Buzz Bumble wrote:
eagle1 wrote:... maybe even from the point of view of getting some commission work, I'm open to that idea. ...
Unfortunately most professional model-making these days is done on a computer. The arrival of cheap 3D printers for home use means computer-created models will become even more popular, even though there is a physical object at the end..
Yes, you are right regarding 3D modelling & cg-created models.
You would be surprised though, just how many collectors still want a physical model, made from the original kit parts & essentially made 'old school' style!. This is how my Falcon will be made, building a blank hull from plastic/metal, a metal armature & covered in actual/cast accurate kit parts.
A friend of mine in the U.S. is planning on a CNC milled hull, expensive, but can be done, in a medium of your choice.
A 3D-printed Falcon could be done, probably for the same price as a conventional one, but you still have to have access to all the donor kit parts to copy & print off. I have worked with printed parts & find them a pain to work with, in the sense that a lot of clean up needs to done, especially trying to get smooth, removing all the 'layers'. Yes, the parts were ultra hi-rez too!.