Well I have been playing with the 3D program again and have been testing out what it can do ( or should I say what I can do! )
Well after a few hours of fiddling about trying to understand what everything does and how to manipulate the 3D blocks I have put together a few simple spaceships…
I still need to get these printed out to see what they look like once printed but on the screen they don’t look too bad, ok they are a little blocky but for me that’s not too much of a problem.
I kind of like the idea of huge lumps of ship powering through space, and they do look like they would be able to survive a battle.
I started off with a basic slim design and started added small blocks to build up a basic ship and found that I actually liked what I had.
And after a couple more hours of adding small amounts of detail I ended up with what could be a Light Cruiser in Stars & Lasers.
Then once I had the basic shape I started to alter this to make other ships, first off I took away a few sections and made a Frigate, I think that I may add a few extra bits to this basic model and increasing its size a little to make a Destroyer, I could even make it slightly smaller and make a Corvette.
Then I went back to the first basic ship and made it bigger, adding extra details along both sides to make the ship look different and bulkier, this will be a Heavy Cruiser.
Once the Heavy Cruiser was done I wanted to make a big ship, this was going to be a Battleship so I made it a lot wider and again added more details along both sides to really bulk the ship out and what I finished up with looked good as a big solid looking battleship.
The last ship I wanted to try and make was going to be a Carrier, this ship had to be big and have some sort of launch bay for its fighters, what I decided on doing was to start with the basic design again and just add a launch bay onto its side, I quite liked the idea of the launch bay slung onto the side of a big ship so this was fairly easy to do… although I am not 100% happy with the launch bay itself, I am not sure about the shape of the opening, so this may change.
I might try a couple more designs for the launch bay and see which looks best.
So here is a group shot to try and show the sizes of these ships, and just to give you an idea, the biggest ship is 100mm long and 50mm wide approximately.
I will try printing a few of them out on my old 3D printer just so I have an idea of how big they actually come out, this will help see if the sizes are right or need adjusting.
Well I am pleased with these first attempts at producing 3D spaceship models, I can’t wait to see what they actually look like as printed models.
Producing the models was quite difficult, but the more I use the program the more things are getting easier.
I found adding the details on both sides was a real pain, manipulating the blocks in the program is not as easy as I would like, I wish there was a quick simple way of flipping an object vertically or horizontally.
You can spin objects around but it is a bit fiddly and I always seem to spin the object the wrong way to start with!
Any way once I can get these printed and painted up, I will put some pictures up to show what they look like once finished.
I have done some more work on these ships after seeing comments on Facebook, and I came up with a couple more options for the carrier version.
I am waiting for the first 3D prints to be done to see how these ships come out, when they are done I will put up some pictures.