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 Author  Topic: Toe rails for the new Revell Elco 80
Jeff D

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For those building the new 1/72nd Revell PT 109 kit, toe rails to replace the kits molded in ones are available: https://www.shapeways.com/product/MAFZRLD6Y/toe-rail-72nd-elco-80-pt-boat?optionId=65338131

The drilling / placement jig added about $1.37 to the price but I think it worth the cost for ease in installing them accurately. I can add a set of just the rails if anyone would like to save some cash. See the images and text for how the jig is used.


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  SteveS156

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I have 3 sets on order. Thank you!

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Shapeways parts beat PE stuff every time, IMHO.


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Shapeways parts beat PE stuff every time, IMHO.





And coming from Jeff you know the part is going to be right! Nice work and the jig is a great idea! I'll have to get some of these.

Dave

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Jeff D

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Apr 27, 2018 - 12:35am
Thanks for the support guys!



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OK, I am an experienced modeler, and despite my 67 year age, still have all my faculties and skills. I cannot, however, figure out how to mount these rails. The pins have broken off all 3 rails in my order, and I still need guidance )New protective shipping packaging should be considered). Are the scallops between mounting points to be opened up with a sharp, new #11 blade? Not intuitively obvious to the most casual observer, as one of my old engineering professors would assert.

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Jeff D

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I'm sorry to hear that Steve. The scallops aren't visible? They came out well on the test print I did but yours might be clogged with support wax. I did have a pin break, I made them thicker and shorter but obviously they are still weak... The channel they sit in should have protected them so if the rails were in 1 piece I don't think the packaging is the problem. I have no control over that by the way. Here's the test print I did:

jhnJi.jpg

The jig is designed to line up along the edge of the deck and be a guide for drilling. The drilling ears can also be snapped off and the inside edge of the jig used to draw a line where the outside edge of the rail should be:

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I took the rails down, I think they are just too small and will cause more problems than they solve. Let me know if you'd like a refund, I'm not sure if it can be done through Shapeways but if you have a Paypal account I can send it to you through there.



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  SteveS156

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Thanks, Jeff! What you picture is what I expected. This is not what Shapeways produced and billed me $29.27. They really let you down on this one! My e-mail address is stehlingsg@charter.net. Same for PayPal. If you send me your PM address, I can send them to you. I have had real problems with Shapeways lately, after several previous satisfactory experiences. My retirement budget appreciates your efforts to make this right.

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Jeff D

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OK sent, let me know if there's any problem.


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Jeff D

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: May 11, 2018 - 11:21am
Hi Steve, I received the rails, thank you. I'm a bit confused, you mentioned that all 3 sets had the mounting pins broken off but none of the rails had been removed from their protective channels. I snapped off the 3 little retaining bars on top of the channel from the set with the broken end to remove the rails and inspected them. Other than the rails also having the ends broken off they look like they came out well. I gave the pins a reasonably good push but none broke off. Here's a few photos:

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