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  1. Special thanks to all those overseas customers who ordered or may yet order Beaufighter cockpits despite having to pay customs and other fees required by their governments. The design for late dihedral tailplanes is nearly complete. Once done, I'll begin designing the early dihedral tailplanes, then the observer's station.
  2. Thanks so much, fellas! Beaufighter cockpits are back on sale! Please allow 3 weeks to print and ship your model. That will shorten considerably when the new 3D printer arrives in June. Yes, Beaufighter designs have me consumed at the moment (in a very good way). I promise to get products for your 1/24 scale Airfix P-51 Mustangs out soon, probably early June. After that, I'll be working on some cockpits and other products for the classic Hasegawa 1/32 scale F6F-3/5 Hellcat and Boeing F4B-4. Research is complete for radiator ramps for the new-tool 1/32 scale Revell Spitfire Mk.IXc. Later this year, I'll be designing products for the classic Revell 1/28 scale Sopwith Camel and Fokker Dr.I Triplane, possibly the SPAD XIII, too. Cheers!
  3. Hi D, Valiant Wings' "The Bristol Beaufighter...", page 34, identifies those instruments as long range fuel gauges. Orders for cockpits keep coming (yay!). But much faster than I can print. I've had to temporarily take them off-sale until I can catch up with orders. Very sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment. I'll make an announcement when they are back up for sale. Cheers!
  4. Thanks, fellas! Great questions. Elevator joint: the joint is still in design. There are different ways to do it and still meet printing requirements but I'd like to make it as prototypical as possible. In most wartime tailplanes photos, I've noticed that the elevator tabs are often set differentially (inner tabs slightly down, outer tabs slightly up). I may replicate this for added realism. Early dihedral tailplanes: yes, an early dihedral set will be made available too. :-)
  5. Hi Rob, Good question. I won't know what a full-blown set would cost until all the components of a set have been selected, the parts have been researched and designed, and test prints completed. We're still many weeks away from that. As of this writing, I intend to offer a radar operator/observer's cockpit, dihedral tailplanes and a torpedo. I have not yet committed to designing other products. I'm not yet sure what a "full blown set" might consist of. I have to be very careful in what is offered. For some Beau features, there may not be sufficient authoritative, dimensioned 2D references to create a 3D design. Or there may be technical reasons frustrating the completion of a 3D design. For example, it may not be possible to design a fin extension or thimble nose part in 3D that will fit the Revell kit's fuselage's and fin's complex curvature well enough to offer for sale. Some features may have to be left to the modeler to create by hand. Also, I don't know yet what the market will support. This is a big consideration and why I read these threads closely. Experience with 3D-printed model ship conversions has taught me that if I offer so many products for a conversion that the whole set altogether becomes prohibitively expensive, none of the component parts will sell, spoiling the entire design effort. Feedback from ship modelers was that if they could not afford to buy every product available for a specific conversion, they would abandon the conversion entirely, move on to other projects, and buy nothing. We can see from posts in this thread and others that some modelers have already balked at the $55 price tag for the cockpit alone. Posts like those do cause me to proceed with caution for fear my family be stuck paying for a very expensive design project that does not sell well enough to pay for the time and effort to create it. Designing expensive conversion sets that do not sell is not a sustainable business model. Market rejection in fact happened with two very costly design projects each of which nearly put me out of business. They were a set of conversion parts to help build a 1945 USS Pennsylvania BB-38 from sistership USS Arizona BB-39 kits, and a set of conversion parts to help build the highly decorated USS Portland CA-33 from sistership USS Indianapolis CA-35 kits. The model ship market clamored for both conversions, pushing hard for them. Donor Arizona and Indianapolis kits were readily available from multiple manufacturers in more than one popular scale, in both injection molded plastic and resin. The projects seemed like sure winners. Each of those projects took months to research and design, and grew to include many parts. But the sets of parts together became too expensive for the market to bear. Although they are among my best work, they remain among my worst sellers, neither project coming anywhere near to paying for the time and effort to create them. Each project was a huge, business-crippling loss. They directly led to my decision to shift away from designing products for model ships toward creating products for model aircraft. But as a business, I can't afford another hit like that. The good news is that the Beau cockpits are selling very, very well. Because of that, dihedral tailplanes are in design now and the observer's cockpit and torpedo will be designed next. Hopefully, they will sell well enough to support designing more Beau products. I'm afraid there are still too many unknowns to answer your question. But thanks for your interest and the opportunity to talk about it.
  6. Dihedral tailplanes are in design now. A torpedo will be offered, too. Research for other external features continues.
  7. Great question. I'm happy to try if there is demand for them. Despite the simple appearance of tailplanes, the geometry of the curvatures across them is actually quite complex. The design is giving my CAD software a real challenge. But so far, so good.
  8. 1/32 scale Beaufighter TF Mk.X tailplane design at 50% complete. Some of what you see here will change.
  9. I hope so! The Sperry bulge is technically very difficult to design properly since it has to fit the Revell fuselage's complex curvature. The bulge itself is easy. The wonky mating surface curve on the bottom of the part is high adventure. The finished product might require some adjustment by the modeler for best fit. Maybe that's acceptable? Thanks for the interest and encouragement!
  10. Our Form2 3D printer's manufacturer advised us to purchase as our second printer the newly announced Form3. For the same price, we're told it features the same great detail and smooth surfaces as the Form2, but with enhanced reliability and faster printing. We've decided to accept their advice and opt for the Form3. The new printer will not ship for several weeks yet. I regret that until we receive the new Form3, we will continue to be slower in filling orders as we ought to be. We very much appreciate your patience as we fill the many orders you all have placed for new Beaufighter cockpits. Yesterday, I began designing new TF Mk.X tailplanes. In addition to the dihedral and other differences, they are noticeably bigger than the Revell kit's tailplanes (longer from fuselage to tip). Thanks to all who provided references to help get the design right. While you are waiting for your new cockpits, dreaming of Torbeaus at Dallachy, sit back and relax with a pint and enjoy inspiring bagpipes and drums from Bonnie Scotland.
  11. We have received and are continuing to receive a breathtaking number of Beaufighter cockpit orders. Thank you! The high demand for these products, as well as continuing orders for other products, is affecting our ability to meet demand in a timely manner. In response to high demand, we have ordered another printer. It will take about a week to 10 days to receive it and set it up. For those whose orders have been caught up in the delay, please accept my apologies and my thanks for your understanding and patience. Sincerely, Steve
  12. Great question. Here is some support cutting advice. 1. Most importantly, take your time. A rushed job can lead to damaged parts. 2. Attachment points are smaller in diameter than the sprue. The attachment points' diameter is 0.6 mm. The attachment points are weak. Use a cutting tool that has a scissors motion like a cuticle clipper. Your tool must be very sharp so that you don't have to force the cut. The old saying, "let the tool do the work", applies. 3. Try not to twist, push or pull when cutting. Place the tool in a good position to cut nearest the part, not the tray. Try to make the cut so that you do not to have to move the tool or the model when cutting. 5. Gently trim or sand away any remaining "nubs" just like you would on models made from injection-molded polystyrene plastic. If you accidentally break a piece off, you can probably re-attach it using CA glue. Gray resin does not bend, so the break itself is not likely to be deformed. A different cutting technique may work better for large models. For example, big, hollow objects like tank or ship turrets have a lot of difficult-to-reach internal sprues. Cut those sprues nearest the tray, not the model. Start at the outside, working your way around the model. Work inwards, carefully cutting away the tray. Then cut the sprues from the model. Make the cut near the attachment point. Again, try not to twist, pull or push. Hope this helps!
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