Our first adventure in 3D print modelling has got off to an interesting start.
I mentioned in my first post after the arrival of our body for Lilla that Himself's first impressions were that it felt flimsy - we'll he's just discovered quite how delicate they really are.
The print came with what we assume was a blow hole in the cab roof where there is supposed to be a small hole where the safety valve pops out.
Himself had used Milliput to fill the gap and was working to smooth that out, holding the model with a finger on the front of the cab, when it went clean through the very thin panel between the spectacles.
What you see in the picture above is the repair job he's done with some styrene.
A number of other small and vulnerable bits have also been knocked off during attempts to polish the surface - the supports on the end of the springs and the handrails in the cab for instance.
These can easily be replaced with styrene or brass, so it's no big deal.
While it's very impressive that these small details can be printed it does leave me wondering whether it's wise that they should be?
Due to the nature of the way the print is built up modellers are still going to want to smooth and polish off any obvious ridges - even with the best quality products - however it's clear that they must be handled extremely carefully while doing this.
Perhaps instead of trying to create something that is as near as ready to run standard as you can get it, might be better to treat these prints more like scratch-aid kits, leaving the modeller to add finer details in other materials?
Or maybe it's just Himself being all fingers and thumbs after decades working with white metal and brass?