Here is another request for user-specified orientation. On 23/09/11, I took delivery of two seven inch long 1:50 scale model buses. While the models were impressive at seven inches long, I noted that they were printed on an orientation I don't like, which leaves lots of unsightly layering lines all along the length of the roof. Plank details on the roof racks did not print well, and the models seemed not to be cleaned properly, being covered in white dust, with dust caked in the corners. The latest 1:50 scale model bus arrived today, and my eyes popped out of my head when I saw it. The quality of this model was A1 100%. The model was clean and sharp, and printed in my preferred orientation, which leaves a perfectly smooth roofline, all the better for painting and finishing. Even tiny rivet heads on the front and rear bumpers printed, at about quarter of a millimetre in diameter! Here's the rub. These are not small items. They are big, substantial sized models, which I am trying to develop a market for. There is much interest in them, but at â‚¬90 retail, they are going to be very expensive for prospective collectors. I must say that today's model is well worth the â‚¬90 price, and I am delighted to pass it on to my customer. However, there is a very noticeable difference in quality between the earlier and later orders, entirely down to the orientation of the print. Indeed, previous smaller model buses, at 1:76 scale, suffered badly under polishing, when every single seat frame the length of the floor sheared off when the print orientation was wrong. Those models too had unsightly layering in all the wrong places. Yet other identical models arrived 100% perfect when the orientation changed. At â‚¬50 for 1:76 scale models, and â‚¬90 for 1:50 scale models, I really would like to guarantee the quality of today's model for all the models my customers order. If only I could specify one particular print orientation, it would mean the difference between 100% quality and about 80% quality for what is a top end retail price for my target market. Does purchasing a model from Shapeways have to be a lottery with regards to 100% quality? Have Shapeways been having any discussions on this matter? Anything in the pipeline? Lovely smooth roof profile, with sharp plank detail on roof rack. Why can't they all be this good?