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  1. Firefox3D's Avatar
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    Dec 7, 2017, 1:55 PM - Re: Firefox MIG-31 movie aircraft #301

    I could buy a Carbon3D and do it in minutes, oh hang on don't have a spare 10k and 2k per year for support...
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    Dec 8, 2017, 11:06 PM - Re: Firefox MIG-31 movie aircraft #302

    Modified the exhaust to make it a more successful print, pretty close a 0.05mm layers, promises to be even better at 0.025mm, again my phone camera makes it look worse that it actually is.
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    I need to increase the spacing of the inner part, the gap is so small it's trapping the resin and causing ripples on the outside. Either it will work all the time or will just aim to get one good one and cast it.

    After much messing about due to different software suddenly deciding to resize STL files randomly, too tired to work that out right now, I have a 0.025mm cockpit dash print running.

    More adventures in 3D printing tomorrow...
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    Dec 9, 2017, 8:36 PM - Re: Firefox MIG-31 movie aircraft #303

    This did kind of surprise me, the 1/48th cockpit dash came out well at 0.025mm layers

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    First attempt failed on the midsection so overdid the supports a tad, and pushed the exposure up a second a layer so it could be a bit crisper I think. The limiting factor is the X - Y 0.09mm pixel resolution, but there is no visible layer structure at all, it looks moulded. Again the camera makes it look worse that it is and with my eye I can resolve the quad of upper mid raised sections have 3 then 2 sets of rectangular buttons, the camera can't.

    Bottom part is at 0.1mm, I hacked the print file manually as it saves nearly 3 hours print time, still took around 8! The thin band just above my finger nail is from where the build platform is clearing the top level of the resin. Doesn't seem to happen with the bigger parts, think it must be resin movement/surface tension effect. Now I know it happens I can increase the support length so it misses the printed part.

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    Added details to the suit and in the process of adding some finer details to the seat. Just noticed at a different angle Clints left wrist looks a bit anorexic, must fix that.
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    Dec 11, 2017, 7:19 AM - Re: Firefox MIG-31 movie aircraft #304

    Beautiful work.
    I am very impressed. My first love in movie aircraft.
    Glad to see it being given such a loving treatment.
    Well done.
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    4 Weeks Ago  Jan 18, 2018, 4:00 PM - Re: Firefox MIG-31 movie aircraft #305

    As I believe this is the definitive Firefox thread now I wanted to share some revelations I've come across while researching both the miniature and full-size aircraft . Its an ongoing project as there is so little out there but occasionally things crop up and with a bit of delving its amazing what comes to light -

    For example, did you know the full size mockup of the cockpit still exists!?

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    These pictures were taken a few years back and were believed to be in storage at Grant McCune's facility before the contents were sold on. I think its now in private hands.

    And check these out;

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    The five-foot miniature being restored for exhibition at the WB museum where it currently resides. Best pictures I've seen of this in a Looong time. I've also been busy on the Apogee Facebook page - now you can only join up if you worked for them as its kind of theor private page but I do have a contact on there and got him to put a question out to some of the guys who worked on the miniature, specifically - what colour the damn thing was - and here is his reply;

    From discussions about the firefox model: Michael K Speaker: David Beasley and I sculpted the five foot Firefox. The plane was painted a dark gray with very little chroma i.e. Neither warm or cold color. It was semi shiny and that creates a blue light kick from the blue screen.

    Not exactly the Pantone reference I know but a start...
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    3 Weeks Ago  Jan 30, 2018, 8:58 AM - Re: Firefox MIG-31 movie aircraft #306

    Thanks for the panel pics.I've been trying to get some full scale. cockpit measurements for a mock up.

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