“Firefighter” of the FDNY
My Firefighter build, which features many 3D-printed parts, was featured on ModelWarship.com’s 11/22/2013 “What’s New” page. Now in their Gallery at: http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/misc/rescue/Firefighter-87-pm/index.htm
The entire cabin and many details are parts of my design, printed at Shapeways.
I continue to provide a running “in box” review of DeAgostini’s “Sovereign of the Seas” parts work kit at “A Yankee Builds DeAgostini’s Sovereign of the Seas”. We are up to Part 60 (of 135!) with this November 2013 review. The mass of material is impressive, as the kit is loaded with white metal cast details. Information on obtaining the kit at: http://www.model-space.com/gb/ships/hms-sovereign-of-the-seas/
Sample installment of DeAgostini’s Sovereign of the Seas kit.
My latest completion, a 1:9 scale model of a 29 foot Mirage, the S-793 “Wolverine”. The full size boat has recently been restored by her owners, but was originally campaigned in the 80′s by Pete Smith, of the well known Smith Brothers Offshore Racing Team.
The unorthodox scale comes from building the model on an available fiberglass R/C hull of about 39″ length. The entire cockpit and coaming were built up to match the subject. Almost all details, from the instrument bezels to the bolster and the outdrives, were made with 3D Printing technology. Markings are a combination of custom printed waterslide decals and multi-layer cut vinyl.
Model Warships, Oct. 26 2013 “What’s New”
My HMCS Snowberry is today’s “cover girl” at Model Warships. The 1:72 display model is super-detailed with GLS’s kit, which in turn is loaded with fine white metal and resin castings, and oodles of photoetched brass. The Revell Snowberry model is often converted to R/C operation, though I’d think twice about putting so much fragile detail on an operating model!
Private Robertson V.C., lead ship in the “Hero Class”, in 1:72
Latest completed model. Private Robertson V.C. is the first of nine ships in the Canadian Coast Guard’s “Hero Class”, based on the Damen Stan 4207 design.
This project was completed almost entirely with 3D printed components. Basic CAD layout and part design was done by myself, based on hundreds of photos and a small amount on intel found on the web… the owners of the drawings were not willing to share! More info on the build can be found on the Model Warships site: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=151938
Regarding the feasibility of 3D Printing for models: Yes it can work! But the cost in design time and materials probably excludes it from consideration from the average modeler’s budget. The technology did allow me to create parts that would have been extremely difficult to manage with traditional methods, such as the complex mast assembly. This was actually printed as a single component.
A Police unit is embedded with the ship.
Overall, aft quarter view
Controlled-pitch props drive the boat
Pilot house detail
CAD design and freshly printed cabin parts.
I’m proud to say that master builder John R. Haynes used my 9.5 LPI (link per inch) chain is his latest build, a 1:128 scale USS San Francisco. Detail images of the model can be seen at Steel Navy: http://www.steelnavy.net/SanFrancisco128JohnHaynes.html , and I’ve linked a couple images below.
The chain is available from The Floating Drydock.
John R. Haynes’ 1:128 USS San Francisco, as seen at Steel Navy
Anchor chain on the USS San Francisco
I’ve been doing a lot of work recently with 3D Printing… and I really need to blog more about that! But here’s one example that could be useful to you: Real stud link anchor chain, in sizes smaller than any currently available in metal.
Three sizes of chain: 7.5, 9.5, and 11.5 Links per Inch (LPI)
The chain is fully flexible. 7.5 LPI shown here.
The chain is offered through The Floating Drydock in 12 inch lengths.
A few notes about the chain:
- It is an acrylic photopolymer- plastic! As such, it’s not suitable for operating anchors on R/C models.
- The plastic needs some clean-up, as the 3D Printing process leaves waxes and oils on the parts. Hot soapy water or mineral spirits will do, with some gentle brushing. This may result in a white chalky residue, which in turn can be carefully brushed off, or if stubborn, just left in place.
- The plastic responds well to acrylic paints. Hobby enamels (including primer) may react with the plastic and not cure completely.
- The largest size, 7.5 LPI (0.9mm wire diameter) is suitable for 1:96 battleships.
- The smaller sizes, 9.5 LPI (0.75mm wire) and 11.5 LPI (0.6mm wire) may be suitable for many smaller models; your research will tell.
- 11.5 LPI is the smallest manufacturable. I wish we could go smaller… 15 LPI would be good for the new 1:200 BB’s, and a 1:96 DD needs about the same.
Here are links to a couple happy users:
If you find a place to use this chain, I’d love to hear from you!