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Dirk Jan Blikkendaal

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Fellow N scale modelers,

It took some time but I am ready to show you some ATSF N scale models which will be available from now on.
If you go to WWW.ATSFNSCALEMODELS.COM you can have a closer look (pictures, building instructions, short history).
There is also a statement regarding the reason I am starting this “operation”.

The model list:
1.   RSD-15 in 4 versions: first and second batch in original and modified dynamic braking version  (motorized or dummy)
2.   Tk-G, H, I and J tankcars (have been on The Trainwire some time ago)
3.   Bx-3 and 6 boxcars in 4 versions: original, modified, ice/salt, zinc concentrate (have also been on Trainwire some time ago, now modified design)
4.   Sk-2, 3 and 5 stockcars
5.   Oil tenders: 12K, 15K, 20K, Mallet, Turtleback and Blue Goose conversion
6.   3 heavyweight coach car kits using Roberto Martari sides (coming in soon hopefully)
7.   Converted Bachmann 2-6-0 (oil tender and sound)
8.   Wood, Apex and Morton 40 ft etched roofwalks

These are models I like to run on my own layout (I model 1950-1960 ATSF, Pauls Valley, OK, with some liberties) but given the possibilities of 3D drawing, printing and resin casting I want to give others the possibility to run them as well.
You can either buy these kits directly through the website or order 3D prints from Shapeways (see my shop on their website) and the etchings directly from me.

I fully realize that 3D printing is not perfect, but the development of better printers is just a matter of time.
The same goes for the price.  Shapeways produces good prints at this moment(in my opinion) and  gives good and fast service.
The whole process is still not really cheap, but I expect in time this will/could improve, just as the print quality.
It is up to you to decide if you want to own these models now or wait some time………

Some info on my own pricing: I only want to cover the cost of my designers (I don’t/cannot make the drawings of the models myself) and materials, based on an estimated number of kits going to be sold. My own time/labor and profit are not included.
There is also the exchange rate Euro/Dollar. When I started this plan the rate was 1,00/1,05. now it is 1,00/1,25….

I you have a question or order please use INFO@ATSFNSCALEMODELS.COM. I will answer all mail asap.
Keep in mind this is a one man operation and keeping track of all other sites/groups might take some time.

Kind regards,

ATSF N Scale Models
Dirk Jan Blikkendaal
Zonnebloemlaan 34
2111 ZH  AERDENHOUT
The Netherlands
+31-23-5440773
+31-6-50511447

WWW.ATSFNSCALEMODELS.COM

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Re: ATSF N Scale Models
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 07:43:11 AM »
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@Dirk Jan Blikkendaal , I have sent you a PM.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2018, 08:43:05 AM »
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This is some of the best news N-scale can receive!!!  Its been a long struggle for modelers (not just of the Santa Fe) who have wanted a better quality 'gator than what has been available and that is very welcome news.  While I do not model the diesel era I am very glad for those that do and look forward to seeing more of your model!!!  Will try to help spread the news, especially so that you will be doing the high-hooded RSD7 as well!!!

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2018, 11:03:12 AM »
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Dirk, this is great news.  As someone who enjoys building passenger cars up from sides, several of your products are things I have been looking for.  Right now I am focused on trying to get a layout up and running, and finishing out some old projects.  But later this year, I am sure you will be hearing from me.

One suggestion- on your website, and in your announcement here, you mention buying product direct from your shop on shapeways.  I would recommend posting links direct to your shapeways page (if there are any on your website, I did not find them).  I was able to find it via the shapeways search engine, but it took a little while (I have never understood the distinction they make between a "shop" and a "designer" but you are listed as one, and not the other). 

Very glad to hear you are also doing many of your parts in resin- personally, I prefer working with it as a material, and there is a cost savings when the customer needs 5 or 10 of the same thing.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2018, 12:02:09 PM »
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Dirk, I'm definetely in for the 12K/15K tenders!
Actually I'm in for the tank cars and box cars as well!

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2018, 07:42:01 PM »
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Just the tender trucks alone are a great asset.  6-wheel steam tender trucks with all-wheel axle-point pickup are really useful for a lot of projects, not to mention retrofitting good pickup into older steam that had axle wipers or no pickup at all.

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2018, 09:44:01 PM »
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Dear modelers,  max brought up a great point. Dirk, our tender orders need filled before all of these yahoos buy all of the tender trucks from you!
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2018, 11:12:16 AM »
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There were also some ATSF Berkshires, and it looks to me like these tenders and trucks would work for those also.

In the process of nosing around after I said this, I discovered a big collection of ATSF locomotive blueprints online
here:
http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/221763

There are 286 locomotive drawings.

It's the Kansas State Historical Society. 

Maybe you ATSF guys have known about this for years, but just in case you didn't! 

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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2018, 04:20:59 PM »
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My first of what should be many orders had been placed.
This is going to really hurt my wallet!
Have you ordered anything yet otto? @Cajonpassfan
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Re: ATSF N Scale Models
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2018, 05:21:03 PM »
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Indeed ATSF bought  some B&M Berkshires. If you take the Bachmann, you get sound included. I modified one (number 4197) with an old Detail Associates pilot, Miniatures by Eric Elesco feedwater heater, Golden State 2-8-2 cab. The Bachmann tender itself is prototypical/OK for ATSF but the trucks are not. These are available through my website (you will have to do some reworking of the truckpin location).
I intend to make a 3D printed Coffin feedwater heater available in the future.  Regards, Dirk
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2018, 05:42:14 PM »
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I intend to make a 3D printed Coffin feedwater heater available in the future.  Regards, Dirk

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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2018, 07:00:58 PM »
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Indeed ATSF bought  some B&M Berkshires. If you take the Bachmann, you get sound included. I modified one (number 4197) with an old Detail Associates pilot, Miniatures by Eric Elesco feedwater heater, Golden State 2-8-2 cab. The Bachmann tender itself is prototypical/OK for ATSF but the trucks are not. These are available through my website (you will have to do some reworking of the truckpin location).
I intend to make a 3D printed Coffin feedwater heater available in the future.  Regards, Dirk

Yes, but the B&M ones came later, in the 1940s.  Santa Fe bought 15 of their own direct from Baldwin in the 1920s.
Those don't have that odd "shroud" hanging over the front of the boiler.

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Re: ATSF N Scale Models
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2018, 09:00:04 PM »
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Dirk, I'm definetely in for the 12K/15K tenders!
Actually I'm in for the tank cars and box cars as well!

Drasko

Yea, this is gonna get expensive real fast. The Shapeways pricing is a bit of a shocker :o
But, I'm grateful to Dirk for doing these, now it's just a matter of figuring out what I want/need/can afford and see whether ordering directly and taking the postage hit is better than going through Shapeways.
PM sent Dirk, and a BIG THANK YOU!
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Re: ATSF N Scale Models
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2018, 09:03:05 PM »
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There were also some ATSF Berkshires, and it looks to me like these tenders and trucks would work for those also.

In the process of nosing around after I said this, I discovered a big collection of ATSF locomotive blueprints online
here:
http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/221763

There are 286 locomotive drawings.

It's the Kansas State Historical Society. 

Maybe you ATSF guys have known about this for years, but just in case you didn't!

Well, good point, but the ATSF 4100 class Berks had smaller drivers (63"?); they were basically stretched 4000 class Mikes with BIG fireboxes. But en again, the Bachmann Berks have such undersized drivers, it might just work :D
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2018, 01:48:25 PM »
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Welkome DJ :D. Great to see your products.

Marc