I started this project at the beginning of November 2020. I have been following the progress of SpaceX at Boca Chica/Starbase, Texas since the very beginning, spending most of my free time closely inspecting Mary's (@BocaChicaGal) pictures and reading the latest, “how that starship is going to work,” theory on the NASA Spaceflight forum.
At that time, there were already lots of creators out there, like Neopork and Rafael Adamy, to name a couple of the most well-known artists. I found lots of detailed renders and amazing animations but came up empty-handed when trying to find highly detailed and up-to-date 3D printed models of Starship. My interest in CAD and 3d printing pushed me to fill that gap. I thought I could design a series of Starship models following the different iterations of the real prototypes seen in Starbase, Texas.
It started as a simple, stackable design with the sole purpose of testing the printability of the model. Stringers, welds, and domes were the most challenging part but, I quickly realized the project could work. Soon after, the model SN8 V1.0 was created. I had learned countless lessons throughout the first version. The V1.0 was not even finished printing when I started working on the design of a more rigorous and detailed model: SN8 V2.0.
Hundreds to thousands of hours were spent on pictures, videos, and forums, trying to understand the way Starship was built and the way it works. Every time a new Starship was launched into the sky and crashed spectacularly; it was an opportunity to see how it was built on the inside. I had to update my design numerous times to try and include every small detail as humanly possible and printable. Every part you will be printing is detailed as close as possible to the real Starship design.