How to build a 3D printed model (Ersatz Yorck as example)

3D printing technology can bring you unbeatable details compare to conventional plastic and resin models. However as a new tech, unfamiliar features appeared with 3D printed parts. Therefore you are highly recommended to read these advices before start actual building.

 

3D printed parts are often in transparent green, for ModellbauRay has chosen the best material that is suitable for this job after countless tests. For each complex product, you will see a photo similar to this one, which lists all the items in the kit. (Anything that is not listed here is not in the kit) ↓

 

How to remove the supports

Each 3D printed part contains parts and supports. Here is an example of the main tower of Ersatz Yorck. The part is shown here in blue color, grey colored parts are supports.

 

The actual produt looks like this.↓

 

Use a sharp amateur knife or a side knife to gently remove the supports. 

 

Please be aware:

3D-printed parts are fragile and brittle, like glass. Please be extra patient when removing the supports, sharp edges may appear after breaking any parts. Parts may fly away like bullet during cutting, please wear sufficient protection protective gear. 3D printed parts can be further hardened by placing under the sun, it will be harder yet more brittle. 

 

Thin supports can be cut directly from the bottom↓

For bigger supports, they have to be cut from the middle then remove them by sanding. A damage might happen to the part surface, if you do not follow these 3 steps shown below↓

Many ModellbauRay's products have a special design to the support that might cause damage, however there is no guarantee. As shown below, the bigger supports are weakened to make it easier for the user to grind

 

After successfully removing the supports, the main tower shall look like this

 

By following the rule of cutting mentioned above, there will be 0 chance of damage↓

No worries, there are alway extra parts serve as spare parts, when they are fragile.  

 

3D-printed and resin parts can be easily glued by using superglue. Applying the color first, can make the parts be glued easier. UV glue is also a good choice to fill up the gaps.

 

You can always use the instruction or the photos provided by Modellbau Ray as a reference. 

 

Here is an exaple of how Ersatz Yorck should looks like when it is finished.

Many ships shown here, such as Ersatz Yorck, has never been built in reality. Therefore you may definitely create your own version with the parts provided.

 

This kit contains copper tubes, which can be used for making the mast, here is a design for Ersatz Yorck↓

 

Metal parts can be glued by using superglue or UV glue.

 

About warping and bending

The casted resin parts (white) will sometimes bend or warped, which is almost inevitable, no company can do better. No worries, I will not send you any parts that are severely bent (more than 3 degree), what you will get is just like the photos shown by the producer. Therefore, bending cannot be a reason for return or refund.

 

If warping occurs, please do not bend it directly, instead put the parts in 70-80 degrees Celsius water to heat the parts.The resin can be bent slowly after heating, but this is very limited, and it will bend more if it is not properly cooled. If you want to correct the slight warpage, please check more about this water technique. There are many videos explaining this method. The risk is yours....

 

 

If new parts were added and you have bought this kit before, you can ask for these new parts, and get them for free together with your next purchase.

 

ModellbauRay's kit contains small parts, must be kept away from children, not ideal for kids under 14. Do not eat or taste any parts, for this can be dangerous. please wash your hand thoroughly after touching any parts.

 

 

Please leave comments for your concern, I will respond as soon as possible.

 Thank you for reading, enjoy your hobby time.

 

 

3 comments

  • Your 1/700 kits look spectacular. Would you ever consider producing a 1/700 SMS Seydlitz.

    Rick Milas
  • I am looking for 3d printed sailors in .15mm scale. Do you print those? I need them for sail ships:

    Nikolay
  • Dear
    I find your model of Drottning Victoria and orderd this. Look forward to have it. I also put a link on a Swedish modelspage on Facebook and hope that you got more odres. If you will do some meor from Sweden. pleas look at some of the destroiers from WW 2.
    Regards
    Göran

    Göran Freiholtz

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