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01 Oct 2019 10:38 a.m. PST
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kmfrye01 Oct 2019 9:39 a.m. PST

Greetings One and All,

Another update on my blog – this time, some Traveller ships from Shapeways: link

Keith F.

Oberlindes Sol LIC01 Oct 2019 10:48 a.m. PST

Thanks. I'll look into the ships (as if I didn't have a lead mountain of unpainted Traveller and other starships).

Have fun at the convention!

dragon601 Oct 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

They look very nice. Are there other 1/1000 ship models available from other vendors?

Any information on faster curing? I've had a problem, in the past with Shapeways models that are sticky years later. Of course they weren't Smooth Fine Detail plastic

kmfrye01 Oct 2019 1:11 p.m. PST

Dragon6 – it was rather annoying. I gritted my teeth and hit the tacky figs with Krylon matte. That helped.

There's also a white prime meant to cover oily spots on the wall. I used that on the merchant and VIOLA! No tacky sensation.

Speaking of those Rhodie APCs, when I took them out of their box, they had a very fine, very slight, dusting of *something* that might have extruded through the Testors OD spray. It brushed away like very fine salt.

So, lesson learned? Seal'em and pray. : )

Keith F.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2019 6:25 p.m. PST

Those look nice.

Thanks for sharing.

Wish the SDB had the more rounded hull, but I get that the faceted on is probably better and easier to produce with some drawing programs.

emckinney01 Oct 2019 6:37 p.m. PST

The metal nGazelle is in print with the license holder. It's 1:900, so a bit bigger. link

kmfrye01 Oct 2019 7:30 p.m. PST

Mini from Ad Astra is also more cost effective. That said, Ken's been concentrating on getting the fleet scale produced, and doesn't have enough of the adventure-class stuff available.

IMO :)

Keith F.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2019 7:18 a.m. PST

I agree. Very few adventure class vessels, sadly.

kmfrye02 Oct 2019 9:08 a.m. PST

Dragon6: Sorry, I missed your question there are some other ships available from other 3d modellers, bits and bobs really. They don't claim a license from Marc Miller, so I don't promote them.

Thresher: Also agree. The bar to entry for Ad Astra's adventure scale is not enough miniatures (Gazelle, Free Trader, Scout, Pinnace). I suspect the scale is compatible with the old RAFM TNE line, which serves the old school Traveller ship miniature gamers.

I have a couple of the old RAFM line, with the exception of the subordinate craft, they're a little too small to use with my Foreven Shipyard stuff.

To be fair to Ad Astra, at the time they rolled out their Traveller ships, the Power Projection enthusiasm was in full swing, and fans were clamouring for fleet ships.

That was 10 years ago. The pendulum swings.

Keith F.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

I suspect the scale is compatible with the old RAFM TNE line…

Some of which were re-released by RAFM for Silent Death. Wish I could find Leland's post where he corrected some of my id's.

Tru-dat about the PP, especially :Escorts for the smaller ships, getting some of us fired up.


GypsyComet03 Oct 2019 6:52 p.m. PST

You mean this one?
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TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2019 12:45 p.m. PST

Can't be, as you were the one correcting me… ;->=


Though I STILL think the Conestoga could proxy a Scout.


GypsyComet05 Oct 2019 11:47 p.m. PST

A lot of the Silent Death minis are in the Traveller "adventure class" size range if you ignore the cockpits. There are some that are just a bit too ridiculous, but otherwise I don't disagree with the idea.

kmfrye08 Oct 2019 6:19 p.m. PST

For them what's interested, I've posted some pics of the painted figures.


Should have a nice AAR after this weekend's convention.

Keith F

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2019 9:54 a.m. PST

Thanks for that, and I DO approve.

Just realized I never before saw the vague similarity between the doggy corsair and the Centauri Vorchan, which I was going to, once LONG ago, going to use cut-up MicroMaching DS9's to proxy.

Weird stream of consciousness, no?


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