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    D Bellis reacted to Kagemusha in Interesting. Revell P-51B, upgrade?   
    There's one coming from ZM, save your pennies!
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    D Bellis reacted to LSP_K2 in Why we don't have these obvious WWI Large Scale Aircraft kits?   
    The best way that I've found for dealing with a lot of rigging, is to just avoid it altogether. While I'm a major fanboy of the Fokker D.VII and Dr.I, it's really just a coincidence (and blessing) that they have almost no rigging.
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    D Bellis reacted to Jan_G in Zoukei Mura Henschel Hs-129 B-2/RIII, W.Nr.0310, Sch.G2, Afrika   
    Thanks guys for all kind words! I really appreciate it
     
    engines finished. I have added some wires and applied coats of Mr. Paint Semigloss and Semimatt at the end
    fit was great and it was pure fun to put it together 




     
    fuselage in progress. well , it's going together so easily 



     

     

     
    thanks for looking
    jan
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    D Bellis reacted to Model_Monkey in Airfix 1/24 Mustang wheel wells   
    Thanks for your thoughts, Graham.  I appreciate your advice and your experience.  I am an admirer of your work and products.
     
    With over 2000 products designed and available for sale, over 1400 printable in-house, I'm very comfortable with the decision to grow a 3D-printing business rather than a resin casting business, or a combination of the two.  I do recognize and concede that resin casting can and does produce great models and could be a help with production rates for those designs that are suitable for a mold.   I am amazed at the fine quality and detail of the products you produce.
     
    As demand for products continues to increase and funds permit, I'll add more printers to meet demand (currently using Formlabs Form 2 with a Form 3 on order).  I am encouraged by rapidly maturing 3D printing and resin technology, expensive though it is, as well as the push by various industries to improve 3D-printing technology.  I am confident that as the tech continues to mature, even better, cheaper and faster 3D printers will become available, efficiently producing great models with more precision in the very near future. Perhaps the future Form 4 and Form 5 will be blazingly fast and dirt cheap.
     
    Love your "E" Type Bomb Trolley.  It is a wonderful design and hope it is a good seller for you.  Any hints on what you will be offering next?
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    D Bellis reacted to Model_Monkey in Airfix 1/24 Mustang wheel wells   
    Hi Graham,
     
    Although resin casting copies of a wheel well master seems at first very attractive, the geometry of this model is not suitable for casting in a mold.
     
    Although it may seem that casting resin copies of a 3D-printed master would cost less than just 3D-printing the models, it's actually not true.  That's because to do both 3D-printed masters and casting copies requires two production processes, two sets or equipment, and two labor efforts.  Each process is costly.   As you know, resin casting as a production process is extremely labor and time intensive and the pressure vessels needed to do it properly are expensive.  Been there, done that.  Presently, I can handle one production process, but not two.  In choosing which type of process is best to build a business, I choose 3D-printing over resin casting for a host of reasons, hands down. 
     
    IMHO, it is better to use time not spent 3D printing, cleaning, packaging and shipping models in researching and designing new models.  And better to use available funds in buying more printers to increase production capacity. 
     
     
     
    Mark, your 1/32 P-51 Mustang is absolutely stunning.  Compared to the 1/32 scale wells you fantastically detailed, the 1/24 scale 3D-printed wheel wells are huge with lots of room within to work for those who would like to further detail them.  A modeler of your skill and attention to detail would likely work magic with the larger wells, even with the ribs in place.  Here's a photo to help show just how big the 1/24 scale model wheel well is.
     

     
    For those concerned about modifying the Airfix kit's wing dihedral, there are several ways to do that.  Of the many techniques one could try, here's one worth considering: cut a shallow groove along the center of the lower wing part's upper (interior) side from front to back.  This will create a seam to help ease bending the wing to the proper dihedral.  Gently bend the wing to match the 3D-printed wheel well. 
     
    Worked for me, took just a few minutes.
     
    Hope this helps.
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    D Bellis reacted to Model_Monkey in Airfix 1/24 Mustang wheel wells   
    Hi Mark,
     
    Thanks for the interest!
     
    I regret to say, no because, short answer, the cost would skyrocket.
     
    The long answer: offering the wells with separate ribbing significantly complicates the design with regard to printing it.  A more complicated design takes longer to print and requires more resin to produce it.  Those two factors drive up the cost.  As designed, the entire well can be produced in one 7-hour printing cycle.  Separating the ribs from the well increases the printing space required to produce it.  Since 3D-printer workspace is small, a second print cycle would be needed to produce a single well.  Two cycles makes for a 14-hour production run per well, crippling production given current order volume.*  Since time = money, that cost in time would have to be captured by a much higher model price.  Aggravating cost even further, the separate ribs would have to be supported by a second printing "raft" and supporting sprues.  Rafts require a lot of expensive resin.  The additional resin needed to produce the second raft and sprues would significantly add to the price of the model.
     
    Hope this explains the rationale behind the model's configuration and that modelers will find the wheel well model satisfactory as designed.
     
    Thanks again!
     
     
    * Customers are presently ordering more models per day than can be printed in a day (thank you, dear customers, for your patronage!).  Another $4000 3D printer is on order to help speed up production.  We hope to receive it and have it fully operational this month.
     
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    D Bellis reacted to Model_Monkey in Airfix 1/24 Mustang wheel wells   
    I hope to pick up an Airfix Spit to do exactly that in 2020.
     
    There will be a cockpit for the classic Bandai 1/24 scale Nakajima N1K2-J Shiden Kai.  Research is complete.
     
    Still have several projects in the queue to complete before I get to those.
     
    Thanks, all, for your kind comments and encouragement!
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    D Bellis reacted to Miloslav1956 in P-51D-10-NA Colonel C.E.“Bud“ Anderson, 363.FS   
    Tamiya Kit 1/32
    Barracuda wheels
    HGW wet transfers & seat belts
    Painting mask homemade
    All colours MRP                    
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    D Bellis reacted to spruebrothers in Sprue Brothers' Cyber Monday Sale Now In Progress!   
    Cyber Monday Sale Begins Now! Additional 20% Off All Detail Sets (with a minimum order of US$30.00)
     
    From now until 11:59pm US Central Time Thursday December 5, 2019, receive an additional 20% off our everyday discounted price on all in stock aftermarket detail sets* (including photo etch, resin sets, paint masks, gun barrels, metal landing gear sets) on any order over US$30.00. NOTE - decals are not included in the sale.
      No coupon required - just add to cart and discount will be automatically applied.  Discount applies only to orders placed during the discount period, to in stock items, and on individual orders only. Additionally, discount is only applicable on in stock (no pre-orders are included in the sale) items.  Also, please be aware that due to the overwhelming response, we will not be combining multiple orders for shipment that are placed between now through December 7 - all orders will be shipped individually as originally received.   * Sale is applicable only to items that are listed in any of the following categories as listed here: https://store.spruebrothers.com/Articles.asp?ID=301   www.spruebrothers.com  
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    D Bellis got a reaction from nmayhew in DONE - Hasegawa Fw190A-5 Walter Nowotny   
    Nice!
     
    Nowotny's A-5 W.Nr. 410004 had an interesting combination of early gear doors with the heavy-duty "late" wheels:

     
    Early door configuration usually meant early wheels, but obviously not in this case. Also of note is that the inner gear doors are down.
     
    HTH,
    D
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    D Bellis reacted to Thomas Lund in 1/32 Hasegawa Fw190A-5 wnr 410004 Walter Nowotny   
    DONE - quite satisfied
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    D Bellis reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Ahhhh... thanks for that clarification.  I'll have to address that after painting!  Should be an easy fix!
     
    I got a surprise package in the post today.  A prototype landing gear replacement set for the Hasegawa kit!  As this is not released to the public yet, I've been asked to give an evaluation and keep the source anonymous for now.  :shutup:

     
    The landing gear struts are an ingenious mixed media product comprised of a stainless steel tube core, which lends strength to the legs and also gives the oleos a shiny metal finish without having to paint it.  The rest of the landing gear leg is molded in resin using the kit landing gear as a master mold.  As you can see, the metal extends into the mounting peg, which should make the legs significantly stiffer/stronger than plastic or pure resin legs.  The molding edge is thoughtfully placed so that is will be hidden from view by the landing gear covers.


     
    The landing gear legs are basically identical to the kit gear legs, with the exception of the additional tow eye that was placed at the wheel end of the leg.  All of the mounting tabs and sockets are replicated as to work seamless with the kit parts.  I've already verified that these fit very positively into the wing bottoms.  Casting is of the highest quality with no visible roughness or air bubbles.


     
    I love the ingenuity of the mixed media approach.  Metal legs are nice but they can be a pain to clean up.  The resin is much easier to handle and the metal tube gives the legs an upgrade in strength. Double thumbs-up from me! 
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    D Bellis reacted to D.B. Andrus in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Looks great, John, especially the exhausts.
     
    One small thing - the wingtip light covers were not clear plex, they were tinted red/port and green/stbd. The bulbs themselves were clear.
     
    HTH,
     
    D.B.
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    D Bellis reacted to Ryan in A day away from Black Friday; Who to send $$ to?   
    I was thinking of starting this type of thread too.
     
    Sorry other than Sprue, I know of no other deals.
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    D Bellis reacted to Dave Williams in A day away from Black Friday; Who to send $$ to?   
    Squadron will have its usual Black Friday sale of stuff that you can’t actually buy because it’s out of stock.
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    D Bellis reacted to ringleheim in Favorite kit by Manufacturer   
    I agree with the Tamiya 1/32 Corsair; one of the best kits I've ever made from anyone in any scale regarding any subject matter.
     
    I disagree about the WNW DVII; that is somewhat tricky and the way it was engineered requiring the user to make his own shim to close up the body work is ridiculous.  To date my favorite WNW build is the Pfalz D.III; went together really nicely and it has a manageable amount of rigging.
     
    I don't have a favorite Revell kit; they're terrible! 
     
     
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    D Bellis reacted to curiouslysophie in Tamiya 1/32 P-51D Mustang   
    Sorry for the long delay! I finally got some paint on the Mustang after a few false starts. I’ve never done a NMF finish before. It didn’t come out as metallic as I would have liked, but it’s not a bad try  
    I gloss blacked it with Mr Color gloss black and used MRP super silver on the wings and MRP white aluminium on the fuselage.
    hopefully I can do a better job on the Thunderbolt I have on the go.
     

     

     
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    D Bellis reacted to SCRATCH BUILDER in This should be of intrest to YouTubers   
    I agree, and you could play by those rules, but if the FTC see's it different then your screwed.
     
     
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    D Bellis reacted to Model_Monkey in New from Model Monkey: 1/32 Beaufighter cockpits, dihedral tailplanes and 1/24 Mustang upgrades   
    Thank you, D!
     
     
    I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with the online catalog.  Let's try to figure out what may be happening. 
     
    The webpage is optimized for desktop PC viewing rather than cellphone app viewing.  It still works for cellphone apps but the catalog opens differently.  If you are trying to access it from your cellphone or from an app on your computer, when you access the site, a medium blue page will first appear with the Model Monkey logo in the center (a dark blue rectangle with M M in it).  It sounds like that's what you're seeing.
     
    To get past the medium blue screen, click on the dark blue logo.  The catalog should then open in your viewer.  I hope that solves the problem for you.
     
    If that's not the problem, you might consider clearing the cache on your web browser and trying again.
     
    Hope this helps!
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    D Bellis got a reaction from Model_Monkey in New from Model Monkey: 1/32 Beaufighter cockpits, dihedral tailplanes and 1/24 Mustang upgrades   
    Got my MM parts today - incredible as always! It's very rare for me to mutter "wow" out loud while picking through stuff, but I found myself saying that a lot today.
     
    The instructional images on Model Monkey's site are great. But, I try to keep documentation with the actual parts for use at the bench it isn't convenient to go looking things up. So, they're all here on one downloadable and printable image:

     
    MM images used with permission. 
     
    Thanks again, Steve!
     
    D
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    D Bellis got a reaction from R Palimaka in New from Model Monkey: 1/32 Beaufighter cockpits, dihedral tailplanes and 1/24 Mustang upgrades   
    Got my MM parts today - incredible as always! It's very rare for me to mutter "wow" out loud while picking through stuff, but I found myself saying that a lot today.
     
    The instructional images on Model Monkey's site are great. But, I try to keep documentation with the actual parts for use at the bench it isn't convenient to go looking things up. So, they're all here on one downloadable and printable image:

     
    MM images used with permission. 
     
    Thanks again, Steve!
     
    D
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    D Bellis reacted to composite guru in Hasegawa 1/16 Sopwith Camel   
    All finished. Prop turned out a treat. 
    Finishes it off really nicely. 
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    D Bellis got a reaction from Kagemusha in New from Model Monkey: 1/32 Beaufighter cockpits, dihedral tailplanes and 1/24 Mustang upgrades   
    Got my MM parts today - incredible as always! It's very rare for me to mutter "wow" out loud while picking through stuff, but I found myself saying that a lot today.
     
    The instructional images on Model Monkey's site are great. But, I try to keep documentation with the actual parts for use at the bench it isn't convenient to go looking things up. So, they're all here on one downloadable and printable image:

     
    MM images used with permission. 
     
    Thanks again, Steve!
     
    D
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    D Bellis got a reaction from Troy Molitor in FES lives....   
    It is amazing how many folks can't grasp reality. Just look at all the folks that think the moon landings were a hoax, or that Japanese products are radioactive, or that sticky slats are airworthy, or the millions of other utterly ridiculous ideas that have always been perpetuated every single day. 
     
    As the saying goes, "They walk among us..."
     
    D
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