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HMS Thunderchild

by Skimbal Apr 17, 2015
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hi :)
Currently, I plan to start printing a Martian Tripod (Jeff Waynes Musical Version) - and considered also to print your H.M.S. Thunderchild - to create some kind of Diorama.
I want to try printing it on a FDM - but from your description, it seems to be optimized for SLA.
I will try to split the file into different parts to make it easier to print - but do you know the scale of your model?

I should try to build the tripod and the Ship within the same scale...

I've had good luck printing this model at larger scales on FDM Printers. Support Removal is a bit of a task, but can be done.

This model is based on the SMS Beowulf, which was 259 feet long.
HMS Polyphemus, the 1881 Royal Navy Steam Ram that H.G. Wells likely based Thunderchild on, was 240 feet long.

With that, you should be able to work out the scale of the ship when you print it.

I hope it helps, Have fun with your project!

hi, thanks a lot :)
I will see what I can do - also need to figure out, which scale the tripod "could" be - and if I should change the scale for each model then... consider to add some model-kit stuff to it, so I should get a scale that would fit for everything... :)
Could be a longer built to get the whole diorama... :)

I was surprised to find this on Thingiverse! Thank you for your work. I'm considering making a 3D version of an old War of the Worlds board game, and this model might be perfect!

can you change it to stl or svg?

There's a free program called Meshlab that will convert the files for you. Import the OBJ into Meshlab and then export the mesh as whatever file type you'd like.

What temperature setting should I use on my heat ray to melt it's valiant heart, and with it mans last hope of survival?

493.15 degrees kelvin should be a more than sufficient setting to extinguish mankind's last hope. For added effect, set your heat ray to red. Humans find red heat rays particularly terrifying.

Excellent, thank you. Nothing can stop me now!



i made it

looks great!

but it's (quality) not good ^^

Great print! I'm impressed it came out that well on an FDM machine.

haha thanks

but the ship in first picture is also print from fdm? right?

I printed it on a Formlabs SLA (goo and lasers) style printer. I didn't know if it would work at all on a FDM (hot nozzle and fillment) style machine. Looks like it did!

Great work Michael.... that's some impressive Sketchup. Thanks for the shout out! Cheers!

Damn. You really nail the pre-dreadnaught look with this baby.

Wow the detail! Too bad I don't have an SLA printer ;)

It might work on an FDM machine. Try it at a larger size with Meshmixer supports, Printed at the same 45 degree angle