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Special Hobby have sent us details a highly detailed resin kit of an Austro-Hungarian howitzer to be released under their CMK banner.
The 30.5cm M.11 Mörser was a large caliber howitzer developed by Skoda Works between 1907 and 1911. In 1912, it was finally introduced to service as the M.11 Mörser. The outbreak of World War One saw the Austro-Hungarian army equipped with as much as 24 of these high-performance weapons. Possessing such high performance and being of rather light weight (32.9 ton) made this weapon very unique, and what is more it was possible to dismantle and transport the howitzer in three parts, making it state-of-art piece with no real competition in its category. Because of these features, the weapon was used not only by the Austro-Hungarian army on the Russian and Italian front, but it was also in service with the German army which borrowed four batteries, each with two guns together with their crews, and put them rather successfully into action while conquering the Belgian fortified positions of Namur, Liege, Antwerp and Givet and also when the Germans bombarded Verdun and Toul fortresses in France and Osowiec on the Eastern front.

This splendidly detailed rendition of the M.11 Mörser has been designed using our CAD 3D technology and a 3D printer. It rightlfully stands on the very top as far as cast resin kits are concerned.

The kit will allow the modeller to build it in either firing position with the barrel pointing upwards or in the loading position with the barrel placed horizontally. The modeller also may choose if he wants to have the breech closed or keep it open having the projectile inside. The projectile itself was transported into the breech using a loading gear made from a two-wheel cart moving in a pair of rails.The projectile, two wheeler and the rails are also offered to the modeller within this kit.

129-RA056 - Austro-Hungarian WWI 30,5 cm Belagerungsmőrser M.11 /Škoda30,5 cm Haubitze - MRP: 102,20 €

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It is 3D printed, perhaps that may bring the price down.
MAY 17, 2016 - 04:09 AM
In other references, I have yet to see that Skoda was a Czech company, albeit under Austro-Hungarian rule. After the breakup of the empire, the company remained in Czech hands, and many various products were built. Including automobiles, of course. The name "skoda", pronounced "shkoda", actually means "pity". It's a skoda that I didn't find this informative site years ago.
MAY 17, 2016 - 04:40 AM
Incorrect, the master was 3D printed but the production will be resin castings made from the master.
MAY 17, 2016 - 05:03 AM
That won't bring the price down? Maybe I'm too optimistic about 3D printing!
MAY 17, 2016 - 06:22 AM
Hopefully somene else will pick up the idea ... (Takom? do you hear?) ciao Edo
MAY 17, 2016 - 01:35 PM
The MSRP is 102Euro -- I'm sure that's a reflection of anticipated sales and costs to produce -- regardless if it was 3D printed to make the mold or not. I'd love to examine a kit however.
MAY 17, 2016 - 05:44 PM
I've bought several 3D printed items, mostly from Shapeways. I've never been 100$ happy with the results - unless you want to sand smooth all the parts for such a large model.
MAY 18, 2016 - 03:58 AM
It's the same word in Ukrainian-
MAY 18, 2016 - 05:24 PM
The pricing sounds fair but 3D printing effects it, now I'm wondering how. I'd love to get my paws on one of these too though! Really looking forward to seeing one built up. I've bought several 3D printed items, mostly from Shapeways. I've never been 100$ happy with the results - unless you want to sand smooth all the parts for such a large model. [/quote] Have you seen their extreme detail printings? I've seen some of their lower end stuff, which looked pretty bad even for large scale models. Even shapeways "fxd" looks like it needs a lot of work. I'm wondering how 3D printing is figuring in our hobby. I know it's a creative tool in the arsenal but CNC machines are never cheap to own and it seems like the price for high res (I've seen down to 16 microns on shapeways) prints are fairly high because of the long print times and material. I thought being CNC.. prints would be quick, but I see they are not. Wouldn't it be easier to machine or sculpt masters? Does CAD or similar design and 3D printing not speed up the process over more traditional methods? Who and what are modeling companies phasing out? What makes lower res prints worth it?
MAY 19, 2016 - 01:29 AM

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