I’m glad it is interesting to you. If a marvelous and kind of magical process, but not without its frustrations. I’ve been active with it for almost three years and pretty far up the learning curve, but still get into jams. The software driving the machines continues to evolve to making it a bit easier.
I now have the open yokes complete… not perfect… yet, but complete enough to use. The T-handle and operating lever, while they printed didn’t hold up in the cleaning. I’m going to replace both of them with metal substitutes. It’s this kind of stuff that makes me think a commercial version of all this is probably a non-starter.
The yokes printed with a drawing error… at least I thinks it’s one since it occurred exactly the same on all three. It was an easy fix with Bondic and some careful sanding. As I’ve said before, since Bondic is chemically the same as the resin being printed and therefore makes strong and completely integral patches.
After sanding, you can see the Bondic patch, but after painting it will disappear. I believe the color of the yoke looks like Haze Gray.
Here’s a look into the breach. I really like that all the little details that are attached to the yoke face resolved beautiffully, including the very fragile Salvo Lock and the gas ejector control valve. You can see the yoke on the left still has its operating lever, but no T-handle. The one on the right has half a lever and no T-handle.
I got nice prints of all three powder doors; one open and two closed. I originally drew these about 30% too large and it was causing problems in ‘decorating’ the rest of the gun compartment rear.
Here’s all that detail. I’m going to print the whole deal in one part minus the cradle/spanning tray. It will help in controlling support placement and removal. There’s more smaller diameter wiring/piping than this, but in 1/72 it won’t be seen nor paintable.
For the above, I really am going to wait until my field trip to finalize it. I’m not sure about the side entrances in the outer two gun rooms. There also appears to be steps from that door to the operating floor and I’m not certain about their height or placement.
The modified gun girder is finished, washed and waiting for final sanding and cleanup. This new printer is just doing great.