HMS Thunderchild

by Skimbal, published

HMS Thunderchild by Skimbal Apr 17, 2015
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Hero of the Battle of the River Blackwater and the evacuation of London during the HG Wells War of the Worlds.

Inspired by Brian Evans version of the ship, and the German ship SMS Beowulf.

Read more about the making of Thunderchild on my blog


Design to be printed on a SLA style printer.

The hollow version has its interior mass removed and drain holes added, so it will use less resin while printing. A .form file is provided for Formlabs users.

The original Sketchup file is also provided, if you would like to make modifications.

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I was surprised to find this on Thingiverse! Thank you for your work. I'm considering making a 3D version of an old War of the Worlds board game, and this model might be perfect!

can you change it to stl or svg?

There's a free program called Meshlab that will convert the files for you. Import the OBJ into Meshlab and then export the mesh as whatever file type you'd like.

What temperature setting should I use on my heat ray to melt it's valiant heart, and with it mans last hope of survival?

493.15 degrees kelvin should be a more than sufficient setting to extinguish mankind's last hope. For added effect, set your heat ray to red. Humans find red heat rays particularly terrifying.

Excellent, thank you. Nothing can stop me now!


Jul 9, 2015 - Modified Jul 9, 2015


i made it

looks great!

but it's (quality) not good ^^

Great print! I'm impressed it came out that well on an FDM machine.

haha thanks

but the ship in first picture is also print from fdm? right?

I printed it on a Formlabs SLA (goo and lasers) style printer. I didn't know if it would work at all on a FDM (hot nozzle and fillment) style machine. Looks like it did!

Great work Michael.... that's some impressive Sketchup. Thanks for the shout out! Cheers!

Damn. You really nail the pre-dreadnaught look with this baby.

Wow the detail! Too bad I don't have an SLA printer ;)

It might work on an FDM machine. Try it at a larger size with Meshmixer supports, Printed at the same 45 degree angle