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3D Printed Freespace Models For Sale
So here's the deets...

I've been 3D printing some models of the ships in Freespace for myself but after sharing the results in the Discord I got a few requests to for me to make and sell them for people in the community to buy. Needless to say because of the collaborative nature of Freespace this makes things a little complicated. I did not after all create the original 3d models.

I've had a think about it and this is how I was thinking of doing it:

Cost of the model =
Cost of a filament spool +
Cost of shipping from New Zealand to Your Country +
A donation up to the purchaser.

I'm not okay profiting off these models (given that I didn't create the initial 3d model) so because of that I really only feel comfortable accepting a donation, up to the purchaser based on what they feel is fair. A donation helps me cover replacement parts for my printer and buying new paints/brushes etc and gives me a little for my time as these models do take a while to make.

This is the best way I could think to go about it. I really like model making and painting so I don't care about it being 'worth my time' in a monetary sense. It's a hobby I enjoy.

I'll be streaming my work on models as I paint them (both my own models and ones for y'all). I'll stream on Wednesday afternoon my time and you can find those streams at:
https://www.twitch.tv/stargirlsagan


If you want one, here's what you should know:

These models take a while to make. They usually take 2-4 days to print and a several hours or so to paint so production will be slow.

If you already have the 3D model of the ship you want made that is really helpful to me, .STL files are best, but .POFs are also okay.

Just because a 3D Printer can make pretty much anything doesn't mean it will make anything well. Some models translate better to the real world than others. There's a reason I've only done Terran ships so far. Generally speaking, ships with thin parts, or complex curves or overhangs don't print easily.

Also keep in mind that I live in New Zealand which is (and this is a true New Zealand fact) located on the 4th moon of Jupiter so shipping is not the cheapest. About $15-25USD depending on which country you are in. I will confirm shipping costs for you before starting work on a model though.

So if all of the above sounds okay to you, contact me via email to put in an order at: [email protected]

Here are some examples of my work so far:

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This is great, I'll definitely order an Earth Alliance fleet once Inferno Nostos Act II is released.  :yes:
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I would love to have this, but I slightly worry about shipping costs from NZ to NL

 
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So shipping has actually turned out quite a bit cheaper than expected if you don't mind the basic option. It works out usually around $15 USD, however that's the basic option so no tracking or signature verification. A courier with tracking and signature works out more like $40-50 USD

 

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tbh i want this so bad but my partner will mock me for approx. 1 eternity.

That said... I really could use a GTD Bastion model... I'll just go ahead and save your email now.

 
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So I finished the first request I've received, The LSF Champion from Wings of Dawn. The blue is a little more subdued in person, a little darker and less luminous.
It's a really beautiful ship, loving those classic anime vibes. It pleasantly reminded me of the Space Battleship Yamato.


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Random thought/suggestion: you could eventually get in touch with a local company and tell them what you're up to, so that you can get a reasonable estimate on the shipping costs to, for example, European countries.

I'm no expert when it comes to cargo (I do occasionally manage cargo flights, but not from a logistical standpoint) and IIRC, shipping costs vary a lot depending on the countries involved, package size, perishability, weight and so on. Perhaps you could write down a list of "possible" costs on a per model/shipping basis.  :)
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Hey, just saw this thread.
I tried something similar to this in the past:
https://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=95547.msg1891772#msg1891772

TLDR: Made an STL of the GTD Erebus from blue planet. link available in that thread to download if you want to have a go at it!

 
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So, I finished a new one. This Deimos was comissioned by someone on the forum and goes out this week. I'm really proud of this one, it's a huge improvement over my original Deimos model, so much so that I've actually stripped it and am going to be repainting it.


 

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Looks great.  Something to aspire to  :yes:

 
Re: 3D Printed Freespace Models For Sale
So, I finished a new one. This Deimos was comissioned by someone on the forum and goes out this week. I'm really proud of this one, it's a huge improvement over my original Deimos model, so much so that I've actually stripped it and am going to be repainting it.



Man seeing these is making me want to have another go at 3D printing ships and painting them...
Now just to find the time!  :mad:

Anyways that looks incredible! nice work!

 

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I'd be better if carting my printer 700 miles a week in a sports hatchback wasn't such a pain in the bottom.