The train is going to require the building of many files, most using techniques I’ve demonstrated here previously. We’ll use every trick in the book and probably invent a few more along the way.
Todays build is the truck for the locomotive. This is a heavy cast frame that holds the wheel sets in alignment and supports the locomotive. I started by building the vector in EnRoute pro. The frame vector was selected and a flat relief 2″ tall was created.
I also built a relief of the center section at the same time
I needed to create a rounded recess that would house the rotating driveshaft that powered both axles of each truck. I used the dome tool with the remove from command selected. I used the rectangle vector with the rounded ends to modify the truck frame relief.
I then built a second set of reliefs for the truck axle housings. This was a simple flat relief 1.2″ tall. I used the bottom squares to modify the relief by adding to. The axle holes were ‘drilled’ by building a zero height relief. This was merged lowest with the truck relief.
I then built taller reliefs with the rectangular vectors. These would form gussets. They were then merged highest to become part of truck.