Since I play Team Yankee, I search for alternatives for Battlefronts resin cast. The resin casts are indeed really nice, but I am not a big fan of resin on tanks. It’s a lot of weight and just not my taste. So I stumbled across a shop which produces 3D printed models for tanks. Butlers Printed Models
I bought 3 Sprandrel ATGM vehicles and 3 BRDM2 scouts from their range of products. They produce 6, 15, 20 and 28mm stuff from WW1 to modern vehicles.
Now for reviewing 3D printed miniatures you always have to keep two things in mind which come with the print process. A 3D printer (in this case Fused Deposition Modelling) heats up a plastic filament string and builds up the print object layer by layer through a small nozzle. Through this process there are visible lines (the layers on the final model), more or less visible depending on the print settings and nozzle size. The second noticeable drawback is that such a printer can’t print in mid air. (The filament will just fall down). This is the reason why there are these support structures if you receive the minis from Butlers Printed Models.
Now with these points in mind you can review such models.
The overall miniature
The overall miniature of the BRDM2 and Spandrel are well detailed, they even have the belly wheels. All vehicles came in 2 parts which consist of weapon system and vehicle. After cleaning up the support structures you don’t have to glue anything. (Except if you want to glue the turrets in place of course)
I will compare the Spandrel to the Battlefront version, but considering only detailing and such. I know that the BF vehicle doesn’t have any print lines! The BPM (Butlers Printed Models) vehicles are as well detailed as the Battlefront ones. Hatches, vision slits, exhausts and lights are represented well detailed on both vehicles. Some points speaking for the details of the BPM Spandrel. At first the enhanced detailes on the front left hatch and the structure behind the missile launcher. One drawback on the BF vehicle is that it looks like it was used for all 3 Team Yankee BRDM2 versions (BRDM2, Spandrel and Gaskin). The vision slits on both sides of the vehicle are just used on the BRDM2 (scout) vehicles and not on the ATGM platform. (at least I did not find picures showing somethig different). The size of the rockets and some details on the vehicle are overall better scaled on the BPM vehicle than the Battlefront one.
Overall I think I prefer the BPM version for different reasons. At first they seem to research a bit better to detail their vehicles. I was always a fan of 3D printing so these print lines are not an issue for me, but I think that’s one point that may affect some people. In the end I think for a 3D printed model of this size the details and quality are amazing. They are easy to put together and the prize of 3.50 pound is really a bargain.
Hope you enjoyed the review, cheers!