Jan 312012
 

Most of the 3D solid models I’ve made, I’ve made for clients or employers. Every now and then, though, I’ve made a few on spec or just for giggles. One such is the Convair Super Hustler. It’s nowhere near done, but it at least looks like a Super Hustler. When done, I hope to translate it into  physical form, either as a kit or as a finished display model.

The booster stage will of course be modeled as well. The B-58 Hustler carrier aircraft is available in 1/144, 1/72 and 1/48 scales… but damn, the Super Hustler would be impressive at 1/18 scale!

 Posted by at 3:50 pm
  • Kbob42

    Have you thought about using one of the various 3D printing services as a shortcut in the model making? Or, heck, by a 3D printer!

    • Anonymous

      > Have you thought about using one of the various 3D printing services as a shortcut in the model making?

      Thought about? Hell, son, that’s why I’m making a 3d solid model of the thing. Otherwise I’d go straight from paper to Bondo/balsa/styrene.

      > by a 3D printer!

      The ones that are good enough are too expensive; the ones I could theoretically afford are kinda crappy. In five years…

      Of course, if someone wants to toss twenty grand my way, I could certainly upgrade.

      • Kbob42

        Try $2K. But the MakerStore has a printer that can print it 2 different colours. The model would have to be modular from that printer, though.

        • Anonymous

          > Try $2K. But the MakerStore has a printer that can print it 2 different colours.

          Meh. as i said, the theoretically affordable ones are crap. The good printers, such as the one that spat out a test piece from the space Station V model that I’ve checked over, are vastly more expensive.

          In 5 to 10 years, Makerbot-class printers will be able to produce parts of sufficient quality to be really good for this application, but right now the resolution is too low. The amount of post-processing required is substantial.

  • Kbob42

    I would be happy with a model of the Super Hustler. For a certain price…

  • Tonyt787

    You know that looks to be a natural for a balsa/dope/talcum powder mock-up. I knew a man in the forest of dean who built up a tidy little luft 46 squadron this way.

  • Bruce

    It would be a good boost glider model rocket if it was built properly.

  • Jim R.

    I’d be interested in a display model. But I can’t afford $20,000 for it 🙂

  • ChuckDruesedow

    Way too vague. Are you going to offer this as a kit or what? Or are these just 3D CAD files?

    • Anonymous

      Ummm… “When done, I hope to translate it into physical form, either as a kit or as a finished display model.”