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  1. Thank you, Slartibartfarst. (I've been wanting to post that for years! ) Quick bump in case anyone else is closer. If not, I'll take you up on your offer.
  2. Hoping someone would be willing to pick a couple of items up and ship them to me. PM for details.
  3. MoFo

    Bought a Printer!

    Heads up for anyone in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain or Japan: Anycubic will be running a sale for Amazon Prime day - 20% off the Photon. So it will be about $430, which is a pretty great deal. Better yet, it doesn't look like you actually need to have a Prime account - its just a coupon code - so there's a chance that anyone (in those countries) can take advantage of the offer. More details (specific dates, times and codes) on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/anycubic3dprinter/videos/396300070776121/
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    KA Models aftermarket parts

    WRT casting, I can think of a couple of ways to let you release the actuators to cast the part in one piece. It'd still be tricky though, and likely have a high reject rate, since I'm sure they would be prone to breaking off in the mould. Though if they are directly printed for production, that would help explain the price - it's an expensive technology, more expensive than traditional resin casting, so they will be expensive to produce. As for the split cans, the only thing I can think of is painting. The pics on their website show soot streaks on the painted parts, and if that's the look you're going for, it would be easier to do if they are split open. But still, weird choice. And it looks like they are printed perpendicular to the build platform (ie straight, not on an angle) since the layer lines seem to be visible on the outside, so it's not even an issue of support structure from a weird print angle. (pretty sure that waffle-like piece doesn't have anything to do with support; probably just to avoid damage in shipping)
  5. For print magazines, I can sort of understand that, however at this point, the they're missing a golden opportunity to drive people to their digital spaces by not tagging their reviews with "for more pics and information, go to our website". And something like a cover sheet image rather than the decal itself would probably be more useful in that regard (assuming that it shows profiles). Then again, plenty of blogs, webzines and other on-line outlets do the same thing - list the subjects, show the decal sheet, but don't actually show what the subjects LOOK like - and they really don't have much excuse. My biggest complaint is when decal companies don't show profiles on their website. They do have the space, and they are trying to sell product, but they're just annoying potential customers by making them dig around to find out what the hell is on the decal sheet.
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    MiG 25 A$$ End

    A lot. The PD (and other fighter derivatives) is short - they end pretty much in line with the back of the rudders - with a smooth aft-end: The RB (and other recce/bomber derivatives) is long - they extend well past the back of the rudders - and have raised 'teeth' around the edge: In particular, note the length of the turkey feathers in relation to the (sort of) I-shaped fairing between the engines. It's the same on both types, so gives a good idea of how much longer the long exhausts are. It's also worth noting that the green, inner petals are different on the two engines as well.
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    Question about raised panellines

    Those kits are from 1993, 1980 and 1992, respectively, so they date from a time when raised panel lines were more commonly accepted by modellers, and more commonly produced by manufacturers because, as mentioned, they're easier and cheaper to produce. Specifically, those kits would have been developed with old-school techniques - a physical pattern and pantograph router would be used to grind the shape into a lump of tooling steel - so it would be much simpler to form the basic mold cavities, then carve in the panel lines (thus making them raised on the finished part). Remember, the tooling is a negative of the part, so a recessed panel line is actually raised on the tooling, and a raised panel line is recessed on the tooling. And it's much easier to cut a line than it is to carve everything away *except* a thin line. With newer technologies, it has become easier to machine the steel tooling to incorporate "recessed" panel lines, and modellers have come to expect it as the norm, so that's what manufacturers do now. Fun fact: some of the earliest Japanese kits to arrive with recessed panel lines drew criticism from IPMS types. Modellers were used to raised lines, and didn't like the new-fangled recessed malarkey.
  8. MoFo

    kitlinx.com ???

    See also: GDPR.
  9. MoFo

    Bought a Printer!

    $400 on eBay today with the 20% coupon code. Soooo tempting...
  10. MoFo

    Bought a Printer!

    It'd be interesting to compare the costs, too. What was the volume of the DLP print, with supports and base?
  11. EBay has a site-wide coupon code valid today only. Enter PICKDADSGIFT during checkout to get 20% off a single purchase of $50 or more, to a maximum savings of $100. Code expires at 7PM PST on 6/6/18, and seems to be limited to North American addresses. It's not the first time eBay have done this - they've had a couple of site-wide sales this year - but it's a great opportunity to jump on some rare/pricey stuff at a decent discount. (HPH's monster kits spring to mind)
  12. I made a thing! Started printing with the (top) rudder/tailplane. It's... pretty massive. It's actually a 12-piece assembly. Because the rudder hinges hang way out into thin air, they would require support material to print, which would have given a poor finish. To get around this, I split them off to print separately, and included locating holes for hypo-tubing pins which would let me accurately and securely join the parts. Strength being important, because the rudder is poseable - it's printed with a tube inside, so I can feed a length of hypo tubing through the rudder, capturing the hinges. Which illustrates yet again that, while many people think of 3D printing as a magic bullet, click-print-and-get-perfect-parts, the reality is far away from that ideal... So just how big is it? Well it's hard to get a feeling for how *massive* it is in photos - it's more than an inch thick, but here are a few comparisons. 1/48 F-15 tailplane: 1/48 -109 rudder: (the Hindenburg's rudder would be more than a foot tall in 1/48! kinda tempted to print one just for giggles ) and for something in-scale, a 1/144 P-51: The Mustang fuselage would *easily* fit inside the rudder, let alone the main tailplane.
  13. MoFo

    NEW MIG -21SMT REVELL 1/48

    Depending on where you live, it's $16 - 25 from Eduard. If you're in Central Europe, Eduard sell the Overtrees for $16 + shipping, but if you're American, Eduard will charge you $25 + shipping.
  14. Photobucket has turfed the CEO who implemented the (disastrous) $400 plan. The new CEO has implemented a new pricing structure, but it seems they'll still charge for 3rd party hosting - $54/year for the basic account. In an attempt to apologize and bring back some of the 90 million angry users who have almost entirely abandoned the site in the past year, they've re-enabled 3rd party hosting for existing images, although I'd assume this is temporary, and they'll be disappeared again if/when they can rebuild their reputation. Also worth noting, it looks like they're moving to an entirely paid service - no more free accounts at all. If that's the case, and if you don't start paying for your hosting, I suspect they'll delete all the free accounts, eventually. It will probably be a while, maybe a year or more, but it's a good reminder to download your content if you don't have a backup. https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2018/05/17/photobucket-drops-pricing-that-angered-millions.html
  15. MoFo

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Radome looks weird. Unfinished tooling?