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At 13" long the Scuttlefish is my original design patterned after the cuttlefish. Forty-five 3D printed pieces designed to slot together with friction, pins and minimal glue. Parts are 3D printed in ABS (LEGO) and PLA (corn-based) plastics.

The kit is easy to assembly using the fully-illustrated instructions which you can see here: https://db.tt/4BkFXP8Y

The finished model measures slightly over 13" long and includes a display stand. Tentacles are rigid but can be posed by rotating on their pins. The eyes and portholes are open and an on/off switch is included if you would like to install your own custom lighting. Includes both silver and translucent window inserts.

Some minor trimming of parts using an x-acto knife and/or emery board may be needed. If desired, parts can be painted like any plastic model kit - using a filler-primer first is recommended. Please note that the back of the head may look 'messy' from printing but is part of the unseen interior.

Please note that the last photo is to illustrate all the parts and may not match the color scheme of this listing. ON/OFF switch is included - lights are NOT included.

You may also be interested in the 4" version, printed in high-detail resin and ready to display:

Pieces will have a 'textured' finish where you can see and feel the different print layers. Some blemishes and imperfections are to be expected, this is normal. Some minor trimming or cleanup may be needed on parts.

If you would like to know more about the 3D printing process, see 'Shop Policies' for more info.

Frequently asked questions about CharlesworthDynamics

3D printed objects are made by 'slicing' a digital model into many thin layers. These slices are sent to a printer that 'draws' each layer by extruding plastic through a hot nozzle.
There are a lot of different materials available now but the two most common are ABS (LEGO plastic) and PLA (biodegradable plastic) which is what Charlesworth Dynamics uses.
While the 3D prints aren't hazardous, they are not food, dishwasher or microwave safe.
They are very strong, but will break just like any plastic item if abused.
3D prints are very strong if printed properly but will break just like any plastic item if abused. Since the object is printed in layers, they will have a slightly ridged texture to them unlike a injection molded object. There is usually a 'zipper' which is a slight vertical seam that indicates where each new layer starts. They may have slight defects or blemishes and the bottom which adheres to the print bed may have some discoloration. Kit pieces may need minor clean up or trimming to fit together. This is typical of most 3D prints.
Yes, you can sand and paint 3D prints like a normal plastic model. You can even use products like Bondo Glazing and Spotting putty to minimize and smooth the 3D printed texture. Make sure to use a plastic-friendly paint.
I include a link for assembly instructions with your shipping notification, but here's a link for all assembly guides:

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or recommendations.
On occasion I will also build items out of 'real' parts and hardware - typically I use vintage Film & TV equipment parts. I have made lamps out of old lenses and jewelry out of old camera parts. Keep in mind that these are all used parts and will show their wear and tear and age - it's part of their charm.

Silver Scuttle 13" Kit - Modable



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: plastic, 3d printing
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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