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      CommentAuthorKWTbolt
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2015
     
    I finally made some serious progress on a design that I liked for a realistic trailered 4-seat (2x2) train for a wooden coaster. I'm personally a huge fan of PTC trains, not only for their classic look but also for their ride. I also understand the limitations though of the PTC trains, and I know that a (proper) trailered design would probably cut down on wear-and-tear as well as some notable qualities of the ride experience that usual elicit complaints. Rather than go all out with a steerable bogie, I kept the fixed design of most wooden coaster trains but went with a trailered set up rather than the more traditional (and increasingly out-dated) non-trailer design that PTCs use. This happy medium should help to maintain certain more desirable aspects of the PTC ride experience. As I'm sure you can tell from the pic below, I've borrowed heavily from the PTC aesthetic, but updated and streamlined it just a bit. The slightly lower and longer seat-sides along with the larger running boards and skirt give it a sleeker look, while a mix of straight and circle geometry keeps it looking classic (like any respectable woodie should). The 0-car was a tough initial design, but I think I found something that works.

    **Note: I intentionally left most of the faces untextured so as not to reveal some of the details just yet.



    Thoughts?
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    These trains look cool (even at there untextured stage)! Do you plan on realesing them?
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      CommentAuthorKWTbolt
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2015
     
    Perhaps in the future on a limited basis, but for now I'd like to polish and improve the design and use them for a few special projects that I have planned. I'd be happy to help anyone though who is interested in creating custom wood coaster cars.

    Also a huge thanks to TCM for the ever-improving CCCreator which made this very simple and painless.
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      CommentAuthorKingRCT3
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2015 edited
     
    Reminds me of PTC's steel coaster trains:


    (pic from the IAAPA 2001)

    But I like the open front on yours more. Can't wait to see more of it, good luck. ;)
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    That is the ugliest train I've ever seen. I like your's a lot better KWTBolt
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      CommentAuthorKWTbolt
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2015 edited
     
    Edit: ^ Haha thanks. I used that pic as a "what NOT to do" reference, especially when designing the zero car.

    Update ...

    I finished up the seat padding and started work on some retro flair for the sides. I know it might not be to everyone's taste, but I think it's a great nod to classic styling (and also to my "Steel City Coasters" logo). The goal was to go for a brushed metal look (think NAD trains) for the detailing, but I'm not sure the texture is quite right yet. I'm also digging the rich wood texture on the running boards; I'll probably add some checkered steel floor plates to protect the actual stepping areas as you'd see on PTCs and other classic trains.

    • CommentAuthorTheBeatles
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2015
     
    Why not just make that whole side panel a texture?
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      CommentAuthorKWTbolt
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2015
     
    I want the raised look for the detailing, but I also need a suitable texture for the main panel (blue part) as it just looks weird right now.
    • CommentAuthorcaptfido87
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2015
     
    this is beyond cool. if you ever do want a release for it, i'll be happy to use them. very cool so far
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    Yep I think it's pretty cool too. Keep up the good work!
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      CommentAuthorKWTbolt
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2015 edited
     
    Small update ...

    I adjusted the retro details a bit so that the lip wraps around the outside of the panels. I also added the same detailing to the front half-panel. Diamond-plating was also added to the running boards where people would step into/out of the cars. It looked a bit big as a rectangle so I tapered it at the front a bit to give it a sleeker look.

    Edit: I also added texture to the side (the blue portions). You can't really tell from this distance, but you can probably see a difference in the color.

    I also included some shots of the structural details, including progress on the undercarriage and wheel assembly. I feel like it may be slightly over-engineered (but that's better than under-engineered right?). Wheel polys are probably a bit high so the final version may see a slight reduction in the roundness of the wheels if there's too much of an impact on visual performance.







    Input is appreciated as always!
    • CommentAuthorcaptfido87
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2015
     
    keep up the good work
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      CommentAuthorKWTbolt
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2015 edited
     
    I started work on the lapbars. My initial idea (before beginning) was to have the lapbars come down from the oustide of the train (similar to the timberliners). I like this design because it leaves the leg area totally unobstructed. Due to the design of the padding though, I decided to go with a more traditional solution. I tried to keep things tight in the middle so as to still keep the leg area as open as possible while also providing a large-area lapbar to reduce any possible discomfort during extended airtime moments. I still have to design the mechanism that will attach the lapbar to the car itself.

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    Will you ever release this to download?
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    Mega thread bump
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      CommentAuthorcheetah
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2015
     
    beta pls
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    Sorry, I had the question in mind :P
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      CommentAuthorKWTbolt
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2015
     
    I'm considering it but trying to finish them for an upcoming project or two first.
    • CommentAuthorTOGO Fan
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2015
     
    Can i use these trains for this twin track coaster?

    <a href="http://imgur.com/wUIoWTM"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/wUIoWTM.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" width=1000/></a>