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Advances in 3D Printing at 1/144

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Ok - so, I didnt mention the tiger word :lol: However, now you are here - you can see the level of detail that can be achieved with the latest printers and materials.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1626699 ... 280103430/

ACI used to do some cutaway/interior models using more traditional techniques, but this is a different game altogether.
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Wow. I feel suddenly redundant :D

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Amazing - what I lack at the moment is time (and what time I do have I don't have much appetite to spend in front of a screen) but I would love to design 3D stuff - I'm building the Crown B-26 at the moment and I keep thinking of drop-in 3D components that could enhance it (engine faces, cockpit, navigator/gunner's station).

Models like this are just extraordinary and only confirm my belief that this is going to be an ever increasing aspect of the hobby.

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:shock:

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:shock: indeed!
Seeing this I ask myself why the heck I'm still building such crude, flawed, undetailed models as I currently do.
But then - who needs that much detail? Most of it is not visible anyeay, unless you builf a Tiger convertible. Plus, it takes away all the fun and satisfaction scratch building the one or the other extra detail and replaces it with the constant fear to mess up a perfect kit :mrgreen:
But - simply great, that thing!
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:shock: too

Is it the photo or does the gun barrel look a little droopy?

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Could be the photo (says he, expert in taking snaps with iPhone not). :oops:

Irrespective of what detail is and isn't seen, this does show just how far 3D printing has come. The only issue as I see it is the cost of this quality and resolution. Get that down and we have the ultimate challenger to traditional kits. And I agree with Fritz about the perils of the "Perfect Kit". I, too, would gravely fear screwing something up and, in the end and irrespective of the final build, there'd be the nagging doubt "Maybe I could have done this better". In recent times, the most satisfied I've felt with a build is when I complete a kit that wasn't well detailed or wasn't shake-and-bake, and hence needed a bit of work on my behalf.

Not sure too many modellers would develop their scratchbuilding skills if all models were like this one. Mind you, if it is affordable, I'll certainly have one ... :lol:
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smeg1959 wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:09
In recent times, the most satisfied I've felt with a build is when I complete a kit that wasn't well detailed or wasn't shake-and-bake, and hence needed a bit of work on my behalf.
I agree with this, I recently completed an Eduard MiG-21 (possibly the best all-injection kit in our scale) and an Academy MiG-23 (one of the worst!) and enjoyed the latter far more as I have been able to really personalise it and make it my own.

I do think however this shows the detail available in 3D printing and I do think within a few years we will see it replace resin aftermarket. It will allow suppliers to print on demand and not wait for external resin casters (I know Domi at Retrokit often has to wait a long time to get parts produced). However the initial outlay will presumably be very high as this is presumably a very high end printer.

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Inspiring - and still a huge amount of skill and work in the making of that 3D model

I've just bought myself a high res resin printer via proceeds from my shapeways shop - about $400 for an Anycubic Photon Mono with Wash and Cure booth and 1L of resin. Just waiting on an amazon order of cleaning alcohol before testing this weekend.

With materials and cleaning costs it probably works out at max a couple of quid per 1/144 model (and a few hours printing time)

From what I'm reading, it's prone to failures, a messy and very hit & miss process with detail. The screens on these machines are delicate and some parts don't last long - all makes frightening reading but hey ho.

OTOH - some of the models that come out of them are gorgeous.

There are also crystal clear resins available, so I'm thinking of improving my models to add model cockpit detail and clear canopies.

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That doesn't seem a bad price, you'll pay as much for a decent colour printer.

Interesting to know how it fares.

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