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  1. Looking forward to your build, the only real issue I found with building the kit was the wing tips, I had to put some pieces of styrene inside the end of the wing and also the tips to keep them the same size and shape when assembling them, other than that it goes together very well !!! Good luck with it, Pat
  2. Thanks Kev, I wanted to print in resin so that I could get much better definition on the parts particularly the interior structure detail that FDM wouldn't be as refined . Good luck with your journey into the printing world, have patience, at times it can get frustrating for sure !!! I finally got my new printer running after an entire day of cursing it out because of slicing software issues.... I then printed my files for the B-17 and almost got all 4 sections of the fuselage good on the first go , I went back and made some corrections on my files and started to print again and what do you know... first print file failed and the second file failed... so I went and had a bunch of drinks to cool me down before I threw the whole lot out the window... I got up this morning and cleaned up the printer and I'm now in the process of going back and re-slicing the files and re-doing the support layout which I "THINK" is the cause of the fails... Thanks again, Pat
  3. Thanks Craig, I realized that I could include the trunion in the print when I decided to print all the fuselage sections standing on their ends, I wanted to do this in order to keep the sections as round as possible without having to put a mountain of supports inside the parts, the trunion because it has the 2 sets of angled arms coming off the forward bulkhead act like build supports, I added a couple small supports to the arms just in case, it worked to my suprise with no issue.. Pat
  4. Thanks Matt, the holes in the fillet are for mounting the stabs, only 2 or 3, the others are just to get rid of excess material to reduce shrinkage. Pat
  5. The new printer arrived a couple days ago, I didn't figure that I would spend almost an intire day trying to get the printer to open my 3D files....I didn't give in, finally got it going... So anyway I've had some pretty good results with the prints so far, had a couple fail but it was because I tried to use small supports with very little contact depth and diameter...lessons learned.. also I purchased "plant based" resin, got it because it supposed to not smell as strong as standard resin, it still smells pretty strong to me, not much different than regular stuff(at least to me..) prints pretty good, but I think I will go back to regular stuff.. I have printed some of the fuselage sections and some oxygen tanks, I have already started going back and modifying the files to make them print better, nothing major so far concerning the changes, just some gaps that I missed and I have to play with the support layouts. I bought the ANYCUBIC PHOTON MONO X printer, it is really nice, huge build volume, 192mm X 120mm X 245mm, it also prints very fast even when it's set for printing for "best quality". The attached are the first prints as of today, I will be printing them again with some minor changes. Oh, and my UV light for curing the resin died this morning... always something... Pat
  6. I have too many other builds started to devote myself to this one, there are just so many issues to correct on the kit to get it done.
  7. Thanks Craig, the panel lines are drawn at .005" wide and a little deeper than .005", I decided on these dimensions based on parts that I printed about 2 1/2 years ago, I remember trying to print really fine lines and they wouldn't print good, so I made them larger and it seemed to work well, seems that the smaller drawn lines were there but they lost definition at the smaller size and also increasing the depth seemed to help to maintain them. We'll give it a go and see what happens, the beauty of computer drawings is being able to go back and change details like this easily. Right now my new printer is in transit... Thanks, Pat
  8. Thank you Craig, I have drawn all parts with basically about .025" thickness for the outer skin and .010/.015 for the internal framing, I wanted to keep it fairly thin to keep the parts from shrinking a little bit less. It's pretty much a guess on my part based on parts I printed in the past. As for the parts break down here is an attached photo of how I hope to do it, I didn't want to split the model down the centerline figuring that it would probably be difficult to get it glued up evenly. Instead I thought I would try to put it together like the real thing in sections at the breaks like the real fuselage and maintain the perfectly round cross sections...(hopefully) and I think that the section are short enough to allow painting and detailing without a problem(I hope)...I also made fit rings on the bulkheads on the end of each section to go into the bulkhead of the next in line... Thanks again, Pat
  9. Thank you Kevin, I'm hoping to print(resin) this in a few days from now, I have ordered a new printer, an ANYCUBIC PHOTON MONO. Hope than the resolution on my STL files will be fine enough to get the facets out of the resin prints .... Thanks again, Pat
  10. Almost done drawing the fuselage, alot of going forward and backing up... fun though figuring out what I can do with this software. Pat
  11. Thanks Craig !!! Your Fort is coming along amazing !!! As for the forward portion of the fuselage I will be using it as the kit came along with the mods that I already made with shortening the overall length and rebuilding the flight deck, flattening the area in front of the windscreen, etc, etc....The bombay was already pretty much done from the kit with some Eduard details added. Still along way to go... Thanks again, Pat
  12. A little more progress today, I have the forward section of the rear fuselage almost finished and assembled it with the waist section to see how they fit, pretty happy with it so far.. Pat
  13. A small update on this project, I,ve recently had my cataracts replaced with new vision, awesome stuff they do now !!! I haven't felt like doing much bench time modeling, but I have still been trying to find some 3D drawing software that #1 I could figure out how to use on my own and #2 it didn't cost a fortune... well I finally stumbled across a program that almost functions just like "Solid Works" which I started to learn a few years ago at work, "Alibre Atom 3D" it cost $149 plus an opptional $49.00 for upgrades, so I decided to buy it, very happy so far.. I decided to go back to the B-17 project to figure out what I could do with this software, I've been working on the fuselage for about 2 weeks, several rounds of drawings, they were ok at first but I realized that I didn't need to be happy with ok so I deleted drawings that I wasn't happy with, no material waisted !!! I had much more of the fuselage drawn at one point but I decided to scrap it and start over... Pat
  14. Thank you Peter, I've done some backing up here and there... I should have followed your lead on the construction of the cockpit on your "C" model and made the interior out of the model and then intall it,with aluminum inner walls on it, the 21st Century model has some shape quirks that hinder things a bit and the outer wall thickness, though not terribly thick did cause some issues trying to cram alot of stuff into the office.... The P-40 is looking great!!! looking forward to your progress!!! Thanks again, Pat
  15. I have been using a quick coat of Tamiya clear lacquer-spray can, I usually use the semi-gloss so it does'nt take too long to dry(ink-run), but I have used gloss to. like I said a "quick coat" not too much, just enough not to be dry-sprayed. Pat
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