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Old Jun 14, 2015, 08:18 PM
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Models are a process, not a destination. DanL has modified and added to his brig over the years, making her neater and neater. You don't have to wait to sail the "end result", you can sail a vessel now, improve her, and sail again. I'd encourage you to make non-detailed stuff and go sailing. You will learn things you did not expect, I imagine. And the sight of the vessel on the water will re-ignite your passion. Plus, the folks watching will have no idea about the scaleness or not of any vessel at sea - it's just too far away to notice detail. So, you will get many favorable comments :-)
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Old Jun 15, 2015, 07:41 AM
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I can vouch for that sentiment.
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Old Jun 15, 2015, 02:09 PM
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Thanks Brooks and Jerry. Good advice. Dan had suggested the same approach awhile back. Guess I should have listened. lol

Will get back to her sooner, rather then later. Building a new shed in the back yard so in the mean time, everything is stacked up throughout the yard, house and garage. Need to clear out my work area and then I'll be back at it.

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Old Jul 05, 2015, 07:34 PM
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Hey Tim are you printing out the parts you draft up yourself?
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Old Jul 06, 2015, 05:08 PM
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Hi ditchdoc,

yes

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Old Jul 11, 2015, 09:51 AM
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I am totally flabbergasted by the mastery I was witnessing from the first page of this thread till here - wow - my compliments Mr. Bowman!
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Old Jul 11, 2015, 08:51 PM
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Hi Big Belly,

Thank you of your kind words. It is appreciated.

Your Pirate ship model looks great!

best regards
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Old Jul 14, 2015, 06:23 PM
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What type of printer are you using? I have one and have been printing parts out but they quality of yours is amazing.

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Old Jul 15, 2015, 02:35 PM
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Hi Justin,

The parts are SLA parts not "printed". The term "printed" has become the buzz word for anything made from a 3D file. However, the processes are very different in the way they produce the part and because of this, the quality and cost. For me, the cost is worth it because of the detail one can achieve and the reduced "finish" time. IE, sanding priming etc.

Think of them as low resolution (3D printer) vs. high resolution (SLA). SLA is short for sterolithogophy. As an example, the royal crest I added to the 9 pounder barrel would not be possible with a 3D printer today.

all the best
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Old Jul 15, 2015, 07:21 PM
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Hey Tim, I might look you up the next time I'm over in San Jose.

I've done some "3d printing", there's about 6-12 different methods out there now days, SLA being one, laser stinting being another. Also they're always coming up with new materials and then there's all the "burning out" that you can do into other materials... some of that though gets very expensive, but worth it if you need the parts in other than somewhat temporary materials.

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Old Jul 31, 2015, 11:30 AM
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I see a "relatively low cost" SLA machine from China on ebay(@$1,500). Any thoughts as to whether it would be capable of doing the quality work you are achieving? It looks like it is capable of @ 4"x4"x6" output which might work for a hobbyist.
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Old Jul 31, 2015, 01:03 PM
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curious....if you used a 3d scanner, would that be as costly as a printer?
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