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3D printed masts?

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  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: West Virginia, USA
3D printed masts?
Posted by mfsob on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 5:57 PM

As age has degraded my scratchbuilding abilities (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) I find myself turning more and more to 3D printed items even though the costs are usually hideous.

In my USS Missouri build I'm close to having to do the masts - since I'm backdating and '80s kit to Korean War-era, both masts will have to be scratchbuilt. Which leaves me with mixed emotions.

Has anyone ever used one of the 3D printed masts from a place like ShapeWays, and had any issues with it bending or warping once you start hanging rigging, flags, etc., from it?

  • Member since
    January 2010
Posted by rob44 on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 7:54 PM

I think the structual stability of the masts really depend a lot on the scale of the model. I 1:144 mast would be much more supportive that a 1:700 mast.


That being said, if I may suggest, try using EZ line for rigging. It is light weight and will take tension easily.


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