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1/32 MH-53E Sea Dragon - 3D printed / scratchbuilt

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I am working with Inventor 2019. The future is now - it is possible to print your own kits, but it doesn't make sense for most people now and it and probably won't make sense in the future. Even if you have a printer and if you buy ready-to-print CAD files, it still takes a lot of time and effort to get usable parts - it's not like you click 'print' and you have parts ready to be assembled a few hours later. 

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Really nice work.

 

In terms of cost, how does it compare with buying an injection moulded kit? I imagine the materials for 3-D printing are quite expensive.

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There is no general answer to this question - depends on what kind of printer you have and which material you use. There are pretty cheap filaments for FDM printers, there are more expensive ones and there are many different resins for DLP or SLA printers...

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This is most awesome, thank you very much Timmy! My sponsons are based on enlarged Academy drawings, but they are not 100% accurate shape wise compared with photos of the real a/c, so I modified them quite a bit. I will make a new CAD file based on your drawings to see how they look compared with 'my' sponsons. 

 

The biggest challenge will be the interior, especially in mine sweeping configuration... not sure this was the best choice for a 'less complex' project! :D 

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Cheers gentlemen! :) No progress at the moment I'm afraid - my graphics card died earlier this week and I have to finish the new Academy AH-1Z in the not too distant future. Work on the big Dragon will resume once I have a new graphics card!

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Got a new graphics card, so it was time to add more details to the MH-53E sponsons while I'm waiting for a replacement canopy for my Academy Viper. Adding raised details to compound curved parts is very time consuming, but I hope the result will be worth the pain. 

 

mh-53_sponson_6pwj4c.png

 

I'll have to split them into two halves as they are too big for my little Photon. 

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This is looking amazing!  Can you share any tips or point me to where I may find tips on how to add surface details in cad please? Especially around curves like you’ve done on the sponson. I’m trying to design my own model and that finding I need more of an assist than I thought I would...

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It depends on which program you are using! I work with Autodesk Inventor - in this case I can indeed tell you how to do this. If you are using another program, I won't be able to help I'm afraid...

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6 hours ago, Radders said:

This is so cool.... great project. Any chance of seeing it next to something for a size up? 

 

I will take a pic with something beside it later today! 

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