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1:32 Sikorski MH-53E Sea Dragon - scratch/3D printed

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1 | 1. April 2019, 07:11
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Holger Kranich
Harejasses, watt´n Trümmer! Dafür muß man schon Platz haben. Der Rotordurchmesser hat es in sich, wa?
1. April 2019, 07:21
...kann man ja falten. ;)
I need to see how this monster develops. Great idea!
1. April 2019, 07:25
Ben Schumacher
Rund 75cm Rotordurchmesser... Das Ding wird aber tatsächlich gefaltet!
1. April 2019, 07:52
Oh boy!
1. April 2019, 08:12
The plastic giant! I'm definitely in!
1. April 2019, 09:18
Stefan Schacht
Very nice start, count me in. Cheers Stefan
1. April 2019, 09:26
Konrad Limmer
Take a seat here too!
1. April 2019, 09:35
Bart Goesaert
Pff... looking good... must have been a helluva time to make the surface as smooth as it is... but must admit... striking job on that. Good luck with this "BUFF" (I'm aware it is used for the B-52, thought it would be applicable here too...)
1. April 2019, 10:32
Matthew A
I think we're gonna need a bigger printer
1. April 2019, 12:17
Florian H.
1. April 2019, 16:16
1. April 2019, 16:40
Alec K
2. April 2019, 12:29
this is really impressive!
2. April 2019, 14:23
2. April 2019, 14:25
David Taylor
def following.
2. April 2019, 16:36
Florent Thouret
hmm.... seems to be an Ender :)
Do you have the stl ? Not for printing here, just to see :-p
2. April 2019, 17:00
2. April 2019, 17:20
Andreas Koziol
Impressive! can you say how long it take to print the body?
2. April 2019, 17:40
Ben Schumacher
It's a CR-10S. Of course I have the STLs - would you like to see some screen shots, Florent? Andreas, printing of the entire fuselage took around 100 hours.
3. April 2019, 07:07
Andreas Koziol
wow, that is extreme! thanks for the information and all the best for this project!
3. April 2019, 14:53
Florent Thouret
Yes, it would be cool !!!
3. April 2019, 15:02
Bryn Crandell
Who'd thunk it! I've been debateing getting a 3D printer. This convinced me. Now to convince the CFO.
3. April 2019, 16:06
Alec K
Sincere praise and exaggerated flattery works pretty well... ;) :D
4. April 2019, 13:12
4. April 2019, 13:19
Patrick Hagelstein
I hope you are printing those sponsons hollow! Otherwise you wouldn't need any chains to tie the helo to a deck in a diorama. No way that it is going to be blown off the deck! :D
4. April 2019, 13:29
Ben Schumacher
More pics added - and modified the title.
5. April 2019, 13:21
Florent Thouret
what a work !!!!!!!!!!!
5. April 2019, 13:40
Mike Daniels
Been waiting for someone to print their own models. Well done Ben for leading the way. At around £350.00 for a printer this is now a realistic possibility for many. Is the printing media very expensive ? and do you create your own 3D designs ? Definitely following.
8. April 2019, 10:57
Donald Dickson II
8. April 2019, 11:13
Florent Thouret
@Mike, and the Ender 3, ~150€, does a great job. With some modifications (~150 more €) I have wonderfull (and fast, for such a printer) results...
8. April 2019, 12:15
Ben Schumacher
Mike, the material for an FDM printer is rather cheap - depends a bit on which material you want to use of course. I usually create my 3D files myself or I modify existing files to make them printable.
8. April 2019, 12:22
Mike Daniels
Thanks Ben. Do you have a link at all describing the different materials available ? And what file format do you need? I use the Blender 3D app (brilliant and free!) a fair bit and was wondering if you can export for 3D printing. You probably can - its quite a versatile application. Thanks a lot.
8. April 2019, 16:42
Wim van der Luijt
@Florent: I'm curious which mods you have installed?
8. April 2019, 17:13
Florent Thouret
@Wim: I've installed a bmg clone extruder, new springs, new hotend (from, new fanduct, bl-touch-like (from too), glass from creality (including a second one for free, maybe a mistake from creality !), and X + Y belts tensioner (from aliexpress - metallic ones, not printed). The last one have been received yesterday. The print quality is not so far from a stock one, but it's always the same, and most, I print PLA at 100mm/s with the same quality as I did at 30 or 40mm/s. Wich is a great improvement, for me.
9. April 2019, 03:05
Ben Schumacher
Mike, I'm afraid I don't have such a link. You first have to decide which kind of printer (s) you want - FDM, SLA, DLP? It all depends on what you want to print. I have an Anycubic Photon DLP for smaller detailed parts and a Creality CR-10S FDM printer for large parts. You need STL files for 3D printing; it should be possible to export STL files with Blender. I also have Blender on my computer but I rarely use it as I find its user interface overly complex to be honest.
9. April 2019, 07:36
Ben Schumacher
There are quite a few new in-progress pics for all those who are interested!
19. June 2019, 09:59
Bart Goesaert
looking good...
19. June 2019, 10:44
Alec K
Agreed. Amazing amount of work that goes into your models
19. June 2019, 12:29
Patrick Hagelstein
Ben, I'm not up to par on 3D printing but why didn't you print in all those footsteps, panels and tie downs? Is that something that can not be achieved with the tan plastic the main body is made of?
19. June 2019, 15:32
Alec K
Good question
20. June 2019, 14:45
Bart Goesaert
seems like two different materials and printer types, filament for the larger parts (and a larger resolution, more cleaning up to do), and I suppose a resin one for the smaller parts (very small resolution, less cleanup). this as a time and cost saver.
20. June 2019, 14:52
Patrick Hagelstein
OK, makes sense. :)
20. June 2019, 15:52
Florent Thouret
that's absolutly right...
20. June 2019, 15:57
Alberto Michieletto
OK, I absolutely need a 3D printer! Congrats all are wonderful.
20. June 2019, 16:02
Ben Schumacher
Bart is right, that's one of the reasons - another on is the fact that the basic file is neither very detailed nor in high resolution. A highly detailed high res file would be overkill for my computer setup - it really serves as a base for additional detailing and refinement by hand.
24. June 2019, 06:57
Patrick Hagelstein
OK, thank you very much for the explanation. 3D printing is still something new to me.
24. June 2019, 13:45
Mark Broughton
Ben can I ask what product are you using to get the smooth finish over the 3d printed body?
24. June 2019, 14:48
Bernhard Schrock
Großartige Ideen für die Umsetzung kleiner Details! Bin sehr gespannt wie's weiter geht,,
Übrigens: kannst du mir einen kompletten japanischen Seaking drucken? Spart mir eine ganze Menge Zeit :)
24. June 2019, 17:19
24. June 2019, 17:26
Ben Schumacher
I use simple two-component automotive body filler, followed by automotive spray primer to smoothen the surface. A lot of sanding is involved as well!

Bernhard, ein Seaking ist auf jeden Fall auch auf meiner Liste. Sobald ich die entsprechenden Daten habe, kannst du gerne die entsprechenden Teile bekommen - das wird allerdings nicht in nächster Zukunft der Fall sein...
25. June 2019, 08:53
Christian W
Das wird ein riesen Modell! Verrückt ;) Abgefahrene Idee.
25. June 2019, 09:22
Ben Schumacher
Small update...
13. February, 11:14
Patrick Hagelstein
How are you going to install the cockpit (or any of the inside stuff for that matter)?
13. February, 11:24
whoooohoooo! please change it to "print 2x" :P
13. February, 11:34
Ben Schumacher
Patrick, the fuselage will be split again to install the interior. Tim, you've got my number... I'm sure we can figure something out.
13. February, 11:41
Patrick Hagelstein
Wow! That's quite the operation! :o Knowing how good your builds are, I can only imagine that you thought this over and over to be the best solution.
13. February, 17:18
Mark Medwell
This is one impressive project... and much loved subject...
27. February, 00:45

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