3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

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3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by NateHeffner » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:10 pm

Just wondering, who all here has built or owns any 3/4" rolling stock or knows of available trucks other than those offered from Tanski or Yankee shop/ friends?? the search male it near impossible to find anything as it does not recognise 3/4" as a keyword.


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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by FKreider » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:30 pm

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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by JBodenmann » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:52 pm

Hello My Friends
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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by steamingdon » Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:31 am

Jim Abrams is the way to go, and it won`t break the bank. :D :D
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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by H&NERY » Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:28 am

I have some of the Fair Weather Foundry Trucks, they are great, come ready to run, and very affordable. They are roller bearing equipped. Great guy to deal with. His couplers and coupler pockets are very nice also. I ride on the flatcar, and I weigh about 220, it rolls like a rocket.
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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by Mike Walsh » Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:53 am

NateHeffner wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:10 pm
Just wondering, who all here has built or owns any 3/4" rolling stock or knows of available trucks other than those offered from Tanski or Yankee shop/ friends?? the search male it near impossible to find anything as it does not recognise 3/4" as a keyword.
Is there anything in particular you are looking for?

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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by NateHeffner » Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:19 pm

What i am really looking for is any sort of kit on the affordable side of things that offers machined wheelsets, i am planning on builing a fleet of freight cars and one or two wood passenger coaches (which i am producing truck kits for sans wheelsets)

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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by PRR G5s » Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:28 pm

I've done a variety of things.

1. I've fabricated my own. Turned out okay, but not too detailed and you can tell they were fabricated.
2. Had someone cast Bettendorf truck sides in aluminum. I lost the pattern for those, and the guy who made the pattern passed away.
3. I've purchased the trucks from Friends Models. They are really nice, and highly recommend them.
4. And I've drawn them in 3D, and had Shapeways print them in stainless steel. They aren't cheap, and I've only done this for trucks that aren't available. The first picture is a Vulcan T-Section, second Bettendorf T-Section, third - National, and the last one is the PRR's cabin car truck.
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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by FKreider » Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:42 pm

Shapeways is far too expensive if the goal is to make a "fleet" of cars, even if you are getting plastic 3D prints from them, they are still pricey.

IF the goal is to make decorative freight cars, meaning they will not have passengers on them one option would be to purchase a $200-300 3D printer and make your trucks out of plastic. You could design them to have small roller bearings press (or glued) in and they could take a standard size size round bar stock axle. Of course you would still need a way to machine up a bunch of wheels but if there is a will there is a way...
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Could also build a cheap DIY furnace/foundry and make a bunch of trucks out of aluminum. There are tons of YouTube videos on making these small DIY furnaces out of mostly materials from Home Depot.
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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by Mike Walsh » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:49 am

FKreider wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:42 pm
Of course you would still need a way to machine up a bunch of wheels but if there is a will there is a way...

I recall someone experimenting with plastic trucks and wheels for non-load bearing service in 3/4"... I think it may have been on Chaski.

With the shutdown coming, I think this is a great time for Nate to improve his skills on 3D modeling and design for manufacturability.

Nate, if you need a helping hand, let me know. I have Fusion360 and can collaborate over that platform, in conjunction with chatting on Facebook.

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Re: 3/4" scale rolling stock and trucks

Post by Slipped Eccentric » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:27 am

What price range are you looking at?

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