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  1. In CAD work it is SO EASY to zoom in on a part in progress, look over at the walkaround photo, and think "Wow I better do the hex head on that bolt. I wonder if it's an M10 or an M12." Sometimes you have to zoom out to the approximate size of the final part just to reset your reality. They won't be able to mold that bolt head anyway. Maybe just a bump.
  2. Uh-oh. Has anybody checked the AMK model for that nut and cotter pin???
  3. The thing is, most published drawings aren't based on factory blueprints, they are drawn by outsiders (for example, a graphic artist at an aviation mag, or just a fanatical enthusiast). People working with incomplete and often contradictory data. Acquiring accurate factory drawings is a lottery win. Even then, there is a lot going on in the 90 degrees between those orthogonal planes, and judgment, experience and talent come into play. Not an engineer, but I am a CAD pro, and for years now I've been modeling one particular airplane for my own amusement. Even with good drawings, excellent documentary publications and thousands upon thousands of walkaround photos, this stuff is really hard. It's not just math and geometry, it's art.
  4. This is reallllly getting old.
  5. What? Those are exactly the things that make the Su-15 so wonderful! 😍
  6. Glenmorangie 10-year, best bang for the buck in single malts.
  7. Maybe it's just me, but I don't find jokes about the downfall of a small and enthusiastic company to be very funny.
  8. Excellent post. Thank you for that.
  9. Thanks Andrea. And, looking at your avatar, I congratulate you on your excellent taste in rocket hardware. 😀
  10. F-14 ignoramus here... Could someone, uh, highlight the slime lights and explain what's wrong with them?
  11. Wow, these seem to be few and far between. Any leads would be much appreciated!
  12. That would be absolutely awesome.
  13. On this subject, I'm collecting opinions in "Tools n Tips." If you guys would reply to my post there, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, Patrick
  14. I'm talking about small panel-line details that differ between, say, two production runs of the same aircraft. For example, a small access hatch added to a previously blank panel. Would you prefer the kit manufacturer to mold the hatch into the panel, so that, if you want to omit it, you have to sand and fill the molded detail? Or would you rather the manufacturer leave the panel blank, but include instructions, or even a template, for you to inscribe in the missing detail yourself?
  15. Yes, the Trumpeter Flagon was... not a Flagon. Just always on the lookout for a new Su-15 kit!
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