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  1. Dude! this is so far beyond awesome. I love it! Everything about it makes perfect sense. Of course the pilots would be wearing special helmets with visors, they're tactical....duh. 🙂 Did you consider making grey'd out versions of the Moon Base Alpha insignia? I think that might be the only thing I personally would have added, but totally works without it as well. super job. Thanks for sharing. And welcome back. (talk about walking back into a room and doing a mic drop) Bill
  2. Did someone say AMK F-14?!?!?! 😀 ok ok ok, back in the hole for me. Bill
  3. Yup. There are soooo many things that effect color on an object like this. Lighting in the location it's taken. reflections on it from objects around it, the color settings on the camera taking the image, the color settings on the monitor and/or film developing that the viewer is looking at it on, the lighting in THAT room and potentially reflections on the screen you're looking at the image on. Color is far from being an exact thing even on objects that you KNOW the exact paint that was used. Because even "exact" colors of paint have different batches which at times can be slightly different...Yeah, a lot can mess around with color. And that doesn't even get in to apparent scale effect on color based on size....it can be maddening. Bill
  4. I tend to agree that for this particular vehicle metal tubing is the way to go for the bulk of the structure. Not just because of strength, I think the 3D printed resin is plenty strong enough, but just the cost, time, and concern of keeping them perfectly straight. Perhaps model all of the corner joints and 3D print those with a male/female socket connection for each tube. That's my opinion anyway. I also like the idea of a 3D printed assembly jig. This thing looks pretty spidery and not easy to get perfectly aligned. A good solid base to build on looks key. Keep up the great work and keep us posted. Bill
  5. Awesome! Now we're talking. Now that you've figured how to break up parts and work in assemblies, your time is going to really open up. Keep up the great work! Bill
  6. Oh man! looking great. Careful though, this stuff will get addicitve. Awesome being able to draw up parts, print them, and then use them on your build. It's an incredible feeling of freedom and control, unlike some forms of model building. Amazing times we are living in indeed. Bill
  7. WOW! That came out AWESOME! You could ctell me that the top photos are of the exact same model and I'd have a hard time proving you wrong. Very convincing! I will have to get that issue and follow your process because this is about as perfect as you can get. Bill
  8. Yes, to me, figuring the best orientation to minimize supports AND not get the dreaded vacuum suction on parts is probably the hardest thing to master. Maybe for some they just "get it" and have no issues but seems like I am always fighting it. On that bell I'd maybe suggest nozzle down BUT still kicked at a slight angle. Seems like clearing supports from the inside of the bell would be easier to hide issues than on the outside face. I designed and printed some skirts just like the ones you have, albeit mine aren't NEARLY as detailed and pretty as yours came out. Greeat work on this all around so far! Bill
  9. Oh well, Saturday works better for my schedule anyway...That's very accommodating of them. 😁 Bill
  10. GREAT job! I'd started a similar venture with mating a Monogram LM and a Dragon CSM, but for stalled. I don't think I will get anywhere near your level. Beautiful. Bill
  11. Yeah, pretty hard to sneak that box in without being seen. 😀
  12. History might be made again today when the U.S. FINALLY returns to human space flight. Here's hoping for favorable weather and a safe journey. God's speed. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/26/tech/spacex-nasa-launch-may-27-scn/index.html Bill
  13. So you guys actually got questioned by the authorities about the nature of your purchase for a 3D printer? Wow, that's crazy. (or am I missing a joke about the treasury dept. AKA SWMBO?) I would have told them that you wanted to 3D print a miniature version of the moon that you could put into low low earth orbit so when you stole the real moon nobody would notice. That might get a couple of reactions....they'd leave either you alone shaking their head at the humor OR you'd get a visit from some people with straight jackets. 😀
  14. Have you checked the freezer yet? Just sayin'....😁
  15. Personally I'd never connected it mentally to the company RealSpace but I could see the point of someone being a little confused until they looked at the entries. I don't recall very many actual RealSpace (the company) builds here much lately. Also, other than the sponsoring manufacturer's individual threads, I don't think there's ever been an area on ARC dedicated to one company. But like I said, can't fault you for asking the question and pointing it out.
  16. Dude, this is looking so good! I think a lot of this parts are perfect for 3D printing, Can't wait to see how they come out! Your attention to details is awesome and 3d modeling skills are coming along great. I would offer one suggestion as far as Solidworks. You'd mentioned that you're not doing this as an assembly but rather a single part and that's slowing down your process times. I assume you're doing this because you want to model each part accurately in relation to its surrounding mating parts, which in this case is totally the way to go. BUT you can actually accomplish this in an assembly as well, and it's not too late in the game to continue forward as an assembly. I think you'd benefit from "in-context" assembly modeling. There are many ways to do this and with a little searching you can find what works best for you, but basically you have your top level assembly and insert the next part with no modeled geometry. if you just enter via the "check" when you insert it, it's origin with be in the same location as the assembly's origin. Then you go to the newly inserted part in the parts tree, right click and pick "edit part". Once you're in the part editor in context of an assembly you can model as you have been doing using faces etc… of existing parts for reference. The good thing is you can just model the more simple aspects of the part (or even simple reference points or planes or whatever,) while in the assembly and then to add all the details you just open the part by itself and add the things that are bogging down your main assembly. (You can even do sub-assemblies or subassemblies with sub-assemblies so you can edit areas in-context without having the full model loaded) Doing assemblies in context CAN get a little jingy if you have to move parts and they are related to sketches in other parts, but with a little care and thought it really isn't too hard to do. This also allows you to "save-as copy" some parts in case you want to make different versions, which might come in handy for different scaled prints or approaches to a part. Our company started out doing our large assemblies this way for a while but in our case we needed to copy entire assemblies and change out or modify a lot of the parts, and that's when in-context modeling becomes pretty hard to maintain. We still do some things in context but generally we break any sketch relations to and other parts. Sorry, long winded thought, just figured it might be something to consider as you start getting more and more parts added and it starts becoming Impossibly slow. It's also a really good process to learn for many other projects. Bill
  17. What amazes me is on the rare occasion you find it, it will be somewhere that seems like all laws of physics were broken for it to be where you found it. Round/spherical things NEVER roll away like you'd think. They end up .2 mm away from where it fell and you still didn't see it. And flat sheet objects will "roll" 50 feet into the back hallway behind the stack of picture frames that's been leaning on the wall for 10 years. And ceramic kitchen tile still falls under the same species of the carpet monster.
  18. Hope this isn't hijacking the thread too much but it reminded me of a question I've asked a few times and haven't been able to find anything. I've been interested in doing an F-4EJ that I saw photos of long ago (89-early 90's Koko Fan book) that was a 302 Sq plane with their colorful bird tail and it had 2 wide blue bands around the waist area of the fuse, right before and after that red exhaust warning stripe. The only pic I can find of a plane with similar blue band is on this site https://nara.getarchive.net/media/a-japanese-air-self-defense-force-jasdf-304th-tactical-fighter-squadron-304th-0ef03c but that is a different sq. It says this 304 plane was taking part of a joint training operation called Cope North. Does anyone have any idea what the 302 plane I saw would have been? And if those bands are specific to that operation, or similar operations? I don't know why I just found the plane with that colorful bird and those 2 stripes really interesting looking and would love to some day do one. Ok, carry on and sorry if this is too off topic. Bill
  19. Yes it's possible. I haven't personally tried this but all the people I've talked to that have say it's a very intensive process to get good results. I think the base model that you're starting with from the "scans" are pretty open and have to have a lot of surface stitching to make the print well. Or at least that's what I've heard. I do want to try it though sometime.
  20. Good deal. Would love to see some pics of a build or something of it.
  21. I like it! I think it's a great concept and executed well. I do however have a hard time believing he caught that many, Stormtroopers are notorious for not being able to track people or droids. Great job! Bill
  22. Very nice! I only see the first image but it's incredible. How was this printed? Resin printer? Keep up the awesome work! Bill
  23. You can see it well at about the 1:34 mark in this video.
  24. Thanks, it's right at 6" diameter. This is the small device that you see Luke learning the ways of the force and light saber practice aboard the Falcon. It floats around and shoots low powered laser blast that you have to block. It's referenced again in the newer episodes, I believe first in the Force Awakens when Finn finds it sitting on the game board and there are other versions shown throughout the series. Here is a mostly completed pic of it. There are 2 more of the chrome rims I have to file down to fit in the holes but otherwise completed.
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