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Fireball XL5 Junior 3D Printed Model

Garyr

Alphans
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the work I am doing in building a 13" Fireball Jr. using parts I 3D printed. I am still in the middle of finishing it so please ignore some of the rough edges.



Here are some other pics of the work in progress:

http://www.reighn.com/fireball/FBjr_parts1_sm.jpg

http://www.reighn.com/fireball/FBjr_parts2_sm.jpg

http://www.reighn.com/fireball/FBjr_parts4_sm.jpg

http://www.reighn.com/fireball/FBjr_painted5_sm.jpg

http://www.reighn.com/fireball/FBjr_parts5_sm.jpg

http://www.reighn.com/fireball/FBjr_back_side2_sm.jpg
 

mimrie

Alphans
Absolutely brilliant; did you do the modelling yourself?

What software/printer are you using.

The cabin parts are right at the limit of FDM printing; have you thought about an SLA/DLP printer, they're becoming affordable.

Anyway, fantastic work. I'd love to hear how you finish the parts prior to painting.

Mick
 

Garyr

Alphans
Hi Mick,

Thanks for the comment.

I did not do the original 3D model drawing myself. I found an excellent model at the 3D Warehouse by a "Simon C.". If you go there and do a search on fireball, you should find it. However, I did have make a lot of changes as the model was never intended to be printed. I also had to break it apart as my printer, a Creality Ender 2, only has a 165mmx165mmx250mm print space. In order to print the size I wanted I had to cut the top off and take the fins off and do them separately. I learned a lot about using SketchUp which is the software it was originally designed in. I posted some of my updated files on my web site at www.reighn.com/fireball.html if you are interested in printing one.

As to the cabin parts, you are correct. For this size model, they are at the limit of an FDM printer. I would love to get an SLA/DLP printer and give that a try. Something to consider in the future.

As to finishing, I used many coats of an automotive primer/filler spray can. That and a lot of elbow grease and putty where needed got me to a pretty smooth surface to paint on.

I'll post some more pics as I complete the model.

Thanks.
 
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Captain Sci-Fi

Commander
I LOVE this model, and will be tracking the files down to print one. I always fancied a really big Fireball Junior, no excuses now. :D
 

Garyr

Alphans
Thanks, everyone for you wonderful comments. I'll post some more pics as I finish up the model.

-Gary.
 

Garyr

Alphans
Fireball Jr Update

Progress report on my 3D printed 13" Fireball Jr model. I redid the cockpit frame and other cleanups. Left to be done is weathering/panel lines on the body and of course the decals.









 
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