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Re: Shapeways model makers
I added a few example photos to my blog https://wetherhorn.wordpress.com/2020/10/31/a-few-wwi-cargo-ships-in-dazzle/
You should also include Decapod. The WWI Merchant (EFC)models are excellent, better than the cast metal versions I've seen. As a bonus, there are lots of camouflage patterns that can be applied.
They are listed in my EASTER EGG FLEET book.
Do you have a lot of free time on your hands? Looking for something in the hobby to keep you busy? If you're willing to do a bit of construction and paintwork, I have some recommendations for you:
WAR TIMES JOURNAL: I have posted photos of some of these models on the board, and like what can be done with these. Makes plastic 3D productions in 1:200 or 1:1250 of mainly pre-dreadnought and WW I ships of various nations, there are also some U.S. and Japanese WWII era ships. At a minimum one needs to add masts, and often boats but the models can be enhanced with boat davits and other small details if you wish to do the work. Spare parts such as boats and fighting tops can be purchased extra.
Some of the items produced by WTJ either have not been produced by anyone else, or can be made into better models than what is available from others.
There are several producers available through Shapeways that I recommend:
BROWN WATER NAVY: Produces an extensive line of 1:1200 scale American Civil War ships as well as ironclads of a variety of navies of the 1870-1890 era. Most need ship's boats, davits (if you want to add them) and masts. If you think you already have a complete set of ACW models, you're in for a surprise. BWN has stuff you didn't know existed.
MASTERS OF MILITARY: Has a limited number of 1:1250 models in kit form. Some of them make up into excellent models.
WATERLINE MODELS: This French producer makes a number of 1:1250 models, mostly of French post war warships, many of which have never been made by anyone else. If this is an area that interests you, these are a must.
SNAFU: Produces a vast range of very fine 1:1250 aircraft, some of which aren't or haven't been available from anyone else. All they need is painting. But a warning: Some of them are extremely fragile, and breakage can be a problem. But if you're nimble and careful, you can have deck loads of every plane imaginable, as well as seaplanes of all kinds.
When ordering from Shapeways, always check to see what finish is available. I recommend that you get the finest, smoothest finish possible.