Building the funicular - part 1

My funicular is now finished and operating well, so I thought I'd go back and talk about how I made it.

Inspiration

Right from the start I knew I wanted a funicular for guests to Ranuska to get to their accommodation. Early on I discovered the Elevador da Bica in Lisbon, Portugal and was immediately drawn to its nice colour scheme and cute design:

However I struggled adapting the design to the 36º slope that mine would have to climb. Then one day while browsing my regular blogs I happened upon a post by Phil Parker from BRM (a great train magazine by the way) where he had discovered this wee cutie in someone's garden:

(and yes, I would like one in my garden too!)

The design looked perfect for my incline, and the colour scheme was pretty good looking too.

Making a master

So out came the 3d modelling program and soon I had an STL file ready for printing:

I printed it out in PLA on my 3d printer and then gave it a good clean up with some needle files. Straight out of the printer the results can be pretty tough, but PLA is tough and cleans up nicely, and the finished result was quite promising:

From this I then made a silicone mold:

You may wonder why I made a mold when I already had a positive... why not just use that? Well I wanted my funicular to have windows, and there was no way I could build a funicular that small out of normal styrene, let along cut out windows and so forth. So instead I cast it in clear epoxy resin and ended up with a completely see through funicular.

Painting

Now that I had a clear epoxy funicular (albeit with a slight yellow tint), I needed to paint the walls and windows on.

I made a pattern for each side on the computer and printed it out, then stuck it on with double sided tape. Then I cut around the windows and peeled away the excess paper. I sprayed some gloss clear coat on the remaining window masks, to make sure no paint would seep underneath. Then I very carefully painted on the sides and roof.

A little bit of the paint peeled up while I was removing the masking, seems I should have used a better primer. However the result was pretty good, and easy enough to touch up:

Excuse the brutal close up, the poor thing is only a couple of cm long! You can see the loop of paper I made to hold it while painting.

With a very fine brush I filled in the missing paint and touched up some of the lines.

End result I think looks pretty good!

You can get an idea of the scale seeing as the N gauge track dwarfs it!

Part two: time to learn about the mechanical side of things.

Newer Older

Comments

Tuesday, Jan 15 2019, 10:34 AM Anastasia says...
Good Morning We have just launched our fresh blog that is aimed at law students. We have added a category for industry news and current affairs. All law students in the UK and overseas are supposed to have good levels of commercial awareness and understand different business sectors. Unfortunately, this is an area that most law students are lacking in. We therefore decided that the best industry insight would come from the actual website owners and business people. At the same time, as the legal industry is becoming extremely competitive (only 20% of law students end up working as lawyers), we want to expose students to alternative careers. I am reaching out to invite you to share your insights from your industry via a blog post. You can write and post an article on the latest news in your industry or anything else relating to your industry. All work will be credited to you along with a link to your site so that our readers can learn more about you. Please note that the purpose of each article should be to educate and aimed at beginner readers. All you have to do is register at https://blog.latestlawjobs.com and then create and publish your post. Our admins will then review your post before approving it. We would like to thank you in advance: your contribution will help to educate students across the world! Kind regards Anastasia LLB, LLM Marketing and PR Manager https://blog.latestlawjobs.com
Thursday, Jul 4 2019, 12:56 AM JamesRaf (from Madagascar) says...
Starting And Running The Home Based Business Of The Dreams A house business can certainly lead to failure. As a way to thrive, the recommendations shared here will assist you to learn to give your company the eye it must have. Building a business in your house is fun, although challenging. Find your niche, your neighborhood of expert knowledge, and go from there. You must know it thoroughly, though it could be just about everything. Do your research before aggressively pursuing just one single thing. Network along with other home business owners which are successful. Take the time to find out your total costs to make your product or service. Not being totally sure the exact figure can result in you losing money. Wholesale charges are usually double the fee for production. A standard retail mark-up would be twice the price tag on wholesale. Your price-point should benefit your potential customers and you. Before starting your work at home business, don't quit your day job. When starting a brand new business it is advisable to continue working until your brand new business begins generating profit. Through an income while accumulating your new business is highly beneficial. Track your small business expenses carefully to avoid wasting money taxes. Including such things as business related car Internet and mileage service. Working for yourself means that a lot of expenses you might purchase anyway can be deducted from taxes as business expenses. Even when you think the total amount is too small, include it anyway, instead of passing it on to the government, claim it. Be sure to develop a detailed business plan to steer your do business from home business. Even smaller businesses need a feeling of direction. A business plan lays out your requirements and goals in white and black. Having your own business plan improves your opportunity for achievement. You must learn your targeted market while you pursue your company interests. Irrespective of how much you know, you could find out more when you're devising an advertising policy for your targeted market. Be sure to determine what your targeted audience likes for interaction for those who have a web site. Getting that loan is likely to make investors curious about your organization, plus they may wish you to definitely lay out your plans and reasons thoroughly. Utilize every cent of your respective money. Affiliates are useful tools for marketing your products or services. Trade affiliate links along with other business online owners and help the other person expand your business traffic. Join successful, existing affiliate marketing programs to determine if the items they promote complement your own. This will bring an increase to the income with no work on your side. Whenever you receive a payment, input it within the bank. Rather than building a weekly or monthly bank deposit, make deposits daily or weekly. It might go missing when you don't deposit a check straight away. Make use of a teller to deposit your hard earned dollars through, instead of an ATM, to be certain the amount of money is put into your account. Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas about starting your home-based business enterprise. Running your own business is usually one of probably the most rewarding adventures of your life. Just remember that this data is simply helpful if you take benefit of it and actually use it! In this way, you might be very likely to achieve success. https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4545609831985900489#allposts oody geffen

Leave a comment?

Your name:
From?
Icon: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Your comment: