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Rolling Stock Craftcutter ProjectsWhen nobody makes the rolling stock you want to run on your railroad, a good craftcutter may give you some options. While researching this topic, I came across several web forum discussions that discuss methods for using craftcutters to cut things like truck frames and passenger car sides. Most of them date back several years, when craftcutters were not as powerful as they are now, but the principles still apply.
Reading those accounts inspired me to draw my own pattern for a car I like and have yet to see properly modeled in Large Scale - the SK "Corridor" coaches that Harry Potter and his friends ride in on the Hogwarts Express. I only have the sides so far, but I've included those and two of the most helpful discussion threads on similar projects.
In addition, countless Large Scalers have used craftcutters and vinyl to relabel their trains and buildings. I've included one example of my own, albeit for a totally fictitious (ghost) railroad.
More projects are being researched and will be added as they become available. Also, if you've used your craftcutter for a rolling stock project and would like to share, please contact us.
We have more articles about specific projects planned, but we got so many questions from the first few things we posted, we thought establishing some context would be helpful. Consequently, this article is mostly background information for people who are just getting their feet wet, but if that describes you, I hope is helps steer you in a good direction. And maybe clears up some common misconceptions.
Watch this page: more articles are in the works.
As always, we want to hear your suggestions, criticisms, additions, etc. Enjoy your hobbies, and especially any time you can spend with your family in the coming months!
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