From the Shed: 6mm sized WW1 tank.

I wanted something to test out my printer- to see how small it would go….

I had a look about thingiverse and found a pack of WW1 vehicles scaled for 1:200th. I hada look at the files and they vehicles were all modelled fairly robustly so I figured they could be shrunk further; so in my slicing software I scaled a Mk IV male down to 1:285th. I wouldn’t try shrinking down a more detailed, larger file as the finer detail would just fail to print.

I ended up with this:

After a quick coat of paint I got it to look like this:

Given how well it has turned out I’m now considering printing out many more for a ‘Plan 1919’ game to explore Great War armoured action, as envisiged by JFC Fuller, that could have occurred had Imperial Germany not collapsed and the war continued. Something to think on….



23 comments on “From the Shed: 6mm sized WW1 tank.

  1. tehlulzpare says:

    That looks really good, especially given the scale!

  2. Azazel says:

    Wow – that came out amazingly well!

  3. Wudugast says:

    Good grief, that’s incredibly detailed given the scale. Well painted for something so tiny too. 🙂

  4. I must say Pete that really is very neat.

  5. Crikey, Pete, that’s excellent! 🙂 Finished vehicle looks great! Plan 1919 sounds like a really good idea and you could have superheavies on both sides (Mark VIII, Char 2C and K-Wagen)!

  6. That looks great, amazing paint job for something so small.

  7. patmcf says:

    Pete,Pete,Pete! that would have to be one of the most amazingly small perfect model I seen! I thought our mate Mark had it in the bag with his tiny Aztecs, and a good idea to use the match stick for scale I must remember to do the same down the line.

  8. Marvin says:

    ‘A quick coat of paint’ he says modestly – it looks fabulous! A whole regiment would look even better 🙂

  9. Ann says:

    Agree with the others, it did come out very well both the paint and the printing. Compared to much of the 6mm stuff I’ve seen in person, where they just pretty much paint it solid green or gray, your tank is first class.

  10. Wow! So small but so detailed.

  11. I don’t know what’s more impressive, the size you printed this at or the amazing paint job on this old tank! Wonderful!

  12. ignitedmoth says:

    Wow, I’m really impressed with the amount of detail with how small it is! I’m glad you included the picture of the match to really emphasize how little it is. Very cool!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks. Yeah the level of detail that my printer managed is very impressive. Although I’m still struggling to get that good an effect with printing figures… will keep tweaking the settings ….



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