Mine Trolley for Stop Motion

A mine trolley to add to your stop motion adventure


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Think Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Hoodwinked, and maybe some spy vs spy and you have an idea of what I have in mind for this model. When I look at some of the pictures of mine trolleys on the web, this looks nothing like them, but that's OK.

The overall dimensions are 65mm wide x 70mm tall x 140mm long. The track gauge is about 38mm. The wheels have reasonably wide flanges and so can ride on rails up to about 40mm between rail centrelines.

The box on top was made from iceblock sticks stuck together with PVA glue. There is nothing special about this. The iceblock sticks were painted with a sepia coloured brown acrylic house paint without undercoat. This allowed the paint to penetrate the wood nicely and give an aged stained look. I have not included an STL for this part seeing as it is so simple to construct anyway.

Things you will need in addition to the printed bits;

  • 3 x 4mm rods of some sort for the axles. These are cut to 55mm long. I used dowel.
  • Popsicle sticks. The dimensions for the “planks” are provided here as a suggestion and are based on the standard popsicle stick size available here which are 10mm wide x 2mm thick x 113mm long.
    • 13 x 100mm long planks
    • 10 x 40mm planks
    • 8 x 50mm planks
    • 2 x 58mm planks
    • 4 x 15mm planks
  • Small screw to hold on the control lever if you are using it.
  • 1.5mm rod for the control lever
  • Some electrical tape or duct tape to made the handle on the control lever.
  • Glue. I use an epoxy glue, buy anything without too much flexibility will work.

The original blender digital model is provided along with an obj of the assembled mine trolley. The pdf contains assembly instructions.

When you print this you will end up with a handful of small components. Some assembly is required!

Materials and methods

There is some assembly required and probably some filing depending on how accurate your printer is.
Extra materials include 4mm diameter dowel for the axles, 1.5mm rod of some sort for the control lever, duct tape or electrical tape for the lever hand grip, a screw to hold in the lever, and some popsicle sticks for whatever you want to have on top of the bogey set. Paints and glue will also be quite handy.
This is designed to print without support.



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