Monday, December 26, 2016

Hogwarts in 1/4800(ish) scale


I got a new 3D printer a few weeks ago. This one is a SLA/DLP model, meaning it uses a stereolithographic projector to create three dimensional forms, layer by layer, from a vat of photo-sensitive resin. Each layer is around 20-50 microns thin so the detail and resolution is quite impressive. I know, it ranks fairly high on the geek-o-meter, but the short form of all this dorkiness is that it allows me to create and print out cool stuff at home.

As Christmas was approaching I decided to use the printer to create some bespoke gifts for friends. One of these gifts was a 3D model of Hogwarts that I got from the talented Ben L. over at Thingiverse and modified for my use. 

Here are a couple images of the two parts of my 1/4800 scale Hogwarts right after printing. You can see the build supports along their bases and, well, they're SUPER ORANGE.



Hogwarts Part II with Rebel Shield Generator (don't ask...)
After I cleaned them up and removed the supports, I primed and painted them using some images I found of the original Hogwarts movie model. 



I then based the two models together on the lid of a sweets jar, added some texture gel and finally set in some foam terrain for an autumnal feel. 


There, you go, Hogwarts in all its splendor replicated in 1:4800 scale by a complete Muggle (though I hope I'd be a Ravenclaw if I attended).  :)

Now I need to come up with a wee Hungarian Horntale to fly over it...

38 comments:

  1. You have really taken to the 3D printer, not surprising though when I see such wonderful results like this.

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    1. Thanks Michael! I'm still learning alot about the technology but I am having fun.

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    1. Thanks Francis. It does give a good sense of the scale of the place.

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  3. Great work, big change ahead for our hobby

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    1. Thanks Ken. Our hobby is already well-along with this technology - especially the larger and very young companies.

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  4. That turned out beautifully! I'm kind of blown away by the quality of the printing - it was kind of hard to tell from the SUPER ORANGE thing that came off the printer!

    I love the little foam bits marking out the edge of the forbidden forest. I can almost hear Firenze galloping about in it!

    I have little doubt you would have been in Ravenclaw... I'd have likely been a Hufflepuff...

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    1. Thank you Tim! Yeah, wheneverything works its pretty darn awesome. The fact is this was printed on a fairly coarse setting (100 microns). It can do down to 20! Nuts.

      Hufflepuff is cool!

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  5. Oh yes!! The shape of things to come!!

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  6. Top Geekiness .... good lad.. nice idea and we look forward to future creations.

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    1. It is pretty nerd-tastic to be sure!

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  7. Absolutely mouth-wateringly good stuff Curt. Your paint-job and basing is tip-top!!

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  8. Oh that is cool!
    It'd be a great terrain bit for aeronef or wings of war maybe.

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    1. Haha! Good Call. Yes, I kept one for myself for small-scale gaming like Dystopian Wars or Wings of War.

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  9. Splendid! I'm surprised time and again by what's achievable nowadays.

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    1. Yeah, it's kind of frightening what can be done.

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  10. Smashing stuff mate. Now what about some pike blocks? :-)

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    1. These prints are from a MoonRay. I also have a Prusa filament printer that is quite good, though it's a bit temperamental.

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  12. What an excellent little gift for your friend - I'll bet you had fun with that job :)

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    1. Yes, I had a good time working on this little project. I've always like architectural models. I took a few classes in architectural CAD in uni and loved it.

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  13. Great stuff, painted it doesn't look like a 3D print at all. I have the shieldgenerators here as well, nice model it is, mine are a bit larger I guess. Anyway I have been to the Harry Potter studio's near London now twice (it's part of our school's trip to the UK) and the real Hogwarths model is absolutely stunning!

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    1. Ooh, I'd love to see the studio someday. Maybe next time we're in the UK.

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  14. So, how big/ small is that? Looks great, regardless!

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    1. Thanks Barks. Hmm. The base is 100mm across. The tallest spire in the complex is around 35mm.

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  15. Best present ever :D Thanks a million! Can't wait for the dragon to arrive as well!

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    1. You're very welcome. I'll see if I can sort out the Hungarian Horntale for April. :)

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