Thursday, 16 February 2012

Defensive Walls & 3D Printing 7

Still no real model time available but I had to make some time to get some pictures of what arrived today, namely the latest batch of 3D prints.

Defensive Wall Plinths

First up we have the corner and straight Defensive Wall plinths:



Rather pleased how they turned out. Hopefully the upper panels will fit as nicely as this when the bottom piece is also a cast copy.

Quick shot to show the holes allowing the
excess powder to drain out of the hollow pieces.

Mounting Plates

Next up are the mounting plates. Due to the material used (Fine Ultra Detail) it isn't easy to make them out, but from what I can see they look sharp and pretty good. Only once I have cast them in resin will I know for certain how good they are.


Rebar

For the rebar I had two pieces cast, one in 'alumide' and one in 'white detail'.

The white detail rebar certainly looks to have a better finish so I will be trying to cast rebar from that piece. In hindsight I might of made the coil tighter slightly but I'm not too worried.

Left - Alumide
Right - White Detail

Emplacement Walls

The last things I had printed were the Gun Emplacement walls. Slightly jumped the gun getting them done this early but nevermind...




The emplacement walls are also hollow, drastically reducing the cost without any noticeable drawback.


I can't see me being able to start doing the moulds for these untill Sunday at the earliest, however I have set Sunday aside to work on the Looted Wagons so I may only get the plinths and mounting bracket moulds sorted.

So all being well i'll be casting the first pieces Monday or Tuesday.

8 comments:

  1. Looking good mate.

    Are the new plinths cast differently to the original barriers, ie to a higher resolution/quality. I couldn't see the same surface texture on them that you got on the barriers.

    If you don't mind my asking, just how expensive is it to get these pieces printed

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  2. Defensive walls = perfect.

    Rebar - don't think the spacing is off really, 4 coils per 10mm is good, any less and I think you'd not actually see that it was coiled - if that makes sense.

    I like the emplacement wall bits - are you thinking of joining them to make one solid piece (i.e. no visible join)? just wondered as your original was. Don't think I would tbh, probably cover them in sandbags anyway

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    1. The emplacement walls will be done so you can see they are made up out of precast concrete panels lifted into place. If you check the last rendered model of it you will see the mounting place in position showing each panels position.

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  3. "Next up are the mounting plates. Due to the material used (Fine Ultra Detail) it isn't easy to make them out, but from what I can see they look sharp and pretty good. Only once I have cast them in resin will I know for certain how good they are."

    Or you could hit them with a quick wash of black or brown and see just how good/bad they are before you cast them.

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    1. To be honest it will use so little rubber i'll just do the mould. I will use the excess rubber left over from when I do the plinth moulds to knock one out for the plates. If the casts look good i'll then do a second mould to speed up the casting process.

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  5. These are looking amazing, the detail is great and the rebar has turned out better than I thought it would.

    You are one lucky bugger to have these to display your mini;s on, they are great hell if it was me doing it them i would be selling them, but thats just me.

    I gather the Rebars will be for the damaged sections ? Will you just cast a normal section then damage it to represent that or are you producing damaged sections ?

    Well love this stuff great job really should give this ago myself some time just brilliant .

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    1. heers.

      The rebar will be cast into the walls and plinths then battle damage cardved into them to expose the rebar.

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