Light tanks need love too! 3D printing gets us closer!

M5A1 Stuart

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3D Printing is the coming wave. In many regards the future is NOW! I recently met with the owner of Battleground Toys, a cottage industry make of primarily 1/18 scale 3d printed vehicles and accesories and he showed an interest in getting several 1/16 scale products in our hands. You can find his work on Shapeways.com including artilllery softskins, and some tanks! His first effort is an M5A1 that really is amazing in detail and nuance. He has enlisted DAK to help work out suspension issues and you may soon see the "lights" hit the field!

Pat O'Day came to Phoenix with a box of goodies to show off and the nebelwerfer was amazing.
Pat O'Day came to Phoenix with a box of goodies to show off and the nebelwerfer was amazing.
Hard to turn down, beer and tanks!  First thing to see was an accurate 37mm gun for 1/6 scale Stuarts!
Hard to turn down, beer and tanks! First thing to see was an accurate 37mm gun for 1/6 scale Stuarts!
Impressive Goliath!
Impressive Goliath!
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His most popular vehicle, vintage bicycle, has sold over 100 copies!
His most popular vehicle, vintage bicycle, has sold over 100 copies!
We start with our subject, the turret has separate hatches, vision blocks and brush guards and lift rings etc are all fantastic.
We start with our subject, the turret has separate hatches, vision blocks and brush guards and lift rings etc are all fantastic.
The hatches and vision blocks are very detailed and can turn in place after the printing process!
The hatches and vision blocks are very detailed and can turn in place after the printing process!
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Upper and lower hull come cast together initially but Pat is working on a two piece setup for easier RC potential.
Upper and lower hull come cast together initially but Pat is working on a two piece setup for easier RC potential.
With turret in place you can see how good a project this can be. Don't worry folks, he teased and M8 Howitzer as well!
With turret in place you can see how good a project this can be. Don't worry folks, he teased and M8 Howitzer as well!
My first order has arrived and we start with the turret. We will see if an old traverse ring can help out.
My first order has arrived and we start with the turret. We will see if an old traverse ring can help out.
Engine deck all cast in place and really nice!
Engine deck all cast in place and really nice!
Original print has static parts as it was a static model but DAK has been delisted to help with the suspension, STAY TUNED!
Original print has static parts as it was a static model but DAK has been delisted to help with the suspension, STAY TUNED!