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This is a relaunch of the project that failed to fund a few days ago, they're trying reducing the cost and relying on people picking up more kits overall to make the numbers work (1600 rather than 1200 kits). I hope it works
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OK, since the sculpting part of my Tycho AFV is done, I'm continuing the rest of the build here. If you want to see the modeling and printing portion of the Tycho, go here:
I'm building this vehicle as a light tank for use with my NOVA Corp soldiers. First off, if you haven't read the sculpting thread, here's what the Tycho looks like. The 80010 NOVA Corp Sgt standing next to it has just been selected as the tank commander:
I haven't been designing models for 3d Printing for very long, but I have already gotten in the habit of creating my designs to use small pilot holes and small pieces of raw filament to align and pin pieces together:
I basically glue the filament in one side, and trim to fit into the other side. Then test fit, and glue.
The two turret halves went together the same way. Unfortunately for him, my NOVA Sgt had to sacrifice his legs to become a tank commander.
However, it's much easier for him to fit in his tank this way:
Next up was the first round of sanding. As you can see, the print has lots of ridges. The camera really magnifies them, though - they're actually 0.15 mm apart, and they feel a lot smoother than they look. After the first bit of sanding, I did some gap filling, and filled in a couple of holes I decided not to use because they got support material stuck in them. Next up will be a light sanding of the filler (Pro-Create) and then a coat of automotive spray primer, followed by more sanding.
And here's what it looked like when I called it for the evening:
Rocky and Bullwinkle naming aside, this is the truck. I originally started building it as a follow up to the death dumpster, but it fit together neatly enough I decided to see how it looked without orking it up. I still haven't decided if I want to clean it up and gap fill, or add a bunch of plates bolts and teef.
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