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Old 05-31-2020, 11:02 PM   #13 (permalink)
sutton
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Default Re: Private Aircraft

The Shapeways Falcon 50 is indeed correct. Its fuselage cross section should be compared with the Falcon 20. The Falcon 900 is actually a Falcon 50 with a larger fuselage to accomodate the VIPs; they can stand in a 900, even tall ones. The 2000 and the 7X/8X kept the same cross-section as the 900.

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I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the 3D printing. For instance, trailing edges are sharp, possibly sharper than on diecast models. Diecast offers smoother surfaces, at least for the time being. I expect this might change with progress in printer; lower cost and better quality are likely.

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3D printing will not replace diecast for the top-seller stuff. The main advantage of 3D printing lies with manufacturing. You can obtain models from files. No need to modify a mould to obtain a different scale or another variant. Look at the Shapeways catalogue, some examples hereafter:

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German oddities; the VFW 614 is possibly the worst civil aircraft ever certified and sadly it is European.

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Yakovlev 42, 727/Trident inspired, obviously

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Breguet 941 aka McDonnell Douglas MD 188; can be made with Eastern or AAL livery.

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Convair bombers. Was fed up to wait for the Herpa Hustler.

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Martin bombers.

Got to paint those, one day.
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