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Drew Cook

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Trying to get the Shapeways Model Monkey people to do their Torpedo Tube Breech Doors model parts in 1/72nd scale.

Sure would dress up the old Revell kit, as I really don't want to buy the complete tubes...


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Lew Zee

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Lew Zee   Send Email To Lew Zee Posted on: Apr 17, 2017 - 8:51am
Drew,

I have been getting 3D parts made through Shapeways. I don't know how detailed and small the part you need is. 1/72 is pretty small. There is a limit on the 3D printers on how thin the sections have to be and that is about .023 inch. I do get parts made that exceed the .023 minimum, but they are pretty fragile.

Lew

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Drew Cook

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Lew,

As you know, several different Shapeways vendors are making numerous PT boat model parts in a number of scales, many of them in 1/72nd scale, which is that of the old Revell "PT 109" 80' Elco kit.

Steve Larsen of Model Monkey has re-scaled and made the torpedo tube breech doors parts in 1/72nd, and I've ordered two sets of four.

The Revell kit's torpedo tube breech doors are flat and featureless, so the detailed breech doors will dress the kit's tubes up considerably.


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Lew Zee

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Drew,

Is this the PT-109? I saw this on Shapeways:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/MAWVJ2DPS/1-72-torpedo-tubes-aft-for-pt-boats?optionId=60528677
For the tubes they have, the molded-in breech doesn't look plain. I could probably do it for you (no charge to make the model, you just buy the part from Shapeways) if I had all the dimensions.

Lew


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Drew,
Just a thought. I've seen those torpedo tubes in the flesh and they are gorgeous. Steve did a magnificent job on them and they print beautifully. Think about waiting to see what Revell does with their updated kit coming out this fall.
Take care
Dave

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Drew Cook

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Lew,

The Shapeways photo you posted are the complete tubes, and they are indeed beautifully rendered. I hadn't considered getting those, as they're expensive, I don't know if they'd fit the molded tube pads on the Revell kit's deck, I didn't want to go to the trouble of removing the molded pads and adding the new ones, and I believe they require additional training rod parts.

Dave,

My thoughts were that removing the existing Revell kit's tube's breech doors and adding the new Shapeways ones would be much easier and less costly than replacing the entire tubes.

I'm looking forward to seeing the retooled Revell 1/72nd kit myself, but in the meantime I can at least equip two of the old kits I've got lying around with accurate tube breech doors.


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Drew Cook

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I received an email from Steve today that stated Shapeways doesn't believe the tube breech doors would survive "cleaning and handling" -- don't know why, as they're included on the complete 1/72nd scale tubes they make -- and canceling my order.


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