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Kits on Shapeways
« on: May 08, 2015, 03:04:41 AM »
Self explanatory I trust...

to begin with, perhaps a kit many of us could appreciate:



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I wonder if they will do the accompanying 'grumpy spouse' version? ;)
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2015, 01:01:44 PM »
I have already received the 1/700 ASMD masts I ordered, they were very nice and am now waiting for my second order to arrive.  1/600 Tiger class detail sets primarily for the 6" and 3" turrets / directors (wont be used on a Tiger), 1/700 Lion conversion and detail sets for back dating Revel HMS Tiger to its original gun cruiser configuration, and a modern naval weapons set.

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2015, 04:42:39 AM »
Hawkins751511 (Mark Hawkins)is one of the makers/vendors selling his products though Shapeways has a few interesting accessories for modeling purposes. 

1. 1:18th scale Water Jet Kit with impellers for static display consists of two sets of complete water jet pump units including the inlet ports that are the almost perfect size for a large 1:35th scale boat hull (like the Lindberg and Italeri PT Boat hulls or the Trumpeter and Italeri LCM hulls).  For someone wishing to do something different that includes the inner details of a water jet pump system this is a great way to learn more about the real thing for a fraction of the cost.  Yes, it is not cheap but facing the prospect of scrapping numerous kits for specific parts, it is the cheaper alternative.  I am the happy customer with one set in hand, now to find that Lindberg PT Boat hull.  Why the Lindberg hull and not the Italeri hull you ask?  Well the Lindberg hull was far less expensive when I purchased it.  Somewhere around $40.00 for the complete kit.  Plus the Lindberg hull being 1:32nd scale means that in 1:35th scale it is ever-so slightly larger than the 1:35th scale Italeri Elco PT Boat hull and that means it is already a what-if.  Plus the Lindberg hull is set up for two propellers and not three as found on the real Elco and Italeri hulls.  Less holes to fill in is always a win-win. 

2. Pair of 1:18th scale Water Jet Pump Nozzles with reversing buckets.  This is a pair of dummy units that include just the exposed portion of the outlet with the reversing buckets and the plate that attaches to the hull.  A simple solution to creating a water jet pump powered boat hull without the need for additional details.  Or you can fabricate your own inlet details if you wish.  I purchased one set as an alternative to going all the way with the more expensive and more detailed set above.   


3. 1:144th scale Harpoon missile launchers (two sets).  The maker/vendor has added this item today so that you do not have to purchase two individual sets.  It is slightly less expensive so there is some money to be saved on using selecting this item for your next 1:144th scale ship project.  I just received my two individual sets and was surprised by the details plus the fragility of the parts.  One support arm appears to be broken which I am going to blame on my placing the items in a container with the other items I had received to give them a quick cleaning with soap, water, and vinegar.  I possibly shook the container a little too hard and that resulted in the fracture.  I am confident that CA glue will sort this out soon enough.  Parts are still drying at the moment. 

4 1:35th scale Mk 26 weapons mount (set of 4).  Again at my insistence the vendor/maker has accommodated my request.  I wanted some of these tripod mounts as the only known source in 1:35th scale is the one mount that is included in the Tamiya 31.0' PBR Mk II kit and that is not a cheap source for parts.  So for a fraction of the cost, the vendor uploaded a file containing four of these weapons mounts in 1:35th and 1:48th scale.  I am going to be ordering at least two sets for my own use.  Plenty of possibilities with the mount to use with the Mk 19 AGL, M2 Browning HBMG, M60 GPMG, M240 GPMG, M1919 GPMG and anything else in that weight class that has a pintle mount available.  Perfect for your next pirate fighting boat project or to mount in the back of a truck on a metal plate (absorb recoil and give it some mass).  A simple yet effective solution to the gun mount problem. 

5. 2 X Twin Modern 50 Cal Browning on Tripod 1/35  and Single Modern 50 Cal Browning on Tripod 1/35.  Both of these were put together at my suggestion/insistence as the vendor had only offered the twin M2 Browning HBMG without any kind of mount prior to my corresponding with him on the product.  He followed through by first creating and uploading the single M2 Browning HBMG on Mk 26 mount and then uploaded the twin M2 Browning HBMG on Mk 26 mount.  Both combinations are valid for many surface ships and a what-if gun truck if you attach the mount to a large plate to add mass to provide stability and absorb recoil forces.  By simple correspondence I was able to achieve in a matter of days what I have been waiting for many years to see in model form. 

My next attempt will be to try and get the Mk 38 25mm Bushmaster in 1:144th scale to arm one of my what-if Defiance class gunboats.  That will happen only when Shapeways or some other concession can successfully print a 1:144th scale 25mm Bushmaster gun barrel. 

Until then, I will bide my time researching other potential 3D models for my own twisted projects ;)


One other vendor/maker that I have done business with at Shapeways is fx and his Original Train and Rail shop.  I discovered to my great pleasure that fx offers a 1:35th scale computer set that includes 4 X desktop PC with keyboard, mouse, and flat screen monitors, 4 X laptops, and 4 X laser printers all with very nice details.  The price is a bit steep but considering what you are getting in the package it is not so bad if you consider the number of computers and printers you are getting for the price.  Four laptops, four laser printers, and four desk tops with flat screen monitor, and mouse/keyboard (printed on one piece of material).  This was another case of finding the item offered in a different scale (HO) and all it took was a quick PM to the vendor/maker and he had the model scaled up within hours and uploaded to Shapeways so I was able to get my two sets ordered on the same day.  It was nice to find someone willing to scale up a model for a possible sale in such a short time. 
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2015, 10:28:30 AM »
Dragon Panzer Corps 1/144 M2 and M3 Bradleys have quite nice bushmaster barrels.

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2015, 12:32:17 AM »
Reply received from Luís Monteiro the creator/vendor of the 1:72nd scale Star Trek Photon Torpedo for sale at Shapeways:
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Hi,

Thank you for placing my link in the forum. I realy appreciate
Regrading your interest in 1:48 scale, I can easily pull up the scale of the shell and see i much it will cost. Making a simulation it's free!
I will get back to you with this issue as soon as i can. Then you can decide.

Luís


So it seems another vendor/creator is willing to accommodate the customer's wishes.  Looking forward to seeing a couple of these in my modeling arsenal :)
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2015, 07:53:24 AM »
More good news for you folks that are looking for a decent 20mm Oerlikon on Mk 10 mount.  The Vendor just messaged me to let me know that he has scaled up his 20mm Oerlikon to 1:35th scale and it is now available as a single or double set (two single mounts). 

Single 20mm Oerlikon on Mk 10 Mount

You get a slight price break by ordering a pair of these as 2 x Single Oerlikon on MK10 stand 1/35

He will be uploading some time soon the manually operated Mk 38 Mod 0 25mm Bushmaster in 1:35th scale.  Yay!
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2015, 08:13:50 AM »
What's the end product quality like on these things? ???

Haven't really seen any pic's of market production items but the cost isn't that much worse than resin.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2015, 08:18:12 AM »
It would be nice if more folks on there would post photos of the ACTUAL product in the available materials so you can see what you'll ACTUALLY be getting.  CAD renderings are all well and good but what's the actually finished product look like?  It's not like we can go to review sites or ask the store owner to pop the box lid and give it it a once over before buying.
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2015, 10:07:41 AM »
Shameless self promotion:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/CAT

I'm working on a 1/350 V-2, then later a couple of V-2 variants.

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2015, 03:01:10 AM »
Shameless self promotion:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/CAT

I'm working on a 1/350 V-2, then later a couple of V-2 variants.

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2015, 03:20:18 AM »
He will be uploading some time soon the manually operated Mk 38 Mod 0 25mm Bushmaster in 1:35th scale.  Yay!


The Bushmaster may have some applications...hmmm

Jeff, try to encourage him to keep playing in this field.  Maybe a 1/48 or 1/35 version of these could be next:

Nexter M621 20mm cannon:



Or perhaps a Rheinmetall Rh 202 in either single or twin barrelled forms:



Or maybe a Hispano-Suiza HS.820/Oerlikon KAD:



All in 1/48 or 1/35 would be nice.
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2015, 08:12:02 AM »
More good news for you folks today.  For anyone looking for a large 20mm Ammunition Locker in 1:72nd and 1:35th scale there are now several models available at Shapeways.

I found a vendor/maker that was offering a 1:16th scale large capacity 20mm Ammunition Locker and asked if he would scale it down to 1:72nd and 1:35th scale.  The original model was offered with a lid that could be positioned open or closed with the supporting struts and hinges.  It looks pretty good but I was not really wanting every one of these to have a separate lid so the vendor/maker created a second model with the lid closed. 

I ordered several of each in 1:35th scale and they will be delivered near the end of the month. 

Right after placing the order I received another PM to let me know that the models are now available in 1:72nd scale as a five-pack with three closed and two open ammunition lockers. 

So there you go, a simple request and mission accomplished.  :)

Links to the models:

1:35th scale 20mm Ammunition Locker (open lid)

1:35th scale 20mm Ammunition Locker (closed lid)

1:72nd scale 20mm Ammunition Locker 3-closed lid and 2-open lid

In later correspondence with this vendor. he has told me that he will be offering very soon a set of 20mm Oerlikon magazines in several scales.  Yay! 
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2015, 09:01:46 AM »
SAAB (Space: Above and Beyond) SA-43 Endoatmospheric Fighter is available at Shapeways in several scales including this 1/350 SA-43 Toolshark Space Fighter that might be just the thing for your next what if aircraft carrier model in 1:350th scale. 

I admit the price is a bit steep but it might be totally worth it to have one on your flight deck hidden amongst all of the F-18s just to see if anyone is paying attention to details :)
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2015, 04:44:08 AM »
Here's my 1/350 V-2 with Rotary launch table in Frosted Ultra Detail:



The camo pattern isn't exact, but close enough.

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2015, 03:20:50 AM »
One I just stumbled across - it is in 1/48:



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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2015, 03:29:45 AM »
Another:



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« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2015, 03:36:57 AM »
One of possible interest to a few of us - it is in 1/35:



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« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2015, 03:40:13 AM »
Another in 1/35 that offers some interesting possibilities:  25mm MK38 MOD 2



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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2015, 03:44:56 AM »
Last one...for now:  1/35 SPM-35-039 Lockheed Martin Gyrocam



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« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2015, 03:53:32 AM »
 25mm MK38 MOD 2 and SPM-35-039 have 1/72 gunboat or other possibilities.  Specially on 1/200 Arizona based build.

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« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2015, 06:05:33 AM »
One of possible interest to a few of us - it is in 1/35:



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Enthusiasm quickly curbed upon discovering the price for one unit :(

By the way, that is the same guy that I was working with to get several items printed up in 1:144th, 1:72nd, and 1:35th scale.  He is willing to work with the customer to get what they want
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« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2015, 06:08:02 AM »
Last one...for now:  1/35 SPM-35-039 Lockheed Martin Gyrocam



Details


That is LiveResin if you did not already know. 
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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2015, 06:39:21 AM »
I thought it might have been but I haven't seen that item in their catalog of parts.
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« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2015, 08:17:00 AM »
Greg -  that car model, printed in White Strong and flexible is going to be an expensive, grainy mess.

Jeff  Peter Samofalov printed objects are not made by Live Resin (Yaroslav). He was a (or the) designer for Live Resin, but they seem to have had a parting of ways:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=19504

Peter has complained quite a bit about the print quality (or lack thereof) coming out of Shapeways, even in their Frosted Extreme and Ultra detail parts, which is understandable.

Shapeways is fine for relatively low resolution/low detail parts. With some effort, you can make nice, smooth models. It is not adequate for the details he's trying to achieve. Shapeways is not printing at the best resolution of their printers (which would not really help his parts much) and they're only "thinking" about getting better resin 3D printers. There are printers out there in the sub $5K range (well under) that can produce parts that would require little or no prep work.

Samofptr parts are tempting, but I know what they'll look like and until he finds a better supplier, I'll wait.
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« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2015, 11:21:02 AM »
Thanks for the clarification on that Frank.  I had noticed the similarities between the LiveResin product line and the items at Shapeways, the subjects were all mutually supporting in one way or another so it was my own naivete' and failure to research further. 

I also do not frequent the Armorama forums, have not been there in a very long time.
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« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2016, 09:38:11 AM »
Shameless self promotion:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/CAT

I'm working on a 1/350 V-2, then later a couple of V-2 variants.

 Well, I was all set to order a couple of your standard V-2s, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to order. Do I "contact the
 designer"  and pay you directly?

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« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2016, 10:09:57 AM »
Shameless self promotion:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/CAT

I'm working on a 1/350 V-2, then later a couple of V-2 variants.

 Well, I was all set to order a couple of your standard V-2s, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to order. Do I "contact the
 designer"  and pay you directly?

Yeah... it'll be a meeelion dollars, please...

No, you need to add it to the cart (and any other models from other people) then check out. You'll need to pay with Paypal or a CC:

https://www.shapeways.com/support/faq?li=footer#faq-paymentoptions

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2016, 06:54:50 AM »
Shapeways finally introduces a High Definition plastic.

This is great, but DLP printers like these can produce much, much finer work than allowed by the Shapeways design guidelines. Although it looks like they just cut and pasted their FUD guidelines. DLP doesn't really require support structures.

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« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2016, 10:38:55 AM »
Cool, cant wait.

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« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2016, 03:38:30 AM »
A promising development though not unexpected.
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« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2016, 12:27:55 PM »
Some more that may interest people:





All are 1/35.  Click on the images to go to the individual pages for them.
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« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2016, 01:21:18 PM »
@Greg,

You can thank me for the 1:35th scale Mk 38 Bushmaster.  I contacted the maker and convinced him to offer it and a number of other items in 1:35th scale.  I have two of the Bushmaster models in 1:35th scale plus several others in 1:72nd and 1:144th scale.  Great looking little model and a few fiddly bits. 
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« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2016, 05:11:07 PM »
I am tempted to maybe put a pair in the back of one of these:

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« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2016, 06:20:27 PM »
I am tempted to maybe put a pair in the back of one of these:




If you do that you have to put one of those IDF Flamethrowers on it as well. You know you want to.

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« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2016, 02:40:19 AM »
It is tempting...
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« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2016, 03:13:22 AM »
HEMTT Gun Truck = waste of logistics resources.  ;)
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« Reply #38 on: July 27, 2016, 09:48:50 PM »
Received this in an email yesterday:

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #39 on: July 28, 2016, 12:29:43 AM »
Carl, 

I received the same message.  Tried to log in and went through the change PW/forgot PW process several times but never received a message to my email address to begin recovery of my Shapways account.  Will try again later today and hoping this time it leads to success.
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #40 on: July 28, 2016, 03:51:28 AM »
Ditto
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2016, 05:54:45 AM »
Attempted again today to log in to Shapeways and each time resulted in a fail.  There seems to be no message being sent to my eMail address after going though the hoops.  Shamed Shapeways on Twitter and had a reply in a matter of minutes with a request to contact them via PM through Twitter with my eMail address.  So let us see how long it takes through this alternative path to UnFook things. 

All it took was this simple tweet to get a respoinse:
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #42 on: July 28, 2016, 06:49:22 PM »
I have always logged on with Facebook so when I visited after the email I was advised that the issue did not affect me.

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« Reply #43 on: July 29, 2016, 03:22:19 AM »
^'one platform to rule them all...' what could possibly go wrong?

So after three days of trying and a public shaming of Shapeways on Twitter my account is unfooked.  Never did receive an eMail to initiate the password reset and it required the person responding on Twitter as the face of Shapeways to fix it by manually changing my password to something temporary and allowing me to access the account and change it again after I officially logged in this morning.  What a Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge PITA.
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« Reply #44 on: October 27, 2016, 01:33:23 AM »




http://www.shapeways.com/product/8NSMQSGD4/1-144-tsagi-a-12-autogyro?li=shareProduct

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« Reply #45 on: October 27, 2016, 02:26:20 AM »
Roman is one of the best designers out there - paper or 3D printed. His book on making paper aircraft models with 3D software (Rhino, in this case) is worth the price:
https://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/book-world-war-i-card-model-design-a-step-by-step-guide.html

Easy to translate the knowledge into non-paper designs.

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #46 on: April 21, 2017, 06:03:39 AM »
Found a seller, Bill's Models, who has lots of 1/72 missiles etc.

His store is here: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/bill-s-models?section=1%2F72&s=0
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #47 on: April 22, 2017, 02:45:46 AM »
I see he has a 1/48 HAWK missile as well.  Might be useful of someone wishes to model  this:



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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2017, 08:46:55 AM »
Some good news yesterday.  One of the makers at Shapeways by the name of Nicholas (Nick) Gaston selling his creations via his shop "Ranchoth's Arsenal" has just released a 1:35th scale Davey Crockett Atomic Bomb Tosser thing that is sort of a bazooka/RPG-Spigot Mortar mounted on a tripod.  This is the 155mm version, not to be confused with the slightly smaller in diameter 120mm Davey Crockett weapon that was identical in appearance save for the smaller diameter.  I think the smaller weapon was intended for mounting on the Jeep/MUTT series of utility vehicles and the smaller size was to help with any weight issues with that vehicle type.  The larger 155mm weapon was mounted on an M113 and possibly the M59 tracked armoured personnel carriers.  Images of both of these weapons in field exercises are scarce but many are available of the weapon as museum exhibits.  The first time I saw the bomb/spigot shape was at the museum located at Fort Lewis, Washington back around 1977-1978 when I was stationed there with the 9th Infantry Division and assigned to the 9th Military Intelligence Company.  It was just lying on the floor next to a wall as if it had been dumped there for lack of anything better to do with the thing.  Next time I visited that museum in the 90s the thing was no longer to be seen on display.  Previously to this model by Nick, there was a SharKit Davey Crockett in resin that I believe was supposed to represent the smaller 120mm weapon based on the sketchy images that I have seen of the instruction sheet. 

Anyway, here is a link to Nick's Davey Crockett at ShapeWays: "Davy Crockett" Atomic Weapon

I must also add that I have worked with Nick in the past as he has offered other models that I was interested in but were only available in other scales until I contacted him and asked about scaling an item he offered down to a smaller or larger scale.  He is also willing to create a quantity purchase opportunity to allow you to purchase a number of the same models under the same order which gives you a price break which is most welcomed. 
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #49 on: May 01, 2017, 03:08:33 AM »
Thanks Jeff - will be ordering 6 of these for my Atomic Ontos idea...
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« Reply #50 on: May 01, 2017, 03:31:46 AM »
Thanks Jeff - will be ordering 6 of these for my Atomic Ontos idea...
Greg, if you are going to get six of these things, I suggest contacting Nick directly to see about having him create an option to purchase six in one purchase to reduce your overall costs.  This makes a huge difference as it reduces the fee charged by ShapeWays to just one time instead of six times (one for each item ordered).  I asked Nick to do this for the SADM 6-Pack and he was kind enough to oblige so instead of paying over $100.00 for six SADM shapes in 1:35th scale I was able to shave about 40% off the price which made a big difference. 
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« Reply #51 on: May 01, 2017, 04:15:20 AM »
Thanks mate - will do.  Do you have his direct contact details?
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« Reply #52 on: May 01, 2017, 10:51:54 AM »
Thanks mate - will do.  Do you have his direct contact details?

I use the PM function though ShapeWays to correspond with Nick.  Do not have an actual eMail address for him.  Sorry.
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« Reply #53 on: May 20, 2017, 02:00:54 PM »
I hope I'm merely fashionably late, but...howdy! I'm the odd fellow behind Ranchoth's Arsenal. Mr. Fontaine (a longtime and valued patron!) actually tipped me onto these boards awhile back, but I haven't managed to find time to make a formal "hello" until now. (Boolean Operations are a real time sink.)

As you might have seen, I specialize in modelling odd or obscure items, and I'm always up for suggestions or requests, and working with people to make rescales or more cost-effective model packs for their needs.

I've sold a couple of Davy Crocketts since the posts above—including one to GTX_Admin, I believe—but I've got a number of other items up at the Arsenal, including some new ones, and a brand new line of aircraft weapons I have high hopes for. Such as:

1/48 scale WE.177 nuclear gravity bombs! Available in both "A" and "B"/"C" models, in two- and four-packs.



Atomic test houses...built from actual blueprints!



"Die Glocke," the mythical German superweapon/time machine/antigravity engine! Spruce up the interior of your captured UFO or Haunebu saucer today! Available in both "realistic" (based off of alleged technical diagrams) and "Hollywood" versions.




Musical instruments! Current offerings include acoustic and electric guitars, or a Balalaika.



The Lockheed Compact Fusion Reactor!



Currently under development in real life by the Skunk Works, this model, based off of available technical information, graphics, and photographs, represents the company's projected 100 MW prototype, which would be about five meters long, and weigh under 100 tons. But Lockheed's plans claim the device's design can be scaled up or down to quite a degree, according to needs, so swapping out different print scales for this item may allow modellers to readily do much the same.

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #54 on: May 20, 2017, 05:10:28 PM »
Hi Nick

Glad to see you have introduced yourself to the forums in a most spectacular fashion. 

I was quite pleased to discover your WE.177 shapes were available at Shapeways a few days ago and was glad to also see you offering the WE.177 in a four-pack.  The more the merrier.  Will you also be creating a Red Beard any time soon?  Another one that I hope you will create is the Grand Slam ALBM. 
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« Reply #55 on: May 21, 2017, 08:31:39 AM »

Glad to be here. :)

And yes, a Red Beard is definitely on the horizon, probably in a couple of weeks after I tend to a video project of mine.

The Grand Slam sounds intriguing, and certainly doable. Heck, I could even produce a 1/48 Skybolt, if there's a demand for it. :D

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« Reply #56 on: May 21, 2017, 12:31:48 PM »
Heck, I'd be interested in some 1/72 Skybolts for alternate usages.

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« Reply #57 on: May 21, 2017, 01:58:28 PM »
Both Red Beard and Skybolt have already been done by traditional resin manufacturers.   I'd be interested in a Blue Streak in 1/72.   It could be further developed into a Europa II European Orbital launcher.

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« Reply #58 on: May 21, 2017, 09:42:13 PM »
Heck, I'd be interested in some 1/72 Skybolts for alternate usages.

Evan, Aircraft in Miniature does 1/72 Skybolt conversion set, as does Silver Cloud (line of Freightdog Models)

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #59 on: May 21, 2017, 11:18:55 PM »
Maybe a P-270 Moskit in 1/72 and 1/48 especially given the new Su34 kits becoming available.

Another would be the AGM-129 ACM again both in 1/72 and 1/48.  In fact, there may be useful info here that you could use to do this one.
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« Reply #60 on: May 22, 2017, 12:01:54 AM »
If you want to do something different, TSSAM (AGM-137A) in 1/72 and 1/48 would be nice.  It never made it to production due to mismanagement, not technical problems per se (I was there, I know quite well what happened).  Of course, for real confusion, you could do a 1/35 BGM-137B with boosters et al. as it would be in, or on exiting, the launch pod.

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« Reply #61 on: May 22, 2017, 04:07:57 AM »
At the risk of overloading you with ideas, another that would be cool would be 1/48 versions of the AGM-124 or more specifically, the pods planned to carry it:



I'm not sure of the pod dimensions though - anyone?
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« Reply #62 on: May 22, 2017, 07:46:36 PM »
I'll second the motion for the AGM-124, AGM-129, and AGM-137 (TSSAM) - I could see some of these on so many of my projects: A-12, B-1, B-2, SR-75, F-35B, FB-15M...

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« Reply #63 on: May 23, 2017, 12:43:11 AM »
I should add that I'll be glad to help in modeling stowed TSSAM for carriage purposes as opposed to the "in-flight" configuration depicted on the available 3-view.

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« Reply #64 on: May 23, 2017, 02:12:15 AM »
I'd be interested in a Blue Streak in 1/72.   It could be further developed into a Europa II European Orbital launcher.

I've been looking for some drawings so I could do a Blue Streak too ---  ;)  But for the Spot on Designs A.W. Pyramid kit to be mounted on the top of it.

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« Reply #65 on: May 23, 2017, 01:10:03 PM »
I'd be interested in a Blue Streak in 1/72.   It could be further developed into a Europa II European Orbital launcher.

I've been looking for some drawings so I could do a Blue Streak too ---  ;)  But for the Spot on Designs A.W. Pyramid kit to be mounted on the top of it.

I have plans for mine.  I need at least three...   ;)

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« Reply #66 on: May 24, 2017, 05:33:44 PM »
I actually had a little spare time, so for an update...

The AGM-129 ACM, in 1/72.



That's the three-pack, above. Six and twelve-packs also available. 1/48 will be ready soon.

That AGM-137 looks like it'll be one of my next projects—and I'd be very grateful for the advisement on the weapon's stowed configuration, elmayerle.


***edit to fix link to the 12-pack of AGM-129 with a link that shows the product page. -- jjf
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« Reply #67 on: May 25, 2017, 02:00:43 PM »
Woohoo!!
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #68 on: May 25, 2017, 02:56:11 PM »
Nick,

The link to the 12-pack of AGM-129 shapes was not working.  Fixed it so it works now.  Liking the idea of having some of these in 1:48th scale.  :)
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« Reply #69 on: May 25, 2017, 07:49:10 PM »
Aaaand...it was put up just in time, by several hours, for Shapeways to update their pricing structure in that material, playing havoc with the prices I'd projected, making it more expensive.

(Although the change DID actually knock down the prices of most of my items in the "Frosted Detail" material, which is most welcome, so...that's getting passed down to potential customers, I'm happy to say, if anyone's biting.)

A good several hours of methodically tinkering with the models didn't produce a quick and convenient solution to the problem—so, I took the time to rework the AGM-129s into a version suitable for printing in a much more inexpensive material. It's a slightly lower resolution, although with a missile body as slick as this, and at this size, it's probably not that noticeable. But the control surfaces had to be made slightly thicker in order to print correctly...but, after more than a little agonizing, I realized that this comes to about .5 mm difference in the finished product.

Still not completely ideal—especially for a fastidious old flight sim hand like me—but, I hope, this will be an acceptable compromise when it comes to outfitting a BUFF with three megatons worth of thermonuclear punch. And at an even more budget-friendly price than before! :)

The more accurate (again, by ~.5 mm) versions are still available, of course, if anyone's completely committed to slightly closer fidelity.

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« Reply #70 on: May 27, 2017, 04:17:33 AM »
I just received my set of 6 of Nick's Davey Crockett - very nice quality. :)
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« Reply #71 on: May 27, 2017, 06:48:40 AM »
Nick,

If you wanted another project, you might try to do a 1/48 version of the F-35B/C gunned (see below).  This could also be used as the Terma multimission pod (also shown).  Neither of these are currently available with any of the 1/48 kits available:


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« Reply #72 on: May 29, 2017, 04:43:27 PM »
And to make a productive evening, for once...the AGM-129 packs are now available in 1/48 scale.

On a couple of other points...

-Lots of good suggestions above, for which I'm most grateful. I'm mulling over a couple already...

-That AGM-124 pod is certainly very do-able, even with the existing information here (and from what I've been able to glean elsewhere), although I'd have to extrapolate a tad on the rear of the pod.

-By any chance, would there be any interest in non US/UK nuclear gravity bombs? I've made kind of a career out of building them for my flight sim endeavors, and even managed to scrounge up enough data to model some non-western examples—if anyone's got an Atlas Cheetah or a PLAAF/NK/PAF Fantan model they want to give a snappy new warload as a conversation piece.

Heck, I'd make a Project X-Ray "Bat Bomb" if anyone wanted one. ;)
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« Reply #73 on: May 30, 2017, 01:46:33 AM »
would there be any interest in non US/UK nuclear gravity bombs?

What are we looking at here?
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« Reply #74 on: May 30, 2017, 03:49:49 AM »
would there be any interest in non US/UK nuclear gravity bombs?

Aircraft delivered mines such as the Mk 60 CAPTOR ASW Mine (was available from Meteor Productions but now OOP/OOB), Mk65 Quick Strike, Mk 36 Destructor, BLU-14/BLU-31 mines, also any of the earlier mines from WW2, Korea, and the Cold War era for NATO, UK, and US would be attractive.  There is one person at Shapeways selling some of these shapes and I use that term politely as they are more toy-like than an actual scale replica of the subject.     

M118 3000 pound GP Bomb.  Only one ever available was from Cobra Company in resin and it was horribly expensive as it was two bombs and the 600 gallon center-line fuel tank for the F-105 Thunderchief.  The bombs were/are the prize in that old set as they were carried by several other aircraft.  HOBOS GBU Electro-Optical Guided and Pave Way GBU Laser Guided versions of the M118 wouild also be nice to see. 

12,000 pound Tall Boy and if possible the 6000 pound version (believe this was just a proposal) would be excellent in 1:48th and 1:72nd scale.  Some one at Shapeways offers the Tall Boy and Grand Slam in 1:144th scale but they appear to have no interest in scaling their model up. 

Commando Vault BLU-82 15,000 HC Bomb weapon with skids and parachutes.  Needed for the MC-130 in 1:72nd scale.  Would also be nice to see it in 1:48th scale. 

Operation Carolina Moon focused charge floating bomb/mine/weapon carried by C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft to attack the Thanh Hóa railroad bridge in North Vietnam during the war in SEA.  Link to Global Security page on Operation Carolina Moon - TAWC OPLAN 155, Project 1559

Tiny Tim 11.75 (298mm) Air Craft Rocket.  The Squadron True Details Tiny Tim shapes are rather disappointing in the details plus the fins are usually broken inside of the package before you have a chance to open it.  Also the rocket motor exhaust part is very fragile as it is a separate piece that has to be removed from a pour plug and it too is usually broken and loose inside of the package.  Similar rocket weapon from the UK might also be considered.  Do not recall the project name for it but it was quite similar to the Tiny Tim. 
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« Reply #75 on: May 30, 2017, 08:44:58 AM »
Similar rocket weapon from the UK might also be considered.  Do not recall the project name for it but it was quite similar to the Tiny Tim.

It was called an 'Uncle Tom' Jeff. Same diameter shell head, and powered by six 3" Triplex rocket motors.  In one of my 'Spitfire' books, there's a photo of the Spiteful loaded with four of them. I've also got another photo in a book of a De Havilland Mosquito loaded with a couple under the fuselage (but do you think I can find it right now [found the Spiteful pic though])
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« Reply #76 on: May 30, 2017, 09:35:00 AM »
would there be any interest in non US/UK nuclear gravity bombs?


12,000 pound Tall Boy and if possible the 6000 pound version (believe this was just a proposal) would be excellent in 1:48th and 1:72nd scale.  Some one at Shapeways offers the Tall Boy and Grand Slam in 1:144th scale but they appear to have no interest in scaling their model up. 



I'd like to 2nd Jeff's request for the Tall Boy / T-10. And add in 1/72 the VB-3 Razon and the ASM-A-1 / VB-14 Tarzon. Not sure if you could also build the fins.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASM-A-1_Tarzon

The VB-3 Razon (for range and azimuth) was a standard 1,000-pound general purpose bomb fitted with flight control surfaces. Development of the Razon began in 1942, but it did not see use during World War II.



19th Bomb Group B-29s dropped 489 Razons during the Korean War, the first in August 1950. Razons were not ideal weapons. For instance, the warhead was usually not big enough to drop a bridge (it took on average four Razon hits). Also, about one-third of those dropped did not respond to radio control. Despite these difficulties, B-29 bombardiers destroyed 15 bridges with Razon bombs.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/196093/vb-3-razon-bomb/

https://weaponsandwarfare.com/2015/11/03/guided-bombs-in-korea/
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« Reply #77 on: May 30, 2017, 12:42:45 PM »

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Soviet/Russian tactical nukes, for starters—enough data has seeped out through the years from official sources, secondhand accounts, and photos from Russian museums that I'm confident enough to model a few of them, some of which may never have gotten a model release. There are a couple of nuclear depth bombs (one that looks to be the rough counterpart to the US Lulu and Betty, and another that seems to be closer to a NDB-specialized B57) that are pretty novel looking.

There are about four Chinese bombs of which photos (from museums, historical documents, test footage, etc) exist, two of which were intended to be carried by the Q-5 (again, visible in pictures, or from translated articles). Q-5s also being supplied to Pakistan and North Korea (and some of the PAF's apparently rumored to be outfitted for nuclear missions), it seems reasonable to guess that, form following function, and with a small enough warhead, the weapon shapes might be very similar or identical.

(It's trickier to estimate the minimum size of the nuclear primary for those two countries, of course, although some guesstimates can be made from missile warheads. And Kim Jong-Un actually posed with a supposed 1:1 mockup of one, not long back, which I could check against a conceptual bomb size. Actually, I was thinking of offering that bare warhead itself, for modelmaking or action figure customization purposes!)

Pictures of some South African bomb casings have been out for awhile, and I understand there's a recent book that's come out, with input from members of the bomb program, with even more details on the program, including information on other weapons that were built but not fielded, or designed but not built. Interesting stuff, if a bit esoteric.

If you really want to get esoteric, though, there's actually enough information to make a couple of Indian nuclear weapons...as well as a Swedish one, from that country's abortive weapons program!

For a more mainstream angle, it's also certainly very practical to make the French nuclear gravity bombs, or the ASMP nuclear missile. Some of these, I believe, are already available as commercial models, but not all of them, and not in every scale. Weapons of the Force de frappe would probably serve, in a pinch, for nuclear shapes for "what if" builds for Mirage-flying countries that pursued, but never completed, a nuclear weapons program, such as (IRL!) Switzerland, Brazil, or Argentina.

Oh, and those conventional heavy hitters suggested above are certainly in the running. (Anyone want a T-12? :D )

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« Reply #78 on: May 30, 2017, 04:45:26 PM »
I would be interested in a Swedih bomb at least.
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« Reply #79 on: June 04, 2017, 10:37:31 AM »

Getting a little bit of work done (and a lot of eyestrain in) before the weekend's over...the Tallboy is now available, in 1/48 and 1/72, as well as the Tarzon in 1/48.

Grand Slam will probably follow sooner than later. And that reminds me...any demand for a FAB-5000 or FAB-9000?

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« Reply #80 on: June 05, 2017, 09:51:53 AM »
Tarzon under a Tiger Force Lancaster.
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« Reply #81 on: June 05, 2017, 05:08:13 PM »
it would be nice to have a model of the South African freefall bomb for use on the Buccaneer, likewise if any casing designs have surfaced for Argentinian (Lincon?) and Indian (Canberra?) designs.
I recall reading both Australia and Canada proposed bomb programmes of their own but im not sure if those reached casing design stage.
The Swedish bomb casing is a nice little piece intended for carriage on the A.36 and Lansen

the US. Razon and Tarzon bombs would make for useful models, somat different too and types I don't previously recall in 72 scale :)

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« Reply #82 on: June 05, 2017, 08:55:15 PM »
Australia's nuclear programme was a non-starter.   Only the Australian National University and the Snowy Mountains electrics scheme were ever built.  The ANU was to provide the theoretical basis, providing physicists and engineers to built the bombs, developed by the British.  The Snowy Mountains scheme was to provide the vast amounts of electricity required to enrich Uranium for the bombs.   In neither case was the ultimate objective fulfilled.   The British, advised by the Americans that if they ever wanted to share nuclear knowledge with them, were told to drop the Australian joint project to build a bomb.  In American eyes, the Australian Government leaked like a sieve to the fUSSR (The Petrov affair appeared to confirm this). The UK did so.   Australia was left as a testing ground for UK Nukes and had an expensive university (which wasn't without it's uses) and an expensive hydro-electric scheme (which had alternative uses). No designs were designed, let alone reached the hardware stage.   Canberra was ultimately dependent on the British anyway.

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« Reply #83 on: June 08, 2017, 03:12:22 PM »
it would be nice to have a model of the South African freefall bomb for use on the Buccaneer, likewise if any casing designs have surfaced for Argentinian (Lincon?) and Indian (Canberra?) designs.


I was musing over this, and the Australian program, and it occurred to me to check the described size of the first tested Indian nuclear device from 1974 (a "hexagonal" shape 1.25 meters in diameter) against a Canberra's bomb bay size...and, from what I'm seeing, you could juuust squeeze it inside—very possibly deliberately, as part of the bomb's design process, if they wanted something that could be (relatively) quickly adapted into an "emergency capability" weapon that didn't have to be dropped out the back of a cargo plane.

Anyway, assuming form would follow function, but wanting to test this out a little more, I whipped up a crude weapon shape along the lines of the US Mk.5 or Mk.6 nuclear weapon...in X-Plane, my favored flight sim, large enough to contain the nuclear primary, and weighted roughly appropriately, loaded it onto a Canberra, and made a few crude LABS toss-bombs in a range north of Fallon, NV.

And—huzzah!—according to the test runs, and consulting with NUKEMAP, even with a barely streamlined bomb casing, I was able to get well over eight miles of separation between the aircraft and the bomb by the time of (weapon) impact, which would seem to be more than enough of a safe distance from an 8 kt detonation.

Thus, I would venture to say that such a weapon, tidied up and printed, could plausibly serve as a "What If?" stand-in shape for a very early product of a nuclear weapons program along the levels of India in 1974, and with an air force equipped with Canberras or B-57s. (So, for varying levels of plausibility...India, Pakistan, South Africa*, Argentina, Australia...Taiwan, Rhodesia, South Vietnam, Ethiopia, even, for the really out-there builds? :) )

So...any interest? :D



Oh, BTW...1/72 Tarzons are now available at the Shapeways shop.

*Much more accurate "real world" data is available for SA bomb shapes, however. Time to dust off my notes...

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« Reply #84 on: June 11, 2017, 03:32:38 AM »
Thanks Nick for designing/producing these bombs. Sending you a PM on these.

Question: Would you be interested in producing a conversion kit for the F-111B? Or at least the nose, FLIR pod.

There was one long ago from Pete's Hangar but is OOP.

http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Rev3/2701-2800/rev2728-F-111-Thomason/00.shtm
http://tailspintopics.blogspot.ca/2009/10/grumman-f-111b.html



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« Reply #85 on: June 12, 2017, 02:59:19 PM »
Carl—I'll most certainly take a look at the F-111B nose. The biggest worry I'd have is being able to make a new part's "attach point" fit properly, without a base model to work from, but with enough data this probably isn't insurmountable.



Back to the matter of South Africa’s nuke/s, it’s been a few years since I last tackled the matter (for X-Plane), and since then comparatively quite a bit more fascinating technical information has come out.

To that end, I’ve produced:

*”Melba”—a “zeroth” generation nuclear weapon!



An interesting story behind this one; for many years, a South African-sourced photo has been circulating of several partial bomb casings stored at Pretoria’s nuclear weapon production facility.

However, later sources claim that these “bomb casings” weren’t from any of SA’s production nuclear weapons, which were smaller and fewer in number. However, my own size estimates of the pictured casings do match up quite closely with the diameter of the first test device designed and built around 1977, at least formally under the auspices of a PNE scheme. And somewhat resembles the simple illustration of the test device I’ve found, created by one of the members of the nuclear program.

The test would later be cancelled (in no small part to diplomatic pressure from the US/USSR after the preparations were discovered), and a test device later redesigned (and given the code name “Melba”) in a smaller form (and a lower yield), even more svelte than the inner gun-assembly of the initial device, which would also never be tested.

If I had to hazard a guess, then, if the photos of the “bomb casings” are from the nuclear program, and those size estimates are correct, they might have been spare/leftover/practice casings from the earlier days of the program, or from aborted schemes for later devices, now repurposed into protective the floor of a storeroom from dust.

In either case, though, both the initial, unnamed device and the miniaturized “Melba” were only intended as test devices, and “not deliverable,” according to Armscor, which assumed control of production when Pretoria moved formally to a military nuclear program. But, if we’re going “what if,” and pondering what a rushed (or jury-rigged) early South African nuke might have looked like…

The 3D modeled version (given the admittedly anachronistic name of the second device) meets the dimensions of the 1977 device, the forward section geometry based on the casing photos. The tail section is adapted from that of a Mirage III drop tank (in the SAAF inventory).

At 4.6 meters long, and weighing in the neighborhood of 3500 kg, it is a meter longer but a about 1000kg lighter than “Little Boy.” And with a projected yield of approximately six kilotons.

This is, by the figures I can find, small enough to fit in the internal weapons bay of a Canberra. Or the cargo bay of a C-130—I suppose you could load MORE than one on the latter, if you’re feeling particularly cocky.

After that, I have:

-“Hobo/Cabot” Nuclear Bomb!



After Armscor took the reigns of the weapons program, they built an initial “pre-qualification” dumb bomb in 1981/2, codenamed “Hobo” (later “Cabot”). A truly “deliverable” weapon, less specific details are available, but through deduction, it would seem to have been comparable in size/weight (though with a higher yield) to the miniaturized Melba device, and Armscor’s later “Hamerkop” weapon. (More on that, next)

Thus, we have “Cabot.” About two meters long and 6-750 kg in weight, yield again six kilotons. Front geometry based again on the photographed casings—for artistic reasons, for the rationale that the size estimates might have been off, and on the rationale that an oblate bomb shape would tend to be similar in any case—tail assembly roughly modeled after that of the Red Beard, with (retracted, in the print) pop-out fins (Armscor seemed to like to show off). This weapon should, by my notes, be suitable for carriage by the Buccaneer.

If I’m reading the data correctly, about six of these weapons were built, but only two were outfitted with nuclear material, with the others used for testing and as spares.

Now, we come to the really interesting bit…the “production” weapon, the Armscor Hamerkop (“Hammerhead”).

According to a few new sources, Armscor’s plans were not to merely produce a dumb bomb, but a TV guided glide bomb—quite ambitious. The only other TV guided nuclear weapon I can recall offhand was a variant of the AGM-62. These would have taken the form of warheads for the Armscor (later Denel) Raptor glide bomb, which has seen service in a conventional form since the 1980s, in several variants, and later exported/license produced/copied (accounts seem to differ) by Pakistan, where it serves today, reportedly on several other aircraft types (Mirages, JF-17s, etc.). I’m having trouble finding if there are any other users besides SA and Pakistan.

Seven nuclear Hamerkops were reportedly produced in the 1980s, with a yield of 20 kilotons each, and a glide range of about sixty kilometers. These weapons were also intended to be carried by the Buccaneer.

However, at this point, I confess that I’ve had much more trouble finding technical details on the Raptor—I only found a decent enough diagram of the thing while I was typing this up!—but, more to the point, someone’s already beaten me to the punch on Shapeways. Model Ordnance offers a 1/72 version, including the Data Link and ECM pods. As far as I can tell, the nuclear warhead for the Hamerkop would have been the same or similar sized to the Raptor’s conventional one, so this would be the expedient choice for 1/72 modelers wishing to acquire one.

There were a few other South African nuclear warhead concepts, such as smaller implosion devices—all of the above devices were Uranium gun devices. It looks like they would have been Uranium, not Plutonium, implosion devices at that. The United States, Soviet Union, China, and Pakistan have all tested such devices, with the latter two apparently fielding them—boosted weapons, and even thermonuclear devices. But very little actual work was done towards developing them, let alone any hardware design.

So, there ya have it! Two or three shiny new/old nukes, for equipping South African or other comparably equipped historical “what if?” air forces.

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« Reply #86 on: June 22, 2017, 03:06:49 PM »

While chasing down some bugs with the AGM-129 models, I scraped up some time for a new offering...



In other words, the conceptual Swedish nuclear weapon design, circa 1955!



Building this one was an interesting challenge, requiring the consulting of sometimes obscure, scattered technical sources online, and borrowing Wilhelm Agrell's fascinating 2002 book Svenska förintelsevapen from the Library of Congress. Which was a bit challenging in itself, as the book is in Swedish.

But, this gave me firm enough footing to build this first weapon, a two-point plutonium implosion bomb design outlined by the Swedish National Defense Research Institute in 1955. A 400-500 kg weapon with a 20 Kt yield, intended to be carried by the A-32 Lansen or the (also never built) SAAB A-36 supersonic nuclear bomber. Complete with accurate casing size and shape, thanks to surviving diagrams.

This also gives some clues to a projected next generation of Swedish bombs, as envisioned in the early 60s, and as mentioned in a later defense study, if with sparser details (mainly concerning planned weapon yield, which would have doubled).

Although the original reports' texts don't seem to be available in either a) my continent, or b) in English, Agrell's book seems to infer that the a version of the Rb05 would have been intended for a nuclear role, which, when combined with other details about the preexisting bomb designs, and another contemporary Swedish special weapon, the SAAB "Robot 330" surface-to-surface cruise missile, gives a rough idea of the size of the planned nuclear warhead, a bit slimmer than the '55 design. Although the A-36 specifications of the late 50s seemed to call for a (single?) heavier weapon, I'm not seeing any references to a larger-yield fission bombs or thermonuclear weapons planned anywhere—perhaps the A-36 was actually intended to carry two, carry a missile, or was simply intended to have some margin for future-proofing. Or to get really exotic, maybe it could have been a combined bomb-fuel tank, a la with the B-58.

In any case, the "FOA m/1955" is now up for grabs in 1/48 or 1/72.

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« Reply #87 on: June 22, 2017, 08:28:07 PM »
I always suspected that the chicken was a nuclear weapons scientist.

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« Reply #88 on: June 22, 2017, 11:24:56 PM »
I have a drawing showing the Swedish casing for their A.36 nuke, il pm you with details

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« Reply #89 on: June 23, 2017, 12:34:26 AM »
I'd like that as I have the Broplan A36 in 1/72.


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« Reply #90 on: June 23, 2017, 01:33:19 AM »
I'd like that as I have the Broplan A36 in 1/72.


Seconded!  I also have one of those kits.  Actually, I'd be interested in the missile version, too, for an "alternate A-36" configuration I'm playing with.

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« Reply #91 on: June 23, 2017, 08:59:54 PM »
Seconded!  I also have one of those kits.  Actually, I'd be interested in the missile version, too, for an "alternate A-36" configuration I'm playing with.


Glad to hear it, and that's given me some ideas for a new pack—a nuclear Rb05 would be no trouble, although the other planned nuclear missile, the Rb330, doesn't seem to be well suited for aircraft carriage. (Too long, even deleting the first stage booster, and the planned guidance system doesn't sound like it'd fare well launched from a moving platform.)

A pity, as the missile has some truly gorgeous lines...





Although I could certainly produce an accurate GLCM version with little trouble. Or, heck, a truly "fantasy" air-launched mod. (Figuring out the performance figures might be a bit tricky, but how can anyone say no to twin ramjets? ;) )

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« Reply #92 on: June 24, 2017, 12:54:23 AM »
You'd probably still need a booster for the air-launched version, need to get it up to where the ramjets will function properly.

A distinct nuclear Rb05 sounds useful.

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« Reply #93 on: June 24, 2017, 02:15:25 AM »

The instructions guy at Ikea used to be employed with the Swedish Nuclear Weapons Development Agency?  :)

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« Reply #94 on: June 24, 2017, 05:41:06 AM »
You'd probably still need a booster for the air-launched version, need to get it up to where the ramjets will function properly.

Indeed—although hopefully the launch plane's speed would at least shave some of the size off. Something testable with a few calculators or sims, luckily enough!

For an even lower-tech alternative, a Swedish BOAR would probably also be perfectly reasonable, and fit inside the bomb bay..or should that be "BØAR"?

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« Reply #95 on: June 25, 2017, 02:12:32 AM »

The instructions guy at Ikea used to be employed with the Swedish Nuclear Weapons Development Agency?  :)


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« Reply #96 on: June 25, 2017, 07:41:51 AM »
I have been corresponding with another maker at Shapeways about a weapons set that is peculiar to the South African Air Force.  The maker is Pieter Kasselman and his Shapeways Shop is called Model Ordnance.

Pieter has a number of weapons in his shop, mostly 1:72nd scale but hopefully in time these too will be scaled up to 1:48th scale.  For now, his Hammerhead weapons set can be found at these links:

1/72 Buccaneer H-2 Raptor Weaopon Pack

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« Reply #97 on: June 26, 2017, 08:46:37 PM »

Well, a little work over the weekend, and I've got...

The 800kg, 4-meter nuke from the A.36 design requirements (special thanks to tsrjoe) in 1/72:



A "slim fin" version (with tail design taken from another contemporary Swedish iron bomb) of the smaller "FOA m/1955" from before, possibly better suited for internal carriage. In single and in economical two-packs!



And, finally, the SAAB RB 05, with two different nose options—the pointed one from the MCLOS Rb05a, and a TV Guidance version of the proposed (but never built) Rb 05b. As mentioned before, these might do a dandy job as nuclear platforms for a "what if?" build.


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« Reply #98 on: June 28, 2017, 03:15:15 AM »
For anyone that is interested in accessories to tart up your Meng Models F-350, Toyota Hi-Lux, or Toyota Land Cruiser.  This item could also be used for other 1:35th and 1:32nd scale models.  This normally works with HO scale accessories has been contacted to see if something could be done about scaling up his truck box accessory set to 1:35th scale.  The name of the Maker's Shop is CustomModelCreations

The model is now available at this link: Pickup Truck Tool Box Set 2 Pack W Winch 1-32 Scale (click on html or image to view product at Shapeways). 


Yes, I know it is 1:32nd scale and not 1:35th but it is close enough to the right size that a little file work or sandpaper should resolve any fit issues.  Plus it is progress. 

The image shows the model parts upside down.  There are two truck bed-width boxes, two winches, and two bed length boxes that fit along the top edge of the truck bed over the fenders.  The maker has also scaled up a series of Rigid Job Site Equipment Boxes that can be found by visiting the makers shop link. 
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« Reply #99 on: July 14, 2017, 08:08:23 PM »

It's been awhile since I've checked in, 'been busy...in no small part to debugging problems with the 1/72 AGM-129s, mostly due to Shapeways deciding to be finicky.

But with that bit and some clumps of my hair aside, I have managed to produce a few more offerings...and based on some requests from here!

Such as:

The AGM-124 "Wasp" Pods, six-tube, in 1/48 and 1/72
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The VB-3 "Razon" guided bomb, in economical four-pack, again in 1/48 and 1/72.



After that...anyone want a Nazi atomic bomb? 'Cause I've got two of 'em!

The first, the supposed "Virus House" Bomb:



This conceptual design was floating around online awhile back, spawned from a postulating luft46.com article, going on information from a book on the Horten brothers, itself evidently taking information from a 1947 book by an ALSOS physicist, which referred to a diagrammed German nuclear device as a "bomb." Sarcastically.

The device in question, in fact, was a small, very crude research reactor built by Werner Heisenberg at the University of Leipzig in 1942. But which, in fact, actually blew up after a couple of weeks—a leak in the pressure vessel caused a Uranium fire and a steam/hydrogen explosion which caused the thing to burst apart, showing the lab with burning metal. So, technically, this is the only guaranteed authentic model of a German nuclear explosive device available. :D

Next, the "Diebner" atomic bomb:



Allegedly designed by Kurt Diebner, according to slightly suspicious technical reports and diagrams unearthed in recent years, and even more outlandishly said to have been tested in 1944.

A modestly Wagnerian bomb in size, it was actually "calculated" to have a very low yield. But still, an effective way to get more bang for your greif.

Start your christmas shopping today, and buy a pair to bookend your Haunebu!  ;D

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« Reply #100 on: July 14, 2017, 09:05:48 PM »
I never could figure out the fins/stabilization for that thing when I was trying to create a digital model of that device.  You appear to have captured the overall look and have applied a practical solution for the bomb fins. 
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« Reply #101 on: July 18, 2017, 02:35:32 PM »

What th'heck, three more...

"Red Beard" Nuclear Weapon

In 1/48 and 1/72. 'Nuff said.

The BAC "Grand Slam" Nuclear Missile

Suggested here, awhile back, an unbuilt nuclear standoff weapon proposed for the TSR.2.

And finally...

The Kuangbiao-1/“0-27” Chinese Tactical Nuclear Weapon

The first Chinese tactical nuclear weapon, first tested in 1972—after a slight, minor "hiccup" when the armed bomb failed to release from the carrier aircraft, forcing an emergency landing—this is also, as far as I know, the first model of this weapon commercially available anywhere, in any scale. A must-have for any model Q-5!

Quite an interesting project, really. Also a project that caused a lot of eyestrain over variable-quality photographs, puzzling over machine-translations of Chinese web pages, and sifting through almost 50 year old technical data that managed to sieve through the Iron Curtain. Time for some Visine and a nightcap, I think.

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« Reply #102 on: July 18, 2017, 10:25:51 PM »
Keep up the great work Nick!  My wish list at Shapeways continues to grow longer and the anticipated costs of these purchases is reaching a level that has me concerned about living on ramen noodles for the next couple of years in order to accommodate my wish list.  :)
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« Reply #104 on: July 20, 2017, 11:49:27 AM »

What can I say...I've been in an exceptionally low mood, lately. And the best thing to perk me up is to pop on some gloomy music, and research and build some infernal machines. To that end:

The "Slick" KB-1 Bomb (in 1/48 and 1/72)

A slightly different configuration of the earlier posted weapon, as seen in a few different museum displays. Possibly a later development of the weapon in the same program, or even a training/testing shape.

And...

The "524-23" Thermonuclear Weapon

For the first time in the West—a company in Shenzhen seems to have offered a model at some point, but it looks like it's discontinued—a model of the thermonuclear device dropped in the CHIC-8 test of December, 1968; the 3 megaton warhead apparently intended to serve both in a gravity bomb, and in the DF-3/CSS-2 IRBM.

Indeed, this weapon, by my size estimates, would comfortably fit in the both DF-3 and in the bomb bay of an H-6, the latter of which would I imagine be of the most interest here.

Available in 1/48, 1/72, and in a first for me, 1/144.

Keep up the great work Nick!  My wish list at Shapeways continues to grow longer and the anticipated costs of these purchases is reaching a level that has me concerned about living on ramen noodles for the next couple of years in order to accommodate my wish list.  :)

Thanks—you're too kind. :) If it makes you feel any better, though, I'll likely as not be spending much of the proceeds on Ramen myself. ;)

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« Reply #105 on: August 22, 2017, 07:16:07 PM »

Well, it's been a little while since my last update—and since then, I actually ended up selling enough nukes and Die Glockes last month to pay for a haircut and a tank of gas, with some left over!—and I've been busy researching and building a few more models. I think some of the latest might be of interest:

-"RDS-2"/"Product 601," the Soviet "Little Boy"!



A lesser known product of the early Soviet atomic bomb program, a Uranium gun-type device whose development was launched at the same time as the Plutonium implosion-type RDS-1, and which reached the stage of bomb shape aerodynamic testing, but was ultimately cancelled before production or testing.



Still, a fun historical oddity, or Alternate History/"What If?" build fodder.

-"Thin Man" Atomic Bomb



Does it need any introduction? ;)

-The B90 Strike/Nuclear Depth Bomb



1980s era design, intended to replace the B57 in US Navy/Marine service, but cancelled in 1991 before entering service.

I found exactly one good photo of this weapon (or a testing/training shape), and just enough technical data on size dimensions to have sieved out into the public sphere to build this one. Which puts it slightly above the also cancelled B77, which has two low-quality, angled photos of a training shape, and no published dimensional data.

Still, a possible fun addition for an A-12 or A-6F built, or even a future or foreign-produced nuclear loadout for internal carriage on an F-35 (which the B90 should be a fit for).

More (mostly conventional) F-35 loadouts will be coming in the future, I'll add.

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« Reply #106 on: August 22, 2017, 11:46:54 PM »
Was just looking at your latest releases at Shapeways yesterday.  As always, I am quite impressed with your attention to details. 

Maybe sales will pick up sufficiently to let you have a 'spa day' some time soon? :)
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« Reply #107 on: August 23, 2017, 05:20:21 AM »
Looking forward to the F-35 stuff.  Once I see that I expect to place a sizeable order covering that plus some of your other stuff.
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« Reply #108 on: August 30, 2017, 10:40:46 PM »
You know the only thing that gets to me more than Boolean Operations on Polygons? Carefully modelling smooth, amorphous shapes with little or no distinguishing features. But within, extra joy, exacting dimensional constraints!


Nevertheless, I've got a few new offerings...

-The "F-35 Missionized Gun System" cannon pod



This was a bit tricky—there wasn't a great body of technical information available, photographs and computer models seem to show variation between constructed examples, and, as above, literally being a smooth, low-observable stealthy shape.

But, after some work, I've got a model that I'm reasonably confident in to serve as the MGS.

I understand that the basic body of the pod, as designed by Terma A/S, is intended to serve as the basis for future Multi Mission Pods—for sensors, Electronic Warfare systems, or other weapon systems—as well.

The base of the attachment pylon is the only thing that really worries me; there wasn't much technical detail or pictures of the thing available, and I don't have a model of the F-35 or a printed prototype to do a proper fit check. But it has a flat face, and is approximately the right size at least, so a bit of sanding and/or some putty should be enough make a serviceable join on the bottom of a model, and the model can always be refined in the future.

-The Lockheed CUDA missile.



This one was a request—a cut down, hit-to-kill "Halfraam" intended for carriage in the F-35 and F-22. Comes six to a pack.

And finally...

-The AVPRO "EXINT" transport pod!



One of my favorite odd ideas, a 1990s concept for an external one-man transport pod, complete with heat and oxygen, mounted on a VTOL or attack helicopter (or, apparently, in a proposed variant, as a parachute-equipped unit carried by a strike fighter like the Tornado or Typhoon), for rescue, evacuation, or special operations troop insertion.

It got as far as ground-fit testing, but never entered service, at least with the British forces. There was evidently a rumor that some units from a pre-production run were bought up by the IDF.










The above version is the "closed hatch" two-pack—I've also got an "open" two-pack, and an open/closed "variety" pack.

(I worked for a couple of days trying to design a "universal" print version with a removable hatch that could be attached in either configuration, but alas, with the angles, model sizes, and material thickness tolerances involved, this turned out to be impractical at best.)

I had a feeling this one might be of some interest. Eh? ;)
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« Reply #109 on: August 30, 2017, 11:54:52 PM »

One of my favorite odd ideas, a 1990s concept for an external one-man transport pod, complete with heat and oxygen, mounted on a VTOL or attack helicopter (or, apparently, in a proposed variant, as a parachute-equipped unit carried by a strike fighter like the Tornado or Typhoon), for rescue, evacuation, or special operations troop insertion.

It got as far as ground-fit testing, but never entered service, at least with the British forces. There was evidently a rumor that some units from a pre-production run were bought up by the IDF.










The above version is the "closed hatch" two-pack—I've also got an "open" two-pack, and an open/closed "variety" pack.

(I worked for a couple of days trying to design a "universal" print version with a removable hatch that could be attached in either configuration, but alas, with the angles, model sizes, and material thickness tolerances involved, this turned out to be impractical at best.)

I had a feeling this one might be of some interest. Eh? ;)

Absolutely Nick. Need to get some of these. I have the 1/72 Italeri X-32/F-32 and some AV-8Bs which would turn/sever a few JMN heads or legs.  :icon_vader:
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« Reply #110 on: August 31, 2017, 02:01:07 AM »
Outstanding!!  Glad you accepted my suggestions mate. ;)

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« Reply #111 on: August 31, 2017, 12:54:59 PM »
The F-35 gun pod unit is certainly on the wish list for me.  The EXINT pod is another one that I really liked and glad to see that too has become a reality.  The EXINT pod might also be useful in 1:35th-1:32nd scale for the LSP crowd. 
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« Reply #112 on: September 03, 2017, 08:41:04 PM »
Hi everyone,

Would anyone be interested in scale models of various lifting bodies and spacecrafts? like the Hawker design illustrated below? I'm planning to make a whole bunch including the X-24C, ASSET, DynaSoar...etc. Along other hypersonic designs.

The hawker design is already available here : http://shpws.me/OVea

 

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« Reply #113 on: September 04, 2017, 05:55:42 AM »
Hell yeah, way more interesting than boom-boom shapes.  ;D :icon_fsm:
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« Reply #114 on: September 05, 2017, 01:31:42 AM »
I may be interested depending upon subject.
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« Reply #115 on: September 05, 2017, 05:04:41 AM »
I'm currently working on an X-24C model, should be ready soon. I'm also open to suggestions, so feel free to propose subjects you would like!


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« Reply #116 on: September 05, 2017, 06:15:25 AM »
Would that X-24C be in 1/72?

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« Reply #117 on: September 05, 2017, 06:22:26 AM »
I live in 1/72 scale.

How about an X-20 Dynasoar with a trans stage/docking adapter or other potential early USAF space station bits. 





Also the X-15A-2/C, X-15D Deltawings and other X-15 paper models?











Feel free to redo the cockpit/canopy if this is too complex.
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« Reply #118 on: September 05, 2017, 06:37:15 AM »
Would that X-24C be in 1/72?

Yes, the X-24C will be available in 1/72, i may make a 1/128 version available too.

Thanks The Big Gimper for the suggestions, so much interesting stuff. Definitely on my to-do list! Complexity is not an issue to me, as long as it is not a problem for 3d printing regarding thin walls etc...

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« Reply #119 on: September 07, 2017, 04:25:00 AM »
[chant]DY-NA-SOAR! DY-NA-SOAR! DY-NA-SOAR![/chant]

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« Reply #120 on: September 08, 2017, 11:12:50 AM »
Its a real struggle to find some free time for modelling  :icon_sueno:, but as you can see the X-15D is coming along nicely! :) While it is printable at this stage i prefer to further tweak the model and add more details.


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« Reply #122 on: September 09, 2017, 03:37:56 AM »
Wow! That was fast. Very nice.
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« Reply #123 on: September 09, 2017, 03:45:31 AM »
How about the Russian Kliper spacecraft  either the lifting body or the winged version...or both.
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« Reply #124 on: September 09, 2017, 10:54:09 AM »
Thanks for the feedback folks!

That's a very nice suggestion GTX, i wasn't aware of this project until now. Definitely on my to-do list.

The X-15D model is ready to be printed, but before making it available on the shop i thought about showing you guys what it looks like in 3d thanks to sketchfab : https://skfb.ly/6tBXW

It'll be available in 1:128.

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« Reply #125 on: September 10, 2017, 03:11:46 AM »
Another Option - this time from Babylon 5:

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« Reply #126 on: September 10, 2017, 03:14:15 AM »

That's a very nice suggestion GTX, i wasn't aware of this project until now. Definitely on my to-do list.


 :smiley:

As much as I would prefer 1/48, may I suggest you do it as either 1/72 or 1/144 so as to allow mating up with potential launcher kits.
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« Reply #127 on: September 10, 2017, 05:17:06 AM »
Wow that kestrel thing is a beast! Makes me realise that sci-fi models may be of interest too.

I scaled the model to 1/144 as advised by GTX, and it is now available at this link : http://shpws.me/OWrv

I made it as cheap as possible as i'm taking a symbolic one dollar margin, so that it stays at a reasonable price for you guys.
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« Reply #128 on: September 10, 2017, 05:22:39 AM »
Please note that my suggestion was focused upon the proposed Kliper spacecraft only.
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« Reply #129 on: September 11, 2017, 02:09:03 AM »
I have updated the X15D model (basically hollowed it so that it can be cheaper), its now available here : http://shpws.me/OWrv

@GTX : even tho it started as a misunderstanding, i think i now prefer the 1:144 scale better :))

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« Reply #130 on: September 11, 2017, 07:07:06 AM »
Hell yeah, way more interesting than boom-boom shapes.  ;D :icon_fsm:


Well heck...

...why not both?  ;)

-NOTS-EV-1 "Pilot" (aka "NOTSNIK") Launcher



From the US Navy's Naval Ordnance Test Station's "Project Pilot" of 1958, a five-stage, all off-the-shelf solid-fuel motored, air-dropped space launcher. Designed to be dropped from an F4D Skyray in a climb at 41,000 feet, and deliver a 1.05 kilogram satellite (incorporating a crude IR scanner and a transmitter, potentially intended for ground or weather surveillance) into low Earth orbit. launch platform was used.



Most of the test launches, however, failed. And/or exploded. Two launches may have made it into orbit, according to faint signals believed to have received from a downrange station, but this was never confirmed, and the program would be cancelled by the end of 1958.

By modern standards, this rocket (when not exploding) would be enough to put a Cubesat into orbit—very possibly more than that, if a faster and higher flying aircraft was used as a launch platform.

Currently available in 1/48 and 1/72 scale.

And my personal favorite...

-A "Project Babylon" Supergun barrel segment




A segment of Gerald Bull's 1000mm "Big Babylon" supergun, designed to put 200 kilograms of cargo into Earth orbit at $600 a kilogram...or 600+ kilograms of payload 1000 km downrange.

This segment represents one held in the collection of the Imperial War Museum Duxford, believed to be from near the "breech" of the 156-meter long gun.

Currently available in 1/72 and 1/87 (HO) scales. Good for a curiosity, part of a diorama, or as an impish flatbed cargo (it's a "Petrochemical Pressure Vessel"! Honest!) for a model railroad.  ;D
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« Reply #131 on: September 11, 2017, 07:54:59 AM »
The NOTS-EV-1 is so cool. Maybe a whif use as a high speed AAM or ABM target.
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« Reply #132 on: September 12, 2017, 07:30:18 PM »
I have a question for the 3D experts.

I was looking at Ranchoths (Nick's) AVPRO "EXINT" Transport Pod (Closed) and there are 6 materials choices listed below in order of lowest to highest cost:

White Strong & Flexible
White Strong & Flexible Polished
Black Strong & Flexible
Frosted Ultra Detail
Frosted Extreme Detail
Black Hi-Def Acrylate

In 1/72 scale, and for a builder is not overly anal retentive, what would the best material to select?
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« Reply #133 on: September 12, 2017, 08:10:37 PM »
I purchased the EXINT (and a few other pieces) in both White Strong & Flexible and Frosted Extreme Detail, the cheaper option has a rather rough porous like texture and to be honest not worth the effort in cleanup, its worth paying the difference to get the frosted detail material which after a quick scoot of primer is ready for finishing :)

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« Reply #134 on: September 23, 2017, 07:49:18 PM »

Kind of a new offering, this time. On a whim and a hunch.

Has anyone here ever been in a situation where they find themselves needing an extra pulsejet...


...but just didn't want to buy a whole V-1 to scavenge one from?

"'There's got to be a better way!™'"

To that end, I present...the Argus As-014 Pulsejet, in economical two-pack and quad-pack, in 1/48 and 1/72!



Ideal for strapping onto your miscellaneous V-weapon, Miniaturjäger, crazy "1946" Luftwaffe design, or obscure but real-life postwar experimental prop fighter upgrade!




Also serves as a substitute for the Ford PJ31 or the Chelomey D-3 pulsejets—each being copies of the Argus engine.

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« Reply #135 on: September 24, 2017, 12:09:16 AM »
I have a question for the 3D experts.

I was looking at Ranchoths (Nick's) AVPRO "EXINT" Transport Pod (Closed) and there are 6 materials choices listed below in order of lowest to highest cost:

White Strong & Flexible
White Strong & Flexible Polished
Black Strong & Flexible
Frosted Ultra Detail
Frosted Extreme Detail
Black Hi-Def Acrylate

In 1/72 scale, and for a builder is not overly anal retentive, what would the best material to select?


For 1/72 scale models, these three materials are not great, unless you want to spend a great deal of time priming (the material soaks up primer and paint) and sanding. The surface is rough (it's made from sintered nylon particles) and fine details will be lost during printing and later, sanding/priming. It is cheap and strong, though:

White Strong & Flexible -  the surface will look and feel rough. Sanding just removes layers revealing more rough surface.
White Strong & Flexible Polished - same as above but "polished" so the particles sort of melt together. Mildly better but you get a loss of detail.
Black Strong & Flexible - same as the WSF, only dipped in black paint. Sand a bit and you start getting gray particles and eventually reveal the WSF a few layers down.

These are better - they're printed in an extremely brittle acrylic resin:
Frosted Ultra Detail: All around a good trade-off between quality and cost. It will have annoying layer artifacts from the printing that will have to be sanded off.
Frosted Extreme Detail: same material as above, only printed at a higher resolution. More expensive, same printing artifact issues (slightly smaller) but will preserve fine details better.

Black Hi-Def Acrylate: Best resolution - this material is still brittle, but less so than the FUD amd FXD above. Most parts will have small support nibs - you can order the parts with the supports removed or left on. There will be printing artifacts just not as prominent and much easier to deal with. Shapeways will print in any color resin as long as it's black. They may have issues of incomplete printing in small thin parts (like fins) but that may have just been an issue during their beta.

They have a third acrylic plastic that lies between WSF and FUD in detail. It's cheaper mainly because they print at a lower resolution than the FUD and FXD parts. You don't see many models offered in this, since the introduction of the higher resolution parts.

Examples of each:

WSF in black - note the white:


"Dorito" in FUD

WSF detail from my 1/700 three island cargo ship. also here This ship was also printed in Black Hi-Def Acrylate.

My Asteroid of Death was printed in Black Hi-Def Acrylate. This post illustrates the surface finish, straight from Shapeways.





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« Reply #136 on: September 28, 2017, 06:24:17 PM »
A few more items at the Arsenal. Suitably weird and wonderful, I hope.


The Ruhrstahl X-4



Famed early German AAM—I trust it needs no more introduction.

The “Velvet Glove” Missile



THIS one might need some introduction…SARH missile, developed in the early 50s by Canada as a potential armament for the CF-100 and, later, the CF-105 Arrow. Technical troubles and the design being surpassed by American designs lead to it’s cancellation.

A fairly simple shape, with a positively crummy amount of visual documentation, but I thought I should make this one for completeness’ sake.

A better documented weapon, with perhaps even more draw, might be the…

AAM-N-3/AIM-7B “Sparrow II”



The only active radar, fire-and-forget variant of the Sparrow missile, this was intended to arm the Avro Arrow, and development was taken up by Canadair after being abandoned by Douglas. However, more technical difficulties with the ambitious project, combined with the cancellation of the Arrow, lead to this missile’s cancellation as well.

But it got further than the…

XAAM-N-9 “Sparrow X” nuclear AAM



Cancelled at a very early stage of development, this would have been a “fractional kiloton” warhead guided missile with a 6 mile (at sea level)/25 mile (at high altitude) range. According to my good friend Nukemap, this would have been perfectly survivable to the launching aircraft at a range of a bit over one mile.

Carrying aircraft unknown; however, according to my calculations, the weapons bay of the F-106 could have accommodated a single one of these weapons.

Last, and even more fanciful, though, is…

The Lockheed “Energy Bomb” kinetic weapon



According to a few works on the Skunk Works and Kelly Johnson’s autobiography, this was the 2500 lb, high-density steel kinetic energy bomb proposed as an armament for a (proposed) bomber variant of the SR-71 in the 1960s. Dropped at Mach 3 from 85,000 feet, it would be calculated to penetrate “33 feet of reinforced concrete” or “300 feet of earth.”

My rough attempt at a very low-drag weapon with the volume of the quoted amount of steel. Assuming my figures were right, this should have a Coefficient of Drag about 0.052.

And, of course, this should fit the weapons bays of a YF-12, or the comparably sized ones for one of the proposed SR-71 attack variants, of which I’ve seen blueprints from as late as the 70s and early 80s.

As for other aircraft—well, I’m having difficulty finding exact dimensions of the weapons bay at the moment, which precludes an exact number, but I’d confidently guess you’d be able to load several of these into a B-70 Valkyrie, as well.
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« Reply #137 on: September 29, 2017, 02:50:12 AM »
@Ranchoth/Nick. 

There is a 1:48th scale SR/YF-12 kit available from Testors/Italeri so if you wanted to scale up your bunker buster to 1:48th scale I am sure someone will appreciate that effort :)
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« Reply #138 on: September 29, 2017, 03:31:38 AM »
XAAM-N-9 was also proposed as possible armament for the F8U-3 according to Tommy Thompson's book and I could see it being carried by BARCAP F-4B's or F-4J's.  From your comments, perhaps carried on the proposed naval variant of the F-106?

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« Reply #139 on: September 29, 2017, 04:10:00 AM »
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« Reply #140 on: September 29, 2017, 04:41:35 AM »
They will look great on my CF-103 (when I get around to building it).



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« Reply #141 on: September 29, 2017, 02:16:40 PM »
@Ranchoth/Nick. 

There is a 1:48th scale SR/YF-12 kit available from Testors/Italeri so if you wanted to scale up your bunker buster to 1:48th scale I am sure someone will appreciate that effort :)

And...done. :)

Although, alas, it seems it's just too thin in parts to print in actual steel.

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« Reply #142 on: October 06, 2017, 11:53:31 PM »
A few new listings at the Arsenal...and only one of them is a weapon of mass destruction!

-AIM-26 "Nuclear Falcon"



The only guided nuclear AAM to enter service with the United States, between 1961-72.

Most of the data I'm seeing indicates that it was only carried by the F-102, although a proposed (but unbuilt) variant of the F-106 was apparently proposed that would carry this missile—and, very interestingly, it was tested on the 'Six, in a modified form, as part of a ballistic missile defense concept.

The non-nuclear version, the AIM-26B, would be exported to Switzerland for use on the Mirage IIIS, and licence built in Sweden to equip the Saab Draken, each serving at least until the 1990s.

Interestingly, as I've mentioned before, both countries had at least preliminary nuclear weapons programs until just a few years before adopting the (Non)Nuclear Falcon, and Switzerland maintained it's Working Committee for Nuclear Issues active for a few more years studying nuclear acquisition options as an emergency contingency. The Swiss Mirage IIIS, also designed as a multirole strike aircraft which allegedly "had the wiring to carry a Swiss-built or French nuclear bomb," would have (by numbers I'm seeing) have had the range to reach Moscow. Nuclear self-escorting strike mission! :D

After that...

-A 12-Gallon Air Ride Suspension tank!



Not my usual subject, but this one was a special request.

But perhaps most interestingly...

The Bell Aerospace Jet Flying Belt.



From 1969, the first true "jet pack," powered by a WR19 turbojet. Unlike the peroxide-fueled Rocket Belt, this baby had a five minute flight time, and a projected fully-fueled endurance of 15 minutes, with development expected to push that to 25.

As far as I know, this is the first model ever made of the Jet Flying Belt. (It was a tossup between this, or the Williams X-Jet. I was feeling Jonny Quest-y.)

This jet pack currently available in 1/35—I have a few other scales planned, after I give my eyeballs a good rest from squinting at less than detailed photographs and diagrams.

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« Reply #143 on: October 07, 2017, 12:10:51 AM »
It's been a while (36 years) but I am sure I loaded the AIM-46 on the CF-101B Voodoo. Of course I could not talk about it.  :icon_fsm:
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« Reply #144 on: October 07, 2017, 03:53:21 AM »
Oooooo...that jet pack could have possibilities. :smiley:
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« Reply #145 on: October 07, 2017, 03:58:36 AM »
It's been a while (36 years) but I am sure I loaded the AIM-46 on the CF-101B Voodoo. Of course I could not talk about it.  :icon_fsm:

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« Reply #146 on: October 07, 2017, 04:13:13 AM »
It's been a while (36 years) but I am sure I loaded the AIM-46 on the CF-101B Voodoo. Of course I could not talk about it.  :icon_fsm:

AIM-46 or AIM-26?

Typo. Should be AIM-26.
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« Reply #147 on: October 18, 2017, 01:13:50 PM »
Well, it's been an exciting few days for me...mostly because of the surprise wildfire that burned about 75 times as much land area as in Hiroshima, including part of a nearby city, and had me pack my bags and sleep in my clothes for a few nights in case the winds shifted and I had to evacuate ahead of the firestorm in a hurry. Needless to say, internet service was a bit spotty for awhile.

But! I managed to get a few new offerings ready at the shop nonetheless. Having something to do in between checking the hourly fire maps also helped. To that end...

The NOTS "Diamondback" Nuclear Sidewinder




Another Atomic Age concept, courtesy of the US Navy, from the late 50s. Extended range, liquid-fueled, high-altitude Mach-3 capable Sidewinder, with a .75 kiloton warhead. Never built or tested.

ASP-500 "Fire-Extinguishing Air System"



From the Russian "Bazalt" armaments firm about ten years ago, a 500kg fire fighting "bomb" loaded with 400 liters of fire retardant, supposedly able to suppress flames within a 1000-square meter area.

Designed to give a fire fighting capability to otherwise unmodified civil or military aircraft, and to serve as a rapid reaction firefighting tool against intense conflagrations...or for fighting fires in radiologically or chemically contaminated areas, while minimizing human exposure on the ground or in the air.

What can I say? I was inspired. Maybe it can be an interesting option for someone wanting to do a "humanitarian" build.

But, of course, on the opposite of that...

X-7 “Rotkäppchen” Anti-Tank Missile



This one's actually a new area for me, and was done on a request...these are for the 6mm wargaming scale. A bit tricky, considering the sheer size involved, but I'm cautiously optimistic.

And a quick question...does anyone suppose there'd be any interest in space habitat models? I'm thinking about modelling an O'Neill Cylinder and/or a Bernal Sphere. I've always loved the concept, and it looks like it'd be a fun project. And curiously undertapped.
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« Reply #148 on: October 19, 2017, 01:30:58 AM »
Hi Nick,

Glad you are okay and happy to see your creativity was not stifled.  Is the fire-fighting bomb still under development?  No link to the model at Shapeways with your above post. 
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« Reply #149 on: October 19, 2017, 02:09:19 AM »
Hi Nick,

Glad you are okay and happy to see your creativity was not stifled.  Is the fire-fighting bomb still under development?  No link to the model at Shapeways with your above post.

Thanks for the kind words. :)

re: The Fire-fighting bomb...Huh, that's weird...browser must have hiccuped. Link fixed.

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« Reply #150 on: October 19, 2017, 11:17:08 AM »
Can I make a suggestion?  How about a Blue Streak MRBM in 1/72 and 1/144 scale?  It is something that is sadly lacking amongst the Rocket community of modellers.

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« Reply #151 on: October 19, 2017, 11:47:31 AM »
I keep thinking of an A-10 in US Forrest Service markings rolling in on a wildfire with TER's full of those fire-fighting bombs.  It would make an interesting whif.

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« Reply #152 on: October 19, 2017, 02:18:02 PM »
Can I make a suggestion?  How about a Blue Streak MRBM in 1/72 and 1/144 scale?  It is something that is sadly lacking amongst the Rocket community of modellers.

Suggest away, by all means!

I've actually had my eye on the Blue Streak (and derivatives) for awhile, now, but I've just had the worst luck trying to find any decent diagrams or blueprints to work off of so I could make a satisfactory job of it.

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« Reply #153 on: October 19, 2017, 08:26:44 PM »
I picked up a beautiful 3D printed Blue Streak from a seller on EBay, pretty good value too (the seller also does Thor and Bloodhound 2 in a variety of scales)


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« Reply #154 on: October 20, 2017, 05:10:06 AM »
How about a Japanese ASM-3 anti-ship missile in both 1/72 and 1/48?  It's not operational yet, but that makes it perfect for whiffing loadouts.

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« Reply #155 on: October 20, 2017, 06:05:01 AM »
I picked up a beautiful 3D printed Blue Streak from a seller on EBay, pretty good value too (the seller also does Thor and Bloodhound 2 in a variety of scales)

Who might that be?
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« Reply #156 on: October 21, 2017, 03:29:34 AM »
How about a Japanese ASM-3 anti-ship missile in both 1/72 and 1/48?  It's not operational yet, but that makes it perfect for whiffing loadouts.

Oh yeah!


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« Reply #157 on: October 21, 2017, 09:48:47 AM »
Anime appears to be having an effect on real-world projects in Japan. ;)
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« Reply #158 on: October 26, 2017, 03:39:28 AM »
Is there a word for something being a documentary for a subject that's not come to pass yet?  ;D
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« Reply #159 on: October 26, 2017, 03:46:10 AM »
IMDb: Idiocracy (25 January 2007 (Germany))

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

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« Reply #160 on: October 26, 2017, 05:47:15 AM »
Is there a word for something being a documentary for a subject that's not come to pass yet?  ;D

Futurementary ?
Tobementary ?
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« Reply #161 on: October 26, 2017, 12:06:14 PM »
Mellontikomentary?
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« Reply #163 on: December 18, 2017, 08:57:29 PM »
Hey everyone,

The X-24C is now available in 1:144 here : http://shpws.me/PjIw

As always, i did my best to make it as cheap as possible with a symbolic markup!


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« Reply #164 on: December 23, 2017, 08:07:59 AM »
The Messerchmitt Me 328 in two variants V1 and B are available now in 1:144:
V1: http://shpws.me/PksC
B: http://shpws.me/PksF

What other variants would you like to see?


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« Reply #165 on: December 23, 2017, 10:05:56 AM »
Hamza - You may want to offer them in 1/285 (if the wings/walls are thick enough when scaled) since this is a common scale for wargaming

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« Reply #166 on: December 23, 2017, 06:16:48 PM »
Thanks for the tip! The Me 328 V1 is more likely to be scalable at 1:285 with some tweaks.

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« Reply #167 on: January 03, 2018, 03:12:59 AM »
More Luft46 stuff, the Messerschmitt P.1106 in its three versions available in 1/285 :

The first design to be drawn, the T-tail version : http://shpws.me/Pm2o
V-tail version : http://shpws.me/PlZ4
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« Reply #168 on: January 28, 2018, 10:04:14 AM »
I had not seen or heard from Nick (Rancoth) here on the forum or at Shapeways for quite some time.  Turns out there was a reason for his long absence:
Quote from: Ranchoth on Saturday, January 27, 2018 16:36
Yeah, sorry to disappear like this—I actually just started a new job. At a UAV company, as a matter of fact. It's neat work, though I've been working 50 hour weeks for most of the last month, which has been cutting into my 3D modelling time, to say the least.

On the plus side, aside from getting more used to the schedule, it's been letting me build up my grubstake enough to get some models printed for myself, acquire some new research material, and even pick up a couple of model kits to display some appropriate wares on. One of them, a Trumpeter Q-5 Fantan, I'm even hoping to design a mod kit for, to better carry Chinese (and perhaps later on even Pakistani, North Korean, or completely fictional) nukes.

Plus, saving up for that trip to the museums at Albuquerque and White Sands. I might even be able to afford to buy a portable 3D scanner to take along. :cool: Exciting times ahead!

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« Reply #169 on: March 24, 2018, 06:03:22 AM »
Another maker at Shapeways that might interest many of you is Pieter Kasselman.  He has a variety of 1:72nd, 1:48th, and 1:32nd scale weapons available.  Pieter has other printed model subjects available which you can check out on his main page Model Ordnance By Pieter Kasselman
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« Reply #170 on: March 24, 2018, 09:13:22 AM »
Some interesting Sth African stuff there...
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« Reply #171 on: March 24, 2018, 10:43:44 AM »
@Greg,

Yes indeed!  The Golf Bomb is definitely a nice addition.  I was anticipating having to build those from scratch but Pieter has delivered me from my toils.  Yay!
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« Reply #172 on: April 26, 2018, 03:23:12 AM »
Just found this at Shapeways: 1/35th scale ATACMS missile currently available in WSF material with other scales and materials pending as the maker converts the model in to 1:48th and 1:72nd scale.  :)


Image source: 1/35th scale ATACMS made by Zujia Huang/Shapeways
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« Reply #173 on: April 27, 2018, 01:18:38 AM »
 :smiley: :smiley:  Have ordered a set - will let you know what they are like when they get here.
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« Reply #174 on: April 27, 2018, 02:34:15 AM »
Ok, it seems that the above kit (specifically the tail fins) is actually unable to be printed by Shapeways.  the designer is now having to redesign it.
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« Reply #175 on: April 27, 2018, 02:36:39 AM »
:smiley: :smiley:  Have ordered a set - will let you know what they are like when they get here.
@Greg/GTX: you should have waited for the maker to add in the other material options and scales.  In his reply to my inquiry he stated that it would take several days/a week to get that done along with scaling the model down to 1:48th and 1:72nd. 
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« Reply #176 on: April 27, 2018, 02:37:32 AM »
Except it is really only the 1/35 version that I am interested in.
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« Reply #177 on: April 27, 2018, 02:49:29 AM »
Except it is really only the 1/35 version that I am interested in.
Well I certainly hope this gets sorted out and it was just the maker needing to make a few adjustments in order to get it to pass the test and allow it to be printed. 
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« Reply #178 on: April 27, 2018, 05:42:29 PM »

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« Reply #179 on: May 23, 2018, 10:14:41 AM »
A PSA that Shapeways has changed the names of the 3D material line up. While the materials are the same, the names have changed.



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« Reply #180 on: May 23, 2018, 01:10:08 PM »
Actually more recognition goes towards CMC at FB as I only commented to his original post about the materials and the new names they have come up with. 
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #181 on: May 27, 2018, 08:37:12 AM »
Hi everyone,

I've been expanding my scale models inventory. Thought you guys would like to see what i've been working on so here's a sample...

Can you recognise every single type ?

For more you can have a look at the shop here : https://www.shapeways.com/shops/lippisch

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #182 on: June 23, 2018, 10:48:41 PM »
This is a nice, easy conversion for 1:35th scale modelers.  Intended for the Meng Ford F350 or any 35th scale HMMWV kit.  I would imagine it might be easily adapted to other subjects if desired. 


Track set for Wheeled Vehicles by Hephaestus Design Studios:
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #183 on: June 23, 2018, 11:23:29 PM »

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #184 on: June 24, 2018, 03:59:47 AM »
Oh, I can see multiple uses for those. :smiley:
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #185 on: June 24, 2018, 06:24:08 AM »
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Oh, I can see multiple uses for those. :smiley:

Which is why I felt this had to be shared.  :)






*Something I noticed when posting this reply and several others over the past week is that I am no longer able to use the insert quote feature.  Anyone else having this issue? 
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #186 on: June 24, 2018, 06:39:28 AM »
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Oh, I can see multiple uses for those. :smiley:

Which is why I felt this had to be shared.  :)






*Something I noticed when posting this reply and several others over the past week is that I am no longer able to use the insert quote feature.  Anyone else having this issue?

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #187 on: June 24, 2018, 10:29:34 PM »
*Something I noticed when posting this reply and several others over the past week is that I am no longer able to use the insert quote feature.  Anyone else having this issue?

Same here.

If you start with the "Quote" button in someone's post, no issue, but if you try to add it later using the "Insert Quote" button, no dice! ???
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #188 on: June 25, 2018, 01:51:41 AM »
*Something I noticed when posting this reply and several others over the past week is that I am no longer able to use the insert quote feature.  Anyone else having this issue?

Same here.

If you start with the "Quote" button in someone's post, no issue, but if you try to add it later using the "Insert Quote" button, no dice! ???

Hmmm...not sure what's going on there.
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #189 on: June 25, 2018, 06:25:36 AM »
Not really all that worried about it at the moment Greg, just something I noticed after the server move/forum upgrades.  I am also encountering a similar issue at YouTube which is no longer allowing me to share to FB. 
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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #190 on: July 01, 2018, 10:59:58 AM »
This is the 1/350 Keldish bomber by Hamza Foriath.
 
The Keldish antipodal bomber is clearly a Russian variation of the Sanger Antipodal bomber (also printed by Hamza).

Surprisingly, I didn't break anything while removing the printer artifacts:





The decals are from a Trumpeter 1/350 Mig-29 kit.

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Re: Kits on Shapeways
« Reply #191 on: July 01, 2018, 12:05:22 PM »
Dutch Fleet Models on Shapeways has just released the RAN Hunter Class derivative of their Type 26 Frigate. Mine is already on order.