If you’ve been following my posts over the last few years you’ll know that I’ve produced several 3D printed gears for a variety of scales. These have been available in my Shapeways shop and through my individual posts about the gears, but I realized I didn’t have a section on this site for them. So that’s what this post is about.
The new page, which can be found here, or by using the drop-down menu above, has all the gears currently available. There are several more in the testing phase, which will be added when ready, as well as several that are waiting to be done; often when I see a damaged locomotive going cheap I pick it up with the intention of making a new part to repair it.
So far the finished replacement gears and axles are for:
Bachmann- 4-8-4 Northern (3rd Generation)
Bachmann 2-8-0 & 2-8-2 (1st Generation)
Bachmann/Mainline 0-6-0 J72
Bachmann/Mainline 4-6-0 Hall
Rivarossi O Scale F9
USA Trains 0-4-0 20-Ton
I’m also doing some experimenting with different materials for the gears; you can find the first post about that here. For very small gears I’ve yet to find a better material than the Fine Detail, although for the larger gears the material is a little brittle and prone to breakage, so I’m hoping to find a suitable material for those.
I’ll be taking a break and not posting next Monday as this coming weekend is the Poole & District Model Railway Society’s Annual Exhibition. I’m the Exhibition Manager, and as fun and rewarding as organizing an event of this scale is, I’ll be needing a rest on Monday! So I’ll be back in two weeks.