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Mazda 1500 Sedan

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  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Mazda 1500 Sedan
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:12 AM

I'm doing a model of each car i've ever owned. There are a few cars that are simply not available in model form. One of those was my first car, a 1969 Mazda 1500 SS, which i owned in 1988. It was a beater that my father bought for me for $400 and i drove it for a few years before crashing into a tree and writing it off. ah memories.

Normally when i can't get a particular model, i'll modify an existing styrene kit with body filler, like i did for my Mazda 1200 Wagon.
Now that i have a 3D printer, i can print anything i want...

...except that i needed a 3D mesh of that to be able to print.

So while i've dabbled a bit in 3D Studio Max, i'm not great with it. Fortunately Autodesk have made it available for students.
I've been working on this mesh for quite some time. i meshed it over photos of the car that i found online. I did a few parts separate to make printing and building easier.

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  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:13 AM

and this is how it turned out

 DSCF8643 by aus_mus, on Flickr
 DSCF8644 by aus_mus, on Flickr
 DSCF8645 by aus_mus, on Flickr
 DSCF8646 by aus_mus, on Flickr
 DSCF8647 by aus_mus, on Flickr
 DSCF8648 by aus_mus, on Flickr
 DSCF8649 by aus_mus, on Flickr
 DSCF8650 by aus_mus, on Flickr

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  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Sunday, August 11, 2019 5:42 AM

G'day aussie.  Fantastic effort with the 3D printing, and congrats with learning the software to drive it.  Your model is not perfect, but is certainly recognisable as a Mazda 1500.  They were well built and stylish, and a game changer for Japanese cars in Australia.  My cousin also had a white one which he bought new in late 60s, I think his was the SS with twin carbs.  I look forward to seeing more of your 3D printing results, it's such fascinating technology.  Cheers.


  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Burleson, TX. Grew up in Pittsburg and Whitehouse TX
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 5:09 PM

Glad to see someone else using 3D printing on their models.  I was starting to feel all alone.  It looks good.  I bet you are tired of sanding it, too.  :)

I find it easier to make larger scale models since it gives better resolution but harder to actually print without breaking it up into smaller pieces.

Good luck with your future efforts on 3D printing! You are off to a good start.


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