Heller Victory 1:100 with resin printed enhancements

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Hi, I started building this model way, way back, after a break of about 40 years since the typical adolescent modelling experience. I then parked it for quite a few years as there were more important things calling on my time, but picked it up again proper earlier this year. This coincided with getting the first of three 3D printers; the first, a filament printer which was fun to learn on but not that useful for finely detailed work, then a 'baby' resin printer, then it's bigger brother. And yes, I've kept all three - you never know when you might need a spare!

Most of this year has been spent learning how to model in Fusion 360 and, latterly, how to sculpt in Meshmixer, as well as learning the in's and out's of resin printing and a few other essentials for making nice model parts. This has been and will no doubt continue to be a very slow process and I expect it to take me years to reach the rigging stage.

The learning project (for F360 and Meshmixer) has been the stern assembly, which I am remaking in it's entirety. The photos that follow are where I have got to so far. There are still a few details to work on further though I'm taking a little break right now as this was exhausting work! This is a try-out version aimed at seeing what areas were still not quite right so it's far from perfect.

The 'kit', more or less. The small black parts are inserts that fit between the window panels: it's a long and not very interesting story, this way worked. In simple terms, everything yellow is a standalone item that gets glued to a black body. This is because I'm not very good at freehand painting!
Kit.JPG

Quarter galleries. These are (currently) printed separately to the main stern body and glued. The have location lugs to make them line up properly. This design approach is typical across the piece, recesses for the window strips and grooves for the balustrades, as this allows for hidden joints, clean paint lines and, most importantly, a bit of tolerance to ensure they fit! For some reason they look very flat in this photo when in fact they are very curved.

side galleries.JPG

The kit assembled. There are a few areas that need a little adjustment.
Assembled.JPG

A rather scruffy looking interior. I did mention my lack of painting skills! Good job this is hidden. I built in the benches under the windows, quarter gallery decks and privvies, as these give added strength and help the parts to keep their shape.
interior view.JPG

Nameplate and windows. The lettering sits in letter-shaped grooves. I'll be glazing the windows, probably using printed parts in translucent resin.
Nameplate.JPG

Figurine and corbel. The figurine is integrated into the middle window, as is the lower scroll. I hadn't yet got to grips with sculpting when I did this and a little job for one evening is to improve on the figurine.
Figurine and Corbel.JPG

Lower decor. The gaps in the corners are not a big deal, just requires me to lengthen the rails by about 0.2mm. I've also decided that I need to reshape the bottom of the lower decor, it's close but not quite right. That wispy bit of decor on the lower counter is seriously thin and needed very careful handling.
Lower Decor.JPG

Corbel. My favourite part, but only because it was so difficult to print that I felt ridiculously pleased when I finally got it right. I broke maybe 10 of them before I got there.
corbel.JPG

Trophy of Arms. I had to exaggerate the detail, especially on the fleur-de-lys, as otherwise it just looked flat. I have actually started painting this but suspect I'm ducking it as I'm dreading doing the flags.
Trophy of Arms.JPG
 
Will you make the STL's available?
I don't know if they have but I would like to see a 1:100 USS Constitution or similar scale Mary Rose.
Hi, I will probably make it available printed up, but that's not likely to happen for at least another 2 or 3 months, until I'm satisfied it's good enough to share. While I'm doing this for the fun of it, it would be nice to recover some of my costs - god knows how much I've spent on resin getting it to this stage, not to mention the many hundreds of hours creating it.

I suspect that sooner rather than later you'll start seeing whole 3D-printed kits of ships, it's a bit of an obvious direction of travel. However I'm sure that, like me, many 'creators' will be thinking that, if they share STL's, they will resurface as printed kits from people or firms that invested nothing in the development, which doesn't feel right.
 
Hi, I started building this model way, way back, after a break of about 40 years since the typical adolescent modelling experience. I then parked it for quite a few years as there were more important things calling on my time, but picked it up again proper earlier this year. This coincided with getting the first of three 3D printers; the first, a filament printer which was fun to learn on but not that useful for finely detailed work, then a 'baby' resin printer, then it's bigger brother. And yes, I've kept all three - you never know when you might need a spare!

Most of this year has been spent learning how to model in Fusion 360 and, latterly, how to sculpt in Meshmixer, as well as learning the in's and out's of resin printing and a few other essentials for making nice model parts. This has been and will no doubt continue to be a very slow process and I expect it to take me years to reach the rigging stage.

The learning project (for F360 and Meshmixer) has been the stern assembly, which I am remaking in it's entirety. The photos that follow are where I have got to so far. There are still a few details to work on further though I'm taking a little break right now as this was exhausting work! This is a try-out version aimed at seeing what areas were still not quite right so it's far from perfect.

The 'kit', more or less. The small black parts are inserts that fit between the window panels: it's a long and not very interesting story, this way worked. In simple terms, everything yellow is a standalone item that gets glued to a black body. This is because I'm not very good at freehand painting!
View attachment 275565

Quarter galleries. These are (currently) printed separately to the main stern body and glued. The have location lugs to make them line up properly. This design approach is typical across the piece, recesses for the window strips and grooves for the balustrades, as this allows for hidden joints, clean paint lines and, most importantly, a bit of tolerance to ensure they fit! For some reason they look very flat in this photo when in fact they are very curved.

View attachment 275574

The kit assembled. There are a few areas that need a little adjustment.
View attachment 275566

A rather scruffy looking interior. I did mention my lack of painting skills! Good job this is hidden. I built in the benches under the windows, quarter gallery decks and privvies, as these give added strength and help the parts to keep their shape.
View attachment 275573

Nameplate and windows. The lettering sits in letter-shaped grooves. I'll be glazing the windows, probably using printed parts in translucent resin.
View attachment 275567

Figurine and corbel. The figurine is integrated into the middle window, as is the lower scroll. I hadn't yet got to grips with sculpting when I did this and a little job for one evening is to improve on the figurine.
View attachment 275568

Lower decor. The gaps in the corners are not a big deal, just requires me to lengthen the rails by about 0.2mm. I've also decided that I need to reshape the bottom of the lower decor, it's close but not quite right. That wispy bit of decor on the lower counter is seriously thin and needed very careful handling.
View attachment 275569

Corbel. My favourite part, but only because it was so difficult to print that I felt ridiculously pleased when I finally got it right. I broke maybe 10 of them before I got there.
View attachment 275570

Trophy of Arms. I had to exaggerate the detail, especially on the fleur-de-lys, as otherwise it just looked flat. I have actually started painting this but suspect I'm ducking it as I'm dreading doing the flags.
View attachment 275572
Hi Kevin,

Welcome aboard, it will be interesting following your build.

Cheers,
Stephen.
 
Hi all, bear with me, it'll go quiet on this one for a little while as I'm just starting the Revell Cutty Sark 1:96 - what a nice, relatively simple kit, despite all the flash. I'll spend a while having fun with it before doing a build log.
You may want to share with is the Cutty Shark Build?we love images!
 
Hi, I started building this model way, way back, after a break of about 40 years since the typical adolescent modelling experience. I then parked it for quite a few years as there were more important things calling on my time, but picked it up again proper earlier this year. This coincided with getting the first of three 3D printers; the first, a filament printer which was fun to learn on but not that useful for finely detailed work, then a 'baby' resin printer, then it's bigger brother. And yes, I've kept all three - you never know when you might need a spare!

Most of this year has been spent learning how to model in Fusion 360 and, latterly, how to sculpt in Meshmixer, as well as learning the in's and out's of resin printing and a few other essentials for making nice model parts. This has been and will no doubt continue to be a very slow process and I expect it to take me years to reach the rigging stage.

The learning project (for F360 and Meshmixer) has been the stern assembly, which I am remaking in it's entirety. The photos that follow are where I have got to so far. There are still a few details to work on further though I'm taking a little break right now as this was exhausting work! This is a try-out version aimed at seeing what areas were still not quite right so it's far from perfect.

The 'kit', more or less. The small black parts are inserts that fit between the window panels: it's a long and not very interesting story, this way worked. In simple terms, everything yellow is a standalone item that gets glued to a black body. This is because I'm not very good at freehand painting!
View attachment 275565

Quarter galleries. These are (currently) printed separately to the main stern body and glued. The have location lugs to make them line up properly. This design approach is typical across the piece, recesses for the window strips and grooves for the balustrades, as this allows for hidden joints, clean paint lines and, most importantly, a bit of tolerance to ensure they fit! For some reason they look very flat in this photo when in fact they are very curved.

View attachment 275574

The kit assembled. There are a few areas that need a little adjustment.
View attachment 275566

A rather scruffy looking interior. I did mention my lack of painting skills! Good job this is hidden. I built in the benches under the windows, quarter gallery decks and privvies, as these give added strength and help the parts to keep their shape.
View attachment 275573

Nameplate and windows. The lettering sits in letter-shaped grooves. I'll be glazing the windows, probably using printed parts in translucent resin.
View attachment 275567

Figurine and corbel. The figurine is integrated into the middle window, as is the lower scroll. I hadn't yet got to grips with sculpting when I did this and a little job for one evening is to improve on the figurine.
View attachment 275568

Lower decor. The gaps in the corners are not a big deal, just requires me to lengthen the rails by about 0.2mm. I've also decided that I need to reshape the bottom of the lower decor, it's close but not quite right. That wispy bit of decor on the lower counter is seriously thin and needed very careful handling.
View attachment 275569

Corbel. My favourite part, but only because it was so difficult to print that I felt ridiculously pleased when I finally got it right. I broke maybe 10 of them before I got there.
View attachment 275570

Trophy of Arms. I had to exaggerate the detail, especially on the fleur-de-lys, as otherwise it just looked flat. I have actually started painting this but suspect I'm ducking it as I'm dreading doing the flags.
View attachment 275572
Hallo @Kevin the Lubber
we wish you all the BEST and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Birthday-Cake
 
I missed those birthday greetings for some reason but thank you, that was a nice thing to do. I haven’t looked at my Victory for months now, while I work away at the Cutty Sark but know I shouldn’t leave it too long lest I forget how I got to where I have on the stern and have to start again! There’s a chap on MSW making an RC of the TEV Wahine in large scale and while I envy him in many ways, it’s convinced me to keep it real at this end!
 
Hi Kevin! Those parts are looking great, put me down for a set please. And Welcome to this site! Regards, Pete in RI
 
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