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Re: Elite Dangerous

Anthony Hughes » Nov 5 '15
TBH you`re not going to get anything done in styrene without a HUGE initial outlay, and you`d need to sell thousands of units to get an acceptable price point. Resin would be the only viable way to go for such a niche subject.
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Re: Elite Dangerous

Alun » Nov 6 '15
I was thinking the same thing as Ant, hence my comment way back up about doing a 3D print and casting this.  Honestly if the desire is for diecast models then you`re very unlikely to get people to buy plastic or resin kits instead as the two "factions" rarely overlap.


I still say that the resin cast of 3D renders would be the only way to go.  A decent 3D print would run several £00`s but my understanding is that tooling up for a plastic kit would be 10`s of £000`s for the large metal moulds etc.


At least offering something in resin would be better to test out the market and if it turns out there is a massive demand then think beyond, but I would really doubt that there is demand to warrant more.


Sorry to sound a little negative but best to be realistic I think.

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Re: Elite Dangerous

Paul mather » Nov 6 '15
I agree that resin might be the only way to get started on this. 


I would be happy to pay up to and around 50 for a resin kit, maybe a littlemore if the subject was right. 



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Re: Elite Dangerous

Cavan Millward » Nov 7 '15
Thanks for the input fellas. I have some contacts in the injection moulding world but I would be looking as something like 5 or 6k for the moulds for a kit. I was hoping sales would overcome that but as you say the `fans` are more inclined to completed models than kits it seems. Which is a shame as the ships and universe they are from are pretty cool and I for one would love a few kits to crack at.


I think that you may be right about resin as a starter though. If and when I get the license through I`ll push it more.

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Re: Elite Dangerous

James Porter » Nov 30 '15

with regards to Elite: Dangerous,  there are some 3D printed ships already out there that you can get hold of, this site lists some of the few: elite dangerous

 

if you are looking for someone to print these ships up for you i can recomend 3D model printer they are based in Glasgow Scotland and do some amazing work, i got two fo these made by Paul Boyle the owner of the company Eve Online: Dramiel

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Re: Elite Dangerous

Cavan Millward » Dec 22 '15

Thanks for the reply James. Very useful.

 

I have seen those models before but only the Asp and the Sidewinder (in fact now I've looked again the sidewinder is rubbish) are any good as they are game models ripped from the game and sorted in software for printing. The sidewinder I would be interested in printing mind you as at the scale I'm looking at (now 1:200) it would perhaps be viable to do the sidewinder as a one piece cast?

 

The 3D printing company looks good, how much do they charge? I generally use shapeways for ease but the prints on the site you suggested looked much better.

 

I've enquired about casting the parts for a ship in resin in kit form and ball park they are asking around £40 a kit for something around 250mm to 300mm in length, that would mean I would need to consider the kit cost carefully considering I'd also like etched items in there as well for grill meshes and fine details and the like.

 

Despite the voters going for the cobra mk3 (purely for nostalgia sake I have to say) I think that I would prefer to do a Diamondback Explorer as a first release with an Asp second if it goes well. I think with the DBX being less volume of resin it would be a better starting point too even though the ship is more complex detail wise.

 

I am still waiting on FD for the licence, they are busy looking into other things until the new year I've been told.

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Re: Elite Dangerous

James Porter » Dec 23 '15

i would suggest you give the glasgow 3d printing company a try, contact them by email and use the yeggi.com site page, listing it in your email and ask them for a quote.

i purchased one dramiel which is about 10-11cm long and ended up being given a second one for free, all in it cost me about £25-£30 including £5 P & P

 

hope this helps

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Re: Elite Dangerous

Cavan Millward » Dec 24 '15

That doesn't sound too bad. I might have to drop him a line.

 

The Diamondback Explorer I'm wanting to do will end up 225mm long at 1:200 scale I would need to get the parts printed as seperate items though if I went that route, I would be keen to get things like the engine nozzles printed if nothing else, I'm confident I could scratchbuild the rest of the ship tbh.

 

I have managed to pull the models from the game tonight. The Asp is huge in volume compared to the DBX. Heres a comparison picture.

 

Sidewinder v DBX v Asp

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