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Mulsanne's Model Corner

July 8, 2020:

Check out my latest:
>>350 scale GUPPY Portsmouth sail, USS Torsk Fleet Snorkel
>>350 GUPPY and Fleet Snorkel sonar accoutrements
>>350 scale GUPPY Portsmouth sail
>>350 scale Ula class diesel submarine
>>350 scale Dry Combat Submersible
>>350 scale Universal Modular Mast
>>350 scale 40' shipping containers
>>192 scale Armstrong 100-Ton, muzzle loading, rifled, coastal artillery piece

Been getting 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). 

The GUPPY Porstmouth sail has actually now been released, so much for back buner.  I've also subsequently tweaked the Electric Boat sail and USS Tunny SSG-282 sail as well.  And focus is now moving back to the USS Tunny AGSS-282 model...in theory.  After a frenzied couple of months I'm slowing down a bit and discovering 2001: A Space Odyssey  sci-fi kits...Some cool stuff out there, a 1/144 Discovery XD-1 is looking pretty tempting...will this lead to products here?  Looking at the market, probably not as it's pretty well covered with EVA Pods (there's a meag-cool one here on Shapeways in 1/144, comes with an interior and David Bowman and Frank Poole figures) and Pod Bay upgrade sets and the like.

I've started to sell 1/350 scale SSN screws (propellers) on eBay (mulsannemike) for the LA 688 SSN, Ohio SSBN/SSGN, Type 212 SS, and Oscar II, Delta IV, and HMS Resolution SSBN.  And that list is growing as I've drawn up Kilo, Sturgeon, Permit/Thresher, as well as Benjamin Franklin class but haven't put these out yet.  These 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.

That being said, as a test I've released two of my SSN/SSBN prop sets here on Shapeways as a test case.  They're different in quantity to what I sell on eBay, just to try and add value vs. price.  These are pure test cases.  I'm not certain Shapeways will print them even though they pass the initial cross section check.  Don't worry, if you order them and they get rejected you will be refunded if I can't make the CAD work (BTW, the first print of the LAs has gone out so it's GTG regarding CAD and what Shapeways will print).  Why sell them here vs eBay where I get all the profit?  Again, a test case to see if this taps into a different market.  So far I'd say it doesn't.

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).
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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.

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