Gambody 1/16 Boba Fett 3D Print Kit Build Review
|Date of Review||February 2022||Manufacturer||Gambody (Barry Crane)|
|Kit Number||N/A||Primary Media||STL files (digital)|
|Pros||Beautiful details and fit||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
If you've been following my adventures into 3D printing (look here), you know that I've been fascinated at the capabilities of the newer 3D printers, and finally jumped into the fray by purchasing a Phrozen Sonic Mini 4K. I remember a decade or so ago when someone predicted that we'd be able to buy models online as digital files and print them at home. That concept was far-fetched back in the days of the early internet and the early 3D printer kits from companies like Makerbot. Now we have affordable high-resolution printers that can do fantastic things, and here's a good example. I had been eying several figure kits over on Gambody including this Boba Fett kit. On my printer, the kit comes out in 1/16 scale and consists of a number of separate parts that must all fit together. Few plastic kits fit that well together, so I was a bit skeptical with this first project. Using Chitubox to convert the 3D STL files to something printable, I opted to print two copies of each part so I can test the fit with one set and then (if all goes well) paint and assemble the other set. You can see in the tray all of the various parts awaiting assembly while I used the other figure to dry-fit the upper and lower torso together (no filler will be required here) and then each of the head options. This looks promising!
I assembled the kit per the instructions with the helmeted head option and using gap-fitting cyano adhesive. The rest of the parts fit as nicely as the dry-fit torso test above, and you can see in the images below that figure includes a nice base as well.
We have indeed come a long way since the first 3D printers entered the market and we also have online stores where you can purchase models that we can print. Phrozen is going to be releasing their 8K resolution printers soon and I am looking forward to seeing what that machine can do, but the 4K printer has such high-quality output itself, that I can see keeping that machine busy as well. If you're ready to step into the world of printing your own 3D models, give the models on Gambody a try. I imagine that the filament-based printers will still leave the banding artifacts on a figure like this, but the 4K resolution resin printers are simply incredible.