Mehve 2 3D printed model

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brentlymills
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Mehve 2 3D printed model

Post by brentlymills » Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:23 pm

Hi,

This is a modified version of the Mehve from the movie 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind'. It is 1/18th scale fits a Lego Belleville figure, has retracting landing skids, and movable flaps. It was inspired by my daughter, who after seeing the movie really wanted a toy version of the Mehve.

I CADded this up in a couple of days and printed the parts within a week. I began the long process of priming the printed surface and joining the various sections together. This process was made more difficult because I had made an error when splitting the sections to be printed. By printing the wings at a different orientation then the fuselage resulted in 1mm tolerance build up across the fuselage sections at the wing join. This embarrassing error was fixed by some heavy sanding between the 4 fuselage sections. Furthermore I did not calibrate my printing parameters correctly when changing my plastic stock in the midst of printing the 3 wing sections. This calibration error made fitting the wing sections together a challenge and required a good amount of puttying to smooth the section transitions.



Link to the gallery:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskuSy1tv

Printing the wing tips with new plastic stock (pardon the low resolution):
https://flic.kr/p/EvfTJ5

Sanded and primed, fit test for the wing tips and figure:
https://flic.kr/p/Fk3QLw

Painted… Note messy work table.
https://flic.kr/p/J33WkM

Ready to play:
https://flic.kr/p/KnJq9Z

Landed:
https://flic.kr/p/KnJhxB

I am thinking of redesigning it to be easier to assemble with less sanding and puttying...

Let me know what you think.

Thank you for looking!

Brent

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Re: Mehve 2 3D printed model

Post by jsc » Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:36 pm

Wow. That is some grandmaster level modeling and finishing.

What software are you modeling in? Did you have a lot of reference?

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Jules
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Re: Mehve 2 3D printed model

Post by Jules » Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:38 pm

Stunning! (+1 What jin said!) :D

brentlymills
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Re: Mehve 2 3D printed model

Post by brentlymills » Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:13 pm

Thank you very much for the kind words!

This was modeled in CATIA and sliced in Simplify 3D.I used this (http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mehve_Concept.png) drawing as a reference though only for the proportions and basic outline.

All the parts were printed with 0.25mm nozzle at 0.15mm layer height.

Thank you!
Brent

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