The Sci-Fi Tank Sponson Project:
The goal of this project is to secure funding that enables us to get a set of resin tank turret parts produced. The funding will be used for the 3D printing of the master models, casting materials, production and shipping of the rewards. The 3D designs are fully finished and they are ready to be molded and cast once the project is funded. Pictures of the physical models will be posted in the update section shortly.
Rewards will begin shipping out around March 15th 2019. Please make sure to provide correct & current contact information and mailing address so that we can get your reward to you. Make sure the email address you provide is current and monitored, we need it for sending your pledge survey and tracking info. We promise we won't spam you or share it elsewhere.
The sponsons come as a set and there are 3 different turret options:
- Cannon sponson (pair)
- Light missile sponson (pair)
- Heavy missile sponson (four)
The basic reward options get you one sponson set of your choice. You may add any number of additional sponson sets onto your pledge for $20 each. The initial pledge includes the shipping.
If you are in the US and want one set of each type you would want to pledge a total of $65 ( $25 for the basic pledge +$20 +$20 for the additional two sponson sets)
If you are in the UK/France/Germany and want one set of each type you would want to pledge a total of $75 ( $35 for the basic pledge +$20 +$20 for the additional two sponson sets)
Light Missile Sponson
Heavy Missile Sponson
The sponson turrets are made from a high quality resin. The mounting disc measures 21mm in dia. The cannon is approximately 50mm long and the missile launchers are approximately 23mm long. The cannon and light missile sponson both come with pre-set holes for magnets allowing it to tilt up or down. The heavy missile sponson is in a fixed position and does not tilt.
The sponson turrets are comprised of multiple parts.
Each Cannon Sponson is a total of 8 pieces: 1 disc, 2 supporting arms, 1 gun and 4 magnets.
Each Light Missile Sponson is a total of 8 pieces: 1 disc, 2 supporting arms, 1 gun and 4 magnets.
Each Heavy Missile Sponson is a total of 2 pieces: 1 disc, 1 missile launcher box.
Some minor clean up and assembly will be required. This is not a toy and should not be allowed around small children under the age of 12. There are small parts that could be harmful or be a choking hazard if swallowed.
In order to assemble the model you will need to use super glue also known as CA glue. We suggest Krazy Glue, Zap Cap or Gorilla Glue brands since they are widely available. (Regular model glue intended for plastics like Testors will not work on resin) These parts are intended for experienced modelers.
Please pay careful attention to the polarity facing of the magnets before gluing them in place. Make sure to test the alignment so that they pull together rather than repel, otherwise if they are misaligned the weapon part for your sponson will not seat or hold in place correctly.
Main Hull Turrets
Back in November we ran and completed a successful kickstarter for our main hull mounted turrets. In case you missed it, or needed more you can also get them through this project as well. They have been updated to now include a pre-set magnet hole to help aide with mounting the turret.
You may add any number of Main Turrets onto your basic pledge for $25 each. There are four options.
- Heavy Cannon Main Turret
- Heavy Missile Main Turret
- Heavy Laser Main Turret
- Heavy Blaster Main Turret
Please check the page for our previous project if you need further details about the Main Turrets.
Red Dog Minis
Is a small wargaming model company that my friends and I started due to a combined love of converting wargaming miniatures and doing 3D CAD modelling. Our parts are designed in a 3D program then printed on a very high end 3D printer in order to make a master model for use with resin casting. Once the part is molded in silicone, the production pieces are then made with resin.
Why use cast resin instead of just 3D printing every model?
The main reason is that it allow for a much higher quality product at a significantly lower price. While 3D printing has advanced considerably over the last few years most home printers or on demand printing services like Shapeways still produce items with visible build lines and require you to spend time cleaning off support material and sanding surfaces to get a smooth finished model.
Our process allows us to get a very high resolution print made that's normally not a cost effective option. Resin casting then allows us to make exact copies of the original model in high quality resin at a much more affordable price. (it also has better durability & working properties) By offering our model parts in resin we're able to offer the same level of quality at a fraction of the cost of doing a high end print for every order. It's also significantly faster to produce resin models than trying to 3D print batches of parts.
Why is this project on Kickstarter?
It's due to the start up costs for the project. Typically we do releases of smaller sized parts and self fund the printing costs. However there are some items that we can't really estimate the demand for, by doing this as a Kickstarter project it allows us to make sure that we have enough interest in place before committing to all of the 3d printing & production molds.
It also has added benefits of allowing us to consolidate the ordering and production into one block of time. In addition it allow us to calculate the volumes of materials we'll need to purchase in advance.
In short, doing this on Kickstarter allows us to release larger or more complex models than we'd normally do and also offer something unique for the backers.
How are rewards sent?
We mail all of our rewards by USPS first class mail with tracking confirmation. Packages sent within the US typically arrive within a week. International deliveries average 2-4 weeks depending on how long it takes to go through customs.
What about Customs and import fees/duties?
Any customs fees or duties are the responsibility of the backer and are not included in the pledge amount. Every country has different regulations so if you have questions or concerns about import fees you should ask in advance at your local post office.
Items are declared as model parts and list their material value (which is generally a fairly low value) After 8 years of shipping through USPS we haven't had any complaints of customers being hit with large fees. Some countries may charge a low fee, but most don't. Again, if you have concerns it is best to ask in advance at your local Post Office.
Why don't you ship to China or Russia?
Both countries are notorious for harboring recasters which are a direct threat to small businesses like ours. Most independent artists and small gaming companies struggle just to stay open and recasting steals from our livelyhood. If you enjoy the work of a company or artist please support them and always buy from them directly.
Can we add other items or parts from the Red Dog Minis website to our pledge?
No, this kickstarter is only for funding the turrets. You may place a separate order on the website for items and have them shipped together with your pledge but they must be ordered separately. If you chose to do so you must notify us in advance by email so that we can adjust the shipping charge.
Risks and challenges
Other than using crowd sourcing funding we've set things up to follow our normal process and production procedure which has been working well for several years. Production costs, materials, postage etc are all known amounts that we've been dealing with for several years so there shouldn't be any surprises. Our ability to deliver and maintain excellent quality casting is well established with our customer base. (ask around on Facebook, Reddit, or any of the 40k Tau groups)
The only real risks would be due to something entirely unforeseen and beyond our control. Potential (but unlikely) issues might be minor delays on delivery time due to postal workers going on strike or the master model gets lost in the mail and we'd be delayed waiting on a replacement print to get sent. Or if for some reason the resin equipment broke down, there might be a minor wait for repairs but nothing that would endanger the project. So far that hasn't happened in the past and it's not something we're anticipating to happen with the kickstarter.
We're intentionally keeping the project small and focused just on these items because that way we have hard numbers on the costs and shipping all based on experience and a production level we know we can handle. This will allow us to do a very quick turn around time for the project as it's the exact same workflow and process that we normally do save for the larger upfront cost for the prints.
Risks and challenges
The only real risks would be due to something entirely unforeseen and beyond our control. Potential (but unlikely) issues might be minor delays on delivery time due to postal workers going on strike or the master model gets lost in the mail and we'd be delayed waiting on a replacement print to get sent. Or if for some reason the resin equipment broke down, there might be a minor wait for repairs but nothing that would endanger the project. So far that hasn't happened in the past and it's not something we're anticipating to happen with the kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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