Babylon 5 heavy cruiser 3D printed kit
This is a model from the classic 1990s sci fi series ‘Babylon 5’. It is the Earth Force ‘heavy cruiser’ (sometimes refers to as the Hyperion)
This project was a first for me as it was constructed from a 3D printed kit (bought of eBay) and it was the first time I had attempted work in this medium.
Being predominantly a sci fi modeller 3D printing offers access to a lot of subjects that are just to niche for main stream plastic and resin manufacturers, however (as I discovered) it’s not like working with conventional resin kits or add ons. So, things I learned about 3D kits.
Firstly: the material is difficult to sand/shape. It’s texture is much harder than polyeurathene resins (more akin to epoxy glue) and it takes a lot of effort sand or cut often clogging up your tools.
Secondly: The surfaces are not flat/smooth. This seems to be due the the printing process as the object is built up in layers but given the difficulty in sanding, makes getting a smooth surface a bit of a chore (for several sections I gave up sanding and added thin sheet styrene panels over the surface).
Thirdly: minor point but the kits are not solid (in fact they have quite thin walls). This can have implications if you are attaching sub assemblies or mounting the model.
Overall they require a lot of work but do offer you access to subjects that are otherwise unavailable in any other medium.
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.