The Age of Plastic, Destroyer Add-on #2
So you have your shiny new Zvezda or Revell 1:2700 spaceship, and you want to fill its launch bays with a squadron of evil fighter craft? Search no further! Here's a flotilla of teeny 3D-printed spaceships for your modelling enjoyment.
At a scale of 1:2700, these small craft work out to roughly 4mm in height, depending on how big you think these things should be. And that's pretty darn small. So I've had to make a lot of compromises, especially with the wings and arms, since it's not possible to print the whole thing at a scale thinness. 3D printers aren't that good yet!
Even so, these are really fragile little parts and easily broken, especially where the arms joins the wings!
I've included 30 tiny ships to account for possible breakage. And Shapeways' setup fees mean there's a minor difference in price between 2 and 30. The ships are attached to a series of sprues for printability. I recommend using a fine toothed razor saw, since sprue cutters or knives can split the acrylic. Once gently cut from the sprue, file down the sprue ends on the ship wings with a flat super fine needle file. When you do cut, hold the wings and not the body, or else the arms will snap. Whatever you do, don't hold the model by both wings, as this is a surefire recipe for breakage!
If you're installing these ships into a hangar, which I imagine you probably are, you can simply cut a horizontal sprue of ships from the cage, and then fasten the sprue itself down to the hangar interior. The ship models are all designed to be hanging from the upper edges, which is apparently how the hangars have been depicted a number of times. (though not in TFA, which features an angled rack clamped to the bottom edge of the wings)
Be sure to drop me a line when your model is finished — I'd love to see what you've done!
Please read the following if you're interested in this thing.
These accurizing parts are not a mass-market commercial product. I made them for my own use, and have put them here in case they're of interest to someone else. Possibly you, since you’re reading this.
These items are components for the serious model maker who wants to build a more accurate miniature. They require finishing. If you don't want to trim, file, and sand, then these aren't the parts you're looking for!
The parts are tiny, and easily broken. They push the limits of today's 3D printers. The detail in the digital previews is all there, but it won't always be visible at the miniscule sizes that this scale requires!