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Postby paul463 » 21 Jun 2016 14:17

action-figure-supplies wrote:Or you could just buy an original...
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Postby action-figure-supplies » 21 Jun 2016 15:31

They're still available...
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Postby paul463 » 21 Jun 2016 16:03

action-figure-supplies wrote:They're still available...
Tried to get both of them this morning and the site said quantity not available! I'll take both please.
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Postby OllyOrc » 30 Jun 2016 22:48

I've purchased a lot of the 3d printed repro's from http://www.action-figure-supplies.co.uk such as the aerials, chin guns, tank gun etc. and they look great. It got me thinking of a possible business plan but I don't have the time. So any chance of you purchasing a 3d scanner (hand held ones are only £150 now) and scanning the Action Man SAS Air Strike helicopter parts. Then reducing the scale down by 3 to 3d print the shapes in Action Force size please. (The clear cockpit plastic can later be home vacuum formed around the 3d printed version like an RC glider canopy, since most 3d printed material can only really manage to be opaque I think). The spinning blades internal mechanism wouldn't be replicated but I guess everything is possible in 3d, hehe. Even scanning/printing the whole body as one and doing the blades & tail separately.

Enjoying Action Man and the cross overs with the 1st series Action Force that many of us love, I would certainly buy one for at least £100, that was properly boxed/bagged with stickers & blueprints and maybe included another loose display one. Then only release them once you have 10 - 20 confirmed orders, as they are likely to be cloned by others in the future, or you could make your own plastic moulds using the 3d print outs to replicate more.
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XYZ hand held 3d scanner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q0KveclJEk

So is approximately £2000 worth the man hours put it into such a project, probably after the initial creation as I started modelling it in 3d and realised a 3d scanner could do it in minutes but then I also need a 3d printer, so thought of you.

Night Patrol would love it!

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(There is always the cheaper original Action Man helicopter that is identical except for the skid buoyancy tanks that would be easy to create in 3d, if it's hard to find this SAS version. The Action Man Scorpion Tank would be the next project to scale down and clip around the existing Tank or Wolverine body, although some of the custom mods I've seen on this site are amazing! Once all the VAM tanks/jeeps are recreated, then progress onto downloading free internet 3d models of modern vehicles (I have all the BF3 3d vehicle models) to scale down and print in sections- apologies if this bit has already been conceived)
**Action Man logo to be replaced with Action Force as still under copyright/license - I once read on the forum**
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Postby Chopper » 01 Jul 2016 00:22

That would be a mammoth job, nice idea though.
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Postby action-figure-supplies » 01 Jul 2016 15:12

Yeah that's a big job but a great idea!
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Postby OllyOrc » 09 Jul 2016 21:54

Apologies for hijacking the thread but I did some research into 3d scanners and they are all pretty bad at the moment (especially that XYZ hand held) unless you pay £3000 for a David2 3d scanner or the cheaper MatterandForm £380

http://www.david-3d.com/en/
https://matterandform.net/scanner

However both hate 3d scanning small objects and cheaper ones can't handle most lighting and reflection, unless the model is painted matt magenta. 3d scanners create a point cloud that can later be converted to a mesh and saved as .STL or .obj for 3d printing or first fixing the mesh errors in 3d programs like Blender. A Finnish professor wrote a guide on how to make your own 3d scanner with 2 webcams and a projector but I also found that Autodesk offers free 123DCatch, that uses a series of photographs taken from all angles to generate a point cloud that can be converted into a mesh (looks promising from initial tests).

First trial using a Red Shadow (should really split body parts and scan individually)
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Textured Mesh
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Which will hopefully be faster and a better starting point than manually creating meshes in Blender (see below - First go at manually modelling a Red Shadow head in Blender using premade German helmet (so many different curves in the original head when u examine closely which take ages to recreate)
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One of the best 3d scanners is the Faro arm (40k) used in automotive and aerospace

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Postby action-figure-supplies » 10 Jul 2016 21:34

I've tried 123D Catch and could never get a decent model from it, probably down to poor lighting. There's some very promising low cost, hi(ish) res scanners and printers on the horizon that I've got my eye on.
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Postby paul463 » 10 Jul 2016 21:44

Oh look 3D shad bazookas! I need three!
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Re: www.action-figure-supplies.co.uk

Postby action-figure-supplies » 19 Aug 2016 12:01

We're happy to announce we now offer FREE UK postage on all orders!

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