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  1. I imagine that the only difference is that the CR version has extra chrome to match the CR airbrush. I can’t imagine that there is any other difference. Cheers, Nigel
  2. I have a few AK painting books and although they are nice and inspiring to look at I don’t find them too helpful. Much of it is made up of pictures end results done by experts with very little in the way of step by step guidance on how to arrive at that end result. In general, I found myself inspired by what can be done but barely any the wiser about how to get there. They do vary though. For example, I have two to hand at the moment, #6 Flesh and Skin and #3 Tracks and Wheels from the AK Learning Series. The Track and Wheels is actually quite good as it has plenty of step by step guides though there is an awful lot of AK product placement, but the Flesh and Skin is mostly gallery pictures and many of those are on large scale bust figures so not that much use to me. Cheers, Nigel
  3. I bought one, it arrived today, fits nicely and looks lovely. I don't regret the purchase one bit but unless I'm missing something, one thing perplexes me. You can't have preset and cut-away at the same time - is that correct? Seems obvious now I think about it, but if you have used the preset to limit the trigger travel then the cut away can't be used to flush the airbrush because it can only be pulled back as far as the preset. So to use the cut-away you have to retract the preset completely out - is that correct? BTW - I notice that Iwata are doing a special edition of the Eclipse - has side feed, the cut-away preset handle and the crown cap - Iwata Takumi Eclipse - quite expensive though. https://airbrushes.com/product_info.php?cPath=400_403_1_9_47&products_id=24821 Cheers, Nigel
  4. I’d be really pleased if my attempts turned out that good. Cheers, Nigel
  5. Big thank you, didn’t know that existed, is it a recent introduction. Definitely getting one for Christmas. Cheers, Nigel
  6. Out of interest which is more useful on the CS - the cut-out to pull back the needle for flushing or the preset - on the CS you can have either (at a cost) but you can’t have both. There was (is) the triple action handle but most of what I read seemed to find fault with it in one way or another. Cheers, Nigel
  7. oh, it's a company, didn't know that, thought it was referring to a second print run. Cheers, Nigel
  8. What do you mean by Round 2 release - not a term I have heard before. Cheers, Nigel
  9. Some details of the Revell version https://www.keymodelworld.com/article/new-172-mandalorian-razor-crest-revell?utm_campaign=KMW - Scale newsletter&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=170722820&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9QssF2WaT21ELUAvIoLAMv4VRbecfV4RzIysRYnt2ngNj5jHMaZQBfq5uTxeOKL7vBDKXWP8ehNx4fibDvwNdk8zi5pHnvoK-sqMc2aLXMLekctJ0&utm_content=170726496&utm_source=hs_email Cheers, Nigel
  10. Looks like he has just watched the spin-off series ‘Picard’ and it has suddenly dawned on him what he has done. Cheers, Nigel
  11. That does sound good. Must admit that I was aware of plant-based resins but had dismissed them as I assumed that they would be a compromise - cleaner but not as good. Have you tried both standard and plant-based resins - if so do you find them the same - same precision/accuracy, same strength etc. Many thanks, Nigel
  12. Many thanks for this, it goes some way to confirm my thoughts. New 4k, 8k and DLP printers are very enticing but they are more expensive to buy unless you are lucky enough to catch an early bird. And I wonder about maintenance - I’ve read that inevitably LCD screens have to be replaced from time to time, and would a 4k or 8k screen be more expensive than a 2k screen. What got me thinking about this is the AnyCubic Ultra DLP which on paper has a poor resolution, just 80u but the prints that are being showcased look stunning - but bear in mind that the only videos and reviews to date are coming from AnyCubic and their supporters. Where I do think higher resolutions are put to best use is for bigger build plates - in fact we saw the reverse in the AnyCubic ultra, which with a 720P array has to reduce the build plate to little more than a credit card just to achieve a 80u XY resolution. I don’t need a big build plate for my needs but even so the Ultra is probably too small. With the Phrozen you need to add delivery, taxes and admin charges so they are more expensive than they first appear. So I am still looking at the Mars 3 (still kicking myself that I missed the pre-order) but the reason I started this is that I wonder whether I would be better off with a Mars 2 plus a wash and cure for the same price. Cheers, Nigel
  13. Think I’m going to hold off. I missed the Mars 3 pre-order. I tried for the AnyCubic ultra but fell victim to the kickstarter crash. Then their is the Phrozen 8k, interesting, looks like a good price but then you need to add postage, VAT and admin fees. I’d like to see what the DLP technology is like - see some real world reviews. I’m not convinced that xy resolution matters, sure in some cases, but generally not. We shall see because the AnyCubic Ultra is 80u which on paper makes it a low resolution printer but the technology is meant to offset that. The real issue with the ultra is the tiny build plate. With the technology advancing fast with a new ‘leap’ every year I’m not convinced that paying premium for the latest is the best way to go. Cheers, Nigel
  14. I’m not really confusing them, I understand the difference, but I appreciate where you are coming from. But my question remains, at mini size, XY resolution is typically ranges from 80u, 50u, 35u and 22u depending on the pixel resolution of the LCD (for the same size build plate). I understand that the whole layer is printed at once do takes the same time regardless of the number of pixels printed. I agree that the level height is independent but I was saying is that if you do want to reduce it to match the XY size (so you are printing cubes not oblongs) then the print will take longer. The point of my question is 1k, 2k, 4k, 8k (80u, 50u, 35u, 22u), realistically, at what point does the human eye stop being able to tell the difference. If you printed at the same layer height can the human eye discern the difference between the prints from 2k and 4k budget printers. To me it makes sense to bring out higher resolution screens to accommodate bigger build plates, but not so convinced with this trend to squeeze more and more pixels into similar sized mini plates, but interested to hear what others think. Cheers, Nigel
  15. First we had the big breakthrough of 2k mono screens, then there were 4k and now we are looking at 8k. I understand that build plate size is a factor - if you want a bigger plate then you need more pixels to achieve the same resolution. What I’m interested in is the trade off between resolution, print speed and cost. So in the Mini size sector we are looking at resolutions of For 2k - 50u For 4k - 35u For 8k - 22u The lower the number the better it sounds but - more layers so longer print time and I’m guessing the cost of replacement screens will be higher (8k > 4k > 2k). What I would like to know is what difference can you see with the eye - not the magnifying glass, not a microscope. I recently read a review of the Mars 3 (4k) and that concluded that it was hard to see a difference between 50u and 35u so given the 35u prints took significantly longer the recommendation was to print at 50u. My primary interest would be printing wargaming figures (AFVs mostly) in scales ranging between 10mm and 28mm. Just wondering whether to go for the new 4k and 8k models or whether a cheap 2k would be more than good enough. Cheers, Nigel
  16. From Mike Starmer’s MAFVA site. https://www.mafva.org/british-vehicle-camouflage-1939-45/?v=79cba1185463 So, it seems, the answer will depend on the period you are trying to depict. Sounds like SCC 13 or SCC 16 from 1943 onwards, both sound a little darker than olive drab. Cheers, Nigel
  17. Thanks for confirming that, this was my suspicion too. I’ve registered interest as the $349 price as the super early bird sounds very attractive. But unlike Elegoo and AnyCubic I guess I need to factor in Shipping VAT Courier Admin Fee which will add another $100 or so. And I suspect getting that Super Early Bird price is unlikely any way. Cheers, Nigel
  18. Agree, the last episode was barely needed, could easily have wound up everything in the previous episode. I felt the last episode was left with a lot of time on its hands wondering what to do. Cheers, Nigel
  19. Looks interesting - do you know if Phrozen do UK-friendly shipping like AnyCubic and Elegoo do for their launches - they have warehouses in the UK. Cheers, Nigel
  20. Note, as of 15th Sept, AlleyCat have closed their shop. It states that new sales will be transferred to modelsforsale.com but not seen any evidence of that yet - it will probably take some time to take over the business. Cheers, Nigel
  21. Thanks for the heads up, I’ll keep an eye out for that. Let’s hope they release it under a pre-order scheme rather than repeat the Kickstarter shambles that they did for the Ultra. I do wonder if and when this will hit our shores though. They have a huge number of orders for the Ultra to deal with first - and then it begs the question of having so many printers addressing the same form-factor space - the mono, the 2k, the 4k and the ultra - they will need to rationalise that I think. I’m also interested in seeing how budget DLP pans out - I tried to order an Ultra but fell victim to Kickstarter so cancelled my pledge. But in the cold light of day I’m glad I cancelled as I want to see how the budget DLP really performs. It is lower resolution 80u compared with 50u for 2k and 35u for 4k for similar sized build plates. But DLP is claimed to be sharper so offsets that difference. There is also some 4x processing logic which is claimed to improve the resolution. Also, even with a resolution of 80u the build plate for the ultra is significantly smaller than the those of the LCD minis, maybe too small. I note that all of the marketing has focussed on fantasy miniatures, I wonder if that nod to the small build plate. I would be looking to do wargaming miniatures so I didn’t think the size would be an issue at first but doing some calculations I realise that it might struggle with 28mm scale vehicles. Cheers, Nigel
  22. Too far I’m afraid - I’m in West Sussex. Cheers, Nigel
  23. It’s in the first post. The organisers are worried that attendance by both traders and visitors would be significantly reduced because of the ongoing fuel ‘shortage’. Cheers, Nigel
  24. The Airbrush Company Ltd 79 Marlborough Road (East) Lancing Business Park Lancing West Sussex BN15 8UF Tel: 01903 767 800 email: sales@airbrushes.com https://airbrushes.com Where are you in the UK? I have a CS with some spare parts - if local we could try swapping out bits to eliminate components and narrow down where the fault lies. Cheers, Nigel
  25. Well my KS attempt for an Ultra failed. I hit the pledge button within seconds but got locked out by the KickStarter web server crash so missed all the good deals. In fact my pledge didn’t go through at all, it wasn’t that it was just slow. I placed one later but I have since cancelled because 1) I think it is too much money($499) for my needs and 2) the print bed size is very small. Cheers, Nigel
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