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  1. MoFo

    Zero paints

    Yeah, the situation with Gravity has become... silly... in the past year. Apparently Splash are the new iteration of the 'official' Gravity in the US and I've read positive things about them, but YMMV. The short version now is, Zero is good everywhere (if you can get it), Gravity in Europe/from Spain is good; Splash from the US is probably good; Gravity in the US should probably be avoided. And if all else fails, you should be able to get an automotive paint store to mix you a touch-up jar of most paints, as long as you've got an official colour spec.
  2. MoFo

    Where's Revell's Extra 330!?

    Delayed. It's on the 2019 release list, so it hasn't been abandoned, but who knows when it will actually be released.
  3. Weird. I thought Special Hobby were selling it separately already - it's been available from Hannant's for a while. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TARSPRUE
  4. Short answer is no. The PD and PDS had a plug added to fit the new radar system, so they're slightly longer, and the panel line details are completely different. Basically, the PD nose parts that are included in the kit would have to be totally overhauled/replaced to do a P. It wouldn't be hard for ICM to do it - just add a sprue with the new nose parts, like the RBT - but it isn't possible out of the box with the PD kit. This pic that was posted on ARC previously does a decent job comparing the two: https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/p and pd noses.gif That said, it's plastic, so anything is *possible*, but it would take some modelling skill. And I have no idea whether ICM will release the kit as a P. The type was relatively short-lived so the only real reason to build one is to model Belenko's plane, but he is a VERY unpopular figure in Russia and the former Soviet countries so there would be zero interest in the subject for many modellers (as opposed to the West, where Belenko's jet is the main subject they'd want to build). I don't know where ICM's politics lie - if they're staunchly Ukrainian, they might do it as an F.U. to Russia; if they're old-school or concerned about the Russian market, probably not. Of course, with Revell Germany and Hasegawa re-boxing their kits, it's possible they'd fund a P-nose for their own releases. Basically, it's just a matter of wait and see. If ICM don't do it, I'm sure some resin manufacturer will.
  5. And when the kits arrive, don't be surprised to see that they've put the sprues for all the kits into one box and flattened the empty kit boxes. It's pretty standard for Eastern European retailers to save on shipping.
  6. I've heard it's *almost* as nice as the Trumpeter Tu-22. Seriously though, I don't have one, but it seems to be pretty much a scale-down of their 1/48 kit, so I'd imagine most of the comments would be broadly similar. Biggest thing I've noticed with the larger kit is that it's heavily engineered, with tight tolerances - it's the kind of kit that will go together really well if you're careful and align everything perfectly, but could be a nightmare if you rush the build and just slap things together, as the problems will snowball. I've seen a few 1/48 builds complaining about the fit and a few that praised it, and from taping mine together, I can understand how that could go either way.
  7. More people need to make use of the Ignore User function.
  8. Are there any good camera pallet 'walkarounds' available for someone who might want to detail that area on the ICM kit?
  9. MoFo

    How to make smoke & other effects?

    The sparks in that image? Photoshop.
  10. MoFo

    GWH Jumping on the 1/48 Tomcat Bandwagon?

    I've seen that on a few sites, and I'm mystified by it. Not the fact that people are complaining about subject duplication (that's pretty standard), or that they feel bad that an upstart manufacturer is getting pipped at the post (compassion is understandable)... But the fact that anyone is angry that WNW (of all manufacturers!) is releasing a kit that HK Models was doing? Like, unless you're directly employed by them, who is that much of an HK Models stan?!?
  11. MoFo

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    It's a wing spar - a central 'box' with large tabs on either side to set the angle of the wings. The kit wings slide onto the tabs. There are three spar options for different wing positions - forward, swept and oversweep.
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    GWH Jumping on the 1/48 Tomcat Bandwagon?

    Note that the wing has pivots. Which means it will be positionable. I know some people were knocking the AMK kit for that, so... here you go. Also: I'm sure that AMK will eventually release the early types, and that GWH will eventually release the later ones, so all three manufacturers will be competing with each other.
  13. https://www.italeri.com/rivenditori.asp#North-America
  14. MoFo

    Bought a Printer!

    Like clockwork! They've just announced the SL1 DLP printer. https://www.prusaprinters.org/introducing-original-prusa-sl1-open-source-sla-3d-printer-by-josef-prusa/ My initial reaction is... not really impressed. It's way more expensive than I would have imagined and doesn't seem to offer much over the Chinese printers. Build envelope is about the same as a Photon. X/Y resolution is the same. If they were substantially better, it might be worth it, but at this price, you'd be better off with a Moai, IMO. Most of the features are either standard for the type (removable build plate! fine resolution!), easily (and cheaply) added to any printer (fan, Wi-Fi/LAN), or of minimal real-world use (level sensor, power panic, ball screw Z). And pricing on their washing/curing station seems *nuts*. Automatic calibration is a quality of life improvement, but I think most people would happily do it manually to save $1000. The tilt bed is nice. It'll reduce suction forces and help printing, so it's a definite benefit. But it's also pretty cheap and easy to implement, so I'd expect the next generation of Chinese printers to include it, too. The single best thing, IMO, is that a big name that drives a lot of open-source development is entering the market. Their version of Slic3r will blow Anycubic's and Wanhao's out of the water. People will hack and update their SL1s, which will filter down to Photons and D7s. More people will get into DLP printers now, which will help drive innovation - we should see more resins, more widely available. So while I'd rather buy 3 or 4 Photons than one of these, I'm still really happy to see it get announced.
  15. MoFo

    ? FALCON 9 models out there ?

    https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=falcon+9&dwh=675ba508198005d (one of the few examples where an FDM print would be perfectly acceptable for a scale modeller)
  16. You might want to re-read his post.
  17. MoFo

    Bought a Printer!

    Your settings will have to be calibrated for every different brand and colour of resin, as well as different layer thicknesses.
  18. MoFo

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    👏 Hobby 👏 Easy 👏 doesn't 👏 know 👏 the 👏 release 👏 date 👏 they're 👏 just 👏 keeping 👏 the 👏 listing 👏 active. 👏 We go through this every other month when Hobby Easy updates their pre-order listing to some new random date in the future. It's meaningless. They don't have any secret information about when the kit is being released. They probably know less than you do about the kit's progress and release. They're just changing the date so that the pre-order is for some future release date, because it would look ridiculous if their pre-order page still said the kit was due 30 May, 2017.
  19. MoFo

    Small diameter bomb and BRU-61

    Why? IPMS doesn't judge accuracy, so if you're hoping it would trip them up, you'd be wasting your time.
  20. MoFo

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Well that, and the fact that this thread is now more than three years old. It averages out to just a couple of posts per day. It's just that, it's been a lot of days.
  21. MoFo

    Bought a Printer!

    No, you need to use some form of UV to fully cure the parts once they're out of the printer and cleaned. The printer only partially cures the resin - enough to print a solid object, but not the full chemical reaction. It needs another blast of UV light to finish the curing process. Doesn't really matter *how* - you can do it with UV LEDs, or the sun, or a full-spectrum fluorescent tube - but it will need more UV light to fully cure the resin. Those fingernail curing devices are a popular option, but it would also be easy to make your own with UV LEDs and some sort of box.
  22. MoFo

    Modelcollect B-52H

    Small thing to note: the correct term is strakelet. If they need to do more research to correct the parts, they might have more luck with that spelling.
  23. MoFo

    3D printers

    It's not so much that it's a specialist topic (I mean, it is, and we're specifically talking niche use of a niche product...), it's that the machines themselves still haven't matured and are not user friendly. Most people have the unfortunate impression that 3D printers are some Star Trek Replicator-like magical device, when the reality is that they aren't. There are just a ton of variables that the user has to learn, understand and constantly tweak, and any small change in one area can mean you have to completely re-adjust all of your settings. For instance, with an FDM printer, if you try a new brand of filament, you will have to tweak temperature and flow settings; even using a different colour from the same brand, or a different production batch of the same colour may need you to adjust those settings. And if you move to a different material - say from PLA to ABS or HIPS or PETG, you're basically re-learning to use your printer from scratch, and troubleshooting a whole new range of issues. With a DLP printer, you're doing pretty much the same thing with resin cure times - every brand, colour and bottle needs to be calibrated - how long is your base layer cure time, how long is your normal layer cure time. And then re-calibrate for different layer thicknesses, because the numbers aren't the same for a 20 micron layer and a 50 micron layer.
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    Bought a Printer!

    Just to make life more difficult, Creality (another popular brand) announced their first DLP printer last week, too. Though I'd strongly suggest waiting a few months before looking at one - Creality tends to revise/improve during production (sort of like the D7, except without actual, official Versions). In fact, I suspect we'll see a flood of clones in the next year or so, as everyone rips off the basic phablet-LCD-as-UV-mask design. Also worth noting, Prusa are widely reported to be working on some form of resin printer. If it's anywhere near production, there should be some announcements at NY maker faire in late September.