Mulsanne's Model Corner

August 31, 2020:

Check out my latest:

>>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
>>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

Latest kits are simple combinations of existing products to see if it made any sense to do it.  And the asnwer was yes.  Combining those items actually reduced their cost to you guys, and oddly enough, puts a little more money in my pocket too.  I think that's a win-win.  However, Shapeways' algorithm works in mysterious ways and I suspect I'm approaching the go/no-go point with the Ohio SSGN kit.  So it might not be a magic solution for everything.  And infact, years ago I looked at combining all my Toyota GTP bits into one kit and that was a definitive no; cost more and my window for markup was smaller.  So it didn't make any sense for that.  But if there are other logical combinations of my existing inventory, feel free to let me know and I'll consider.

I now sell 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 (new), Kilo (new), Sturgeon (new), and Benjamin Franklin (new).  I still have to add Permit/Thresher; drawn up, printed, just haven't taken product pictures or listed yet.  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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