A really interesting set of prints recently completed for a skilled model maker.

James has been using a photo reference to CAD model up the external ‘bodywork’ of a Fowlers Patriot Class 4-6-0 Express Engine.

He supplied me with the STL files and I was able to print some large models with great quality surfaces. James has used FDM printing before but wasn’t happy with the surface quality. He needed to do a lot of filling and sanding to get what he wanted.

Using SLA technology he was able to do away with lengthy finishing. A simple primer base coat was all that was required.

As you can see from the featured image James has done a fantastic job of painting the printed shell and compares favorably to the original engine in the photograph.