So, I ordered the Micromir Turtle, because submarines are cool, and I’m enjoying the Hunley model.
*waits for model to arrive…
Hmmm… nope. I want it now. and I feel like making my own anyhow. and I have a 3D printer and the willingness to use it. Shouldn’t be too difficult…
Turns out there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence and vague notions attached to what this thing actually looked like, which is good, because that allows for a certain amount of creativity. Not too much though. despite the lack of hard documentation there is still an expectation of this wee contraptions’ appearance. There are some guessed measurements (approx. six feet high and three feet wide) and some descriptions of various fittings which talk more of purpose than appearance, like the number of windows and the existence of a charge made from wood and iron bands.
anyhoo. Sketchupping occurred.
hmmm. Nope. Changes. More windows and found a better reference for the screws.
Parts have been designed to allow for easiest possible clean up and reduction in support material. The lifting rings were added because they had to pick this thing up somehow and hinge and hatch locking mechanisms because some poor bugger has to get in and out.
Here’s a picture of some of the earlier version laid out for printing…
…and the results so far. (second version)
Don’t you love the way photos tell you to do more work. Those bendy float valve thingies are a mess.