If you like these models then you should take a look at the fantastic scratch build WC4 Banshee in the following thread:
Let me start with a bit of background: I'm a long time model builder. I started off with plastic kits and I've since progressed to scratch-building my own designs from balsa wood. My collection includes five WC ships (which I'm quite proud of, I might add ). Building something from scratch as opposed to using a model kit obviously means you have to draw your own plans to work from. This involved hours of taking measurements from the game manuals, and even from in-game screenshots to get the look right.
These are great and rather inspirational - I'd love to have some decorating my living room, very tempted to have a go at putting something similar together. I actually prefer these to the Shapeways models, now don't get me wrong, Klavs is hugely talented and his models are second to none - but I like these big, chunky ships - especially that Paktahn. Awesome.
Any chance you can share some of your design measurements? I'm a wiz in front of a saw, but as the old saying goes, "measure twice and cut once." On a very limited budget so any way to simplify the designs...I'd like to try a hand at building a fighter. I consider these just as awesome as Pericles paper planes but I can build these as big as lumber allows. I can always do tbe math to scale bigger or smaller but a base blueprint of any of your ships would help.The advantage of scratch-building from wood is that you can go as big as you like, and it's much cheaper than the 3D printing materials. The bigger size also allows you to get some fine detail in there, but the finished model is still very light and surprisingly strong.Personally though, my main reason for going this route is that you get tremendous satisfaction out of crafting something by hand.
If you are interested in doing something similar, be sure to keep an eye on my Hellcat overhaul thread. I'll be posting pictures on my progress and will share some insights into the design and build process.
Any chance you can share some of your design measurements? .