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$463
pledged of $1,500pledged of $1,500 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 1 2016 5:00 AM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Larger than life sci-fi vehicles have always been something I loved, looking around online there are many WWII historical model kits. Put the two together, Dieselpunk Tanks are only natural. Before 3D Printing, I had to settle for the virtual, with games like Mechwarrior, Homeworld, and Heavy Gear. Now, with 3D Printing services available on demand, I can finally bridge the gap between virtual and real.

Typical model. After assembly and painting. Models require assembly and painting by customer.
Typical model. After assembly and painting. Models require assembly and painting by customer.

As I worked on the first iteration other ideas came up, and scope expanded to include multiple factions: Soviet Union, Germany, France, British, and US. Other sources of inspiration came from Films like Pacific Rim, and games like Homeworld, Deserts of Kharak, and World of Tanks.

Turrets, legs, and chassis, will be interchangeable. Each part is produced on order, customer only pays for the pieces he/she wants to build the exact model he/she wants. This opens up a huge field for anyone to create their own design by mixing and matching parts. No more need to buy multiple models kits just to have the parts to build what you want! Parts are 3D printed in polyamide plastic, a durable material that is tough and flexible, and economical. Pieces will require some assembly and painting.

A full kit, as received by customer. 1 Tank Chassis; 2 to 4 Tank Legs; 1 Turret.
A full kit, as received by customer. 1 Tank Chassis; 2 to 4 Tank Legs; 1 Turret.

 

Typical kit, after assembly, prior to painting. Models require assembly and painting by customer.
Typical kit, after assembly, prior to painting. Models require assembly and painting by customer.

 

Variety of interchangeable parts. After assembly and painting. Models require assembly and painting by customer.
Variety of interchangeable parts. After assembly and painting. Models require assembly and painting by customer.

 

Interchangeable Turrets. Models require assembly and painting by customer.
Interchangeable Turrets. Models require assembly and painting by customer.

Once assembled, the model is approximately 5"x5" footprint, height can vary between 3" to 5" depending on combination of parts. Perfect for desktop toy or as part of one's collection. Leg joints are articulated and turrets turn freely allowing for variety of poses. For a sense of scale take a look here https://skfb.ly/QJWs, the small figure is 1.75cm or 0.68" tall. That puts the overall scale at around 1/100.

Update:
All major part sets complete. In order: Soviet, German, French, American, British.

 Bonus Faction Japan, NiGo-Mk1.  All as single kit: two torpedoes (red). extensible periscope, and removable up-armor kit for legs. Backer pledge level 50$+ Silhouettes show size comparison vs German VK Tank.


Pledge Rewards. Top to Bot: "Tzar" Chassis @65+; American Engineering Turret, German Artillery, British AA turrets @ 25+; and French Sensors upgrade @ 5+

 

Risks and challenges

So far 3 out of 5 tanks have been designed.
Soviet: https://skfb.ly/QJWs
German: https://skfb.ly/SUHJ
French: https://skfb.ly/UGpO

2 of the 5 have been successfully test printed.

Articulation and joint systems have been tested in multiple prints. All that remains to do is test printing German design, finish designing and test print US and British lines.

All 3d printing are by Shapeways. They have proven to be consistent and reliable for a very long time.

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    Scout

    Limited Edition Upgraded Sensors package for French Tank. 3D printed in polyamide plastic, shipped direct to backer from Shapeways. Not assembled or painted

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    Artillery

    Limited Edition German Artillery Turret compatible with all Tank Bodies. 3D printed in polyamide plastic, shipped direct to backer from Shapeways. Not assembled or painted

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    Engineer

    Limited Edition American Engineering Turret compatible with all Tank Bodies. 3D printed in polyamide plastic, shipped direct to backer from Shapeways. Not assembled or painted

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    Defender

    Limited Edition British Anti-Air Turret compatible with all Tank Bodies. 3D printed in polyamide plastic, shipped direct to backer from Shapeways. Not assembled or painted

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    Japan NiGo-Mk1

    Bonus faction Japan! NiGo Mk1. Amphibious bottom crawler designed for defense of the island nation. Sits in the shallows waiting to ambush approaching invasion forces. All printed as single kit: two torpedoes (red). extensible periscope, and removable up-armor kit for legs.

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    Soviet Steel

    Limited Edition Large Soviet chassis. 3D printed in polyamide plastic, shipped direct to backer from Shapeways. Not assembled or painted

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    French AMX-W

    1 x French Chassis, 2 x Legs, 1 x Turret. Parts not assembled or painted

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    • French Leg Mk5
    • French Turret Mk5
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    Soviet IS-W

    All parts necessary to assemble the Soviet Tank as seen in the photo gallery. Parts not assembled or painted

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    • Soviet Leg Mk1
    • Soviet Leg Mk2
    • Soviet Turret Mk1
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    German VK-W

    All parts necessary to assemble German Tank in the rendered image. Parts not assembled or painted

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    Total War

    Backer's choice of parts to complete a full kit: 2 or 4 legs, body, and turret. Backer will receive the Tank kit fully assembled and painted, ready for posing and display.

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