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.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
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.
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.
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+
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.