3D Printing for Large Scale Trains – #4 Feldbahn Freight Car Variants

If you missed the previous part in this short series, read it here: 3D Printing for Large Scale Trains – #3 Feldbahn Freight Car Prototypes.

In my last post, I showed the prototypes of the Feldbahn freight cars I designed (and 3D printed). I used an ugly silver colored filament because I didn’t have a black roll of filament at the time, but I have the black stuff now.

I printed three freight cars: two flat cars with ‘long’ stakes, and a bulkhead flat car with slightly shorter stakes.

3D Print Large Scale Train Feldbahn Freight Car for G Scale LGB

3D Print Large Scale Train Feldbahn Freight Car for G Scale LGB

3D Print Large Scale Train Feldbahn Freight Car for G Scale LGB

3D Print Large Scale Train Feldbahn Freight Car for G Scale LGB

3D Print Large Scale Train Feldbahn Freight Car for G Scale LGB

I printed these with PLA filament now, which is a type of filament that is very easy to print, and thus great for prototyping. It’s good for indoor use, but for outdoor use in very hot and sunny locations, it’s probably not enough (aka your trains will melt). A better material for outdoors is PETG, which I’ll try next. Also, I’ll try and design some more variants to improve my 3D drawing skills, probably a pair of disconnects first, and a gondola car for even more variety.

Something else: I’ve received an email asking for the source files. I am open to sharing them, but I need to do a bit of research on how to handle this from a “legal” licensing perspective. I want to share them for free on this site, but I don’t want them ending up as ready-to-run printed models on eBay or AliExpress because someone else decided to make money of my design without my explicit approval. There’s probably not much I can do about it (that’s the way the internet works), but at least I’d like to do a bit of research first.