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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2018 1:47 p.m. PST

WOW Buildings ran A Bridge Too Far Kickstarter that was supposed to deliver in April, 2018. I am considering their new Kickstarter, link About the Battle for Berlin. I have been working on Berlin for a long time and this would fill in a lot of gaps.

Can anyone here tell me of their experiences with this company on previous Kickstarters? Did the files work okay? What kind of 3D printer do you use? How did you print large files like the big bridges?

Thanks.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
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witteridderludo09 Aug 2018 11:38 p.m. PST

To be honest, at the moment I'm just hoarding their files so I can't comment on printing yet.
When it comes to kickstarter fullfiment, I have no issues with them. Their first one was a bit of a mess but the later ones (Bridge too far and post apo) went pretty well with access being given to a shared google drive. From time to time I get KS updates mentioning some problems backers ran into with one file or another and that a fixed version has been made available to the shared drive. So there is an after sale service if things go wrong.
Larger pieces should be precut to fit on a 20 by 20cm bed (for 1/72 or 20mm) iirc.
I would say: go for it.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 2:09 a.m. PST

I don't have experience with WOW on any of their KSs but I do back when he was selling already printed kits.

In a nutshell, that experience was very bad. I placed two orders. In the first case I was told the kits were in stock and shipping. My $200 USD order never shipped and after payment I never heard another word from WOW. I ended up filing a PayPal complaint to get my money back.

A year or two later I thought I'd give him another try. I did get a few emails with lots of promises to deliver, then lots of excuses, and finally a lie telling me the order shipped. After I asked for the tracking info I never heard a peep and went through the PayPal refund process again.

As for his KSs, I do know that the sci-fi one he did was a bit muddled. After looking through the comments I saw a lot of the same excuses.

I don't do 3D printing but a consistent comment an all of the KSs seems to be errors in the files. Maybe I'm wrong but to me, that says some designs are never test printed or maybe have limited printing to see the actual results.

I'll give him credit that he is ambitious and his drawings all look great on the computer.

Given past multiple experiences with WOW however, they won't be getting any of my money.

The 3D market is exploding with offerings. Somebody else will be along shortly…

Munster10 Aug 2018 2:27 a.m. PST

The files are ok, but the few I have printed have required considerable work before I was happy with them. Maybe I just picked the less than optimum files to start with, however they seem rushed rather than professional, and I have found better things on thingyverse and donated $ there

thehawk10 Aug 2018 3:56 a.m. PST

Was Berlin mostly rubble by May '45?

Rev Zoom22 Aug 2018 8:21 p.m. PST

OTOH, I was very pleased with the files – I printed in 15mm and 1/285 scale and had excellent results.

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