Following on from a method for panelled coaches, here’s another approach to complex cutting-out exercises.
I know a number of ladies who are very keen on card making and scrapbooking. One tool they make use of is a mechanised cutter, to create letters, shapes and even fluffy bunnies. However, these things have suddenly made an appearance as modelling tools, to cut card or plastic.
I’d recommend this Thread on rmweb, all 29 pages of it, with lots of examples of modelling applications. For example, how about a lattice footbridge:
Or coach panelling:
For details of the Silhouette Cameo (cheapish) and the Silver Bullet (more expensive) try this web-site (usual disclaimer).
How does this compare with etched brass or 3-D printing? I suspect it’s cheaper, after the initial investment in the cutting machine. It looks easier to create artwork compared with that for etching, and you don’t have to master 3-D graphics for 3-D printing. It’s really a scratch-building aid rather that something for kit creation (etching) or a near complete model (3-D printing). And as such it is an attractive option.
I’m sorely tempted to get one. I love panelled coaches, and made quite a few in my younger years. I still have an unfinished Trailee & Dingle 3′ gauge coach built in a hotel room on Java. Perhaps this would be an easy way to build some accurate interurbans or real Lehigh Valley coaches? But would I ever use it??? Maybe the fun would be trying…..