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Springs for GWR fruit vans, 4mm scale 3d printed

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Springs for GWR fruit vans, 4mm scale 3d printed
Springs for GWR fruit vans, 4mm scale 3d printed

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Springs for GWR fruit vans, 4mm scale

3D printed in matte translucent plastic that showcases fine and intricate details.
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Springs, suspended in shackles, for fitted stock. They are 52" long (measured between the points where the top leaf attaches to the shackles), 4" wide and have 4 plates of 3/8" thickness. One print provides 4 springs. These springs are correct for the GWR Y2 and Y1 fruit-vans (details taken from a GA drawing of a Y2 in Atkins et al., GWR wagons) but may serve for other vehicles with similar suspension. Typically, this form of shackled suspension was found on earlier vehicles, later designs having instead "J" hangers supporting the springs via rods and rubber pads. Exact-scale springs of this pattern are slightly beyond what Shapeways can currently print, so I have adapted the model slightly for printability. The top leaf is thickened from 3/8" to ~7/8" scale equivalent and the second leaf is lengthened by 1.5" scale equivalent to better support the top leaf where it meets the shackles.

This is the third version of this product. I have changed the spruing to make it easier to remove the prints from the sprue. Care is still needed as the prints can easily be broken by twisting at the shackles. The best way is to lay the print with the springs upside down, so that the main sprue is flat against a cutting mat and then to cut the lateral sprues along the faces of the spring hangars.
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4.33 x 0.59 x 0.3 cm
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1.71 x 0.23 x 0.12 inches
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