Some while back I was looking into 3d Printing and came across this site Shapeways quite a few creative people on there making and selling things.
One thing in particular caught my eye the LRV- 7 a looky likey ship close enough to be a substitute Liberator! I needed to have some sort of reason to own it……then came upon the idea that I should incorporate the model into a table top wargame…..I purchased some pursuit ships and set about planning the game….of which, more later!
The Model arrived yesterday, and i set to work straight away… it took 2-3 hours to finish it and the pursuit ships.
Now a quick word about the 3d printed ship…..The model itself is strangly porous it soaks up the paint right off the brush…..this is not too much of a problem, but it is different. The other point to note was the models them selves are not smooth, they have a very fine texture, which i believe you can remove completely by selecting a more expensive medium from the list. I knew this in advance of my order and opted for the second cheapest…white strong flexible polished. Have to say it wasn’t as polished as I had hoped, but then it was better than option one i assume and there seemed to be less surface texture than I imagined.
The photo’s are extreme close ups, they kind of over play the texture issue, which has to be said to the naked eye really isn’t a problem. I dry brushed the ship so that may also have added emphasis.
The only other issue was that my Liberator had a damaged antenna/laser? it was missing completely, either it was broken in the packing process or it didn’t get printed. I managed to fashion a replacement part from a celtic spear! and glued it back on….. my super glue didn’t seem to have any effect…but normal model glue (poly cement) worked fine. So no real problems.
I would throughly recommend this model, and I myself will be buying more!
The coin in the picture is a UK penny for scale purposes (model is 50mm long)
With FederationPursuit Ship for scale (fed ship 29mm)