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Old Wolfman28 Jun 2018 6:39 a.m. PST

Looks good.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 4:42 p.m. PST

Really? Because I can see the lines on the turret from the layers of printing, and I won't buy that.

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 5:35 p.m. PST

Really? Because I can see the lines on the turret from the layers of printing, and I won't buy that.

Not to mention the less-than-ideal tracks. 3D-printing technology hasn't quite reached the level where it can match the details of traditional casted models, but there are some people who don't mind sacrificing detail and can live with a few imperfections to save a few bucks.

It's not quite enough even from a savings standpoint though. As an example, the 15mm AMX-30 listed here costs £5.50 GBP or $7.20 USD at the current conversion rate. BF will release the 1/100 AMX-30 kit next month for "Free Nations" French at $9.00 USD per model. For only $1.80 USD more the BF kit allows you to build either the AMX-30 tank or the AMX AUF 1 SP Howitzer. And of course it's a plastic kit without the "issues" of a printed model.

Part time gamer28 Jun 2018 10:44 p.m. PST

3 D is getting better that's no doubt and some things look really well done, but it will still be a bit before they can match the 'good ol' plastic kits.

hasbeen29 Jun 2018 3:08 a.m. PST

I think it (at the moment) can't match cast or kits.
however it can definitely fill gaps. I would certainly
use them to do that, i.e. fill a gap in my forces.
The big advantage wargame tanks have over wargame planes is
that it is authentic, desirable & easy to place clutter on the model. This can cover the worst bits, that is what I have been doing with my stuff since the 1960s.

Fred Cartwright29 Jun 2018 3:51 a.m. PST

Agreed 28mm Fanatik the price comparison for 15mm is not in favour of the Butlers models. In 28mm not so clear cut. The 1/50 Solido model is about the same price, but equally crude or there is the very expensive Quarterkit model. Not all printed models are crude however. I have a 1/56 Marmon Herrington Light tank that you couldn't tell from a plastic kit. No lines at all. It was expensive though, but given it is very unlikely you will ever see it in plastic or resin it is the only way you will get one. So that's where I am at the moment. I would buy a decent printed model of a rare bit of kit I wanted, but there are cheaper and/or better ways of getting the bulk of your forces.

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