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    Default One small step for me, one giant leap for the RW comunity...

    I want to try my hand at building a locomotive(perferably a steam engine) but im not sure what program I should use, how to animate it and how to Export it. any help would be great.

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    Most of the developers use 3dCanvas http://www.amabilis.com/ The pro version will export to RS/RW you can find useful tutorials on this site also Keep in mind that the tutorials are set up for MSTS but will also work for RW

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    I found 3D Canvas Pro the easiest to use. Once I get a new computer I plan on starting back on my 2,6,2 Prairie.

    Make sure you start on a easier kind of locomotive. This 2,6,0 shouldn't be too difficult, might make a good project for a beginner.


    This is the 2,6,0 Mogul steam locomotive, American made.


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    Been thinking...Going to make a Veranda Turbine. This pack will include: The Turbine, with clean, dirty and scrap versions. Then I will make a B unit in Clean, dirty, and scrap vesions. last but not least, A Oiltank in a union pacific text and with the moderen day flag.

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    Daylightrain

    P.S: Making somthing special for all you RW users!

    Merry Cristmas!
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    The most important advise is start small! Create a small box, get it in game, then move to something bigger, and more complex. I would recommend using both 3dCanvas and Blender. I use both because Blender can do more than 3dCanvas, but it can't export animations yet. (In terms of loco's you can do all except Steam loco's in Blender.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainguy76 View Post
    .......... (In terms of loco's you can do all except Steam loco's in Blender.)
    I've had some success in creating a steam loco in blender, exporting it as an .igs flie, then importing the .igs into 3DC pro where I animated it and exported the .ia file. Using the .igs file from blender and the .ia from 3DC pro, I was able to create a working engine in RW. So far, all I've tried to animate are side (connecting) rods and drive (piston) rods.

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    Here's a couple Veranda Turbine pictures, I'll try to find some interior photo's as well. But you might be able to use a Alco FA 1 as reference since the cab's are very similar.

    And suggest you make freeware until you get modeling down well enough where you can make a quality payware item. That means, do freeware until you get more experience and can make a basically perfect train, perfect in every way to the original.

    Also, a good thing about releasing freeware, it might influence other's to do the same thing.

    Don't do payware until you really know what you're doing, and can do it perfect.

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    Here's a couple cab photo's, wasn't able to find much.
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    Default Really, you should do something smaller and easier

    Here's something that would be smaller and less complicated to do.

    From experience, I'd suggest starting out with a caboose, something easier then a locomotive.

    Why don't you try to make a Bay Window Caboose for Railworks.
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