3D Printing a French truck, an easy task?
This entry was posted on August 6, 2020.
I'm mostly enjoying my 3D printing experiences and I thought I'd share my latest adventures. I've had a 28mm early war French army for over a decade now but it has always lacked transport. Yes, I've used the odd Lledo vehicle (the Fordson 7V) but I wanted some variety. So, I thought I'd look for some STLs. I'm using a Creality CR10 printer and Ultimaker Cura.
I tend to only print out models which I cannot source from a commercial source in the scale I want. My reasons are threefold - I like to support the gaming industry, commercial models are generally better quality and I don't have to 'faff' about printing the model! As you'll read, this model had several issues and was far from being printed 'straight off the shelf'...
A quick Google-Fu came up with several promising leads from Thingiverse and a 3D modeller called Louisdioramas (thanks Louis!). I found a Peugeot DK5 J, which looked good, so I prepared for my first print. I soon ran into issues as it was not clear what scale the model was - so a quick internet research revealed the vehicle was 1.85 metres wide. Thus at 1/56 scale the vehicle would be 33mm wide and the STL I had would have to be scaled up by 185%. Ok no problem.
I tend to use the width of a vehicle as length usually includes the gun barrel and height will usually include the wheels or tracks and the turret (if any). Only the width isn't distorted, although I will check and guesstimate the height and length to double-check the proportions are right.
Next, there was the challenge of the wheels. Only front wheels were provided and they were massively overscale, I shrank them to 53%. I found suitable rear wheels on Louisdioramas AHN truck (scaled to 75%). I also rescaled the back chassis (by 75%) so it would fit the underneath of the Peugeot truck with a little trimming.
Once I had printed out the parts, I found the rear wheel arch was incorrect, so I had to use a sharp knife to the model and carve out the rear wheel arches on the model. Then I used some spare brass wire to make axles for the wheels and fitted them.
The final model looks ok and will be better for a lick of paint and some markings. This will make a useful light transport for my 1940 French army and as they were used by the Germans in large numbers, I might just print out another. Or I will, once I have sorted out why my Creality 10 is not feeding properly... damn... who said 3D printing was an easy task?