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AUGUST 1, 2019
The FA-1 has a completed design (7/4/2019)
The FA-1 has been successfully printed in 3D in a 1mm thickness (+/- 0.0125mm) (7/10/2019)
25 units of the FA-1 have been printed. (7/14/2019)
NEXT SCHEDULED REPORTED EVENTS;
1. 25 3D Printed bodies to be mated to v.4 PMX powered chassis.
2. Random sample test run on Rokuhan R010 Curved R95mm 45degree for 30 minutes.
Standard Oil/Chevron/Esso Refinery Pieces 3D printed for inventory
SAMPLE HARBORSIDE REFINERY LAYOUT DESIGN
The 21-piece REFINERY and harbor-side base are available to service tank cars and the EMD-40 or GE25T switchers. Track is NOT included. 30-day delivery
Class "B" Two-Truck 45-Ton SHAY
This is an on-going Z scale development project. If successful it will be launched in 2020. Advance reservations will be accepted when the model has been completed, tested, and displayed to the public. It will be powered by the SEARAILS v.2 PowerMAX! and will have lights fore and aft.. The first release target will be 20 units with an estimated MSRP of $399 - estimated.
The SEARAILS B-Class SHAY is a development project. Updates will be available when significant progress has been achieved.
SHAY - LIMA CLASS "B" (Z SCALE 1/220)
first 3D prints without aft tender
The 3D models above are actually "C" Class SHAY bodies. Their size was significant, and SEARAILS felt that the "B" Class would have a better visual attraction to the Z scale Market. The main problem is the fit of the SEARAILS PowerMAX! 6.5mm gauge chassis. However, we were very lucky to find a Lima catalog for their SHAYs which provided lithographic views of both the 32- and 50-ton models.
The significant discovery was the extended length of the aft tender in both models. Reproductions will be published by the DISPATCH shortly, The extended length not only provides room for the PowerMAX!, but also presents the opportunity for the PowerMAX! to rotate in a significant arc so the body may negotiate small radii curves.
We will conduct operating trials in August of 2019, and use the balance of the year to insure our concept of a significant model available in Z scale.
SEARAILS has completed, as other suppliers have, both 2-axle and 4-axle cars that will complement the SHAY's operations. You may see some of those cars at http://www.searails.com/railroadcars.html. you will find industry specific cars in the Logging, Mining, and MOW industries, all of which were the mainstay of the SHAY's marketing.
Below you will find an illustration of the present concept we will be testing. We know we will pass through many iterations of our SHAY, but we are confident that we will be able to bring Limited Editions in 2020.
SHAY CLASS "B" initial design concept
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