Mulsanne's Model Corner

December 2, 2020:

Check out my latest:
>>48 scale P-61 Black Widow SCR-720 radar bay upgrade
>>48 scale F-82G Twin Mustang detailed radar pod
>>48 scale P-61 Black Widow SCR-720 radar dish
>>350 scale HMS Trafalgar upgrade kit
>>350 scale Ohio class SSGN upgrade kit
>>350 scale DDS and SDV kit
>>350 scale GUPPY Portsmouth sail, USS Torsk Fleet Snorkel

Going through a 1/48 phase at the moment with the additions of the radar bays and related radar details.  I'm currently working on a 1/48 R4360.  Yes, Pratt & Whitney Wasp Major.  It's to go with the Accurate Miniatures/Special Hobby F2G kit. Yes, that kit already has a decent engine...however, it lacks the last row (modeled as 1/2 cylinder) and I'm ultimately doing this for me as I wanted a second engine to display.  So I've been working on this for ages now, tons to work out; how does the intake and exhaust route, overall dimensions, blah, etc.  I still have to figure out how to integrate it to the kit, and that's what's stumping me for the moment.  I plan to sell it in two versions, one that goes with the kit and comes with a corrected cowling, and another as a standalone with an engine stand so you can display it outside the model on its own.  I've done test prints of the cowling, and it's looking OK.  Haven't done any test prints of the engine, however, as the CAD hasn't reached a level of finality to consider that yet.  Engine will be broken up into 28 cylinders, the engine block, supercharger housing, and gearbox, which should make painting easier (pretty similar to how the resin model is divvied up in the F2G kit).  Pricing scares me, however.  I can see this being in the $40 region.  Initially I wanted an all in one so you could choose to use it for the kit or as a standalone, but I think pricing will be more forgiving if there are two options.  Anyway, this is what's been eating up all my time since October.  That, and I drew up 2 screw types for a 1/350 Valiant class SSN.  Of course there's no kit for that...yet.      

I'm still selling 1/350 scale SSN screws (propellers) on eBay (mulsannemike) for the LA 688 SSN, Ohio SSBN/SSGN, Type 212 SS, Oscar II SSGN, Delta IV SSBN, Resolution SSBN, HMS Trafalgar SSN, Kilo, Sturgeon SSN, Benjamin Franklin SSBN, Permit/Thresher SSN (new), and Skipjack SSN (new).  My screws correct observed deficencines in the shape and execution of currently modeled 1/350 scale screws for those models.  I'm printing these at home, and selling them on eBay, because I can actually print thinner on the home machine (.3 mm unsupported).  And as there isn't high demand, I can keep up with it.

I get a ton of scaling requests recently and I answer every one.  Ultimately I can rarely indulge such a request inasmuch as what I'm finding is that large swings in scale, going from a smaller existing scale to a larger scale, the issue is that you fall out of Shapeway's reasonable price box.  What happens is it flips a switch in their algorithm and suddenly what is $19 in 1/192 is $260 in 1/72.  So small scale moves have a better chance of being economically feasible.  But that has its issues too, this one CAD techincal:  I draw bespoke to the scale I'm working in.  So if I'm working in 1/350, the smallest/finest details will be measured against Shapeway's .3 mm/.6 mm wall thickness minimums.  And if I get a request to go smaller in scale, sudenly I'll have areas of the model that aren't compliant with Shapeway's minimums and the model gets rejected.  I'm currently learning that lesson with the Portsmouth Sails I scaled down to 1/700.  Looks like I might loose all the masts as they won't even accept them at .6 mm diameter (don't ask me, suddenly they're considering those "wires" and that has to have a minimum of .8 mm and they look gooofy that beefy). 

In the mean time I've set up a FaceBook page (Mulsanne's Model Corner) to articulate my latest updates or directions I'm interested in.  This area here isn't the most user friendly, but it's the only space Shapeways provides.

I'm always open to suggestions.  In fact the back and forth with you guys is pretty inspiring.  I can't do everything, and there's the "interest threshold."  If I'm not "into it", it probably won't happen.  But if I am immediately, it probably will.  However, timing is always an issue.  So if you've contacted me and I've been interested, just wait (Guppies and Spit rads...yes, still looking to do those).
What I design is often driven by modeling needs, or fleeting inspiration.  Some times there's no ryhme or reason (Armstrong 100 ton gun, SR-71 inlet), though it's pretty obvious what I favor by now.

Check out the related  FaceBook page, Mulsanne's Model Corner
SS/SSN/SSBN/SSGN screws on eBay:  mulsannemike


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