I made Capsule Plarail N scale and made the undercarriage with a 3D printer


It's been almost two months since the 3D printer kit arrived. I have no knowledge of 3D modeling or 3D printing, but after much trial and error, I finally managed to create something that looks like it (lol).This time, I'd like to introduce the Annie and Clarabelle passenger cars that appear in Thomas the Tank Engine.capsule plarailModification to make it N scale. I tried making the lower part with a 3D printer.

First, secure the body.Gacha-gacha is really inefficient, sohobby offprocure junk.Used Annie and Clarabelle items are a whopping 36 yen each (lol), so they're very wallet-friendly lol They're in a variety of conditions, but I'll be repainting them later, so I bought a few at random.

Remove the Capsule Plarail tires and leave only the body.While measuring the inside dimensions, I converted them into data using the free version of Autodesk 123D Design.

123d design soft screen

Once you have the N Gauge suspension data, save it first.At the same time, STL data for 3D printers is also exported.For the output settings, I chose Fine + Shape Integration.And then came the 3D printer.Ultimaker CuraI opened the STL file that was output earlier using this software.

3d output software cura

Temperature etc. are set according to the materials used and machine conditions.By the way, it seems that the nozzle temperature for plastic filament is generally around 190 degrees.The appropriate temperature was also written on the materials I bought this time, so I set the temperature based on that value.The length of filament used and the time required will be displayed at the top of the screen, so print after checking.And after 15 minutes, it took the desired shape.

3D output suspension

I immediately installed the leftover wheels and couplers that I had lying around.Undercarriage with wheels and coupler attached

The metal that fixes the coupler is a thin aluminum plate cut into appropriate pieces.

I actually put the body of Capsule Plarail on it.The size was a good fit for the appropriate size.

N scale suspension and Plarail suspension

I think a foreign mini locomotive would look good on it.Thomas the Tank Engine is currently in the process of being remodeled (lol). Walthers)'s cheap SL is in charge ^^

Annie and Clarabell after modification to N scaleThe connection between Annie and SL

The body width is a little wider than the N scale, but since the vehicle is very short, I don't think it feels that strange.There was no problem with the wheels rolling, which I was worried about.I ran safely.However, since the body is heavier than the suspension, it may be more stable if you add weights to lower the center of gravity.

Anet A8 Prusa i3, a 3D printer that can be purchased for around 10,000 yen.It was difficult until I made it and got used to it, but now I can't live without it.Although there are some visual defects such as streaks, the world of models can be greatly expanded depending on your ingenuity.

You too ^^


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