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04 Feb 2019 11:47 a.m. PST
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Gingerbeer04 Feb 2019 8:20 a.m. PST

Hi all looking for some advice on 1/4800 models. I see Mick Yarrow does them so what's the quality like? Also seen Shapeways but not seen 'actual' photos and also the cost seems expensive when adding on postage etc, a E9.50 order doubles? Any advice guidance and help appreciated.


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

Not my. Use shapeways., and c inc. I studied it, but as no players and already huge numbers of 1/6000, never went ahead for the change.
I think Afrodi nd another one hasa blog with pics. Also here there was a really gifted chap who put astonishing pics.

TheWhiteDog04 Feb 2019 1:35 p.m. PST

I have pretty much the whole RN from 1935-1945 in 1/4800. It depends on how much detail you want. I like detailed miniatures, so Shapeways doesn't seem out of the question for me. I also mainly use WTJ and GHQ for my 1/2400 gaming, as a reference.

I would advise against MY. They are, in some cases, indiscernible in their detail.

Otherwise I would suggest 1/3000 or 1/2400.

Rhubarb 63304 Feb 2019 4:03 p.m. PST

Also seen Shapeways but not seen 'actual' photos

Also here there was a really gifted chap who put astonishing pics.

Probably this one:
TMP link
A demonstration of just how good Shapeways 1/4800 ships can be made to look. I still go back to this thread occasionally, just for the shear enjoyment of it. So inspirational.

I would agree with TheWhiteDog's assessment of MY. They pale by comparison.

Bezmozgu705 Feb 2019 4:05 a.m. PST

+1 for Rhubarb's link. That work is phenomenal and inspired me to go with 1/4800. Only wish my skills were as good.

hindsTMP05 Feb 2019 5:26 p.m. PST

Based on images I've seen posted on the Yahoo 1/4800 group site, Mick Yarrow stuff looks like the old Leicester Micro Models from the 1970s. They vary in quality, but in general are rather crude. In the 1970s I loved them, because there was nothing else available smaller than 1/2400. Now, we have alternatives. Here's an image of some of the Leicester stuff cleaned up (meaning that I re-shaped hulls, sometimes after adding solder).




colkitto06 Feb 2019 1:39 p.m. PST

Some more pics of MY here:







Some of them are pretty awful, but some are OK …

Gingerbeer13 Feb 2019 6:26 a.m. PST

Well i've just had my first order from 'Shapeways' (Tiny thingy). My first impression is WOW! how small these are! BUT, then I see the level of detail on them and its quite incredible. I'm just soaking them now, will be patient and look at them tomorrow, then the work starts to see if I can do them justice with a paint brush! Have to say cost wise they're the way to go for me and the delivery from order to reciept was very acceptable.So far, I'm quite pleased.

Part time gamer24 Feb 2019 2:32 p.m. PST

Ive played 1/4800 Cl/DD WW I night action game a few months ago, look great.. BUT I couldnt even make out the ID on the base's anymore.
Its clear I'll have to go w/ at least 1/2400 or 1/1800 WTJ for my Predreadnought idea. But some shapeways look amazing, but you do have to read the cost carefully + S & H.

Gingerbeer15 Mar 2019 9:50 a.m. PST

Well I purchased some Shapeways 1/4800 ships, i've painted them up, very pleased. When I can i'll post some pictures {providing I can figure out how to do it lol!)

LT Sparker14 Aug 2019 7:56 p.m. PST

With Shapeways, isn't the 1:4800 WW2 range fairly limited, or at least limited to the Pacific – all I could find for the Kriegsmarine were 8inch Cruisers? Very happy to be proven wrong!

hindsTMP16 Aug 2019 7:43 a.m. PST

This range used to be available on Shapeways. link The problem with Shapeways, when I tried them, was that the models, though very detailed and accurate-looking, were feather light, flimsy, and often warped. Though the warp could be removed by heating in water and bending, it tended to return in a reduced form after a month or so (I don't use stands). The solution is probably to over-bend and let them sit for several months until they stabilize, or glue them to stands.

Then of course you have the C-in-C British and German 1/4800 metal castings. Because certain ships were already covered by this range, the above Shapeways range didn't cover them. link I'm not sure if he's filling orders for his 1/4800 ships ATM though. Maybe later in the year?


LT Sparker20 Aug 2019 9:33 p.m. PST

Thanks Mate – makes sense now!

randolph224323 Jun 2020 4:06 p.m. PST

I now have a friend who has access to a commercial 3-D printer and I would love to find some free or economical software for a variety of WW2 ships, ideally USN and IJN.

I don't really know what I'm doing with 3-D engineering, so looking blindly around the internet has only left me confused. Any leads would be most helpful.

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