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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:09 am 
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Something a little different. This model was 3D printed, and only my second and so far best experience with the technology. The detail is fantastic but there are limitations. I decided early on to make only a few modifications and let the model stand for what it is, 3D printed. If I'd wanted finer detail, I'd have scratch built the whole thing. That doesn't mean that I won't add detail, and as you can see I'm trying add as much as possible. So far, spare anchors, handrails, emergency rudder, awning stantions, cranes, etc.

I'm going to scratch build the lower hull though. I'd like to see the whole ship.

The photos of the black plastic make the edges look soft and they're actually quite crisp. I'd have preferred the aft mast to have not been printed and to let me build it from stainless steel and brass wire, but cutting it all off would have meant that I would have to replace the aft funnel, and at that point, I'm taking away from the artists original work. So I decided to live with it.

The underwater portion of the hull is something I'm going to begin soon. I have a template cut out so I don't need to do a lot of dry-fitting. My usual technique is wood covered in white putty and sanded smooth, but I need a lot more rigidity to overcome some minor warping on the upper 3-d printed section. So, I'm going to use plastic sanded into shape with a small steel bar sandwiched in the middle on the centerline for the bracing I need. In order to achieve the high-def detail, the HD black plastic was used and it isn't as stable. I could simply glue it down to the base and no one would be the wiser, but I want the full-hull so I'm going to go through the extra bit of effort and do it right.

Anyway, the model is 1/1800 scale.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:35 pm 
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That's just sick! :heh: my PE doesn't look that good in 1/350.

Great job so far,

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:58 pm 
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Thanks!

There are some small gaps in the PE, there will be some platforms or stairs in these locations.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:53 pm 
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That's fantastic! Which printing service did you use? And whose PE?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:14 pm 
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DAMN! That is nice!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:16 pm 
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Shapeways and Toms Modelworks PE. It's the 1/1200 set, the difference in scale is really miniscule.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:50 pm 
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Wow :thumbs_up_1: I have a hard enough time seeing my 1/700 stuff even with an optivisor. How do you do it in 1/1800? It looks fantastic!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:36 pm 
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Ha! Thanks!

Tonight's project is 1/1800 photoetched aircraft. Yes they exist but they're bloody hard to find and expensive. Building a 1/1800 biplane out of stainless is maddening, but it'll add some crispness. I'm excited to mate the lower hull to the upper. I really think It's gonna look nice.

As for working at this scale and 1/2400, I put my left arm under tension and it eliminates the natural shake. I tend to work at eye-level too. Boy does this help. I got the idea from the watchmakers at rolex who work like that and their work is far more delicate and precise.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:33 am 
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Some photoetched aircraft

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:04 am 
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Some 1/1800 F1Ms

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:13 pm 
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Lower hull is attatched, sanding is done, rudders, propellers, and shafts installed too.

Aircraft, gun turrets, etc all done. Time for paint

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:52 am 
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Airbrushing is all done, time to cut in with my collection of tiny paint brushes! Then washes.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:25 am 
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Kongō is finished:

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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :faint: :faint: :mad_2: :mad_2:
You must have very good eyes to do that!! A shame I cannot make 1/350 models to look as good! :cry_3:
By the way, the 3d printed ship look so nice. I could barely see any print lines! What material was it printed in?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:20 am 
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Thanks!

It's their new high-def black that Shapeways is using. There aren't any print lines it looks injection molded.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:46 am 
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Added a few tiny details, mostly stuff I'd just been too busy to do. The bow crysanthymum, rudder position signals on the mainmast, and the aft position lights on the starboard side. Also the ship's name plate is also done.

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That about wraps it all up. Nothing left to do on this one.

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speedbird by name.... :big_grin:

==> impressive result and good overall look

Paint certainly sharpened up the " printed " start point

interesting and amusing! :thumbs_up_1: :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:35 am 
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Thanks Jim,

The model overall is 120mm (4.75in) long. The red linen name plate is 30mm (1.25in) for scale.

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That is simply amazing

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Thanks Gabriel!

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