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GMK

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    Poseidon MRA Mk.1

    Both the Wedgetail/E-7 and the Sentry are American, so no net difference to ratio of US/non-US types in RAF service.
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    F-35

    It’s not a English Electric Lightning, agreed. But it is a Lightning.
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    F-35

    Side note: now that the RAF have announced the P-8A as the Poseidon MRA Mk.1, is it time to christen the F-35B the Lightning FGR Mk.1, or similar?
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    Poseidon MRA Mk.1

    Apparently some (presumably the good bits) of the last Nimrod’s avionics DNA found its way into Poseidon.
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    1/48 RAF Kingscliffe's P-38s

    Such lovely work!
  6. About a year ago, I backed a crowd-funded 3D printer/laser cutter/CNC mill on a crowdfunding website. Mine arrived on Saturday and I’ve been learning how to make the 3D printer work. The test print? A Space Marine! Thanks to Thingiverse, I was able to find a suitable candidate & scale it. Progress so far: Only a 30-hour print!
  7. Fantastic work @Hunter Rose ! It’s been a long row to hoe, but it’s all coming together beautifully. Liking the colouring of the carnivorous plants, too.
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    V-22 as COD for the new QEII Carrier?

    From what I’ve read, the UK doesn’t own any instrumented test aircraft, so it makes sense that British aircraft aren’t being used. That’s the kind of nuance that is difficult to convey in a sound-bite, so was omitted. The BBC also probably didn’t mention that the first pilot to land on the QNLZ will be a civilian, either. Exciting to see more progress on the restoration of fast jets at sea for the RN.
  9. After round one of clean up: Still lots to do... Will have to replace some damaged detail. The PLA material is very difficult to sand, may use something different next time.
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    V-22 as COD for the new QEII Carrier?

    The F-35 engine thing is more about volume than weight, I believe. The C-2 couldn’t fit the F-35 engine, whereas the CMV-22 can, albeit in a specialised tray. Add to that the longer range of the CMV-22 over the MV-22, and the ability to sling load cargo & you’re looking at a really flexible asset.
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    V-22 as COD for the new QEII Carrier?

    http://amp.timeinc.net/thedrive/the-war-zone/22921/navy-details-plans-for-carrier-onboard-delivery-cmv-22-osprey-squadrons-as-tests-continue?source=dam&__twitter_impression=true ”The service recently demonstrated how rolling landings and takeoffs could allow the tilt-rotors to carry extra cargo to and from carrier decks.” “(Tests) showed the MV-22B could safely land and takeoff with a gross weight of 57,000 pounds, including fuel and internal cargo. The Navy’s C-2s can’t touch down on one of the flattops if they’re heavier than 49,000 pounds.” 8,000 pound increase of MTOW is impressive!
  12. There are a number factors at play; the size of the printer bed: mine is only 125mm x 125mm x 125mm. As I wanted a big model, I had to play around with the orientation of the part in the printer bed. Due to the conversion software (.stl CAD file into .gcode manufacturing pathways file), and inexperience, I was also limited to one part per print. As a rule of thumb, the greater the resolution required, the slower the print. Also, part quality (% of in-fill) comes into play. I used 25%, but I’ll likely go 10% in future. Shapeways would have larger printers, and lots of them, so its production volume needs could be met via simultaneity. Also, customers are choosing the quality (i.e. time required) based on time, cost, and material, so there’s some efficiencies there. So, from a learning experience, this achieved all that I wanted to achieve. Plus, I’ve got a huge Space Marine to paint!
  13. If only. Thingiverse CAD is strictly for personal use....but it’s a great excuse to buy a 3D printer! There’s probably 75-80 hours printing, all up, and maybe $3 of material (0.5kg of filament costs $15). Looking to try wood filament next, once I figure out how to change it out!
  14. Okay, fifteen hours & four minutes later...big success! Compared with #fail Finally together. And with the first fail: Lots of cleanup to come, then paint time.
  15. For some reason, the “100%” print topped out at ~60% Resulting in an unconventional pose... Hmmm...
  16. So, this guy will be about 185mm/7.2” tall standing on his feet (the plural will be accurate in about seven hours). I’m considering making an in-scale base (thanks @LotusArenco for the dimensions!), which will add ~25mm/1” to the height.
  17. So, bolter & left forearm is done Added to the build. Shaping up...almost time to paint!
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    V-22 as COD for the new QEII Carrier?

    I agree. The Hasegawa kit isn’t cheap.
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    Space Marines

    Thanks! I’m going to mock them up with paper & see which works best. The problem I have is that I don’t know how much bigger than a gaming miniature this’ll be. How high/tall are your generic marines? 28mm? 33mm?
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    Space Marines

    Thanks! Now I can scale a base for my big fella.
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    Space Marines

    Mart, Some good looking figures there - and great fodder for experimenting! Out of curiosity, how deep/high are your figure bases? Thanks. Greg
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    V-22 as COD for the new QEII Carrier?

    Interesting article. I’d like to know where the bodies (aircrew & maintainers) for the (additional?) 83 aircraft are coming from and what they’d cost over the life of the aircraft. Then the squadrons to operate them (~five new squadrons?), plus the onshore infrastructure and space. Are these platforms still in production, or would that have to be restarted? The V-22 also has greater speed and range than either the Wildcat or Merlin, making it better to support the UK carriers, as well as being interoperable with the US Navy & US Marines. In a deployed environment, that should help out. The V-22 also has a larger overall fleet size than the Wildcat and the Merlin, and a hot production line, all of which affects affordability. Plus, all the non-recurring engineering has been completed (or is being paid for) for COD & AAR.
  23. Quick print this time: the right forearm. Will clean it up better when the printing is finished, but in the meantime, put the left forearm & bolter into print. That just leaves it and the right leg to go.
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