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St Pancras N Scale Train Station

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St Pancras N Scale Train Station by gfletch May 10, 2014
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Back in April 2012 my children started to take an interest in model trains, we visited a few exhibitions and the bug that bit me as a teenager hit once again. It was time to put a set together, researching what the latest developments were I noted that I couldn’t find a single example of a mainline London station after hours of searching there was no Victoria, Kings Cross, Paddington or St Pancras.
St Pancras is perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in all of London and the fact it was nearly raised to the ground recently set my sights on replicating this model but it seemed quite a challenge.
3d Printing
Coming from an engineering background yet with an IT career in main swing I picked up on the emerging technology of 3d printing. I naively set out on my quest.
I started by finding a Google Earth model made from photographs of the building itself. The trouble is this is just pure geometric shapes and no detail, although being made from photographs the scale was certainly good. So onto CAD and starting from scratch using Google street view to interpret the detail into a model that could be sent for printing.

Version 2

As with all projects they have peaks and troughs, after getting quite far with version 1 (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:326773) and some inherent problems of working out how to hook such a large model together I noted I had accidently deleted all the source files and as such needed to start again. Enter Samir, one of the most talented 3d artists I know who has helped make this project a reality picking up where we left off and this leads us to where we are today.


Well just because it’s a challenge and what this isn’t a fine scale model, it’s a proof of concept and path of discovery into an emerging technology. Its a proof you can build an Airfix type model at home and share it with the world and hopefully they will help you make it better.

Note: this is not to scale, and onlypart of the front is finished and it was put together rather in a rush so please feel free to contribute and help finish :)


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I'm very impressed. I can see this sort of thing becoming a major way of making scale models. You've put in loads of work, and it gives a great base which could be hand detailed. Getting the dimensions is a lot of the work of modeling, and you've done all that for us :D

Thank you for posting this great model and for explaining the process. Too many folks try and use their 3d printer to do the whole job when what they should be doing is making the parts to do the whole job. They make individual parts for their own 3d printer and they do not try and make a WHOLE printer! The same should hold true for the things they want to print. Print parts!
Very nicely done. Thanks again. Russ