The models are gorgeous but perhaps a bit TOO detailed to be honest. I have only done initial testing with the first one in the set but when I imported it to Fusion 360 it was physically huge. I was looking to scale it to about 6" wide so dropped it considerably. The good news is that if you wanted a large Tiki for your wall, the stock size would suit!
The high degree of detail meant it was difficult to work with inside Fusion. I had to do multiple steps of trying to reduce the number of surfaces using the Mesh tools. All new to me so perhaps there is a better way. I’d always rather have more detail and reduce it than not have enough, so I’m not complaining, just saying there was work to do to make it manageable inside Fusion.
It cut beautifully, until my Z axis came loose very late in one of my final tool paths. I’m still struggling with maintaining tensions. Hopefully I get to the bottom of that soon. I used a 1/4" ballnose for roughing and a 1/8th inch single flute for the parallel and other finishing passes and it looked really nice. I was just testing in a scrap piece of 2x6 cedar. I’m planning on replacing a bunch of rotted fence post caps with different Tiki’s to liven up the yard. They will need some hand painting to make them stand out at a distance, but I think these models are exceptional quality and value.
I’m leaning towards re-drawing them in Fusion on top of the STL, as showin Lars various videos on how to do wood carving in Fusion. I think the designs are great, but being able to exagerate the depths of the various pieces and having the shapes be native and a lot less complex from a mesh perspective will make working with them easier. We’ll see how long the first one takes. I reckon if I can get the hang of it, but the time I get to the 9th one I should have enough skill to do most STLs I run across. We’ll see if that’s true or if I lose interest.
I would recommend the models from this guy if there is something you like. At these prices it’s hard not to grab one and dabble. He sends them personally via email once you pay via Etsy and I got mine within a few hours.
If you have a design in mind he is open to making something for you too, depending on complexity and available reference artwork etc.