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The Sloop


“Give me a Sloop, a barrel of rum and a star to guide the way.”

The Sloop comes in two versions: ballista and cannon. Included in the .ZIP file are: separate deck layouts, interior fittings such as barrels and boxes, a removable ‘wake’ that simulates ship movement, cannons, ballista, deck guns and rigging clips.

To rig the Sloop check out the general Rigging Guide.

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This product is delivered as a .ZIP file pack containing STL files for use on a home 3D Printer. The files are set to 28mm scale but can be rescaled before printing.



  • 2 May 2018 (version 1.1) Rigging now includes a metric and imperial version. It also includes a crows nest option in the rigging. An anchor has also been included in the fittings..
  • 8 May 2018 (version 1.2) Gun two part option added.


  • Anchor will need to be scaled down by .8 to fit the Sloop
  • Add supports touching build plates if you get too much stringing on the lower section of the hull or if using Cura select “make overhang printable”.

The sloop includes:

  • Separate deck layouts, see the video below.
  • A removable ‘Wake’ that simulates ship movement
  • Interior fittings like boxes and barrels
  • Cannons, Balista and Deck Guns
  • Rigging clips. You will need 4mm, 6mm dowel and black elastic string. See the rigging diagram in the images.

Sloop Hull 




Each piece of rigging 


You will need 6mm (1/4 inch) and 4mm (3/16 inch) dowel for the masts and black elastic string for the rope.

Ballista Version of the Sloop

Sloop Interior

Sloop Wake


Additional information




Prints without Supports, Supports touching buildplate

Layer Height

.2 for Normal Quality .1 for High Quality (.2 Layer height is recommended)

Q & A

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    Franky Thijs (verified owner)


    Any tutorial coming up for how the rigging works?

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      Matt Barker

      I’ve moved the image from the product gallery into the main description and also added the dowel sizes

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      Matt Barker

      I’ll make a video today, I’m printing out a new sloop now

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    jeskritt (verified owner)

    Where is the rigging diagram? I see the images of the individual rigging pieces, but not how to combine them with the dowel to produce a nice looking mast and rigging setup.

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      Matt Barker

      There is an image in the image gallery for the product. I have moved it a little closer to the front of the images so you can see it.

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    thomas.heider (verified owner)

    Where I can find the round platform pictured after the stern(in german we say krähennest) in the files?

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      Matt Barker

      I’ll add it in there tomorrow

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    Scott Nash (verified owner)

    Those dowel sizes seem hard for me to find in the US. The closest I’ve found is 1/4″ and 3/16″ – will probably have to make due…

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      Matt Barker

      I’m making an Imperial US version and will upload it tomorrow

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    Scott Nash (verified owner)

    Thanks Matt, you are awesome. I can easily adjust the dowels I have to get them to fit into the ship itself, so it is really just the riggings adjusted that “I need”. I am sure I could just scale them up a tad and be all set. But I really appreciate that you will do it officially.

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    Petr (verified owner)

    Hello Matt, I printed the hull, its amazing, but my son told me where is the anchor?

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      Matt Barker

      We have an anchor in one of the other models, I’ll add it to this pack

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    david3 (verified owner)

    Will you be posting templates for the sails?

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      Matt Barker

      I hadn’t thought of that but it’s a great idea, I’ll make some templates that can be cut out of cloth or paper

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    LELAND (verified owner)

    What are the dimensions of the rods I need for the imperial (ie stupid US) system. Is it the 1/4 and 3/16? Wish we could just use the metric system to but alas, thanks for making those versions.

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      Jo Boorer (verified owner)

      Yes that is correct. 1/4 and 3/16 is what is required for Imperial.

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    david3 (verified owner)

    Any suggestion on the length of the rods?

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      Matt Barker

      We have just updated the image to include the Dowel sizes

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    david3 (verified owner)

    Thank you for the update.

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    valascbrl (verified owner)

    What is the sloop-rig used for

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      Jo Boorer (verified owner)

      The Sloop-Rig is the piece that needs to be glued down next to the main mast. It strong point on a ship for lashing ropes to.

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    Sbfirekid (verified owner)

    I’m looking for the sail diagram mentioned above has it been made yet

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      Matt Barker

      Not yet but we have it on our to-do list

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    Dan Dinolfo (verified owner)

    How do you attach the swivels to the boat? 1.75mm filament?

    • Sam Campbell

      Sam Campbell

      We have them glued on. You can try the filament but the pieces are very small to get any actual swivel movements happening.

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    michielwoltering (verified owner)

    what’s the total length in CM for this ship and the others without frontmast?

    • Sam Campbell

      Sam Campbell

      The Sloop is 31cm in length without the front mast (bow sprit).

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    awnsheghlin (verified owner)

    Would it be better to use 1mm or 1.5mm elastic cord for the rigging?

    • Sam Campbell

      Sam Campbell

      We used 1mm elastic cord for the rigging.

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    jesseefutch (verified owner)

    Concerning the imperial measurement, I see the rigging. However, 1/4″ and 3/16″ aren’t fitting the ship’s holes for me, any advice on proper scaling for those dowels? Unfortunately, US is stupid and makes it incredibly hard to find them in mm

    • Sam Campbell

      Sam Campbell

      The imperial measurments are a rough guide for comparison as we design in metric.

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