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Old 16-01-2015, 11:33 AM   #1
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Default Anyone want to make a 37" Eagle?

Hi - I started a thread a while back on making a 22" Eagle with a 3D printer and almost managed to complete it ... however, as the prints were Fused Filament the details weren't always that clear, so I've decided to up the scale to 37". Why 37"? ... because I can't fit larger parts on my print bed! ... and there are problems with warping etc..

I hope to produce a number of kits (for sale) when the 37" model is complete. The kits will be based on Roberto's plans to some extent so they will have inner details such as the cockpit and have working parts such as retractable feet, sliding doors and retractable stairways. I'll also include battery compartments and fixings for basic circuitry such as flashing lights and so on.

What I'd like to ask is for a willing volunteer (with good modelling skills) to construct one of these Eagles and let me have some feedback on modifications and good photo's of the complete model. In exchange, the volunteer gets a free 37" Eagle (the first one!)

Attached are some photos of the command module printed so far (no finishing, just cleaned up a bit after printing) ...

Any takers?
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Old 16-01-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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Fab detail mate! Well as to your offer, I'd give it a go, but there are people on this board, who are far better modellers than me! Will the spine be printed in sections?


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Old 16-01-2015, 02:09 PM   #3
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Fab detail mate! Well as to your offer, I'd give it a go, but there are people on this board, who are far better modellers than me! Will the spine be printed in sections?


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... yep, I will print everything so the spine will probably be in 3 sections
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Old 16-01-2015, 03:46 PM   #4
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Well I work from home, I have a movie prop & replica business. And am a reasonably accomplished modeller/ garage/ scratch us etc, so would feel confident in taking this on if you want. If you private message me, we an discuss further and I can show you examples of my work.

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Well I work from home, I have a movie prop & replica business. And am a reasonably accomplished modeller/ garage/ scratch us etc, so would feel confident in taking this on if you want. If you private message me, we an discuss further and I can show you examples of my work.

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OK - sent you a message - thanks!
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Old 16-01-2015, 09:54 PM   #6
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looking forward to see how this works out. good luck guys.
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looking forward to see how this works out. good luck guys.
... it should be fun!! ... we'll keep you updated.
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Old 17-01-2015, 02:41 AM   #8
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I'd like to put my name down if you need a plan B
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Old 17-01-2015, 12:28 PM   #9
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... I'll keep that in mind - thanks for your offer!

I'm sending the first parts to Bluemoon to see what he can do. As I've only one 3D printer, the parts are taking a while to print ...

Last night I printed one of the cages (around 7.40 hours) ... but it's looking really nice compared to the previous 22" model (see pics attached)
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Old 17-01-2015, 12:53 PM   #10
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What a superb project!
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Old 17-01-2015, 01:54 PM   #11
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Nice work, looking good.
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Old 18-01-2015, 12:49 PM   #12
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Yes, can't wait to receive the parts and get cracking!
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Yes, can't wait to receive the parts and get cracking!
... yes, talking about cracking! ... upscaling some of my parts does exactly that as has happened with the front walkway section (see pic)
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Yes, can't wait to receive the parts and get cracking!
... yes, talking about cracking! ... upscaling some of my parts does exactly that as has happened with the front walkway section (see pic) ... (sorry for duplicate - browser wouldn't update until after I realised it posted again)

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I would have been tempted to go for this as well, only thing that puts me off with 3D printing is those horrible laser lines that need need to be sanded so much you lose a lot of the detail. I realise these machines are relativley new and in ten years (maybe less) we won't have this problem. It's a new thing and it's still model making in my book if you have to glue it together and paint it, I just don't want unnesccasy sanding ! We all hate sanding after all Am really looking forward to see how it turns out though and good luck to all involved.
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I would have been tempted to go for this as well, only thing that puts me off with 3D printing is those horrible laser lines that need need to be sanded so much you lose a lot of the detail. I realise these machines are relativley new and in ten years (maybe less) we won't have this problem. It's a new thing and it's still model making in my book if you have to glue it together and paint it, I just don't want unnesccasy sanding ! We all hate sanding after all Am really looking forward to see how it turns out though and good luck to all involved.
Hi Slate - you're right, the lines can be quite off putting and it does take some work to get them sanded down. I'm hoping the larger model will retain enough detail to make it worth while.
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Hi Tipam, have watched this thread develop with interest - Slate got round to asking the question before I did, because I too wondered about the lines. No doubt these can all be overcome with some hard work and application, however. Will be fascinated to see how the Eagle grows, especially with the great detail afforded by the 3D printing process. You're in a different league from some of us, so I'm confident you'll end up with a beautiful model.

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We look forward to seeing a nice build thread Blue Moon.
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Wow very interesting thread... Look forward to its progress...
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Hi Tipam, have watched this thread develop with interest - Slate got round to asking the question before I did, because I too wondered about the lines. No doubt these can all be overcome with some hard work and application, however. Will be fascinated to see how the Eagle grows, especially with the great detail afforded by the 3D printing process. You're in a different league from some of us, so I'm confident you'll end up with a beautiful model.

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Thanks Patrick - We'll keep at it until we've got something that works well - I really hope this turns out to be a great kit!

Ps. for those of you who might be interested in how to 'post-process' 3D prints, there's an excellent article here ...

http://makezine.com/projects/make-34...inted-objects/

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