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Finally I am going to order Mel's Miniatures, I want to order Assault Frigate Mark I Type V to replace AF Mk II

You can choose different qualities for printing, cheapest one is White Natural Versatile Plastic and the most expensive one is Smooth Fine Plastic Detail

Price difference between them is huge (20 vs 60) and I was wondering how the quality differs? 

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White Natural Versatile Plastic requires some preparation before painting and the detail isn't great. Smooth fine detail plastic looks way better in detail texture but is a bit more fragile and much more expensive. If you've got the money, SFDP is the way to go but sometimes it's just too much.

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6 hours ago, Atromix said:

bit more fragile and much more expensive.

Yup it is 3x more but thanks to @melminiatures image I can see the difference. I wanted a few more ships but with SFDP I guess I'll just go with one.

 

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Aye, unfortunately Shapeways recently bumped up the price (well, tweaked the pricing algorithm) so the fine detail has become pretty harsh in a lot of cases. It's a great quality of material though. 

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I'd recommended Fine Ultra Smooth for X-wing Miniature fighters, and Armada Small ships. Corvettes, ect. the Capital ship sizes in Armada and the Large base Falcon sized ships in X-wing arent bad in the White Plastic, if you are on a budget.

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I did get my Terminus' (Termini? Terminuses?) the other day in White Natural Versatile, only managed a quick peek in the box so far so haven't unwrapped them or anything but they do look like they'll be usable in that material. Will report back when I've had a chance to have a go at them and can compare to the Smooth Fine Detail that I'd previously ordered on my Harrowers.

Also looks like @melminiatures is looking into other material options:

 

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This would be awesome. I just considered a larger order, and then the price doubled. Some recent photos of ships and squadrons in various qualities would really help to choose the appropriate balance of price and level of detail.

 

Personally I am completely unsure which min quality I should use when ordering the ISD I conversion set... fine detail just feels way too expensive right now...

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I was about to order a series of Dreadnoughts. Then FFG announced the mystical two ships being developed and now I don't want to risk being in conflict with an "official" model :P

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3 hours ago, Norell said:

I was about to order a series of Dreadnoughts. Then FFG announced the mystical two ships being developed and now I don't want to risk being in conflict with an "official" model :P

Thats the other thing on my wishlist :)

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On 7/4/2019 at 4:18 PM, Norell said:

order a series of Dreadnoughts. Then FFG announced the mystical two ships being developed

I was waiting for the same thing, Assault Frigate Mk1 and Dreadnought and yet nada :)

anyway I will go with Assault Frigate MkI V. I was thinking about MkI VI as well but SFDP is 60 euros for V and 180 euros for VI. That is a crazy difference for two same ships ( VI has a v configuration).

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7 hours ago, melminiatures said:

All I can say is that it's not my fault :D That's Shapeways....

Yeah 😞

What's the quality of the material used for the ones on your Etsy site? How does it compare with SFDP or PVP? 

 

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