N scale 3D printing

Grant has been in touch with his N scale 3D printing adventures, and my word, it looks like he’s having fun and doing a great job:

“Hello Alastair

Long time since my last email. I have been away from the hobby for a while, but have enjoyed your messages and seeing the great work by others.

In the interim I have taught myself how to make models in 3D software and print them.

Part of this has been the creation of a small 009 shelf layout.

I present to you here a video link and some images about the creation of my layout.

This small layout, inspired by other industrial 009 layouts shows how a cement works uses a small loco to move resources and products around its factory.

Here we see a foreman instructing someone how to load products into a delivery van while the driver waits leaning on his van.

N scale yard workers

I modelled the:

Shelly the Hal Box wagon loco
Gray fences
oil tower
A Ruston loco

These were each modelled in Fusion360 then 3D printing them in resin.

Being a long time fan of N Scale, I have always loved the flexibility in layout size the smaller gauge provides.

Discovering Narrow Gauge has opened a whole new set of modelling opportunities.

I am particularly inspired by the odd little railways, the strange designs and protypes that can be made into layouts.

My models are available on Printables: @Fiendrunner

Thanks again for your site and the messages you share.


South Australia”

N scale 009 layout

n scale narrow gauge

N scale 3D printing

N scale 3D printing

N scale 3D printing freight

N scale corner scene

N scale 3D printing water tower

N scale 009 narrow gauge layout

N scale 3D printing loco

A huge big thank you to Grant for sharing his N scale 3D printing – what a layout, it has bags of character.

I do love a layout with a clear theme, whatever that is… cement factory, logging camp, what ever – the ones wih the theme always seem to shine through.

Grant’s post also reminded me of one of Dean’s posts: 3D print model train.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

13 Responses to N scale 3D printing

  1. David Howarth says:

    Just shows you don’t need a big layout to enjoy running Loco`s on a layout , and great job with the 3 D modeling ..

  2. Don says:

    very nice & not to big for those tight spaces this is perfect

  3. Rob McCrain says:

    Small but satisfying. Lots of opportunities to create memorable scenes and have an enjoyable time doing it. Rob McCrain

  4. george zaky says:

    What a hoot! Your little scheme brings grins & admiration.
    With an investment in 3D production, time & effort to be a CAD expert, and supplies for all this I hope you keep this up and keep creating. Fertile minds like yours cannot be idle but must be active to keep all of us in awe.
    Big Al
    This 3D stuff may be a game changer sooner than we think.

  5. Harry Duane Miles says:

    When you have a small space, you build a small lay out. Nicely done…..

  6. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Grant……that’s a nice piece of work. Good job. Nice detail.

  7. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice. i need to make something about this size.

  8. Brian Olson says:

    Tiny. Terrific.

  9. Welder dave says:

    Here in the US a cement works or factory are huge endeavors with a long kiln and many silos nice small plant there it’s very well detailed.

  10. Barry from South Australia says:

    Nice work Grant, good to see another South Australian.

  11. Geoff Sparnicht says:

    Very very nice

  12. Grant Kininmont says:

    Thankyou all for your kind words and encouragement.
    There is another half finished project coming soon.

  13. Grant says:

    Always happy to meet a fellow enthusiast.

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