Fast forward 10+ years, and I started to play around with TinkerCAD (since that is what the local library's 3D printer lab recommends). After quite a few building facades, I started to think about those TOS Era Cardassians again, and after mulling it over a bit, went ahead and sketched out a design, which gradually grew into a finished model.
I uploaded the model to Shapeways, and used their tools to figure out where the model needed additional support or filling. I then ordered it in "white strong and flexible" material, which is very light and grainy (but very cheap).
A week or so later, a very light box turned up in the mail with this inside:
|As provided from Shapeways|
|On a standard GW flight base|
|3D model for comparison|
|As compared to a Micromachine Connie|
Quite pleased with how this turned out, both in terms of the reproduction of my design, and in terms
of meeting my design goals.
I think I could paint this pretty much as is, or finish it with putty etc and cast a few copies... although considering the ease and relatively low cost of this process, I am not sure how much sense casting would make as compared to ordering higher quality prints (or just more of these)
It is possible that I may have gone a bit overboard with making more designs.