The Age of Plastic, Destroyer Add-on #3
A trio of very, very small models of a certain space fantasy bounty hunter's spaceship. A firm fan favourite and unusual spacecraft design.
Please read the following if you're interested in these items.
These accurizing parts are not mass-market commercial products. 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 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, sand, and glue, 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!
These models are designed as add-ons for the 1:2700 destroyer kit sold by Zvezda and Revell. And this is why they're so improbably tiny, at only 8mm in length! Still, they should easily fit in your destroyer's garbage chute.
Because they’re so small I had to make certain compromises to screen accuracy just to make them printable. The most obvious points are that the clear windscreens are solid, and details such as wings and guns had to be increased in thickness or diameter. The latter can be thinned with some careful work using a flat needle file if you want, but remember it’s very very brittle plastic!
Since they’re both tiny and mostly built of curved surfaces, 3D print lines in the models are regrettably visible, even when using Shapeways' highest resolution ("frosted extreme detail"). It will take some very delicate sanding, scraping with the side of a sharp knife, and filling with putty to eliminate those lines, but be extremely careful as it's really easy to damage detail areas.
For that reason, the fact that a tiny print like this is mostly taken up by Shapeways' setup fees, the fact that some people like the wings in landing position and others prefer the in-flight position, and the fact that there's some disagreement about where the small diagonal wing struts go, I've included three versions of the ship. If you break the first one you've two backups!
The original film spacecraft was designed by Nilo Rodis-Jamero and Ralph McQuarrie, and built by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM).