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    Planning the brake rigging, after spending some time putting the brackets in.



    I set a budget of 14,000 triangles. Hovering around 9500 right now. I figure a caboose can use about as many as a locomotive, since you don't generally have more than one or two per train. If a lot of the shading looks funky, it's because I smooth a lot of edges to conserve vertices in areas that are somewhat hidden, or where the textures will be dark, and the difference won't really be visible. It's all part of the process of optimizing a model for its intended use.

    For the cars, I'm leaning towards the 3898 cu ft PS boxcars delivered in the late 50s, as well as a quick refit of the BN 613000 series 53' 6" flats I have on-hand, with new numbers, of course. That would open the door to custom loads, if people want to build them. Those flats could also be repainted into a variety of roads.
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    Did some needle-threading with the handbrake rods today. Thank goodness for look-at constraints.







    The underframe is basically done at this point, it only really needs J-hooks for the handbrake rods, anchors for the dead levers, and chains for the handbrake, which I'll probably do later once some basic mapping is done. I think I'll tackle the generator drive next, then start mapping so I can get an idea where I can fit detail parts in the map. Thankfully, I have yet to find a photo of a GSC 56'-6" flat where any of the brake parts were visible, even at reasonable angles below, so that model will be loads easier when I get to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsSheare View Post
    Beautiful work Eric, these will be a wonderful addition to the community. I was wondering if you had any plans to maybe make some GE U boats like the U 30 or the U 33? We seem to have a huge gap in these locomotives. Michelle
    Yes that get's my vote ....although there are more useful missing U boats to start with? The U18B and P30CH are missing or very old as is the model of the U50's

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    Also my other question is would you be willing to make a actual SD40 SD38 and a SD35? These units are basically non existent. Many railroads had these units and many are still in service on short or regional lines. Michelle
    Hmm well not exactly? BLW has covered many roads SD18-24-26 and SD35's. Also the long overdue GP20's that come from that era where there has been a real lack of models, namely the end of the 1st generation and beginning of the 2nd generation diesels.

    It was one of the most interesting periods in US loco building because many of the old steam loco builders tried their hand at diesels before EMD and GE all but dominated the orders.

    Baldwin, Fairbanks Morse, Lima Hamilton haven't been covered apart from some models that are now way simpler than what the MSTS/OR current sims (and hardware) can handle.

    There seems to be little correlation between some of the loco's and stock produced and the latest "state of the art" routes that are produced. Indeed there are many excellent models for roads where NO decent routes exist .

    Obviously this is a hobby and folk produce what takes their interest but just to take two routes (one released and the other a WIP) Conn River and the B&O West End, both are set in the era mentioned above and both would be a fitting setting for a new "C-Liner" and "Sharknose".

    In any case Erick I think the idea of base models with "road/era" specific "bolt ons" is brilliant. Now that OR can handle more than one FA it's a great idea
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    Beautiful work, Erick...very fine. Thanks.
    Cheers, R. Steele [Gerry] It's my railroad and I'll do what I want! Historically accurate attitude of US Railroad Barons.


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    Agreed! Fantastic model, even without paint!
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    I did some fairly extensive work today, mostly in the name of building high-detail parts that can be used both to render textures and on models that are designed to be viewed from closer distances. The major things were the brake wheel and a new set of wheels using more accurate dimensional data.





    Those parts were used to render some textures for lower-resolution parts that are more appropriate for this particular model.





    This time, the BN flats will have the correct S-2 trucks. I think I'll make those next.
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    Those look pretty snazzy...I could find a use or two for those.

    Say, that car in front of the caboose looks awfully familiar...

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