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Everything posted by Uilleann

  1. My biggest issues to date have just been life, and time, followed by CAD modeling skills (or the utter lack thereof). And of course, finding a printer capable of the resolution and fidelity needed to pull off the parts. Due to their depth, I actually think the printed parts would be plenty sturdy enough for our purposes...I just need to sort out the final design, and fine someone insane enough to make them for me. Long story short, I just haven't had a chance to really sit down and focus on that here since the latest move. Been busy dealing with work, the Covid, earthquakes, and any other number of life's little surprises. Love following along here as you go though! Keeps that flame of motivation burning in my mind...even if faintly for a while yet. B~
  2. One trick I use in my optician day job that might help to deepen the "dark" effect of the acrylic, is to paint the edges black as well, before gluing in place. I don't suggest scuffing them first as it will possibly give the paint more surface to "bite" into, it also gives the edges a frosted look that may be visible when they're in place. I do understand that painting the edges makes gluing them in place much trickier. But if you can pull off a nice black edge coat, I think it may help to deepen the effect even more. This is assuming you haven't already glued the acrylic in place of course! Cheers *Edited to add: it looks like perhaps you have already done the above, in your previous post, and I'm just slow to realize it! Also, the interior of F-117A intakes was a sort of dirty off white on the actual jets. Not that it matters terribly of course. I know these screens gave me no end of headaches myself - even after I figured out more about the actual mechanics and shapes of the vanes. I still hope to one day get them 3D reprinted, or perhaps done with stereo lithography to recreate them in better fidelity at scale... Brian~
  3. HOLY. CRAP. That is all.
  4. Still around - just quiet. Life's curve balls keep coming. Love the progress thus far of course!
  5. OK, that looks spectacular!
  6. Wow. It's been more than a year since I checked in last. Sadly, I'm still waiting for life's dust to settle a bit, and then will look into resuming work on the 117. I'm not honestly sure if I'll ever quite get it finished the way I had hoped, but it certainly has been a fun time building it as I went! Thanks for popping in to say hello. Bri~
  7. Have you given thought to (or tried) an actual tea bag? The silken material used by some companies might be just the thing. I've been searching for the exact right micro mesh myself for years, and even at 1/32 everything is too big/coarse/wrong shape etc. I looked at aerospace engineering companies galore, and super highly specialized micro screen manufacturers, even looked into trying to design a screen myself and having it custom etched. Nothing seemed to work out right. The tea bag fabric stuff was actually the closest match I could find. A spray with a nice mist of dark metalizer paint and it certainly looked the part. Getting it to attach in a secure, taught fashion proved...difficult for me anyway however. Just a thought. Brian~
  8. Steve, wow - thanks for the kind words! I'm still kicking around, though the past year has been a bit of a knock down - drag out sort of fight for me. Suffice it to say (without getting into too many boring details) that I'm up, I'm more or less ok, and I have every intention of finishing this kit at my first opportunity. I've found another - far crazier than I - who's done even more impressive work to update and correct the numerous small, but important inaccuracies of the Trumpeter kit. John Wolstenholme has an absolutely stunning WIP going on over at ARC. Absolutely worth a click through and a few minutes to see the art he's created as well. Many of the fixes were almost identical to my own, but many many more were pure genius in how he solved a number of issues. At any rate, thanks again for checking in. I hope to be back in the modeling saddle again sometime this year. Cheers! Brian~
  9. Bri - this has been epic! Can't wait to learn more about the outcome, and of course the whole experience in Phoenix! Cheers - and very best of luck!! Bri (the other)
  10. Bri - this is an epic build by ANY measure! I say leave off the boring bits like the pitot, and you know, other stuff no one pays any attention to....like wheels. You don't even need those in the air anyway. The judges will of course, be obliged to agree, give you the hugest trophy you've ever seen (possibly filled with beer and beautiful women...possibly puppies too). Anyway, the point is - you're SLAYING this thing! Like if He-Man held aloft his magic sword, and pointed it at this kit, it wouldn't look even half this amazing! Thanks for taking us along on your journey! "Other-Bri" (Bri - The Next Generation?) (Bri²?) (Bri-The Reckoning??)
  11. Any progress on this one Dave? Brian~
  12. Nice Bri - can't wait to see the masterpiece when the dust settles! B~
  13. I need this on a shirt - perfectly describes my life! If only a spot of super smooth red paint would fix it all... Thanks for keeping on w this build Bri - it's E-P-I-C! B~
  14. Excellent! I miss my own build of this kit. Hoping to get back to it someday soon!
  15. Brian, this was a valiant effort Mate! I'd be mighty chuffed with myself just in getting as far as you did given the obstacles you encountered. Well done all the same! Bri~
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