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Model Kits and 3d Printers
#1
I have been building model kits on and off for years, and I was curious if anyone else has taken up the hobby. I built my first kit back in the 80s (a F4 Phantom) and one of KITT. In the 90s I started building vinyl kits of Marvel characters, Star Wars, Aliens, etc. Dropped the hobby for many years, but I started up again a handful of years ago with the superb Bandai kits of Star Wars. I have even amassed a small army of Gundam, though I’ve never really watched the anime much. I’d post pictures, but I think the last image I posted was an oldmanbruce.jpg a decade ago...

I’m now realizing that there are so many other cool kits out there for 3d printers, and I’m desperately trying to justify buying a printer. So many other cool properties to build, including an ED-209 and a fell beast! I have been eyeing up an Ender 3v2, but didn’t know if any of you have recommendations!
"How are these songs on the same playlist? One makes me want to go snuggle and the other makes me want to go to a club and fuck a stranger."  -Darling wife
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#2
I used to do classic-car and Classic Trek model kits as a kid, but I had to get rid of them during a move back when I was starting college. Haven't touched the hobby in ages, but recently I snagged an unopened copy of the very same Ertl TOS Enterprise kit that I got half-built and partly-mangled from a family friend years ago, when I first got into the hobby. Need to set aside some time, pick up some glue & paints, and give that a re-visit... Smile

Haven't done anything with 3D printing for modelling purposes, but Shapeways is damned convenient when I'm trying to fix something that needs some obscure bespoke part that hasn't been manufactured in thirty years and was only ever available in eastern Europe or whatever.
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#3
Sadly, I haven’t come across many redone Trek models. I was 7 when I saw Wrath of Kahn in the theater, so anything in that era of design warms my geeky heart.

There’s a guy in Thailand that I’ve bought a few recast vinyl kits from over eBay, and I was thinking about purchasing an ED-209 from him. Here’s the new deal that a 3D printer can do...
https://www.gambody.com/3d-models/ed-209-robocop-1987

https://www.gambody.com/3d-models/sentinel-matrix

https://www.gambody.com/3d-models/fell-beast-lotr

The level of detail compared to those Ertl and vinyl kits is just ridiculous.
"How are these songs on the same playlist? One makes me want to go snuggle and the other makes me want to go to a club and fuck a stranger."  -Darling wife
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#4
Yeah, I have no idea if they have done or will do reissues - I got lucky and found it for $25 at a swap meet with the shrink-wrap still on. I'd pay that much just for the personal nostalgia Big Grin
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