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Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2021 7:05 a.m. PST

I purchased some of the revolving cannon from TVAG's previous release, and the new 3D printed resin models astonish me with their gorgeous fine detail !!

I never believed 3D printing could do such a wonderful job at making affordable models until I opened that package.

And I was 1st employee of 3D Systems, which company invented 3D printing back in the 1980s !!

Chick

bjporter19 Sep 2021 7:52 a.m. PST

The radio is pretty awesome!

I have a bunch of the original models all based on washers so they are easy to transport in a box with magnetic sheeting. The washers are all painted to look like naval pedestals so I can easily change out ships armament.

bollix21 Sep 2021 11:20 a.m. PST

Can TVAG (or a customer) confirm that these have been rescaled from 25 to 28mm?

The website describes the range as "high quality resin prints", but the costs for the models are so reasonable (low) that I would have suspected they are selling the STLs.

Finally, have the crew figures, which can be ordered with some models – again reinforcing the notion that these are physical prints – rescaled to 28mm as well?

BTW, I purchased many of Richard's display models from this range at a convention many years ago – they could possibly be some of the missing masters – albeit were purchased painted and I'm uncertain.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 11:38 a.m. PST

Bollix!

First, "Yes!" all models have been/are being scaled/re-scaled to "28mm."

Next, they are indeed 3D Prints, not STL's for sale. More will be added later this week, and still more next, and so on.

Finally, and alas, "No," the original crew castings have NOT been rescaled. There's no real way to do that with metal figures without starting over. Mind, some figures (Fire Fighters, Survivors, an odd or an end) which were among the last to be added years ago are indeed 28mm.

Until we have mastered the art of making top quality figures for 3D Printing (and we're working on it now), buyers will have to work with the crew figures we have, or substitute their own--where such are available.

Cheers!

TVAG

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 10:00 p.m. PST

These are beautiful. If Chick says they are so good in person I believe. However, I have almost all of the original metal models done by Richard. Do I now duplicate???

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Sep 2021 2:51 p.m. PST

Bobgnar!

Unless you need more of the items you already have, no, of course you don't need to "duplicate."

However, each model that has been replaced with a 3D Print design is more detailed, has a hollow barrel (where relevant), and is generally "crisper" than metal could be.

Of course, even the best resin, as we use, won't have the weight and "heft" of metal--particularly in the largest pieces--but that's the price of progress. Then again, who knows? Perhaps in time we'll have a Printer that can work with white metal and we'll have come full circle!

Otherwise, you might look at the growing number of new Ships Fittings being added in resin as many will add detail and even gaming relevance not previously available (such as the radios).

Cheers!

TVAG

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