Author Topic: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)  (Read 3251 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

S4INT

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« on: March 09, 2016, 03:42:42 »
Howdy,

Going to show you peep's my 1/72 Smit London build.   She's a prototype, so there'll be some working out as the build progresses.

Ive had her for about 5mths at the moment, and have only recently reallocated my time back to her.   Been finishing my 1/32 scale Gato Sub Plug, building my 1/35 Armidale Patrol Boat and pottering around finishing 3 x meter sailing boats, to try and get the kids down sailing with me.

So here in Australia there is a young lad called Bernard (Ex-Aust Navy), who is a bit of a wiz-kid on 3D printing.   He's built his own prototype 3D printers & smashed out 4 x 3D printed models.   He's currently developing a 1/72 scale Titanic, which is just unbelievable.

So, I have the prototype Smit.   Quite a comprehensive kit to say the least, and in building her, I have been making recommendations to try and make her an enjoyable build.

She's just past the 1 meter by a smidgen.   The hull is a multi-piece construction that is bolted together with elongated holes to allow perfect alignment when joining.   This reduces the need for copious amounts of filler.   The joins are mini bulkhead lips that run the full ID of the hull, side to side from directly underneath the deck (see pics).   I had the hull together & joined in 1 hr, with the help of 10mm bolts/nuts/washers, liquid nails & some trusty clamps (see pics).


sea monkey

  • Site Supporter
  • Admiral Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 1123
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2016, 10:46:41 »
Very interesting. Keep the photos coming.

S4INT

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2016, 02:24:07 »
1 x smoothed coat of automotive bog - Sanded

1 x spray coat of plastic primer filler - Sanded

1 x coat of spray putty - Sanded



« Last Edit: March 10, 2016, 03:08:30 by S4INT »

S4INT

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2016, 02:34:47 »
2 x coats of plastic bumper primer.

The bumper primer works out as a perfect semi-gloss black for the hull, used a Tamiya spray pack (hull red).

« Last Edit: March 10, 2016, 03:07:15 by S4INT »

S4INT

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2016, 03:09:59 »
Just some more update photos.

Just keep in mind that this is a prototype build, so some of the finishing is not to some ppls expectations.   This kit built to a master level would be amazing.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2016, 21:02:57 by S4INT »

S4INT

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2016, 03:12:17 »
More update photos.

As you can see, the blue peeled when I removed the masking tape.   This has been fixed up in later photo's.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2016, 03:28:59 by S4INT »

S4INT

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2016, 03:14:38 »
Fitment of some more intricate pieces, handrailings, ladders, etc.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2016, 21:05:32 by S4INT »

S4INT

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2016, 03:17:04 »
And more, with a sneaky pic of the 1.7mtr 3D printed Armidale in 1/35th scale.

3D printing ladders & some of the smaller pieces present certain challenges when it comes to cleaning up some of the over plastic threads.   Patience is rewarded with some very clean pieces.

I have made some recommendations to make building easier, ie, the stairs on the superstructure are currently part of the main print.

I have recommended that the stairs be printed separately, so that the can be cleaned up better.   You can currently get in with a dremel atm, but it's painstakingly annoying & very time consuming.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2016, 21:11:02 by S4INT »

S4INT

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2016, 03:27:39 »
So to give you some perspective, the 3D printed 1/72 scale Titanic will be 3.7 mtrs.

The Smit London is just a smidgen over 1.0 mtr.   Once I get them together, I will do a comparison picture side by side for you to check out and yes that is a two seater couch beside her.

Even though they are different era's, I'll get them on the water together.

Pics just FYI.

« Last Edit: March 10, 2016, 03:31:20 by S4INT »

tug-arlyn-nelson

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 543
Re: 3D Print - 1/72 scale Smit Class (London)
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2016, 21:22:50 »
That's looking very good, interesting hull design.  Watch out for SPIDEY in the background!