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.