3D Printed model parts
posted by Hitek on April 24, 2013

I have been working off and on for the last few years on an AMT/ERTL Millennium Falcon model, and I'm kind of a stickler for accuracy. Because of this, I have purchased a few detail kits from starshipmodeler.com, namely, the side walls kit, the grille kit and the MadMan Fast Tramp lighting kit. The one thing I can never seem to find is the Cockpit detail kit, and that bugs me, because the one from the kit is straight-up crap:

The Millennium Falcon Cockpit Backwall is crap

I started scratchbuilding, and did a pretty decent job on the console and seats, but I could never get the back wall and the hatch part looking right. I had recently designed a prototype microcomputer case for work and had it 3D printed at shapeways.com and thought "I wonder how this would work for tiny model parts?" I did some research, and after a night of 3D modeling, I had my backwall parts designed, and priced it out on shapeways for their ultra detail frosted material. It was pretty cheap, compared to most detail kits, so I ordered one, and it turned out much better than I had expected.

After a quick wash to remove any left over support wax and oil, it takes paint very well, and glues nicely with cyanoacrylate. Here are a few pics:

New Millennium Falcon Cockpit Backwall with proper hatch

The kit is a model all by itself!

New Millennium Falcon Cockpit Backwall detail closeup


New Millennium Falcon Cockpit Backwall kit assembled


You can check it out over at Shapeways.com

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