There have been lots of great sources of made-to-order 3D Wing Commander prints online over the last couple years, but fans are increasingly gaining direct access to these fantastic additive manufacturing machines themselves. For those lucky folks, tmetal has designed a line of ships and posted them at the Thingiverse community. Builders will then have to paint the finished models, but that can be half the fun. It's great to see that most of these designs has been downloaded (and presumably printed) by more than a hundred fans each! The Hellcat, Thunderbolt, Longbow, Dralthi IV, Paktahn, Banshee, Piranha and Wasp are available. Be sure to post pictures if you make any of these!
The Hellcat fighter from the Wing Commander game series. This one is very simple with very little of the detailing that I normally do with models from games. 100% scale should give a 6 inch wing span. Print one out and start turning some Kilrathi scum into kitty litter! ;)
Thanks to STL Finder for the tip.
The Dralthi IV light fighter from the Wing Commander game series. To me the Dralthi always seemed to be the best example of Kilrathi space fighter designing style. Plus, the Hellcat and Piranha I made needed a target to dogfight so I went with it. Again; a low detail model with a 6 inch wingspan. I hope the WC fans get a kick out of it.
Homeworld Mod Deploys Black Lance
It's a big week for the Homeworld Remastered Mod! Their long-awaited Black Lance upgrade has now been released. Fans can grab it at either the Steam Workshop or ModDB, but users with a current copy will get the update automatically. (2018-03-21)
New WC Toolbox Expands WC2 Campaign Support
The WC Toolbox has gotten smarter with another new update. Version 4.2. (2018-03-20)
Kilrathi Fleet Gets Large Scale LLOD Upgrades
A couple of monster models have made their way into the Last Line of Defense project. Using some newly discovered information, Deathsnake has scaled up his fearsome Rigakh cruiser. Fairly credible stats imply it's even larger than the Confederation class dreadnought! (2018-03-19)
Black Lance Transport Certified For Covert Cargo
After leading the charge with a pair of exotic Black Lance designs earlier this year, DefianceIndustries has circled back around and completed the Evansville class transport that we see in Wing Commander 4. It has a fairly sleek profile for a transport as well as oversized engines, which form a pretty effective combo. There's no better way to sneak clandestine cargo to out-of-the-way places! (2018-03-18)
Happy St. Patrick's Day From The Green Salthi
Confederation hull plating is well known for its green texture, and terran soldiers even occasionally sport a green tinted outfit, but it's a far less common color on the Kilrathi (aside from the kats that actually have green skin). We know the common brown color of Kilrathi ships comes from the hue of their local durasteel, but there's one major exception to this: the green Salthi - or Jalthi, rather. The Secret Missions for the Super Nintendo had to squeeze to fit everything on the cartridge, and one noteworthy cut was the elimination of the six-shooter Jalthi model. (2018-03-17)