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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Kawanishi 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!
  5. 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!
  6. Awesome! New Model Monkey business slogan: "Getting modelers really thinking since 2014."
  7. Bf-109 "Mosquito Chaser" http://hsfeatures.com/features04/bf109g632ir_2.htm
  8. Dear friends, We have been overwhelmed by the unexpectedly huge demand for newly released 1/24 scale P-51 Mustang wheel wells, so many that we have had to temporarily stop accepting new orders while we fill existing orders. We greatly appreciate your continued patronage. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment. In order to further expand our production capacity, we have ordered another state-of-the-art 3D printer but it will not be shipped to us until late December. Customers can continue to log in to Model-Monkey.com and add products to carts but checkout is disabled. As soon as we are caught up with orders, we will reactivate the Model-Monkey.com checkout feature and post a notification here. Thank you all for your support, patience and understanding. Sincerely, Steve Larsen
  9. Thanks so much, everyone! So many orders have come in so quickly that it was necessary to order another printer. It won't arrive until sometime between Christmas and New Years. Order fulfillment may be a bit slow until the new printer is operational but we are printing 24/7. Your patience and patronage are hugely appreciated! In the mean time, several Model Monkey products are available at Telford. Stop by the Toms Modelworks table to see some for yourself. The selection includes aircraft, ship and armor-related products, like this 1/35 scale Maybach HL230 P30 motor for Tiger and Panther tanks.
  10. Thanks so much, everyone! I'll add inner doors to the project queue. It will be a while before I get to them. Present design projects include: 1/32 scale Beaufighter radar operator/observer's station 1/32 scale Beaufighter early style dihedral tailplanes (late style are available now) 1/32 scale Beaufighter and Swordfish 18-inch Mk.15 torpedo 1/28 scale "Spandau" machineguns for the classic 1/28 scale Revell Fokker Dr.I Triplane and D.VII 1/350 scale forward funnels for King George V class battleships (aft funnels are available now) The reason several projects get worked on together is that work proceeds as available references permit. As soon as I find an authoritative reference for a feature, I design it in 3D for the model then move on to the next feature supported by references, which usually is a feature for a different model. Finding sufficient references for the Beau observer's station has been very difficult so that project has taken much, much longer than expected. Apparently, the RAF was keen to keep what was in that area a secret. Hope to have the station done shortly. Some good news, the design for a 1/32 scale and 1/48 scale "Blockbuster"/"Cookie" 8000 lb. high capacity bomb for Avro Lancasters is complete and the models are available. Here's the 3-piece 1/32 scale "cookie": For ship modelers, a bridge for the battleship USS Missouri BB-63 as it appeared during the ship's Atlantic shakedown cruise in 1944 and another for 1945 (Japanese surrender ceremony appearance) are complete. And, an island for the Essex class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown CV-10 as it appeared from 1955-1960 is done. Here's the island in 1/530 scale for classic Revell kits: Future projects include: cockpit for the classic Hasegawa 1/32 scale F6F-3/5 Hellcat (research is complete) - really excited to get started on this one cockpit for the classic Hasegawa 1/32 scale Boeing F4B-4 motors for 1/28 scale Revell World War I fighters cockpits for classic Revell/Monogram 1/48 scale bombers (B-17, B-24, B-25, B-26, B-29, PBY, etc.) island for USS Yorktown CVS-10, 1968-1970 (Vietnam War-era / "Tora Tora Tora" filming - she played Akagi in the film) Possible future projects, depending on market interest, may include: cockpit for the classic Hasegawa 1/32 scale F-86 Sabre (research is complete) shuttle bay for the classic AMT USS Enterprise NCC-1701 / NCC-1701-A Here's how the 1/28 scale Spandau machinegun design is coming along. Some of what you see here will change.
  11. A wheel wells insert for the classic 1/24 scale Airfix P-51D, P-51K and Mustang Mk.IV kits has been added to the catalog. Thanks for your patience! The model features a separate coolant piping section, hydraulic accumulator, fuel tank selector valve, and inner doors actuator pistons. Sprue removal from the fuel tank selector valve is difficult (piping is fragile). A spare will be sent with the model. This model is sized specifically for Airfix and is not likely to fit Trumpeter kits. Painting suggestion:
  12. The 1/24 scale P-51D Mustang (Mustang Mk.IV) wheel wells design for the classic Airfix kit is now about 95% complete. Here are some renderings of the design so far that shows detailing [edit: see actual product photos and renderings in following posts]. Some of what you see here will change. The coloration is suggested. Real Mustang coloration varied. Paint yours any way you like. The ribs will be thinned and given a flange around the edge. I hope to have several models available for sale at Telford. Thanks to Toms Modelworks / White Ensign Models who will be hosting Model Monkey products at their table. Drop by and say hello to owner Richard Harden. The wheel wells turned out to be a much bigger research and design project than expected. Thanks for your patience, especially to those waiting for Beaufighter observer's stations and torpedoes!
  13. Thanks again! Once the Beaufighter observer station and torpedo are done, the next big aircraft project in the design queue is a cockpit for the classic Hasegawa 1/32 scale F6F-3/5 Hellcat. No worries, Gerhard, I do ship to South Africa!
  14. Thanks, fellas! Regarding fitting the 3D wells to a Trumpeter kit, I do not know if the model is a good fit for Trumpeter. The model's design was first drawn in 3D to match overall dimensions shown in NAA drawings. The model then required some dimensional adjustments to fit the Airfix kit's wing and wheel well openings. If the Trumpeter kit's wing is dimensionally different than the Airfix kit's wing, the 3D model's adjustments may make the model a poor fit for Trumpeter. Conversely, if the Trumpeter kit's wing is a good dimensional match for Airfix, this 3D model may be a good fit for Trumpeter, too. Thanks again!
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