Fidelity to prototype - appearance, dimensions etc is important but in the case of printed models so is the medium in which the model is printed.
Simply to clean and paint any printed model will not, in my view, result in a 'quality' model. It is likely to look crude, blobby, rough and unacceptable to display alongside established metal or resin manufacturers' models.
I have limited experience of printed models - I have had one printed in FUD which, after a lot of work resulted in a really good (in my view, of course!) model. I would be happy to do another one of these.
I am currently working on a 1/1200 scale model of the new RN carrier which has been printed in 'Plastic'.
The fidelity to prototype is very good with only some minor filling required under the bows. Surface finish is not dissimilar to the FUD model I had done before.
I am heavily into the sand / paint / fill / sand / paint /f ill cycle and am optimistic that a really nice model will result.
Anyone lacking basic modelling skills should not buy a printed model. However, anyone who has some skills and is prepared to put in the work required should explore printed models - if only to test their skills.
I will post some images here in due course showing how my QE has turned out - good or bad!
: I would think that it might help "new
: to 3D" collectors if we all tried to
: list the maker of the model listed on
: Shapeways. Then, if we see something in the
: future on their site for a new model, we
: might be better able to judge the model's
: Just a thought.
: --Previous Message--
: Just finished painting the new release from
: Shapeways. Comes in FUD, and required no
: cleanup other than washing, before I painted
: and decaled it. Decals on the landing pad
: are from Skyhawk. The details are good and
: it will fit in well with other Russian ships
: from Argos, Rhenania Jr. etc.
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