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  1. As for the 11 mission itself, yes too young, I was 1 at the time. But I definitely remember some of the later missions and even have a recollection of running out into the back yard to see if a part of Skylab would (hopefully) land in our back yard and I'd have the coolest playhouse on the block! Hey I was 11, give me a break. So far my planned builds for this are the 1/48 scale Monogram/Revell LEM and likely linking it up to a Dragon CSM. I also hopefully can finish the Dragon 1/72 scale Saturn V. Another thing I'm kicking around is perhaps rehashing my Alan Bean astronaut sculpt, trying to reform a lot of the details and cutting it up to make it mold-able so I can do other figures. not sure about that project but with the 3D printer now, I should be able to really refine the suit fittings etc... Looking forward to the coming months! Gonna be a great ride. Bill
  2. I agree with this. Although I did see a drag racing model where the builder actually put the twist and deflection that a dragster has coming off the line and had the front tires slightly raised from the base. It was an incredible effect that totally sold the model.
  3. Bump. Surely more people want to celebrate the greatest achievement of modern times? Right? We should commit ourselves to do this, and the other things....
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    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    Yes, and the MAIN rule of piping....I.D. MUST be smaller than O.D. and make sure the hole is inside the diameter on both ends.
  5. I hope this doesn't mean that the molds for the 1/32 scale CSM will never be used again. I'd hate to see that thing never released. I don't see another mainstream company releasing anything like that in the future.
  6. If Revell doesn't re-release any of their stuff then something is just not right in the world. Any word of anything? Bill
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    Bought a Printer!

    That's a great mod! I may have to do something like that as well. I'm currently printing in the garage, which isn't very well insulated so I'm sure the weather changes can affect the prints as well as the electronics in the printer itself. Speaking of electronics. I'm curious if you guys with the Anycubic Photon have the same issue I've noticed about my printer. It doesn't happen every time, but often enough to be of concern. Sometimes when I start a print, about 5 minutes into the print it pretty much just stops. The fan shuts down and it kind of locks up. I have to turn it off and back on and then hit print and it starts back where it was. It got to the point where now my print process is I will start a print without the resin or the build plate attached to let it run. If after 10 minutes it doesn't shut down, I'll stop the print and restart with the resin. It doesn't ever shut down after the second restart. Anyone else have anything like this happen? I haven't seen anything on the forums about it. It was doing this before I moved it to the garage so I don't think that has anything to do with it. I probably should contact Anycubic to find a real solution though.
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    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    Criticism you say? ok, so you want criticism? Well you asked for it. um....ah........that thumb fingernail! What is up with that? Looks like you trimmed it with a chain saw. I mean a proper manicure wouldn't be too much to ask for would it? And that lower foot amputation job? Wow, that's beyond painful. I bet you didn't even give the poor guy a sedative either did you? huh? huh? Ok, that's all I got. Anyone else?
  9. Balloons?!?!?! Oh man, NOW it's a party!
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    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    Oh My GOSH! You sir are amazing with the details. Every time it's simply eye candy to watch you build pics. Completely amazed. Bill
  11. niart17

    Bought a Printer!

    Well, I am not going to tell you not to do it, I think depending on perseverance and willingness to break through failures, anyone CAN learn how to get into 3D printing. I will say however it would be a really good idea to start with at least a good basic knowledge of 3D modeling software. I think that applies even if you're doing nothing but printing files that are provided by outside sources. Reason being, not all 3d files are going to be designed in such a way that would work well with whatever type of printer and software you decide to get. And that means that you'll likely have to do some amount of tweaking on some of the files in order to get the prints you want. The good news is there are some really good 3D modeleing programs out there that are pretty inexpensive or even free. So that in my opinion would be step 1. Even if that's just getting use to seeing how 3d models are constructed by various programs and being able to manipulate them in virtual space. The next most important thing in my opinion is patience and research! Go in understanding that there is going to be failures and you are going to be wasting some amount of time and money on materials just through the process of learning. The tech is nowhere near the point of push a button and walk-away, come back later and have perfect parts every time. I think I have a pretty good understanding of 3D modeling since I've been doing it for a living for about 15 years or so. But 3d printing is still quite the learning curve for me. Granted I don't have as much time as I'd like to play with it and perfect the techniques so that's a factor in how fast my progress is. Others have jumped in and are way ahead of me as far as getting consistent results. But even companies like Shapeways, that have a team of techs working on getting prints right, still have failure rates they have to deal with. So just know it's going to happen. Bottom line is do a LOT of research and make sure you have disposable income and time before you buy anything. Figure out what quality you're expecting and what size and type of prints you want. It may end up where you want to get more than one type printer and maybe by the time you're ready to buy something, the tech will be closer to plug and play. But know what you want before you get in otherwise your first experience is likely to disappoint and turn you away from it totally. I'm sure others here will jump in with their input. Listen to what everyone is saying and that may give you a better feel for the road ahead of you. It is a fun hobby and I personally think it's the future of manufacturing. Knowing how it works would be good for anyone I think. Bill
  12. I cast my vote. Gonna be a fun journey!
  13. Flight, We're a go for a Feb 1st launch. I'm in! Got a Monogram 1/48th LEM dying to be mated up to the Dragon CSM and I MIGHT even try harder to get the 1/72 scale Sat V completed. See you guys on the moon. Bill
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    The 2018 ARC Holiday Raffle PRIZE LIST

    Cool. looks like I won. I'll take #8, the Spitfire if it's still available. Thanks again everyone! Bill
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    Group builds lacking participants?

    ohh ohh ohh....can I say the obligatory statement? Please pick me pick me!...I've been practicing. Ok here goes. ahem..... "But I don't have Facebook". Thank you ladies and gentlemen, you've been great! Bill
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