiana Boxcar (IBCX), I think, has the last two.

          Tyler

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            #6
            Way back in 2002 era, I released my first content for MSTS... a crappy repaint of (I can't remember who's model) that EMD SD60. Nice to see it again in its full glory.

            My current problem is that I have some completed models, Like a new NS MOW Crosstie gondola (slightly different model than my 2002 release) but I suck at physics... so here they sit doing nothing.

            Pete
            http://www.railsimstuff.com
            Just Blender now, 3DCrafter only when I have to.
            formerly The Keystone Works (All Permissions Granted)
            https://github.com/pwillard/MSTS-replacement
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              #7
              Originally posted by tbundy1982 View Post

              Tyler
              Hi Tyler,

              Hah - some gorgeous models and a 3D cab to boot... I've been wanting to try making them myself for a steam locomotive but I just haven't got around to it... I think you posted some greyscale templates in the lib for painting freight cars - I'm right there with you - it makes such a difference when you apply a colored paint layer on top of a dark greyscale template with something like a "soft light" layer type - gives the model a great deal of pop... Hope you find the time to release them...

              Regards,
              Scott
              <a href=https://www.trainsim.com/forums/filedata/fetch?filedataid=80663&type=full title=thumb_80663.png >thumb_80663.png</a>​ My Blender Models

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                #8
                Originally posted by pwillard View Post
                Way back in 2002 era, I released my first content for MSTS... a crappy repaint of (I can't remember who's model) that EMD SD60. Nice to see it again in its full glory.

                My current problem is that I have some completed models, Like a new NS MOW Crosstie gondola (slightly different model than my 2002 release) but I suck at physics... so here they sit doing nothing.

                Pete
                Hi Pete,

                If your cars are ORST only - physics are pretty easy - if you take a look at my recent upload of USRA boxes - I distilled the physics down to only what ORST needs - it's a surprisingly brief WAG file... I'd be happy to help if you need more...

                Regards,
                Scott
                <a href=https://www.trainsim.com/forums/filedata/fetch?filedataid=80663&type=full title=thumb_80663.png >thumb_80663.png</a>​ My Blender Models

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                  #9
                  Parker - That is a great looking version of those "60's", myself I always loved them.

                  Tyler - I always like your look going for the obscure motive power. And with a 3-D cab too boot ! I remember a friend kitbashing a SD40A in HO scale for his IC pike.

                  Pete - Your AAR240W is a mainstay from my activities on the Blue Comet Route & PRR-ER V2 on the chemical coast or the southern division. But the repaint of the P-RSL AS16 Baldwin repaint I can never live without ! It is the only P-RSL motive power on the we have for the road. Is a perfect pick for it too because many survived right into the Conrail merger. From road switching to hauling P70 coaches when some RDCs were down. It was a great choice that you did and it still keeps going ! I can't live without it !

                  I always had a great respect for any model makers on here and for the repainters also. I love to try repainting more but I always have problems doing alpha channels. I guess I have to really sit and try, try, try until I finally get it. I have to give your USRA boxcar set a try Scott, you made it so easy for trying with that set.

                  But the work from all of you (You too Scott) is amazing and is a big part in my day to day Open Rail operations.
                  - Mark -

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by MMSS View Post
                    Parker - That is a great looking version of those "60's", myself I always loved them.

                    Tyler - I always like your look going for the obscure motive power. And with a 3-D cab too boot ! I remember a friend kitbashing a SD40A in HO scale for his IC pike.

                    Pete - Your AAR240W is a mainstay from my activities on the Blue Comet Route & PRR-ER V2 on the chemical coast or the southern division. But the repaint of the P-RSL AS16 Baldwin repaint I can never live without ! It is the only P-RSL motive power on the we have for the road. Is a perfect pick for it too because many survived right into the Conrail merger. From road switching to hauling P70 coaches when some RDCs were down. It was a great choice that you did and it still keeps going ! I can't live without it !

                    I always had a great respect for any model makers on here and for the repainters also. I love to try repainting more but I always have problems doing alpha channels. I guess I have to really sit and try, try, try until I finally get it. I have to give your USRA boxcar set a try Scott, you made it so easy for trying with that set.

                    But the work from all of you (You too Scott) is amazing and is a big part in my day to day Open Rail operations.
                    Hi Mark,

                    Thanks for the response - hah - I know you're up to your elbows with route building which we sorely need as well...

                    If you ever need help with Alpha's - just shout - they're really not that bad...

                    Other than my active thread on the USRA Mikado - I have two mostly done freight cars which I have posted before... They both still need some TLC before they're ready for the light of day...


                    40 Foot Flat with Lumber, Tractor, Pipe, Bulldozer, and Marble/Granite loads:
                    SCO_Flat by Scott B, on Flickr


                    Late model 40 Foot Steel Reefer:
                    SCO_REEF by Scott B, on Flickr


                    I have visions of some additional B&M Steam Locomotives (I love Paul's CT River) and Passenger Cars - we'll see...


                    Regards,
                    Scott
                    Last edited by scottb613; 01-29-2020, 08:34 AM.
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                      #11
                      Note: A lot of these have been worked off and on for some time.

                      If all goes according to plan, this project should be out by the end of the year. Got some new info on the SD40M-2s, so that I can build the thing properly, and figured out the best way to update the Dash 9s with new details. Also want to change the font on numbers on all the units I've made personally so they're correct for Espee.

                      SFCAN103.jpg

                      This is one of the many units in this project, which replaces the entire set of MLT Cascades Crossing locomotive model with updated shapes, textures, and engine files.
                      Last edited by SD40-2; 01-29-2020, 10:51 AM. Reason: Replace Image with Larger Image.
                      Parker B. - A Misplaced Midwesterner.
                      Also known as Mr. Two Bits and Mr. Squarewheels.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by SD40-2 View Post
                        This is one of the many units in this project, which replaces the entire set of MLT Cascades Crossing locomotive model with updated shapes, textures, and engine files.
                        Hi Parker,

                        Hah - now THAT's what I'm talk'n about - NICE - what do you model with - Blender ?

                        Regards,
                        Scott
                        <a href=https://www.trainsim.com/forums/filedata/fetch?filedataid=80663&type=full title=thumb_80663.png >thumb_80663.png</a>​ My Blender Models

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                          #13
                          Scott,

                          Thanks for the comment. They've been a long time coming.

                          My applogies if my little promo image somehow mislead you. That was a Shape Viewer Screenshot of one of the GP60s from the set, modded slightly in Photoshop to make it look fancy.

                          I do my modeling in Sketchup for the moment, but l'm planning to learn Blender in the future.

                          I should admit now that I'm kinda piggybacking off Danny Beck's work, even though it doesn't look like it.
                          Parker B. - A Misplaced Midwesterner.
                          Also known as Mr. Two Bits and Mr. Squarewheels.

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                            #14
                            To be fair, there's really not much happening with North American 1:1 scale locomotives aside from the new Seimens Chargers, and Ian Dodd has been staying up to date with those over at Toronto Mainline Trains.

                            Maybe it would be nice to have a F125, but just about everything else has been done at least once...
                            If you like what you see here at Trainsim.com, be it the discussions and knowledge in the forums, items saved in our library or the ongoing development of our TSRE Fork, I hope you'll consider a paid membership to help support keeping the site operating.... Thanks!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by eric View Post
                              To be fair, there's really not much happening with North American 1:1 scale locomotives aside from the new Seimens Chargers, and Ian Dodd has been staying up to date with those over at Toronto Mainline Trains.

                              Maybe it would be nice to have a F125, but just about everything else has been done at least once...
                              LMAO! Siemens!!!! They were just about making washing machines when anything interesting was being made for North American Railroads As for everything else has been done Baldwin, Fairbanks Morse, just about any early GE locomotive (as they're no longer available from DW) and that's to say nothing of Turbines and about a thousand or so US "Kettles"...... If you're bored with modern railroading there's a whole world still to be done for the more interesting Transition Era. Not my opinion BTW but a matter of historic record. Greater variety of power, traffic, wagons, more double tracked routes, more roads etc.etc.etc. In fact one thing that really leaves me shaking my head is when modern era fans get all excited about some Gevo's painted in a Heritage Livery?!? The history of the lines that used that livery is just a tads more interesting than a Gevo painted up in it

                              To my knowledge the only models of the early experiments in TOFC are a small payware pack from BLLW.

                              Of course it has to be said that some early models that could be updated cannot be shared because the ridiculous and inappropriate early EULA that many cut and pasted in their models requires permission to modify and yet contacting many of the modellers is now well nigh impossible.

                              It's also worth mentioning that some early models were built to be usable on the hardware of nearly 20 years ago and long before BIN or OR were even a bright idea. So "been done at least once" is hardly a reason for current modellers not to build something that in today's updated Sim and on the latest hardware could be a lot more detailed?

                              I guess the trouble is that those of us from the UK and Europe who were born just after WWII actually rode in steam hauled trains, saw the local drop off goods traffic and lived through to today's extremely comfortable Siemens EMU's that run on my local line. They're great to ride in .....but dull as ditch water to drive or simulate
                              Geoff
                              Dorset - near The Swanage Railway.
                              UK

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