Wednesday, 29 January 2014

VD Bogie Louvre Van

Wire details added, but not fully painted yet...
Marbelup Models has just received the first test print of a VD bogie louvre van.

A total of 180 VD vans were built in 1952-3.  Ironically, the VD vans were built in Enghien in Belgium, which is only about 60 km from the i.Materialise 3D printing factory where the model is being made.

The model depicts the van in "as delivered" condition.  There were many modifications carried out during the life of the VD vans and Marbelup Models may produced later versions if there is sufficient demand.  The prototype vans lasted until approx. 1991.
Computer Rendering of VD Model (Bogies shown are not supplied.)

The photo below, from Rail Heritage WA, shows a VD van in close to original condition.


Refer to the WAGR Wagon Pages for more information on the prototype.

In the Paintshop
The body of the VD has been printed in one piece.  The print orientation has been chosen to optimise the definition of the louvres, which will result in some visible stepping on the roof, which can be smoother off by scraping and/or sanding.  As well, the modeller will be required to remove the support materials from the 3D printing process, and add various details such as handrails, from brass wire (not supplied).  For more information, please refer to the Construction Tips.

The expected price will be about $140 subject to exchange rate variations.

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