With the test print of the HO Baldwin RT-624 now in production at Shapeways, I’ve turned my attention to the etched brass parts that will accompany it. As with the HO DT6-6-2000 these will be in 0.5mm (0.0196″) brass and will come on a fret containing the parts for all versions of the locomotive.
The etch contains side handrails, end handrails, sun visors, grab irons, windscreen wipers, trainphone antennas and Multiple Unit hoses.
The sixteen MU hoses across the bottom of the fret fix into the 3D printed end rail section, as shown below, with eight at each end. All the brass parts have locating holes in the 3D printed shell for ease of assembly and strength.
As with the DT6-6-2000 the price for each fret will be £10 GBP and I’ll be looking for some pre-orders to help cover the cost of getting the etch tool made. If you’d like to be one of those pre-orders please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via the contacts page.
I hope the test print will be with me soon so I can share that with you and once the etched brass has been ordered the HO RT-624 will just about be ready to be released.
I’m still looking into 3D printed truck side frames for both the General Steel Castings Delta equalized trucks and the General Steel Castings Commonwealth trucks and hope to have those ready by the time the kit is available.