Designer Portrait: Model Train Designer Kees-Jan van Vessem Builds Incredibly Detailed Scale Model Worlds


And that’s exactly what Dutch railway and model train designer Kees-Jan van Vessem has been doing with his “ Rail-Kees ” label and webshop for years now. Over the years Kees-Jan has created more than 10,000 scale models of trains and trams. Typically, he starts drawing the models in 2D (with Inkscape ) and then transforms them into 3D models by using 3D modeling software like FreeCAD. FreeCAD (the software he is using) is free to use and a great starting point.

Designer Spotlight: Matthias Kreimeyer of Micro Boat Hobby

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This time around, Matthias had a chance to use his training as an engineer and a manager at a German carmaker, so he wasn’t limited by mass-produced kits. Mostly FreeCAD , which is very close to professional CAD systems and has a similar logic. Products and Design 1:200 scale Designer Spotlight FreeCAD RC boats RC Cars scale modelsA few years ago, the rediscovery of a childhood toy drove Matthias Kreimeyer back to a passion he’d almost forgotten — model RC boats.

List of the best 3D modeling software programs

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With some light training, one can start building models. FreeCAD – As the name suggests, FreeCAD is a free open-source 3D modeling software that is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. FreeCAD has a modular design where you can add plugins over the core application depending on your requirements and use case. FreeCAD is more oriented towards the CAD community. This software does extensive training if one plans to use its advanced features.