Sunday, October 3, 2021

Tank Support, via 3-D Printer

A friend with a 3-D printer has very kindly run up some tanks for us; a T-35 and an SMK. He did both 1/144th and 1/56th scale versions, as well as spare turret sets so we'd have some variations. I've never worked with the filament type of printing material before, so I was a little apprehensive about doing much of anything; I did work up the nerve to drill the 76mm turret of the SMK for an open hatch, and it worked well. So, one of Annie Norman / Bad Squiddo Games' "Winter Tank Commanders" came into play, and I'm pleased with the results. I'm looking forward to exploring this medium, in the future... :)

4 comments:

  1. Wow, those look great! I guess I haven't seen any 3D printing in a while, because it seems that the tech has advanced quite a bit.

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  2. I agree; these look really good. They're done on a 'filament' printer, and I think that the 'layered' texture works really well for the tanks - gives it that 'cast steel' look. Beyond that, I know very, very little about the technology or the processes; I leave it to the folks who have the computer skills to make the technology work... :)

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  3. That looks more than half decent! You can even out some of that 'layered' effect, but as you say it does seem fitting for some models. I have tried my hand at 1/285 and at that level the layers start to look bad. But, the technology and the possibilities are intriguing!

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  4. I'd agree; the smaller the model, the more of an issue the layers are going to be. I thought these were fine; some of the extra turrets were a little 'thready', but that's not an issue for me as they're going to be used for the turrets on fixed fortifications at some point. I was pretty nervous about cutting into the spare SMK turret, as I'd never worked with this material before, and I had visions of the whole thing coming apart in my hands. But, slow and steady with a low-speed cutting tool, and it all came out right in the end.

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