Garage Kits

1/6 Lucy X792

Scale: 1/6 Commissioned Sculptor: Deathstalker Entertainment Origin: Fairy Tale

Commissioned Piece. First time ever working on a 3D printed kit; and probabaly well be my last ^^; The design was sculpted through Deathstalker Entertainment and printed by Shapeways. It was the second grade down from the top tier casting to my knowledge. I think this kit overall would have had less issues if it was the max step but again it produces more cost and not guaranteed I could get the pieces smooth even with non resin material...

Overall the cast was nice for it being printed but still had sooo many major flaws in the printing due to it being printed in layers :/ Typically when people print their models, they either fill the hollowed pieces in resin so their is leverage when pinning the figure together with wire, or whats more reasonable is casting the pieces in resin to buff out the issues a lot easier. I didn't have much of an option for having it casted in resin ^^; Given the cost to print such a large dense object is VERY expensive. To my understanding, the sculpt overall the pieces werent hollowed out so it had to go through volunteer services via facebook groups to hollow out a few pieces that COULD be done to make the cost lower, sadly only 2 big pieces were hollowed out :/

So after months of research in prepping this kit overall and knowing what dremel bits to use that would pierce through this fragile yet dense materials I was able to get it working. Bit of trial and error really but also caused delays trying to research while also in the process of moving and my basement flooding T_T I tried 'volunteer assisting' my client in the printing process with the help of another friend of his on which printer to go to and what needed to be separated before printing as well as scale. Sadly a lot of pieces could not be separated cause of the sculptors capabilities or did not have instructions at the time from the printer before sculpting to make their life easier (sorry m8) ;_; But yeah doing this would have made it easier for me to paint and possibly more cost worthy 'sorda'. Someone on facebook was nice enough to give some example hex keys to attach the pieces together a bit better and hollow two pieces. (Thank you btw ;O;) Overall this build I might sound like a Negative Nancy but honestly working on things like this aside from resin GKs is a big pain in the ass, it is no easy task let me tell you or an easier way to put it to explaining my frustrations xD

I'll be adding a small WIP section of my website under the Lucy gallery thumbnail under 2017 if yall wanted to take a gander of some issues I had. But anyway, if you were thinking on getting a figure printed just be known of the following: 1) Make sure it's RESIN printed, doesn't mean it wont have print ridges but at least itll be easier to sand and work with. 2) If a printer doesnt have this option, please believe me, prepping a 3d printed figure is a pain in the ASS! The material is fragile yet super dense like a thai cast...I suggest you research prior in having it casted by someone in resin so either you can sell copies but mainly to make your life easier working on flexible material to buff out the issues. 3) If still convinced to get in the printing side of things, research, research, RESEARCH! Find an experienced sculptor and printing company you want to go with or what they suggest is a good spot to go. It's better to have someone whom is experienced with printing to know what to do in regards to seperating pieces to make things less of a headache to build, hollowing out pieces makes the net weight alot less and less costly. Plus having an experiences sculptor whom is familiar with printing or at least letting them know what company printer your going to go with is aware of any important instructions that are needed to be followed before printing. 4) Printing and commissioning someone to render and process the files is friggen expensive so be aware to put down a deposit for a car so to speak.

Anyway hope you enjoy regardless xD This isn't the best work I could produce given the situations I had with the material and parts seperation but wanted to share my experiences to make peoples lives easier xD The WIP gallery will show what all has been done to the figure.