Materials: Almost all the models in my shop are supposed to be printed in (Tan) Fine Detail Plastic, but because they are usually meant to be game pieces, i also have an eye on stability. This means they often also meet the requirements for Versatile Plastic too and because many ask for this material, i also make the models available in this material. But when printed in Versatile Plastic they lose a lot of details, especially when you order any kind of processed/polished versions which will erase even more details from the surface.
If the price for Detail Plastic is exceeding about $20/ship, i set the default to the next best material in my opinion. This is usually Grey PA12. For really large models, where PA12 also becomes too expensive, i set the default to White Natural Versatile Plastic. At those sizes, the processed (polished) variant might be a good idea, but this material creates awful bright renders. I can not recommend Premium Versatile. It's the very same material as Processed Versatile, but polished longer. This means the polishing process does erase even more details for double the price. Ordering it in Premium Versatile Plastic is the worst thing you can do to a small, higly detailed model. You have been warned.
Dimensions: The shown dimension for each item are generated by the system automatically and are NOT the size of individual ships, if there is more than one in a file. Those dimensions are always the size of the smallest single "box" that can be drawn around all parts in the file, including the space between the parts. Because of the way i orient my models, most of the time one of those is the length, but this is not necessarily the largest number if the combined width of all the ships (including about 1mm between them) is greater, or if the ship is wider than long anyway. When in doubt, better ask me before your purchase.
Custom Requests: I can resize any of my ships to almost any size/scale you need. Just tell me what ship you want and the length/scale it should be. For some of my ships I don't have an original length, so if you want a specific scale you also have to tell me how long you think the original ship is in “reality”. Also be sure to tell me if your ships should have the Attack Wing socket or not and how many ships you want of it. If there is a way to make it cheaper by combining, i will let you know.
Asking for prices: Understandably many want to know how much is a version of a model in another size in advance. My answer is i can't tell before i made it and uploaded it. The current price structure is unknown to us designers. There are many factors that define the price of a 3D printed item. One of the most obviously is the volume of an object. Not only the volume of the material that is used to build the item but also the space it occupies in the printer, support material volume etc. Now, many people are surprised how fast prices can go up when enlarging a model only slightly. For that keep in mind that if you double the size of an object the volume increases times eight (2x2x2=8)
Combining for cheaper printing: Fine Detail Plastic has a minimum price per file, set by Shapeways. With small ships, that are theoretically cheaper than this, the minimum price can be circumvented by adding two or more ships to the file, until the file costs more than the minimum. The groups of 2, or 3 ships, are always optimized for the set default material. If you plan to order in a different material or need another amount, let me know what you plan to order before you put it into your shopping cart. If there is an option to make it cheaper for you, i'm happy to help.
Sprues: I stopped doing sprues. Spruing theoretically can make some ships even cheaper and is besides hollowing the only way to make Versatile Plastic parts cheaper, but only when they are small. The Problem is, the requirements for those sprues can often lead to rejections and printing errors, because the ships that would benefit the most from it are too small to connect it properly to the sprue. They also mean a lot of extra work for me and do not always save money. I had cases where the sprue made an item more expensive because of the added bounding box volumes. Long story short, in my experience they caused more trouble than they are worth, and so i don't do them for the most part. There are exceptions tough when it really makes sense, or the part would otherwise too small to print alone (minimum size), but don't expect me to do them for everything.
Attack Wing: I also can add a socket for the “Star Trek: Attack Wing” tabletop game to any of my models or provide a version without it if you need it. Just PM me about this. The small Attack Wing socket is a D-shaped hole with a diameter of about 2mm and does fit to any of the commercially available bases and pegs for Star Trek: Attack Wing, Star Wars: X-Wing and Dungeons&Dragons: Attack Wing. To provide a tight fit, my socket is purposely designed with little to no clearance. TIP: Always clean out the hole from remaining wax (Detail Plastic) or powder (Versatile Plastic) as good as you can. If it still does not fit onto the pin of the peg without having to use too much force, use a sharp blade to “scrape” the pin a bit thinner. Hold the blade as you would cut off the pin at its base and then move it sideways to peel off a small layer of plastic from the pin. Repeat this in a circle around the pin until it fits perfectly.
Contacting me: When you send me a message for a custom request or for combining items, please try to provide me with all the information required. This at least includes the type of ship (eventually also the variant), the amount, the material you want it to be printed in and if it should have a mounting hole or not. Also, please consider choosing an avatar. I get a lot of messages and i'm really not good at remembering names. When you all look like yellow smileys, i sometimes confuse things. I try to reply to each message as soon as i can, but i have a real live, a job and a family too. So, sometimes it may take up to 48h. Please be patient with an old man :-). The most important thing, don't open new conversations for each topic. If possible, always answer to an existing conversation. Like with the avatars, this will make it so much easier for me to instantly recognize who you are and what was spoken before. Having to search through multiple treads to get all the info is time-consuming and it happened that i missed something this way. ...Have i told you that i'm getting old? ;-)
Last but not least, have fun with the ships. I also always appreciate if you send me pictures of the printed and maybe even the painted ships. Also let me and others know what you found good abut your print and what not in the forum.
Make it so.