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Rivet Miscounter

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CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« on: May 27, 2022, 01:50:10 PM »
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These--along with about a dozen others--popped up on my Z-Scale eBay search.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/325202608365?hash=item4bb79600ed:g:630AAOSwHwpijSdr Southern Coil Car
https://www.ebay.com/itm/325202608362?hash=item4bb79600ea:g:tSAAAOSwMEVijSdp Conrail G52G Coil Car
https://www.ebay.com/itm/325202608355?hash=item4bb79600e3:g:Q9sAAOSwQNJijSdp Gunderson Gon (Says 65ft but Looks shorter)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/325202606043?hash=item4bb795f7db:g:Z0YAAOSwxUlijScw Waffle Gon
https://www.ebay.com/itm/325202614100?hash=item4bb7961754:g:pqcAAOSwjklijSdw National Steel Log Car

Anybody know anything about these offerings?  I assume the N versions have been around for a bit?   Any info about how close these match up to something in the real world?

I don't have immense interest in most of the cars, but keeping an open mind.   The specific coil cars seem rare locale-wise for what I model.  But there are some nice side shots online from which I could create full-side decals, and they would provide some variety.  And, they do look to have the major features of their 1:1 brethren covered.  The gons seem a little off, missing (at least) one rib compared to reference photos I could find of similar cars.  (one looks semi-close to Railgon cars which would be of great interest). 

Seems the N cars might lack enough detail, but in Z might translate well enough.   There are other issues, but anyway just looking for feedback if there is any to be had.
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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2022, 02:13:29 PM »
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I wish they included images of the model, not just the 3D renderings.

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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2022, 02:37:41 PM »
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I wish they included images of the model, not just the 3D renderings.

Hate to say it, but I get the feeling the omission is intentional. They do a PRR/PC/CR G41 car and this is the image posted on their website:

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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2022, 03:06:56 PM »
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Z scale?  Even though that's pretty small, I would hope they have better samples now.

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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2022, 03:31:07 PM »
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I purchased their N-Scale 3D printed Alco C430 shell.  It went in the garbage.  Build lines were horrific. 






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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2022, 04:07:19 PM »
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  Yah that doesn't look very good.  I just bought some small parts.  We'll see what they look like when they get here.  Thanks for sharing pic Scott.  Any chance of refund?

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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2022, 04:10:26 PM »
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I purchased their N-Scale 3D printed Alco C430 shell.  It went in the garbage.  Build lines were horrific. 

Scott Lupia

That is beyond bad.  :facepalm:

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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2022, 04:11:25 PM »
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  Yah that doesn't look very good.  I just bought some small parts.  We'll see what they look like when they get here.  Thanks for sharing pic Scott.  Any chance of refund?

I didn't even bother asking as I put paint on the model to see how it looked.  I guess I could have pushed the issue but I figured I learned my lesson and will stay away from those parts in the future.  If they were willing to sell the shell they obviously think its a good product.  I'll just stay away and show others my results so they can make their own decision.

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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2022, 04:16:02 PM »
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Ya know, that shell makes me feel a lot better about those 15 or so Banana H25s I tossed last month.
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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2022, 04:21:21 PM »
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I emailed about a possible decal job 10 days ago.  No reply....

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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2022, 04:26:41 PM »
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I ordered a shell from CMR (double-track plow), and it was a mess, but, when I contacted them they reprinted it.
The new print isn't perfect (it's a little bowed on the lower sides where the wings are), but it is much improved, with good resolution and only faint build lines.
It was printed on a different printer than the first (messy) shell. 


 
I also got some printed detail parts that are just fine.
I get the feeling that they are still learning, and they are definitely improving. Note that they started out with cast resin shells, which is what I think is in the picture posted by @GonzoCRFan .     That said, they aren't (yet?) up to the level of Briggs.


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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2022, 04:35:26 PM »
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I like the stuff I've gotten from them in person, but I think it's also impatient to inspect.

There was a thread on the N8 here a while back and I think @daniel_leavitt2000 was able to make it into a decent model.

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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2022, 05:01:03 PM »
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I purchased their N-Scale 3D printed Alco C430 shell.  It went in the garbage.  Build lines were horrific. 






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Yikes. How did that ever get passed though QC?

The plow doesn't look bad at all. Different printer I guess?

Ed... I killed that N8 trying to strip it after a botched paint job. Looks like I may need to try again.

Edit: They have a N-11 now. Don't tease me like this CMR. It better be a good print!
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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2022, 05:06:35 PM »
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Yikes. How did that ever get passed though QC?


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Re: CMR Printed Freight Cars N and now Z
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2022, 05:32:39 PM »
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I just finished a Briggs Models Alco C636 and it was an amazing kit.  This C430 is the complete opposite end of the spectrum. 




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