I have been busy searching the Internet for free 28mm 3D printable tanks and vehicles that I can use for my Western Desert armies. I found many, not only for the DAK, Italians and 8th Army but also for every other theater and period of WW2.
The ones you see above here took me about a week in total to print. Agreed, the quality is a bit less than metal, resin or plastic models and you can see printlines, unavoidable with the kind of hobby printer that I have, but I assure you that those are not visible on the wargames table once the model is painted. A bit of balsa wood or plasticard if necessary, some stowage and a commander figure where possible and you will have a hard time identifying these 3D printed models when placed next to my bought models. I do of course make sure that I print these in the exact same dimensions as my bought models and that helps too of course.
I do not have a bought model for the CM truck in the pictures so I cannot compare it scalewise. I have the impression that it is a bit large, what do you think?
The nice thing about 3D printed models is that they cost a fraction of the cost of metal, resin or even plastic models and that I can print them as many times as I like in whatever scale I want. I will print a lot more models in the next few weeks so keep an eye on this blog if you’re into this.
I am currently working on a 20mm Vietnam Project. This is something I wanted to do for a long time already but never had the time for.
I spent the last two days building terrain and building for it. The dark brown hooches in the pictures I designed on the PC, 3D printed them and then put them on a balsa wood platform. The ammo/fuel dump and AA pit are resin models that I simply put on a scenic base and the bunker is also a 3D printed model that I “dug in” on a scenic base. I still need to paint the fuel barrels and ammo boxes of the dump but you get the idea already.
The terrain pieces are plastic aquarium plants on 2.5mm MDF bases that were lasercut with my lasercutter.
I already built a nice collection of helicopter, APC’s and attack aircraft and I will show pictures of those later.