Sunday, 6 November 2011

Early War Shapeways

Its been a long time since I've posted here. Since September most of my painting has centred around some lovely 1/144 3d printed models from Shapeways. the latest batch was finished today, and I've posted some photos for your enjoyment.

I've become a big fan of these Shapeways. the detail is fine and having them come in one piece means no fiddling around with spars and wings and things. Some of them are quite fragile, the Farman F.40 in particular. This one was broken during the printing process - Shapeways printed a replacement and also included the damaged one for free. Some reconstructive surgery was needed to the tail booms and the model has a slight skew as a result, but its fine for wargaming.


  1. Your planes look good. I've heard some comments about the material being porous and sucking up paint. Did you have any issues with priming/painting the planes?

    I've been thinking about getting some 1/6000 ships from Shapeways, but I've been a little worried about the roughness of the material.

  2. @Dave - it is quite porous. I give them a coupel of coats of bog standard white enamel and that seems to do the trick.

  3. They do look rather good.

    Shame all my stuff is in 1/72nd scale :O)

  4. Goggles on- chocks away!
    Great job Sir!