Kaja's Models and Machinations

Kaja's Models and Machinations, since June 2013. I originally thought that I could make model engine parts with 3d printing, substituting rough sand castings for precisely-fabricated blanks which required very little machining. Sadly, the cost of doing so is prohibitive, so I'm making toys instead. Perhaps, one day, I'll start making functional steam-powered devices with a majority of 3d-printed parts, and truly live up to the screen name that I chose.

Bow Hanger


1/100 KV-5


1/100 KV-3


Most of the products I offer are miniatures, though there are a few other odds and ends.  There are a few products floating around my shop that have yet to find their way into any section, but I probably have more models that simply aren't for sale - yet.  Some of those are just waiting to be tested, while others are show-off pieces.  If you enjoy history, science fiction, wargaming, or even cosplay, stick around!  I might have something that interests you.  More information can be found in the Shapeways thread on my blog.

SECTION 1 - Historical Tanks 1/100 - This section has mostly Soviet heavy tanks from World War II, but also some early Cold War designs as well.  My primary goal is to eventually complete the entire KV and IS tank families.  I am starting to add some rare German vehicles as well, some of which do not qualify as tanks, but they have tracks and guns and were used in the war.

SECTION 2 - Historical Tanks 1/285 - This is not a duplicate of the previous section in a smaller scale; while there is a huge overlap, there are some tanks in this section that do not appear in the previous one, such as the experimental U.S. heavy tanks of World War II.  Likewise, while I have made an effort to make scaled-down versions of all the tanks from the previous section, I don't always get to it right away.  Most of the these models are available as single tanks, a pair with the turrets on a sprue, or five with the turrets on a sprue.  I did this to reduce the cost of building a tank division.

SECTION 3 - Fictional Tanks - When I started out, I had some fictional designs that closely resembled experimental Soviet designs, and all of them were in the same section.  As the numbers of these increased and the designs became more varied, I saw fit to split this section of my shop.  The most unusual item in this section is the ShU-255 Chuyinka Assault Gun: one day, I thought to myself "what would happen if I crossed a KV-2 with a dalek casing?" The ShU-255 was the result, and I made it a chuyinka weapon, which brings me to...

SECTION 4 - Chuyinka Empire - Models of war machines used and/or built by the chuyinka, a race of hyperintelligent, genetically-engineered, shapeshifting avian creatures from the planet Varanganska (all my own creation). These war machines (as of this writing) include the steampunk airships that they used to regain superiority over the mammalian races after they returned from the brink of extinction, as well as the ultra-powerful space weapons that they employed to bring entire galaxies to heel in later millennia. If I ever find the time to get Lightwave up and running on my computer, I'll even upload little figurines of the chuyinka themselves.

SECTION 5 - Decorative Items - This section includes jewellry, most of which is based on the alto clef design.  If some of the items in this section look familiar, that is because I have supplied them for an Etsy shop called "The Alto Clef."  I have some of my own pin designs in here, as well as some geometric earrings, and other decorative items such as stands, eggs, and some bits and bobs that I didn't know what else to do with.  Poke around, even if you don't find what you're looking for, maybe these items will give you some ideas.

SECTION 6 - Sailing Ships -  You might notice that some of my ships are labelled as "1/700," but when you look at "what's in the box," it says "1/1000."  This is because many of my earlier models were larger than they should have been, so I simply changed the scale.  As more and more ships become available in multiple scale options, this problem may begin to disappear.  This section is here only because I had gotten requests for a wide variety of sailing ships after uploading my first trireme model, and just went crazy experimenting with different designs and rendering techniques.  Some of these models are small, very simple game pieces, and others are much larger, more detailled miniatures.  In short, model shipbuilding has been my most valuable learning experience here on Shapeways. 

SECTION 7 - Avalon Hill Triremes - Shortly after getting a request to make game pieces for Avalon Hill's Trireme board game, I saw fit to add this section, lest all these game pieces clutter up the previous section, where I originally intended to put them.  Furthermore, a tremendous number of these ships don't even have sails, so they don't really fit anyway.  Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Avalon Hill in any way.

SECTION 8 - Steamships - As the number of steamships in my shop has grown, I saw fit to add this section to make them easier to find.  Some of these are historical ships, but most are my own creations.  There is some overlap of this section with sailing ships, given that sailing steamers were quite common during the 19th century.  

SECTION 9 - Steampunk Airships - As I get time (and inspiration), this section will fill up with all kinds of crazy designs. Right now, there isn't much here, but the introduction of black high-definition acrylate should open up a world of possibilities that simply didn't exist before in 1/1000 scale. This section, more than anything else, needs input from other designers (preferably fellow steampunks who don't have a Frankenstein's Monster of a computer to run CAD software, as I do).

SECTION 10 - Model Parts - this section is made up mainly of separate tank turrets and hulls so that buyers can mix and match, but also contains other odds and ends.



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