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Aotrs Commander15 Jan 2019 10:18 a.m. PST

Aotrs Shipyards is a webstore on, a 3D print house which had production and shipping facilities located in the USA and the Netherlands. Aotrs Shipyards also takes direct printing commissions.

Starting off the new year, we have the first of the CV(R) T's the Scorpion and the Scimitar at 144th. As is the case for all the new models, both feature the new locking turrets.

FV101 Scorpion


Aotrs Shipyards direct price: £3.50 GBP

FV107 Scimitar


Aotrs Shipyards direct price: £3.50 GBP

Photos of Replicator 2 variants.

We have now reached the end of the pale grey material, and I have taken the opportunity to run off a model (of the forthcoming 144 scifi Phystyulon ground force) in the grey, the blue and the brown material, so we can see how they compare (especially for the photos).

Any thoughts on which one is best?


Next month will most likely be the Iltis; in the pipeline in the Saracen (partly why I did the CV(R) Ts) and the Saracen.

Lion in the Stars15 Jan 2019 12:01 p.m. PST

CVR(T)s!!! My favorite 'cute little baby tanks'!

I think the gray material is the best for showing your prototype models, though the blue/brown would be fun for color-coded sides.

Aotrs Commander15 Jan 2019 12:18 p.m. PST

Trouble is, the grey tends to photo poorly – typically, it seemed to better the moment I try to do a comparison, because of course it did.

(Of course, there is a chance that merely having something of a different colour in the viewfinder may have altered the way the camera took the photo, given it runs on smart settings. Which I use it on because all attempts to fiddle with it have resulted in worse pictures as a close-up detail mode appears to be the one function this camera doesn't have…)

But in the CVR(T) [1]pictures above, usually with the pale grey – like for Shapeways (old) WSF – I have to futz with the contrast to make the details out (which makes things like the striations stand out way more).

You can see the effect on the middle tank – you can't actually make out some of the surface details close-in.

The older grey we used was darker and the ideal material, but we can't get that colour before. Getting a neutral colour is actually proving to be suprisingly difficult, actually.

When the light is better tomorrow (it was getting late when I took those in terms of daylight), I'll have to have another go, and switch the order around and see if that make any difference, photo-wise.

[1]And I apologise for mucking up the parenthese – I'm still a bit off-colour with something I'm fighting off at the moment and not processing at 100%…!

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2019 8:31 p.m. PST

Actually, to see what the Sci-Fi tanks look like, gray works best on my monitor.

Aotrs Commander16 Jan 2019 6:48 a.m. PST

Okay, had another try in the daylight, individually this time, since that's more representative.

Now, to me, the brown seems to be much clearer.


Lion in the Stars16 Jan 2019 8:56 a.m. PST

Against that stark black background, the gray is too pale.

Try it against a blue gradient background (should be able to print one off the web).

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