Gibson Les Paul
This model has the scale of 1:6. You can also find a guitar stand
for this model in my shop. For more photos, go to: More picture
About this model:
This model has undergone a long development. The model is precisely constructed at a scale of 1:6. During the first trial printings, many details like tuners and switches had broken off. As a result, I gradually changed the design so that it is stronger and can be printed without any damage now. If there is anything damaged or broken on your model, please contact Shapeways. The surfaces should also be relatively smooth and should not show any layer lines. The Shapeways customer service team is very helpful and has always helped me with problems to my complete satisfaction.
Add color to your guitar:
I was always very satisfied with the simple print in polished nylon plastic. At the beginning I wasn't thinking about painting my models either. However, after I started painting them, I've grown very fond of the colorful miniature guitars. Painting the guitars with all their details is not easy. I'm working on it and am gaining experience and I'm getting better and better as I go along. Give room to your creativity. The guitars don't always have to look like the classic models.
A few tips from my experience:
I have tried different modeling colours. I am very satisfied with the Revell Enamel colours. I dilute this paint approx. 1:7 with Revell paint thinner and apply the paint at least twice. Thus one receives a beautiful, even surface. The most difficult parts are the frets, strings and the inlays around the body and neck. I can't paint the inlays on the body and neck with a small brush. My hand is not calm enough for that. After some failed attempts, I tried masking it with tape and I am very satisfied with the result. Masking requires some patience, but the result is worth the effort. I draw the strings and frets with a quill. For this, I thin Revell's silver enamel paint so much that it's almost as liquid as ink. Then I use a ruler that I place on the model at an oblique angle. This way I get beautiful straight lines for strings and frets. Admittedly, you need a little patience and experience. If I have drawn a guitar neck very badly, then I paint over the result with the basic color and try it again. To make a model really beautiful and perfect you need some time and effort. I haven't tried painting a guitar in sunburst yet. If you also have tips for painting models, you are welcome to write me.
Have fun with the miniature guitars.