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FUD still has major issues [message #43023] Sun, 29 January 2012 11:18 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Col.Hajj  is currently offline Col.Hajj
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About a year ago I ordered a few 1/144 scale planes out of FUD to test the material and was not very happy with them. Since that time, a lot of uses of my website have been using WSF to print their planes and most of them are really happy with the finish quality (they know it will have a sandpaper type texture and are okay with this).

I'm personally not okay with a sandpaper finish to my planes, so I again gave FUD a try. Again, I was not very happy with the results. From what I've been able to research here on the SW Forums, it looks like my planes are suffering from both support material issues and print orientation.

If anyone can point out which issue is which on my prints, or whatever else might be causing them, I'd greatly appreciate it so that I can try and avoid them in the future.

Bristol Fighter.

Raw FUD:

http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=32586&d=1327608026

http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=32580&d=1327608016

http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=32579&d=1327608014

Same model after I airbrushed white primer on it:

http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=32758&d=1327773956

http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=32771&d=1327773967

http://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=32762&d=1327773959

It appears that the plane was printed vertically with the nose as the base. This would explain the wide band running the length of the side (assuming it's from the support material that has to go under the tail). Same thing from the wide band on the under side, corresponding to the tail skid. What I don't get is why there is not a corresponding wide band on the top for the rudder.

You can also see pretty sever stepping as the fuselage narrows down towards the tail. It is hard to see it in these photos, but there is also a slight knitted or wavy pattern to the tops of the wings. You can see this better in the photos of the Fokker DR.I below.

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