Friday, April 25, 2014

Phillips 66, McLean, TX, 3d printed in HO scale

I am always looking for small buildings that will fit on a model railroad, and that I can print.  I am not sure when I ran across this, but is sure looked like a size that would fit about any model railroad, and could fit any era from the 1920's on.  

This building still stands in McLean, TX.  

I made the assumption that the front door would not have been solid when it was an operating station.  It just would be a problem to not be able to see through the front door of a commercial building.

I drew it, as above, then exploded it for optimal printing on the Afinia printer.  Note the reinforcement ridges designed in to the interior of the walls.  These allow me to make the walls thin, making for a faster print, less material, yet add stiffness to the walls.

Primed and the ridge beam for the roof glued in place.  I designed the walls with pockets to hold 1/8" square styrene ridge beams

I printed the shingles on orange paper, and dusted them with Ash Grove weathering powders.  I cut them in to strips before gluing them in place to give the roof some texture.  The cap shingles are each glued in place individually.  

The roof is sheet styrene.

I showed it to some friends, some O scaler's, they asked if it was possible to print it on O scale, so I did some editing, and gave it a try.

I gave the O scale building to one of my friends and will post some pictures when they get it done.

The O scale building took about 7-1/2 hours to print, and the windows and door took another hour.

Now I have to do O scale pumps!

Previous 3d printed buildings based on prototype structures.
Farm house:
Bennington Bank:

Future prototype structures...items I am working on:
Hexagon Gulf Gas Station
Frisco section house
Stone arch bridge
Cassville and Exeter RR depot at Cassville, MO

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