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#1 SavaTheAggie

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 04:14 AM

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I don't have a lot of bricks left over at the moment, so I've been spending a lot of time lately in LDraw.  I'm not usually one to just build in LDraw, normally I have to have something built in real life first and then copy it into LDraw, but for some reason lately I've been able get some results I'm pleased with.  

I won't be able to tweak the designs much until I get the chance to build them with real bricks, and I don't know when that'll be, so I figured I'd share them here, now.  They may be works in progress, but I'm pretty darn pleased with what I've been able to come up with.  

First I decided to give my first two TSRR locomotives, #300 and #500, something to pull.  So I began building some of the TSRR Passenger Coaches.  All credit for the coach bogies goes to Cale Leiphart.  

TSRR Passenger Coach #44 - air conditioned
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TSRR Passenger Coach #72 - open air (currently has no interior)
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TSRR Combine Coach #60 - dining/concession car (currently has no interior)
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I've worked on Coach #44 more than the other two, so it's features are more refined, and has an interior.  Expect to see the other two coaches with details (like the updated steps) similar to #44 in the future.  I originally thought Coach #60 was a generator car (as you'll read on the Flickr page), but a recent email exchange with the TSRR revealed that I couldn't have been farther from the truth.

Then I decided to design my very first diesel locomotives - a shock to most, I'm sure.  

TSRR Diesel-Electric Locomotive #7, an ALCO RS-2
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TSRR Diesel-Electric Locomotive #8, an ALCO MRS-1
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All of the models were built in LDraw and rendered in POV-Ray.  Photos of the real things are all linked to from the Flickr pages.  

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#2 peterab

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 04:57 AM

View PostSavaTheAggie, on 24 July 2010 - 04:14 AM, said:

I don't have a lot of bricks left over at the moment, so I've been spending a lot of time lately in LDraw.  I'm not usually one to just build in LDraw, normally I have to have something built in real life first and then copy it into LDraw, but for some reason lately I've been able get some results I'm pleased with.  

I won't be able to tweak the designs much until I get the chance to build them with real bricks, and I don't know when that'll be, so I figured I'd share them here, now.  They may be works in progress, but I'm pretty darn pleased with what I've been able to come up with.  

These are really nice, and I'm sure it will be worth the wait to see a full train by you in the brick.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 07:49 AM

View Postpeterab, on 24 July 2010 - 04:57 AM, said:

These are really nice, and I'm sure it will be worth the wait to see a full train by you in the brick.
Thanks!  I have to admit I haven't followed through much with my locomotives.  The only full MOC train I've ever built is the Polar Express.  Hopefully I can change that.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:51 PM

What program do you use to draw the models?
The texture and colors look nice!

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:49 AM

View PostArcanine, on 27 July 2010 - 02:51 PM, said:

What program do you use to draw the models?
The texture and colors look nice!

I cant wait for the SP alco. but it needs to be a little bit higher/taller. Your renders are great. I cant get POV to render anything like that. :)

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#6 SavaTheAggie

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 07:41 AM

I've digitally built the other two Diesel Electrics that the TSRR operates.

TSRR Diesel-Electric Locomotive #1, a GE 45 ton side rod switcher
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TSRR Diesel-Electric Locomotive #22, a GE 70 ton switcher
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View PostArcanine, on 27 July 2010 - 02:51 PM, said:

What program do you use to draw the models?
The texture and colors look nice!
I build them in LDraw and run them through POV-Ray.

View Postbroomhandle, on 28 July 2010 - 04:49 AM, said:

I cant wait for the SP alco. but it needs to be a little bit higher/taller. Your renders are great. I cant get POV to render anything like that. :)
I could only raise it up one plate-height before it would become too tall - she's just about spot-on with the real thing.  But as it is it is as tall as it can be and stay within scale relative to my other TSRR MOCs.  

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Edited by SavaTheAggie, 28 July 2010 - 07:42 AM.

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#7 Richie

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 02:48 PM

Beautiful switchers, I especially like the 45t one. Nice technique for the rods!  :thumbup:

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 05:14 AM

Nicely detailed cars and engines!
I can't wait to see them in real life either.
Especially Loco #7. I love SP engines since they are part of my favorite railroad.  :sweet:
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 06:33 PM

Since it took my computer over 12 hours to render this one, I can't help but to share it.

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View PostRichie, on 28 July 2010 - 02:48 PM, said:

Beautiful switchers, I especially like the 45t one. Nice technique for the rods!  :thumbup:
Thanks!  I can't take credit for the side rods, that goes to Jason Steinhurst.

View Postvgsprites, on 31 July 2010 - 05:14 AM, said:

Nicely detailed cars and engines!
I can't wait to see them in real life either.
Especially Loco #7. I love SP engines since they are part of my favorite railroad.  :sweet:
Thanks!  I'll be building engine #7 first, as it's the "face" of the diesel locomotives at the Texas State Railroad.  The steam engine #300 and #7 are the two locomotmives in the TSRR's logo.  After that I plan to build the passenger cars, and then probably engine #8.  The other two will probably be put on hold until I build some more of the TSRR steamers.

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