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Curious Newbie wants to Know: Printing Plastic Model Kits [message #25465] Wed, 30 March 2011 21:57 UTC Go to previous message
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Hi there all!

So, i found this forum totally by accident, and ended up reading up some of the thread around here. Most of all, i got curious about something that i think this might be the right audience to ask to

So, i like to Build scale model Kits. Like these

http://www.google.com.br/images?q=Scale%20Model%20Kits&o e=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:pt-BR:official&client=firefo x-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=pt-b r&tab=wi&biw=1280&bih=897

It's a Fun hobby and a decent time sinker.

here is the thing though, i'm more into Gunpla.

http://www.google.com.br/images?um=1&hl=pt-br&client =firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Apt-BR%3Aofficial&biw=12 80&bih=897&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=Gunpla&aq =f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

Gunpla are Model Kits modeled to Robots of a Japanese Cartoon series over 30 years old, Gundam.

I like these for the unique designs, challenge to build and playful nature, feels good to create something So impratical but at the same time, simply so cool looking.

Now, Most Gunpla models (those on the 1/144 scale mostly) are entirely made of Plastic pieces on several colored Runners, like so

http://www.google.com.br/images?um=1&hl=pt-br&client =firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Apt-BR%3Aofficial&biw=12 80&bih=897&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=Gunpla+Runner s&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

These are made out of Complex designs and printed on 3d Plastic printers.

So, just out of Curiosity, here is my question...

Now, if someone were to Simplify the designs, make it fewer pieces (some of these are made of over 200 pieces), all in white (so you would have to paint it yourself) maybe sacrifice some mobility ... would this be a Feasible investment?

Not just for collectors, but even as a Market, a lot of people would like to work on some inventive designs like these... but, is this practical ? Cost effective?

One of these Kits can run you from as low as US$15 to as high as US$500

Just wanted your own opinions over these, about your expertise and knowledge on the tech behind it

Would it be possible for an Artist or Enthusiast to design and build their own custom models like these in a Feasible cost-sensible manner?

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