JOHN PALECKI STRUCTURES
3339 Collingwood St NE
Roanoke, VA 24012
email: John [at] jpstructures [dot] com
540-366-6470 (email is better, thanks)
site update 5/6/18
website contents, bridge designs, part designs and instruction manuals are copyright 2005-2018 by John Palecki
WELCOME TO JOHN PALECKI STRUCTURES!
THE PROJECT: Create the most realistic model railroad bridges using the appropriate
MY GOAL: Share my life-long fascination with bridges by offering high-quality bridge kits
to other modelers.
MY PHILOSOPHY: The model railroad hobby needs new and accurate bridge models. My
bridges will fill that void and set a new standard of accuracy.
THE METHOD: Experiment and update the materials, designs and processes that allow
the creation of a small quantity of kits of specific bridge prototypes.
|I HAVE DECIDED TO TEMPORARILY STOP BRIDGE KIT DESIGNING
AND PRODUCTION. Please read more below! Thank you.
I have decided it is necessary to stop working on the bridge kits for now.
My day job career in electronics manufacturing has become quite busy, which is a good thing for the
company and is a positive sign for American small business manufacturing. Also, I am the house
husband here at JPStructures World Headquarters since my wife Becky is not as mobile as she once
was. So my time and energy have become far more limited.
These bridge kit projects can take on huge proportions as a hobby business. I always want to make
the best possible models, which pushes me to the limits of the available material and manufacturing
techniques. Hand resin casting is full of difficult to predict variables. I could have made the parts thick
and clunky with lots of flash to clean up, but that would not be satisfactory to myself or you. To make
something like the Durango Truss requires multiple iterations and trials. That kit would require about
15 different molds, with multiples of each to make the number of required parts. That is a lot of time!
Then I get only about 10 part pulls per mold due to the desired thin cross sections, etc.
I apologize if I have disappointed you guys on the inquiry lists. But I wanted to be honest with myself
and you, and not keep you waiting forever for a bridge that may not come along in the time you
needed it, or ever.
I will eventually get back to making the complicated kits that you all enjoy. I hope technology will catch
up with my designs, especially desktop 3D printing. I wish someone else could be bold and offer nice
injection molded kits of specific prototypes, but, alas, no one has yet. Narrow gauge modelers
especially appreciated my efforts (thanks!), plus the coolest old bridges are still around in many
famous NG location, making for great projects!
I will be available for questions on kits you may have obtained already. I have many spare parts if you
need something. I can offer modeling hints for bridges if you have a project of your own.
I wish I did not have to put my desire to create and make available accurate bridge model kits aside.
Thank you for your understanding. Email anytime with comments or questions!