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  1. niart17

    1/350 AMT Klingon Bird of Prey

    Wow, this is coming along great. I agree, this is one of the coolest ship designs from Star Trek and that color scheme is just so out of the box it totally works. And your weathering is spot on! Keep up the great work! Bill
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    Darth Vader 3D Printed Statue

    Actually made a little progress on this guy. For a brief moment I thought about running some LED's through it and lighting up his chest pack and having a lit light saber but knew if I went down that rabbit hole I'd be much more likely to not finish it ever. As it stands now, my completion/to build ratio ain't that great. anyway, here he is with black primer and SOME of the black/grey black detail painting. I don't like the lighter tone on his boots so I'm going to make that a darker black. I will of course clear gloss coat his helmet but I don't know that much else is going to be real glossy. Since this isn't movie accurate to any Vader, I kind of like the fact it looks a little more functional and he seems like a younger more athletic Vader. Perhaps he relied more on physical prowess in his youth and less throwing things with his hand motions. Also, you'll notice his pinky finger on the raised right hand broke off and I can not for the life of me find it. That brings up a couple of possible solutions. I can either try to match the other gloved fingers by sculpting it with putty ORRRR I can make a mechanical looking finger and try to make the glove look torn a little. That would add a little story telling element to the figure in that perhaps his enemy actually landed a strike and made him made angry enough to use the force choke instead of having fun by light saber duel. So what do you guys like? Or I could leave it off but then it just looks wrong. Comments, critiques a suggestions welcome. Bill P.s. as as his head, I agree it looks a little small but not quite as bad when it was white and the other parts were mixed colors. that along with the camera angle I think added to the slightly undersized appearance. Either way, I happy with the artist sculpting.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    that's so 2 years ago....oh wait.. I see your point.
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    Darth Vader 3D Printed Statue

    I notice your AC grey is significantly lighter in color than what I have. I wonder if the batches have drastic property changes. Those heads look great. Speaking of setting, I have a grouping of small parts that I'm not sure of the best way to arrange them on the build plate. I'll try to post up an image of the .stl files and see if you guys could give me some orientation settings. That seems to be my biggest obstacle in visualizing what angle and such a part should print. I don't seem to have a firm grasp of the nuance between orienting for gravity and undercuts vs orienting for suction alleviation. Bill
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    3D Printing Discussions

    Perhaps not replace most traditional IM kits, at least at the time. BUT in some certain instances, such as Vincent Meens Lunar Module kit, it TOTALLY can replace an injection molded kit. Since a majority of the parts are usually covered with some sort of foil or textured papers anyway, the basic parts as well as the detailed parts printed on a resin printer, are just as useful as any IM kit. But I think at this time, one of the best uses for this technology as far as model building goes is either in the scratch-built or conversion realm, by making actual parts and/or masters; or in the aftermarket business. Again either with marketable finished parts or masters to make resin copies from. So maybe your typical kit builder isn't going to have a need for them yet, but other builders will greatly benefit from 3d printing. And I haven't even gotten into the area of 3d printing specialized tools and support materials for model building yet. THAT opens an even larger group of possibilities since function outweighs form for most of those items. Imagine being able to print out very specific jigs, or rigging tools, or cases for other tools, or brackets to hold things, or bend things or or or or.....on and on and on. Exciting times I think. Bill
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    Darth Vader 3D Printed Statue

    I think what MoFo is saying is that if you want the estimated time that the slicer program gives you to be more accurate and get you a closer to real time for printing, setting it to 6.5 for anything that you THINK is below that will yield more accurate estimates. That makes sense. Thanks for that. As for the other settings, they were a combination of starting with what the chart said and then tweaking just a little til it came out pretty good. I'll try your recommendations on the next print to see if it renders better results. Thanks again. Bill p.s., this is exactly the reason why I think the 3D printing thread might be helpful on this site...somewhere.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    You're a pretty funny guy. How about relax a little. Nobody is acting holier than thou or victimized there sport.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    touche'
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Actually I'd say it's a pretty equal ratio of people who are "bashing" the kit and company's business practices, AKA "whiners" and those that take it way too personally "such as yourself" and attack those people by calling them whiners. I fail to see the maturity in insulting people who are concerned and/or upset about a company. But hey, whatever.
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    Darth Vader 3D Printed Statue

    The 2 arms, the head and the boots are all printed in the Anycubic green resin. The upper torso is printed in Anycubic grey with the settings of a .02 layer, normal exposure time of 14 seconds, off time of 1 second. 90 second bottom layer with 8 bottom layers. I prefer the look of the grey as details seem to be a little crisper. But I will say it's much harder to get consistent results with it and the longer print times makes me not want to use it often. I haven't tried any other brands of resin yet but will venture out one day. I'd love to find a really good grey resin since it's a good color to see detail with. the legs and skirt are printed on the Creality Ender 3 in white PLA at extra fine settings and no supports.
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    3D Printing Discussions

    Hey guys. I've noticed more and more people here have delved into the world of 3d printing for use in their model building hobby. I've had several threads about some of my 3D prints and there have been a few times where the subject of starting a thread where all of the ups and downs of 3d printing could be discussed. Yes there are a great many sites that cover this topic, and they are great. But I think the input from model builders, people that have the same expectations and desire for similar results specifically leaning towards model building, and not just other aspects of printing; would be a good subject for this forum. So this is just a starter post to get the idea out there. I'll come back and post more specific ideas and thoughts whenever I get the chance. But right now I mainly wanted to get the ball rolling and see if anyone else wanted to contribute either by posting suggestions in getting started in 3D printing, questions about techniques, techniques to get specific results or just general "hey this is cool, have you seen this" or whatever else you may want to discuss. So how about it? Let's get a good informative thread going. Bill
  12. This is really incredible! I love the idea of turning "toys" into replicas. You're doing a wonderful job on this. Keep up the great work! Bill
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    That is some pretty impressive mold design. I do have to applaud the use of slide tech and out of the box thinking to eliminate seam lines. But one wonders if there was more emphasis on that side of the kit thus the reason for some of the apparent shape issues. And just for the record. Not everyone that is discussing the issues with the kit are simply hating on it for the sake of it. Some find it interesting and some are trying to establish what can be planned out as fixes for any issues. There's really no need for conflict from either side.
  14. Hey guys. Just thought I'd share this model I recently downloaded and printed from an incredible 3D artist on Malix3design that you might be interested in printing out as well. Here is a link to this model on his site. https://www.malix3design.com/2018/07/dark-lord-3d-model-for-3d-printing.html I printed this out in various resins and PLA for the legs since they wouldn't fit on my resin printer. I still have a few details like the belt pack and light saber and his large cape. Then I'll start priming and painting. I'm not sure if this particular design is based on a cartoon - comic book or book version or if it's just his interpretation but I really am digging the look he gave it. Stay tuned, I'll try to get some more of him done when I get a chance.
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    First Man

    Thanks Apollo. I did notice I couldn't find any shots like that so I figured that's why the sculptor left off the mission patch spot on the figure. That's fine, I'll still print the name tag and NASA meatball patch and flag. The pic I'm mostly using for reference is the individual publicity shot. I'm pretty sure it's the pic that the designer used to model the figure.
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