TF2 Spider EP

3D printing – a future for our classic models?

Back in 2009 the gears in my Kyosho Spider EP were worn out – stones have a habit of getting stuck in the belts. Parts for this model are not easy to get a hold of anymore which left an interesting option to try – 3D printing. Downside is that I can take a bit of time to model the part you need. In this case some gears:




Also had some printed in metal:


Not sure the belts are quite up to that though. The ‘hard white’ plastic version is strong but may not last as well as the original.

Only problem now is I’ve got some other broken bits I’d need to model first before getting back on the road.

It’s certainly a good solution if you have time to model or the parts are already out there!

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