After a grueling wait I received my 3D-Props DLT-19!
I'll be starting with some photo's of everything you get, and will then go onto the build.
Along with the basic build of the gun I will be adding the Blast-FX system that I purchase a few months ago. So, this should get interesting.
Before I begin I do have to put in one disclaimer, and a review on this build. I am a military Flight Engineer Instructor and when we instruct new students, we have ways of providing new students what we call Constructive Criticism, or Points to Improve Upon. It is a way of pointing out errors to students in hopes that they improve on future flying lessons.
It is not meant to bash students, but it is an honest way to try and help them.
I will use the same technique to address some issues I had with 3D-Props in hopes that they (Eelco Sanders) can improve their customer service.
I write this fully knowing this is a one man operation, and that we should expect some delays in a garage business.
At some points in the last 7 months I was truly frustrated with 3D-Props, and held off writing a nasty review, in case Eelco decided to cancel my order and keep my money:
POLICY:I DO NOT ACCEPT RETURNS OR CANCELLATION
I will be going onto Etsy and his website to provide an honest review of my experience with 3D-Props so that other potential customers know what they are getting into.
I then cooled down and went back to my training. I decided to wait until I got my package and then write this review.
I placed my order for a DLT-19, paying IN FULL, through his website on 11 June of 2019. The disclaimer on his page stated:
MADE ON ORDER - CHECK CURRENT WAITING / SHIPPING TIME Shipping time is determined by the number of orders in queue.
8-9 weeks1 1 Applies to shipping within Netherlands. Information about shipping policies for other countries can be found here:
General shipping information
Thank you for buying our product, if the product was out of stock it means it will be made on order. This takes around 8-9 weeks due to the amount of pending orders.
After placing my order and waiting 3 months (Sept 2019) I emailed Eelco. It took a couple tries (with an automated email response) and he finally got back to me, stating he was busy but would get to my order.
I emailed once again on 04 Nov, and he stated he was in the middle of a DLT print run and would mine done in a week.
By 03 Jan 2020 I had still not received my DLT and emailed Eelco explaining that I understood he was busy, but it had been 7 months and I had not received my order after .
He got back to me right away and my DLT shipped within 2 days.
I received it on16 Jan 2020.
So, start to finish it took almost exactly 7 months to get my order.
I did read on FB he was having issues with production due to volume of orders and he was a one man operation.
My simple solution for this: Change the disclaimer on your website and state an order can take 6 months or longer to fill.
So my overall impressions don't get lost at the end of this post and a ton of photo's, here is score:
Quality of 3D printing: 4.5 / 5 My first experience with 3D printed items. I'm not sure if some of the raised ridges could be improved upon. Minor flash and excess material on some parts. I have seen posts of what can be made of this kit and it is outstanding.
Quality of material: 5/5 Looks sturdy and will hopefully stand up to lots of Trooping
Ease of assembly: 0 / 5 There are NO instructions for something detailed and consisting of 84 parts. Thankfully, I have very good knowledge of GPMG's (but not MG-34's) and due to my model building / aircraft maintenance technical skills I can figure stuff out, but the exclusion of basic assembly instructions or diagrams is puzzling and dis-heartening. I understand there is this fantastic Forum and awesome Trooper help out there, but I personally think this is unacceptable
Customer service: 1 / 5 I gave him a token 1 because he is a one man shop, doing the best he can, and others state he is a good person. It's just my personal dealings with him that bring down his score. I honestly hope he improves and continues to put out good products. I would even order from him again, IF (Big if!!!!) he could deliver in a timely manner.
Okay. enough preaching. Onto the pics!!! Sorry for some grainy shots. My crappy point and shoot...
MBB (medium brown box)
All the stuff. Charlie is waiting for a box fort...
Included 2 posters. would have preferred instructions...
Strike off pack sheets for shipment?
Nice customs explanation form
All the parts. 62 parts Plastic and metal. 22 parts Hardware
Parts broken down for reference by colour. For future help from Troopers (Joseph ….)
I posted on my TK build page about not knowing what half these parts were, and Joseph got back stating to post pics and he could help ID them for the build. I took a page from my modelbuilding expertise and will label everything as follow:
"O" = Orange
"W" = White
"B" = Black
"H" = Hardware
Two main assemblies, Upper / lower receiver with butt, and barrel assembly. This is how it is when shipped:
Upper receiver feed cover (the long grey piece behind the orange rectangle) is removeable. Butt can be removed, as well as one or two other pieces. They all slip onto a grey PVC pipe that is used for main structural support:
Barrel assembly includes a length of aluminum tube, and 5 pieces that slip on:
Top of upper receiver:
Bipod and pistol grip parts. Bipod can be pivot opened or closed:
Grip has a "working" trigger mechanism with reset spring, Comes assembled:
Bipod printing ridge details. Not really that bad:
Feed cover ridges. Rearward portion of cover:
Forward portion of cover, near where the removal pin would be and where it pivots upward:
Gas plug(maybe....?) detail:
Upper receiver barrel attachment point:
Some O part detail shots. Not sure what some are, or how smooth all these will have to be sanded:
Bipod leg ridges. Very minor:
Cool! Rear graduated sight out to 2000 Meters LOL
WTf is this?
Are the steps supposed to be there? Reference pics of finished and painted parts would be nice...:
That's it for now.
Overall I'm happy with the product.