The U.S.S. Flagg, sometimes called the holy grail of 80’s GI Joe toys. I did not have this toy as a kid (it was very expensive, around $100 in the Sears catalog) so I created these files based off of the blueprints that came with the toy and from pictures I found online. I wasn’t sure if I should make it a ‘playset’ (like the actual toy) or modify the design so that it was more like a real life functional ship. In the end, I decided to stay true to the 80’s toy and this is the result.
Like the other GI Joe models I’ve posted, the 3D files are full scale but intended to be printed at 25% scale. That said, the real toy was about 7 feet long (!) so this one comes in a little shorter than 2 feet. My printer is not big enough to make the hull and flight deck as one piece so I divided it up into sections and glued them together. I’ve included uncut versions in case you have a super-sized printer. This is a very challenging set of parts to put together but I tried to make it as easy as I could. I glued the hull together first, then glued the flight deck to the hull. If in doubt, look at pictures of the real toy online for reference.
a. The antenna array is printed with the base down, no supports.
b. The tower is printed base down, with supports.
c. The crane is printed base down, no supports. Be careful when removing from the print bed, the hook is delicate.
d. The captain’s launch is printed base down with supports.
e. I had the best luck printing the flight deck one section at a time, face up. For my first attempt I printed all four pieces at the same time, on edge and with supports. I did not like the result because the details filled in with support.
f. The turrets are printed base down, with supports. You will need 3.
g. The radar dishes are printed base down, no support needed. You will need 2.
h. The hull is printed in sections, with supports.
As always, much gratitude to the men and women who operate real equipment like this so people like me can live life in peace and safety.
This file is a free download. Please note that it is listed as “non-commercial”. Neither you nor I are allowed to buy or sell physical copies of this 3D model. You are allowed (and encouraged) to print copies for your own personal use. If you have been re-directed to this file from a source other than my site on thingiverse.com they have done so without my permission. Thank you for respecting the rights of the original copyright holder.