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  1. Stratospheremodels

    1/48 Tamiya F-14D

    So I get it that the new A version of the Tamiya F-14 is already out ?? Did I miss on this one ? :o Stéphane, Stratosphere Models Website : http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels
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    Need advice for air filtration system for paint, resin

    Hi Dave, Thank you, my guess is that paint fumes and paint solvents are most likely nastier than any of the resins I would want to filter for (particularly petroleum based paints). Given that I don't use any aliphatic resins (so that removes the nasty stuff) nor anything that's higher up in the health safety scale (I mostly use the mild stuff), I think I would be fine with a homemade unit (given that my budget is zero to get a commercial unit). In fact the UK made filtration systems are quite simple boxes but in my opinion overpriced for what they are (just square metal boxes with a removable top held with a metal latch and filters snd fan(s) inside). They do have variable speed control and some lights on them to indicate the speed, which is the only thing i think why the price is high (plus being made in the UK) but otherwise I think they probably have very simple systems inside). In fact, even for the price they do not include the inlets (you have to 3D print them yourself). I think if i do mine without any fancy electronics and just a single speed and fairly simple wood box or some other material and good sealing/gaskets (caulking silicone, maybe even 3D printed custom gaskets if needed or just making custom ones with cast silicone out of a routed shape in a plastic sheet, I will have a tightly sealed unit). There have been studies that found out that FDM printers emit nano particles (a bit similar to the pollutants emitted by diesel engines) and other carcinogens (a lot of people have these machines at home these days) but they found out that a combination of an enclosure plus low temperature is enough to contain 99% or more of the emissions. Given that I don't plan to have an FDM printer for quite a while but I might eventually get one, that's partly why I looked at those UK made filtration systems (the smallest one was designed for desktop FDM printers). I think spark proof fans should not be too hard to source, given that hobby scale paint booths no doubt use such fans already. I've seen a bunch of Japanese half- home made filtration systems/vents for paint and or resin, and they were featured in scale modeling magazines, so I guess if they didn't catch on fire their set ups seem to be good. Some had particulate filters but others were just a paint booth connected to an air hose for dryers and a fan or 2. Too bad I don't read Japanese. But the articles seemed rather lacking on technical info, they were more a display of who is using what in is own scale modeling corner. Some of the modelers were combining both resin casting and spray painting. My own unit will be more elaborate than that, to be on the safe side. Haven't decided yet if it will be similar to your own unit (plus charcoal & HEPA filters added) or as a unit similar to the UK machine. Anyone's got photos to share of their own set ups ? Stephane Stratosphere Models Website : http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels
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    Need advice for air filtration system for paint, resin

    Hi Dave, Thank you for your very detailed and enlightening answer ! In fact I don't mind the environmental engineering 101 course, the more info the better. I was probably thinking about a system that can do everything / both paint and remove fumes from resin manufacturing (no matter what the method, and some of those methods cannot be contained in a pressure pot). I don't do much paint anymore, quite rare, but from time to time I will need to prime or even fully paint models for the purpose of showing pictures online. Filtering resin fumes (of varied types) would be the main use, thus I was thinking I would need activated charcoal. I have seen machines from a company from the UK that sell industry certified air filtration machines dedicated to removing VOC'S. I think the smallest machine was around 700$US or more. The next slightly bigger machine was well above 1200$... So I thought I'd try to build my own system. They say they use 3 stage filtration, including activated charcoal and HEPA (?) filter. I can't remember what was the 3rd stage. Now that I remember, many years ago when I used to do airbrush illustration, there was an art store in New York that sold balls of a ceramic/clay like material that would filter airbrush spray from the air (you'd just fill a jar with them and put it near your work table). Years later i found out what this material was: molecular sieves. Could that also be used in combination with a homebuilt system like we are talking about ? I do know however that you have to select a molecular sieve that's specifically tailored for the molecule of a specific VOC you want to block, similar to what the oil industry uses for refining. Please correct me if I'm wrong. So that maybe impractical and potentially more costly than using filters and charcoal ?. Since the fumes are potentially flammable (a lot of resin vapors are) that's why I was thinking about using a ventilator fan with a spark proof electric motor. My guess is that those that are included with commercial paint booths are. Now I remember why this manufacturer from the UK was using HEPA filters : that's because there was some nano size particles generated by some of the applications for which their filtration machines were being used. It involved hot plastics. Then thst makes sense. Given that my system will be mutifunction though, I will need to filter resin VOC's, paint, and maybe at some point nano particles from heat 3D plastics. So my guess is that I will still need that HEPA filter. It is not so much the odors (though there is that too obviously) so much as the solvents and potentially harmful VOC's in the various products I want to filter which I worry more about. Even silicones can be a concern (there is a lot of methyl in there that evaporates as the material cures). Basically I want to bring as close to zero as possible the emission of VOC''s to be on the safe side as some systems I will use emit VOC's during hours. In fact some resin parts take over 14 hours to degas. I even experienced 2 weeks time to degas for some system which thankfully I no longer use since 15 years. Given that I don't want to just dump unfiltered fumes outside due to concern for others, I have to have the full filtration system (both for VOC's and for particulate (paint, etc, when I will use them), but the main use will be to filter the solvents & other VOC's. And also so that these don't come back inside the room as a lot of VOC's of products I will use are heavier than air and I am located in a half-basement. Stephane
  4. Such as brands, cost, models, what system are you personally using ? Please share some photos of your system and scale modeling workshop :) I am looking to set up something that throws all the fumes outside and filter them at the same time, HEPA filters, activated charcoal filter, in whatever combination and set up work best and is safe (need fans that are explosion proof would be my guess ?). I will also obviously need a flexible hose, maybe two (any suggestions for sources, types of hoses ?). I will most likely end up painting the outside of the hoses in a way to make them more esthetically pleasing to keep my wife happy and not turn the place into a totally industrial looking place :p (little flowers or something). Then I'll have to figure out a way to design this in a way that will keep critters (and people) as well as dust from the outside out (and the cold in winter) and which cannot be vandalized so easily (the outlet, and inlet as well if I use both together). Plus a way to lock the guillotine window plus the set up that will hold the outlet plus inlet together (it's kind of a long window) in place safely so the window cannot be opened from the outside, because I am looking at making this more or less 'permanent', sort of, but removable without any or little change to the existing window structure. Any ideas and suggestions from modelers who already have their own set-up in an appartement ? Stephane.
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    MiG-31 with A-S Kinzhal missilse

    They forgot to censor the missile close-up images in some of their takes :) ! Stéphane Stratosphere Models Website : http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels Email : stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr
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    Part2Print Rapid Prototyping

    Hi, A few suggestions : In the Help section I only see Solidscape & Envisiontech written a number of times and there are no prices anywhere for the different services when I click on any of the options. There is no Meiko machines indicated either nor any of the other technologies you listed on the front page. It looks to me like this is a website that is still under construction although it doesn't say so. So there is no way to make a comparison with the prices of Rinkak, iMaterialise, Shapeways, etc, which is too bad. So I'll pass. Also I don't see a written policy anywhere that would tell your potential clients that their copyright on their 3D files and 3D printed parts will remain their own. I say that because unless this kind of information is clearly stated on a 3D printing service page, sometimes clients may get a bad surprise (concrete example: do you know that if you try to contract 'rapid tooling' at the 3DSystems website, you LOSE your copyright ownership on the injection mold tooling they will make got you.... So for me it's a big no-no in cases like that. At least 3DS warns us about this on their website, but if you don't check you might be in for a rude awakening as I'd hate to give the ownership of an injected mold i would have paid hundreds of thousands of $ to 3DSystems...). I am not saying that you would do something wrong, but from a legal standpoint and to reassure and get the trust of future customers, if there is no such policy for this type of service that leaves a big loophole for copyright ownership and serious companies will not sign up unless this is clearly stated. So you should really put up a clear policy that everyone can read about the copyright ownership question. And you should complete the design of your website so that we can find your tariffs per machine & per material. Also it looks like your company is located in the Czech Republic. So does that mean you would charge us a sales tax (European tax) on top of our orders for customers located in North America ? I am not too sure what the taxation situation is right now in Europe, we supposedly now have (?) or will have free trade agreement between Canada & Europe but I don't know if the deal was finalized completely or if any changes have been implemented ? Or maybe this only concerns custom charges and not sales taxes ? Please let us know.
  7. I am exceptionnaly offering for sale a 3rd Stratosphere Models pattern. This one is for my hypersonic Lockheed FDL-6 SOMV classified lifting body, 1/48th scale. It is my largest version of that model at over 20 cm long. The model was produced in fiberglass, so the tooling molds are also fiberglass. This will allow you to make nice, long lasting, resistant desk models. You will have to add a silicone mold for the fin as the fins I made for those were individually made out of styrene. Take note that it is actually the molds I am selling (the pattern was made of a somewhat softer material and got some damages during demolding. But no worries, the fiberglass molds are superb and much better than having the original pattern). The Lockheed FDL-6 SOMV is still in part classified. It was an unmanned hypersonic high-lift-to-drag ratio lifting body which had performances way better than the Space Shuttle, like it's several FDL series siblings developed during the 1960's by the Air Force Flight Dynamics Lab. Several large size components were build both by Lockheed & the USAF. A large rear fuselage half was build & is shown in the publication Lockheed Horizons. A front fuselage was also build for tests in a large oven and a photo of it was also published. One classified tech paper describes the FDL-6 as a weapons system (possibly for the delivery of nuclear weapons, which would explain why it's still in part classified today). The vehicle may or may not have been flight tested under a covert program. (Note : since this aicraft is an hypersonic glider, and technicaly there is no glider category on the forum so I am posting it here). The fiberglass tool was only used a few times & is in good condition (no scratches). If ever desk models for this program were made they were few and remained classified and are unlikely to show up on the collector market. So this is your chance to be able to produce desk models of this member of a series of hypersonic vehicles from a significant program from AFFDL which had performances significantly superior to their predecessor, the X-20, as well as improved all metal heat shield. This model kit came out after a 4 year 1/2 research on the whole USAF FDL series of high L/D classified vehicles plus several other hypersonic projects. The fiberglass tooling is for sale for 325.00$ US. Please contact me to know the shipping cost at: stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr Or via my website at : http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels
  8. I still have a very limited small surplus of stock that must go. These kits are on sale at 40% OFF FOR 2 DAYS ONLY ! 2 in stock: X-37 USAF/DARPA/NASA (1/48). A Very finely detailled kit. (Regular price 85$ US, Now ONLY 51$ US each !) 1 in stock: D-21 Mach 4 Drone (1/48). The only 1-48th scale resin kit of the D-21, and the first D-21 available with the correct wing shape planform. (Regular price 85$ US, Now ONLY 51$ US each !) 1 in stock: FDL-7 C/D (it's a big model, bigger & longer than my FDL-5 & my FDL-7 Model 176, and it's a new mold. 1/100 scale & 1/48 scale at once as it can both represent the McDonnell vehicle that would have rotated the crews for the MOL space station in the 1960's or the later MD proposal for a TAV for the USAF during the 70's or 80's. The True shape of the legacy USAF/McDonnell hypersonic military spaceplane). (Regular price 70$ US, Now ONLY 42$ US each !!). Email me for shipping cost. Stephane Stratosphere Models Website : http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels Email : stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr
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    TOOLING & MOLDS of STRATO's Largest Sci- Fi KIT FOR SALE !  

    UPDATE: The new all resin fins are Very nice. Not only that but they are also a LOT more accurate than the old vacform fins which have been retired a few years ago : these new super-accurized resin fins now have the correct curved "cow-boy legs" shape when seen from the front, like the real thing (the old ones had no curve at all). The NEW lower resin fins are also much bigger in the upper part. Another big plus are the 2 spindle shapes on each lower fins which now look a lot nicer and symmetrical because you no longer have to deal with vacform fin halves, cutting, sanding or alignment, now it's all perfect right away from the start, no filling involved, no risk of splitting thin vac halves when attempting to fill them with polyurethane foam. Plus the NEW resin fins make for a MUCH stronger model, not to mention more accurate. Stratosphere Models Website : http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels Email : stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr
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    FREE SHIPPING ON 2 NEW 1-48th STRATOSPHERE MODELS KITS AT SHAPEWAYS !

    Update ! Take note that i have now lowered the price of both the D-21 Booster Rocket and the D-21 Booster Dolly ! And the FREE SHIPPING offer at Shapeways is still valid until midnight TODAY, US Pacific time (at least for California and the other continental West coast states if I'm not wrong. For details please check at Shapeways. Shapeways boutique: https://www.shapeways.com/product/XP5CBAZSX/rocket-booster-for-d-21-drone-spyplane-1-48th Stephane Stratosphere Models Email : stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr Website : http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels
  11. I have just uploaded 3 NEW models inclding 2 NEW 1/48th scale airplanes at my Shapeways Boutique: Strato. They are the 2 different versions of the new hypersonic vehicle from Lockeed /DARPA / USAF that flew several times in 2010 and 2011. I will add more details soon about them and the 2 versions. https://www.shapeways.com/product/Z58P2ZK2Z/htv-2-hypersonic-usaf-aircraft-version-2?optionId=63680159&li=shop-inventory *** Take note that i am now offering them in 3 different high resolution materials. I am going to have a Much larger aircraft coming soon, I may actually have to reduce it to 1/100th and 1/144th because at 1/72nd it would be 2 feet long. It's BIG, it's beautiful, it's fast ;) ! Stephane Stratosphere Models Website : http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels Email : stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr
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    FREE SHIPPING ON 2 NEW 1-48th STRATOSPHERE MODELS KITS AT SHAPEWAYS !

    GOOD NEWS ! Until September 24th SHIPPING IS FREE on my Shapeways models ! I also have a whole lot of new goodies which I will provide a link for in a moment for which the FREE SHIPPING also applies. Stephane Stratosphere Models Shapeways Boutique No. 1: https://www.shapeways.com/product/XP5CBAZSX/rocket-booster-for-d-21-drone-spyplane-1-48th http://www.shapeways.com/product/W5CSJFAS3/dolly-for-d-21-rocket-booster-1-48th-scale Shapeways Boutique No.2: https://www.shapeways.com/search?q=The_Old_Factory+&type= I forgot to mention that you can put the D-21 on top of both the booster plus dolly stack. Manufacturer photos are a bit rare but let me check what i've got in my file. Here we go. These will build as spectacular, never seen before displays worthy of the IPMS Nationals show:
  13. I am exceptionnaly offering for sale a 2nd Stratosphere Models pattern. This one is for my hypersonic Lockheed FDL-6 SOMV classified lifting body, 1/48th scale. It's my largest version of that model at over 20 cm long. The model was produced in fiberglass, so the tooling molds are also fiberglass. This will allow you to make nice, long lasting, resistant desk models. You will have to add a silicone mold for the fin as the fins I made for those were individually made out of styrene. The Lockheed FDL-6 SOMV is still in part classified. It was an unmanned hypersonic high-lift-to-drag ratio lifting body which had performances way better than the Space Shuttle, like it's several FDL series siblings developed during the 1960's by the Air Force Flight Dynamics Lab. Several large size components were build both by Lockheed & the USAF. A large rear fuselage half was build & is shown in the publication Lockheed Horizons. A front fuselage was also build for tests in a large oven and a photo of it was also published. One classified tech paper describes the FDL-6 as a weapons system (possibly for the delivery of nuclear weapons, which would explain why it's still in part classified today). The vehicle may or may not have been flight tested under a covert program. The fiberglass tool was only used a few times & is in good condition (no scratches). If ever desk models for this program were made they were few and remained classified and are unlikely to show up on the collector market. So this is your chance to be able to produce desk models of this member of a series of hypersonic vehicles from a significant program from AFFDL which had performances significantly superior to their predecessor, the X-20, as well as improved all metal heat shield. This model kit came out after a 4 year 1/2 research on the whole USAF FDL series of high L/D classified vehicles plus several other hypersonic projects. The fiberglass tooling is for sale for 325.00$ US. Shipping cost is separate. Contact me to know the shipping cost at: stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr Or via my website at: http://picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels The molds produce very nice castings like these: (Take note that only companies in good standing with Stratosphere Models will be considered).
  14. I am exceptionally putting up for sale several Stratosphere Models patterns and molds. The first one is a large, nice classic NASA logo that can be used as a model base. I used to include those with my Lockheed SSTO Venture Star space shuttle. The tooling is in perfect condition & was made by hand from styrene. Diameter of the disk itself is 7.25 inch. Total width is about 9.5 inch. It's over 1/4 inch thick. Price for the tooling is 300.00$ US. There's also a silicone mold included. The mold is in very good condition, I have mostly used it for polyester castings so there is practically no abrasion at all. It's ready for production. If you are imaginative there are many possible uses for this part and several possibilities with different materials for nice special effects. Shipping cost is separate. Contact me for the shipping cost at: stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr Or via my website at: http://picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels (Take note that only companies in good standing with Stratosphere Models will be considered, meaning only those having never been associated with nor having done any business with recasters).
  15. TOOLING & MOLDS of STRATO's Largest Sci- Fi KIT FOR SALE ! I am PUTTING UP FOR SALE ALL THE TOOLING AND MOLDS OF MY LARGEST AND MOST SPECTACULAR SCI-FI MODEL KIT: The TROPICAL FISH CRUISER (Angel Fish, or Sharlin Cruiser) from B5. For those who are not aware, Stratosphere Models have produced a line of some of the largest popular B5 Sci-Fi kits during several years, many of which are still available. The model is nearly 3 FEET TALL, and 3 FEET LONG ! (1 meter tall by 1 meter long !). It is a mixed media kit, mostly vacform but now include several large resin parts (the upper and lower fins). The new all resin fins are a RECENT UPDATE and their molds are still NEW. Website: http://www.picturetrail.com/stratospheremodels It is one of the crown jewels of Stratosphere Models and is my most expensive and most profitable product on my catalog. The previous vac version kits have been selling like hotcakes on Ebay by dealers where they reached prices between 300 to 350$US each. I have been selling the recently updated version with all resin main fins for 499.00$US. (I have had to turn down clients recently as i can no longer produce the kit because i can no longer obtain replacement parts for the special 2nd stage pump from the manufacturer of my vacform machine. Due to my heavy investment in 3D CAD and many upcoming kits i have not had the chance to invest in new vacforming equipment. So i've decided it is time to find a new home for this spectacular kit). The basic design of the kit required more than 6 months of work. An additional 2 months and a half was added a year later to update the main fuselage ribs (which were considerably beefed up to accurize them) plus other details. It took 2 more months to design the new all resin fins and their molds. The new resin fins can be cast with translucent resin so you can light them up to replicate the window lights seen on the CG spaceship. These new resin fins are very nice. Asking price for all the tooling and molds is 9.5K $ US. (The actual value of the tooling is much higher, calculating that i spent 40 hours a week minimum (i often had 10, 12 hours work days), 4 weeks per month, multiplied by 10.5 months at 10$ an hour (most per hire modelers in N. America charge more than double that fee), so in reality the tooling and molds are worth 16800$ minimum). Only inquiries from serious companies will be considered. Buyer may have to provide proof that he can cover the payment. Payments accepted are postal money orders, bank transfer (bank draft) or Paypal (if you choose Paypal, you will have to add 3.5% to the total to cover the Paypal fees. Payment for the tooling and molds will have to be made upfront, upon which all parts will be carefully packed and shipped. Shipping cost is not included in the main sales price and will be calculated and charged separately based on the actual shipping weight and packing cost. Most of the tooling is fragile so the utmost care will be taken to protect them for shipping with strong boxes or crates as needed. All packages will be insured to their full value. Due to the fragile nature of several of the tooling and weight (silicone molds are heavy), several boxes will be used to protect and ship the lightweight and heavy items separately to avoid risks of damage. Everywhere possible registered mail will be used. No shipping to P.O. Boxes, only residential adresses or your main place of business where you are present during postal/delivery business hours will be accepted. No return or exchanges, the tooling and molds are sold as production ready. Any potential shipping claim will be dealt with via Post Canada's regulations or whichever company will be used to mail the tooling. Shipping tooling/molds in separate packages will also ensure that you can obtain full coverage in case of damage to individual packages so as not to go beyond the maximum insurance value for a single box. I still have several vacform castings in stock which i will include with the sale. Some of them, the largest ones, may have 5% errors of vacforming, meaning a few soft corners, but are still very much usable as back-up. They are the last ones i have in atock. All the small vacformed stock parts are perfect as i still can vacform them with a smaller version of my vac machine without need for a 2nd stage pump, so they are perfectly formed. I'm adding the large parts as backup, just in case. If you are not familiar with vacforming large parts i will provide the buyer with information free of charge based on my 23 years of experience so you can make them successfully. I do have a professional high vacuum pump which i've used for other purposes and which i no longer need which could be used as a 2nd stage vac pump, however it would need custom fittings to couple it with your vacform machine. Because it produces a very high noise level i couldn't use it where i live. If the buyer is interested i could sell him this pump also or i could even include it with the deal (to be negociated)(it's very heavy, so it would be shipped separately). It's still new and have only been used 3 or 4 times. With the accessories coming with it (vacuum gauges and hoses) it have a value of nearly 500$. The main fuselage tooling, the tail, plus several of the smaller parts are made of wood and fiberglass. The set also include several permanent tooling molds which are made of a special composite made by Stratosphere Models (you cannot buy that material commercially off the shelf. Included with the sale i will provide you with the method to make and replace this tooling if needed. It is an excellent low cost tooling to vacform smaller and medium size components and it resist heat very well and is easier and less expensive to make than commercially available specialized heat resistant materials (and no, it's not plaster) and it is resistant to potential damages during demolding. Take note that i am not selling any of the trademarks of Stratosphere Models or Temporal Rift in this deal. I am only selling the tooling and the molds for the Tropical Fish Cruiser. Photos of the tooling and molds will be emailed to prospective buyers upon request. You can contact me at : stratospheremodels@yahoo.fr Stephane Stratosphere Models
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