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1 hour ago, cylonchaney said:

I was considering peg holes and modular seating so bench seating might be a possibility but probably not. I'm going to move to a single pilot seat so I can fit it closer to the front.

awesome! yeah, was just curious what options there were. since i don’t 3D print i hadn’t even thought about the time to print! but it makes sense to keep it as small as possible.

a single pilot seat sounds like a good move, keep up the good work it’s been so cool to see the stages of the designs for all the stuff you’ve made so far

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On 9/3/2023 at 12:58 PM, cylonchaney said:

Still trying to find my way with the Blackbird. I feel like it's an improvement but still feel I can do better.

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Have you shown what Blackbird you’re trying to model this after? I understand that you’re endgame is to make a Chibi kind of thing, but what’s the basic reference you are using?

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10 hours ago, blogzilly said:


Have you shown what Blackbird you’re trying to model this after? I understand that you’re endgame is to make a Chibi kind of thing, but what’s the basic reference you are using?

I'm not married to a specific design. Played with a couple of different wing styles and some other things. I do kind of like the backwards swept wing style.

I've had this challenge with the Viper and Thunderfighter as well where they are long thin ships and at first I make them too fat and stubby. The Blackbird, in any incarnation, is especially long and thin. On top of all that, I'm trying to make it hold two rows of mates, so it's really wide. If I dropped that feature, I could make it way narrower which would help a lot. But the fun of a Minimates Blackbird to me is the idea of transporting a team.

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1997-men-blackbird-jet-original-box-504233662 - This toy is what inspired me to take a stab though mine will be much larger relative to the figures. I can always head back towards a more direct copy of that design if none of my ideas work out.

I've been looking at this style which I think might be attractively deformed. https://www.ultimatepapermache.com/x-men-blackbird But it hasn't influenced the current iteration.

Just poking around, I usually end up with something I like. I was absolutely dismayed at my first Thunderfighter. A couple of iterations later, it's my favourite of my designs.

I might put the Blackbird aside for a while and move on to the Marauder that was supposed to be next.

If you have some thoughts, I'm open to criticism and suggestions. Bear in mind that I'm also working with a somewhat primitive tool set. :)

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It reminded me of the animated toy, which mainly prompted the question. I understand the squat look you want to get. The team transport idea I think is great (I liked the idea of 3 Cylons in the Raider, for example). I don’t have criticisms, it’s your project, your design, and it could be done a lot of different ways. I appreciate hearing a bit of your thought process, it makes the watching of the evolution of it that much more interesting. 

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I updated my Cylon Raiders on Thingiverse, adding a new part. The file is called front-insert.stl and can be printed in black and glued into the front where it looks like jet engine intake or something. Gives the Raider a bit more detail and contrast.

3 pilot Raider

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5766423

Single Pilot Version

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5767185

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On 11/20/2023 at 9:35 PM, elhonez said:

Looking good, says this guy

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LOL If I thought I could make a good Hawk custom, I'd consider making his ship as well.

The Marauder canopy is going to be a real pain in the butt.

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In each photo we have, a reference model Marauder at reasonably correct scale, my version of the Marauder, my Buck Rogers Starfighter. I might add a couple more details here and there but this one is just about ready for some test printing. Again, I've taken some of my inspiration from the Mego toy.

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First prototype. I don't have any brown PLA. One of my printers can print in two colours or mix them. This is a blend of black and red but they don't blend together as much as you'd like.

I need to redo the underside detail and make the ship a bit shorter. Looks like a good match in the photo but in person the Marauder is looks just a little to big to go with the Starfighter.

In any case, I'm pretty happy with how it's going and don't think it will take too many more iterations before I'm done. Still not happy with the canopy but I think I've captured the general look of the ship fairly well.

I need to get some brown plastic.

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