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1/7th F-14D Scratch build thread *building started*

Old 09-02-2018, 08:04 AM
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Thomas,
Perhaps I'm uneducated in this, but I see these 3D printed parts which is very cool technology, but it seems to me most of the 3D printed stuff I see has a very "textured" surface for lack of a better term. You can see all the layers. If you are printing surface detail such as rivets and panel lines, do you not defeat the point of printing that detail when you have to still sand the surface smooth? The armament you have printed looks really cool, but there are so many facets, or layers, do those all need to get sanded smooth and in doing so you still have to go back to recreate all of the detail then do you not?
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Being able to 3D print the entire plug definitely sounds more attractive than my current method of ply bulkheads, blue foam, sanding, filler, more sanding before laying down a glass layer prior to final filling/ sanding/ priming.........

I'm using a more traditionally sized 3d printer (Prusa) for quite a few parts though - much easier to get the compound curves etc. Don't want to detract from Thomas's F-14 thread though.








Jeremy - I'm not attempting to capture any surface detail from the 3d print - just the overall shape. Adding the surface detail later once the surface has been filled, primed and surface coated. Others may have a different approach.

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Old 09-02-2018, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by LGM Graphix View Post
Thomas,
Perhaps I'm uneducated in this, but I see these 3D printed parts which is very cool technology, but it seems to me most of the 3D printed stuff I see has a very "textured" surface for lack of a better term. You can see all the layers. If you are printing surface detail such as rivets and panel lines, do you not defeat the point of printing that detail when you have to still sand the surface smooth? The armament you have printed looks really cool, but there are so many facets, or layers, do those all need to get sanded smooth and in doing so you still have to go back to recreate all of the detail then do you not?
Jeremy

Jeremy,
in most instances yes. For most of the F14 detail plugs, im printing them at a pretty low layer height so the layers actually look worse than they feel. You can basically brush on a automotive filler primer and it’ll fill in the striationa left from the printer.

Things like rivet/screw details will still be put on the old fashioned way.

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Thomas, I have been following this thread in the background for a long time. I admit I was heartbroken when you posted that you wanted to sell the entire project and move on. Obviously I am glad to see some progress and renewed interest in it. As always keep up the good work. By the way, Shawn and I are still willing to help you on your Pond Racer project when it gets back on the table.

Scott
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Originally Posted by Pylonracr View Post
Thomas, I have been following this thread in the background for a long time. I admit I was heartbroken when you posted that you wanted to sell the entire project and move on. Obviously I am glad to see some progress and renewed interest in it. As always keep up the good work. By the way, Shawn and I are still willing to help you on your Pond Racer project when it gets back on the table.

Scott

Scott,
posting it for sale was kind of a “if someone wants it, here ya go” but i was 99.99% sure no one was crazy enough to take on a project like this.
The PondRacer is on an indefinite hold for now (most of the Cad model is done though, barring any “new” info coming forth) until a few of these commissioned and personal projects are done.
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Let me know when you get serious on the Prowler.
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Let me know when you get serious on the Prowler.
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The Prowler is on the short list (its actually right after the F14 as many of the small components will be interchangeable). The biggest hurdle with that is $$$$$. Its a big project and one that myself and one other friend want to do, but not completely out of pocket.
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Bouncing between projects ive done a bit lf work on the tomcat.








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Nice. Glad to see you working on the 14 again Thomas. Keep at it.

Scott
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Nice. Glad to see you working on the 14 again Thomas. Keep at it.

Scott

thanks scott, its time this project comes to some sort of a conclusion, then i can either continie with the headaches of figuring out sourcing for the landing gear or put it aside and do something else. Lol
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:41 PM
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Hello Thomas, very very happy to see that the project is in progress now, never stopped to look at it!!!
Keep the good work!!!

Angelo

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