1:24 A-Wing (printed on Elegoo Jupiter)

skahtul

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After a very, very long wait, my Elegoo Jupiter finally arrived. As soon as I had it tuned and dialed in, it was time to get printing. There are a few sets of files that I have purchased over the last year or so with the intention of getting a larger printer. I was never sure if I was going to print these files myself or get my own printer. Large printers are expensive but it's also crazy expensive (in my experience anyway) to have good prints done, especially when you throw in the cost of shipping. When I saw the Jupiter (and for the price point...) on Kick Starter, I could not pass it up!

These files as is are Studio Scale Sized (1/12th) but even the Jupiter is not up to the task of a print that size :) Plus, I really didn't want something that large as I am already running out of room. I scaled the files down to 1/24 which will match the scale of most of my other builds.

These are some of the STL's I have been collecting in the hopes of getting a larger printer:
Vaders X1
Large Slave 1 (not sure what scale yet)
TIE Fighter
1/32 TIE Bomber
Hammer Head and Blockade Runner
Snow Speeder

It was super nice to print both hulls, almost 11" each, in one job.

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The Siraya Tech Navy Grey (with about 15% of Tenacious Obsidian Black) is my new go-to resin for any of these model prints. The darker Navy Grey helps to prevent any light bleed in the vat and the Tenacious helps to ensure the prints are not too brittle.

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I still use the Saturn for some of my smaller prints, but here you can see just how much larger the Jupiter's build plate is:

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If I were to print this all on the Jupiter, it would only take two prints. One for the two parts above and one for everything else, it's really nice having a printer with such a large capacity.

Now I can print even more projects faster and have more unfinished projects than ever before!
 
I have recently received my Jupiter and I was wondering where you purchased the files from? I'd love to give some of those a go on my printer...
 
I have recently received my Jupiter and I was wondering where you purchased the files from? I'd love to give some of those a go on my printer...

Sure thing, there are a few places I like to get files from. I have purchased files from all of these makers and they are generally 'pretty' accurate (some more than others) and all have been well engineered:



This one is a fellow RPF Member:

And lastly, this is where my A-Wing came from:

Enjoy your Jupiter, it's one heck of a machine! I literally can't keep up with the amount of projects I can print :)
 
Primer has been applied, it really helps to showcase the quality of both these files and the prints.

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The selection comity has voted, base colors for this build are on the left, and weathering colors are on the right. Other than a few oils, this will be about all I plan to use:

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My goodness man, that thing is huge! And those two hull pieces look incredible! Really feeling like I should have jumped on that Jupiter pre-order!

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My goodness man, that thing is huge! And those two hull pieces look incredible! Really feeling like I should have jumped on that Jupiter pre-order!

SB

It's a pretty sweet machine, have not had any issues so far. Only real issue I have had so far is that I have now printed so many projects, I literally am running out of space to store them :lol:

Looks great! What are your plans for the clear part of the canopy?

I have three things I am going to do, 1 (which is only temporary) is to just print a canopy with the same resin I have been using and paint it black. I also have some clear resin, which I have never used so I am going to try that. And lastly (and the final version) will be a vac-formed canopy. I am lucky that one of my friends produces Lexan/acrylic RC car bodies and has a professional-grade vacuform machine.
 
I was finally able to sit down and get this project rolling again. The base coat is Reefer White. It's a pain to put down as the Archive-X Base colors are thicker for some reason, but they hold up well.

I made this project a bit more difficult by fully assembling it first... That's often how I approach these as I like to paint them once they are just about 100% built, however in this case I did not think ahead enough and the engines were a bit of a pain.

Masking, lots and lots of masking:

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I roughly followed some reference pics I had along with a good helping of YouTube videos but in the end, it was a mix of what I saw and what I decided to randomly throw down to add my own flare.

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I have a few more final details to put down and then it's time for weathering, which for me is pretty much why I build these at all :)
 
As paint is concerned; sometimes you have to ask yourself stupid question. How do the pilot access the cockpit? Walking on the same side every time or changing side? And if on one side only, your wear and tear will be more pronounced on that side of the model: more wear on the red at the side of the cockpit and darker white on the side being walked on;) Great build so far and eager for the next update!(y)(y)
 
As paint is concerned; sometimes you have to ask yourself stupid question. How do the pilot access the cockpit? Walking on the same side every time or changing side? And if on one side only, your wear and tear will be more pronounced on that side of the model: more wear on the red at the side of the cockpit and darker white on the side being walked on;) Great build so far and eager for the next update!(y)(y)

Good call and thanks for the tips! I don't often think of small details such as that.
 
Aside from building some different canopies, this build is just about done. I am currently putting the finishing touches on the base for this but 95% of the paintwork is done.

Here is the first pass of weathering with the air brush:

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I don't really have the correct decals for this kit but I wanted to throw a few on anyway so I broke out my decal stash:

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The first pass on the canopy will be pretty lame, it's just going to be painted. I hope to test the 3d printed one next week and then get a vac formed one made in the next few weeks. Getting the last few parts ready for paint:

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And, here it is with a bit of light grime and earth applied:

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I still have a bit of paintwork left on the cockpit but here it is after getting a base coat of engine black followed by ILM Armor Grey (with a few drops of Stormy Sea):

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Let's see what can be made with a bit of hardware from the local hardware store and two $5 boards I glued together from the local hobby store.

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I am still working on the 3D printed canopy and the vac-formed version. I will post back once I have messed around with those. I also have a few accessories coming in for the display base.

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