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  1. Gravity Paints USA are great paints. In fact my favourite to use, but unfortunately Mate always takes for ever to ship...and has an excuse why he's taking so long. I've ordered from him and got my order in days, even in Canada, and other times it takes him months and tons of messages to get him to ship. Scale Finishes are great, Splash as well, but I still think Gravity's USA's paints are better than anybody else's product. As far as Elm City goes, Scott use to order from Scale Finishes and ship to a US address, since the Covid lockdowns he's no longer crossing the border, he might start up again now that the border is opening back up again. Message him.
  2. Still................waiting...................for............................mine..................Mine's been on an epic journey of 2+weeks now from California to Ontario. I'm hoping to get it this week. But I am a bit surprised that no one has put up a wip for one of these yet.
  3. Nice work Bill. I've only printed the chassis, which came out nice, and the body....not so much, the print failed over the front fender so I have to reprint. I'm still working on the other files for printing but the kit is amazing. William's files are amazing.
  4. With Covid opening the eyes of a lot of business, not just the medical field, I think, over the next decade we might see a lot of manufacturing coming back to NA. The superconductor chips is just one sector that they're already trying to bring back so the automotive industry doesn't take the huge delays like they have the last year or so again in the future. It's possible we'll see model manufactures come back too.
  5. Got notice from Salvinos that my Chase kit is shipped as of today. Now to see how long it takes to go from California to Ontario Canada. I'm guessing 14 days....
  6. I know this is late but anyways... The number plate in front of the rear arch was only run on the 2016 version of the car at Le Mans. The number plates behind the front wheel arch were run the rest of the years. Also the first two years, '16 & '17 the colours were the solid blue/red where as afterwards they were metallics.
  7. Well time to get started on this project. Finally got my kit in (Tamiya Skyline 2000 GT-R Hard Top). This is the second one I ordered. My first one seems to have disappeared into the ether coming from Asia. It may still show up, someday, but after 3 months it's probably lost. Construction will start on the weekend, but before that, I'll start 3D printing my accessories and modifications. Files are sliced and ready to go now. First up, I'll be stripping back some of the interior (rear seat delete and package shelf). The files are for an R33 drift interior but I'll try to make them work for this. I couldnt find any reference shots of this car without a complete interior so I'll be taking some visual liberties for sure. I'm printing up 2 sets cause the first set I did for my R33 aren't as nice as I'd like so hoping this set turns out better, and I can have a set for this project as well. Next up is the roll cage. For safety, I'm adding in a full roll cage (again same files as the R33). I'll modify them as needed to fit and I printed up some extra pieces just incase I needed some spare tubing. Then I'll be printing up some wheels and tires ( I really wanted the Watanabe wheels and this version of the kit does not have them). Tires aren't period correct, but I haven't found a set I like yet or that looks perfect so these ones might just be temporary. And lastly, the accessories. Roof rack, trunk rack, a service tarp, some rally style lights, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, some duffle bags and a fuel cell. I'll see how this all looks once mocked up and figure out what else I might add for detail. Colour will likely be silver like the box art. Most of these cars were silver or white. I've seen pics of blue and orange ones as well but I'm pretty sure those were restorations done with new colours. One change I will make is most of the chrome will be done in black, since I'm not a huge chrome fan, and I've seen some versions of the car with blacked out chrome and it looks miles better. Hoping to have my first update on the weekend of something actually built.
  8. The Rollout Kit was suppose to have been shipped back in early March. Then for March they made the Chase kit the "Kit of the Month" for their club members. But with the changes NASCAR had Salvino's make everything got pushed back. So they decided to do just enough Chase kits for the Club members and anyone that ordered direct from their site. Once those two lots are filled they're going back to the Rollout Kits then back to Chase's then the others etc....they're probably well into it, on Saturday they were saying they figured they could run around 1000 kits a day.
  9. Salvino's posted a live update on FB during the day yesterday. Production of the Chase kits was in full swing with them producing enough of the Chase kits to fulfill their Builder's Club and webstore sales first, before flipping to production of the Rollout kits. I asked when shipping would start and the plan was to start that afternoon or at the latest today (Tuesday). So if you are a Club member or bought a Chase kit of their site you should be getting the kit very soon. They showed some of the parts trees, silver and black plastic and, in my opinion unfortunately, the Chase body was molded in a Napa Blue colour. I assume the decals will have the white? no idea, didn't see a shot of them. Personally I would have preferred to see them do the kits in all white or a light grey. They did show some of the Rollout hoods and those were in a offwhite colour similar to the colour on the Rollout car. Should you get your kit this week please post up some shots of the contents.
  10. Production is set to start up on Monday. The Chase kits will be sent out to their Club members first then the Roll Out cars will we done then back to the others, they figure they can do about 1000 kits a day so won't take them long to get all their allotments done. They had set backs due to NASCAR changing something and they had to rework the molds a bit. I think they said on their FB chat on Saturday they expect shipments to start flowing out by the 15th, so pending on timing stores might see them by the end of the month, direct from Salvino you might see yours in your hands by the end of the month. Iv'e go a couple on pre-order as well so looking forward to getting my hands on one.
  11. For those looking for the new Next Gen NASCAR kits from JR looks like production will start on Monday with stuff shipping by the 15th. Just watching their Cars and Coffee on FB now. They're doing the Chase cars for their club first then the rollout cars so shouldn't be long for them to start hitting stores.
  12. Files vary from creator to creator but generally you're looking at $15-30 range (take that with a HUGE grain of salt...cause sometimes you can find cool stuff for free), but "full" kits are near the top end price wise. As far as resin goes, again, it will vary based on where you live, what you buy and the quantity you buy. I live in Canada so prices for me are higher than the US and I live in the country, about and hour from a major city, so I order all my resin from Amazon. A 1L bottle runs about $50 CDN. Now, the next question, how long will that last...depends on what I print. For car parts, wheels/tires/seats, detail parts it will go a LONG way. Small parts use very little resin and have very small supports which wastes very little resin in the printing process. The larger, more complex and intricate a part is, the more supports you have thus the more resin you use. A full rollcage for example will have a lot of resin used up for supports which is garbage after the print but its not like a vast amount of wasted resin, but it does add up. So for example, I have a full curbside kit of a TRX ( no engine, no drive shafts, other than those items the kit is complete and the cost for that would probably be in the neighborhood of $65-70 for the files, and the resin which for basically amounts of a Hobby Design kit (minus decals and any PE it might have) is much cheaper. Hobby Design's new venture, Alpha Models is making high end resin kits of super cars and modern sports cars and those generally run around $200 CDN (with shipping). Also with 3D printing you're able to get files to print of vehicles that no one else has. For example, my TRX, I know of no one that is making the TRX. I also got, From the same designer, a 2020 Ram 3500 Dually, again no engine or drive shafts but the rest is there and to print that will be pretty close to the TRX, and that kit is not on the market either. More than a plastic model kit, sure, but worthwhile to me to get things no readily available.
  13. @CabDriver you're definitely going to get longer printing times with .03mm layer heights cause you're increasing the number of layers. Pending on what your cure times are set at, that determines the time each layer "cures" before lifting to the next. Lift speed will also affect the time but layer height will be the biggest change in time as with that higher level of resolution ( lower number of height in mm) the layer count goes up, but by a guess I'd say we're talking mins overall, again pending on how "tall" your z axis is for each print. A print that uses the full z axis might take 30-40mins longer. For me, I just put my long prints on at night before bed or before I go out to work and let it go while I'm gone. For your parts on your print bed, if the part has a flat surface, like your interior pan, make sure to angle it about 30 degrees or so, that way resin wont pool on the bottom side (build plate side) and will drain as the print rises, saving your resin when you clean the parts. So far the prints look good, and like I said, super addictive knowing that you organized and set up the prints to print and ended up with workable parts you made...I'm sure designing and printing will be even better, but it's still a bit of a rush seeing those prints clean up and looking pretty much perfect. I got like 8 printed projects to finish up but I'm constantly looking for the next one to print. The one guy I link, Andrey, who's Ukrainian, is hopefully working on a newer Ford F450 dually I've been bugging him for. He's safe where he is, last I heard, but with what's going on there I can understand him having other things to worry about aside from posting new 3D print files.
  14. Nice start, and welcome to the world or 3D printing your own stuff at home! I've been going for just about a year now and I can warn you, it's addictive. I find myself loving the editing and printing of the files, more than the building of the kits....at least right now anyways. Some things I've learned along the way...Temp....resin does not like cold temps, you need to print around 20C or higher. Pending on the resin you use, some of them are pretty smelly so make sure to have ventilation. I use Elegoo's ABS like resin and I find it doesn't have too much of an odor, but other brands I tried definitely do. Supports....I tend to over support probably but once you have a 12-14hr print fail on you cause you didn't use enough supports you'll add in more, the cost is a few $$ in wasted resin but alternatively you're not throwing out a huge print file cause part of it failed and is now stuck to your print bed. If you do have a failed print, make sure to drain your tank, clean it and filter the resin to make sure you dont have any floaters in there, I cracked my LCD screen when the plate came down and pushed a failed support threw the FEP......an $80 mistake. For your body with the layer lines, what layer height are you printing at? I do all my prints at 0.03mm layer height, and yes I get those lines too but they clean up, like you said, very easily, but at 0.03mm look a lot less defined than yours ( I originally started at 0.05mm and they were much more noticable.) For your window frames, add in a line of supports along any large opening to keep the edges from fading, like you have on that little truck, and if it's a bigger truck/car add some rows in the middle as well or the roof can "sag" I've got a couple truck bodies where I hadn't figured that out yet. Looks like you've got the bug.....enjoy the ride. If you like BlackBox's files, check out Pixil3D on Cults too, he's got some interesting files as well. And this guy here has a lot of newer cars/trucks with nearly full kits (no engines and not always full suspension) that make into nice kits that are not on the market but are very much OEM looking vehicles. I've got several of his files and all of them are very nice (Ram TRX is baller)
  15. Found the kit, here's the link https://modernpaintbynumbers.com/products/vintage-street-car-british-american-engines-paint-by-numbers/
  16. Very cool Ray. I'd definitely be interested in more info on the Cobra art if she has it.
  17. Just came home last night. He's had a bit of a tumultuous start...first family left him alone all day for the first 3 weeks they had him. They gave him to the girl who breed his mother to rehome, so he's got a few behavioral issues to sort out, jumping on the couch etc, but nothing to serious and a bit of anxiety if left alone. Fortunately the couch thing is solved already and he's learning he's safe in his new house. Anyways, day one at his new home was a success and he even meet a new friend today, a good friend of the family has a border/blue heeler for him to play with. So after his first play date he's whipped. Bhodhi is home now.
  18. Will be interesting to see what they use. Ford will still have the Mustang as the 650 platform comes out next year and in 2024 Ford will be offering up the Mustang in GT3 and GT4 spec race cars.
  19. Update for my Javelin. Still looking for the right chassis. I've got one I robbed from the Foose F100 pickup but it's just not quite right. So the search continues. I found some new tires, nice Michelin Pilot Sport Cups, with nice sidewall detail so I'll be printing those up soon. Still undecided on wheels, I like the Halibrands and I like the GT500s and there are still lots out there to pick from so the search on those continues as well. Going through some of my other 3D files I found an interior to use. The dash, steering wheel and center console are out of the Ram TRX and actually look really good...at least I think so. There will be some modifications needed to fit. I also found a Hellcat engine to print as well so I need to hollow out the center console to fit the transmission tunnel as well but that will have to wait as I want, or am hoping, to have a chassis file I can print soon that will allow me to see how things line up before printing it all. So here are some mock ups of where I'm at now. Still lots of planning to do since the files I'm using aren't meant to go together so they require some adjustments before printing, and luckily that can be done in the slicing/editing software for my printer. Hopefully some more in a few days, if I can find that chassis/suspension files I want.
  20. Welcome to the family Bill. I love my 3D printer. Mine's just a baby one, but still can print some pretty cool items with it, my Volvo truck in the BRBO this year is 1/24 scale and HUGE..... I just finished printing all my files for this last night, but haven't posted anything on it yet, 2022 Bronco R race truck....
  21. It's definitely the way of the future. Total was probably 1 bottle of resin, the type I use costs around $55 CDN for 1L. Prices vary of course. It was around $14 for the files for the truck...I'm pretty sure that was on sale so normal price for those files is a few $$ more. Time was around 40hrs or so. The bigger the piece the longer it takes to print because the build plate rises up out of the resin vat so the "taller" it is on the Z axis (height) the longer it takes. X and Y have no bearing on print time as it "prints" the width and length of the build plate with each layer printed.
  22. New Year, new Update. Finally getting back to work on my BRBO entry for this year. My decals I ordered have arrived..(still keeping the livery "under wraps" so to speak") so now I can move forward on this project. Here is a shot of all the parts out of the printer. I purposefully left all the supports in place to make sure nothing warped, but all these parts are pretty beefy so probably wouldn't have happened. So..... I have removed all the supports and have mocked up the truck parts. I am very pleased so far. Everything lines up pretty good. There will be some sanding and filing involved but I've seen plastic kits way worse than this.. At the moment I can not get the cab onto the interior floor pan without some sanding and scraping so that's up next. But everything else lines up decently enough. Also you can see the support nibs left on some of the parts. I have not sanded anything as of yet so there is a lot of clean up to do. And as you can see I've not tackled the wheels/tires yet either. The engine is one big block of resin sitting behind the cab and is decently enough detailed, but I'll add in some wires/hosing as I go to make it more interesting. I added in a bottle of Tamiya LP paint (same size as the acrylic jars) so you can get a sense of the size of this thing, it is as big as a 1/25th scale Tractor. The discolouration on the parts is from my vat of IPA being pretty dirty and didn't do the best job cleaning the parts. Not a big deal as I have to sand everything down and will wash all the parts again before primer and paint anyways, it just doesn't look pretty. Only the parts on this build looks that way, recent prints are much cleaner looking...it was just me being lazy and not swapping out the IPA. Cab not quite fitting over the interior pan.... A close up of the detail on the wheels/tires.. And lastly a pic of the decals for the tires.. Decals for the tires can be found here... I have no idea of the quality as it's my first time using their products but I will keep you posted on how they work out. That's it for now, time to get sanding and cleaning. Comments and criticisms always welcome.
  23. ....2026 Cannonball Run....update.....avadinha's entry from 2022...still has not run out of fuel....he just aimless drives back and forth across the country waiting for that needle to dip below half....
  24. Update 2: Most of the large decals are done, then onto the smaller sponsorship decals and markings. The complex corners have really eaten up a ton of time, so no CF decals. I'm hoping to have all the decals done in another hour or so then off to clear. More in a few hours I hope.
  25. Started my project at the start of the race so time for update 1. I started at the start of the race (official start time is 12noon your time zone), but I prefer to build flag to flag. Just over 2hrs in and I'm off to the paint booth. There are a lot of parts to clip and prep for primer and paint so it takes some time. So a quick shot of the forest before primer. sorry for the dark shot, one of my overhead lights crapped out on me this morning and no time to replace it. Update in a couple hours, I want to get the primer and paint done then I can move onto the decal work. I meant to put this thread in the racing section so if a mod wouldn't mind moving it at some point, I'd appreciate it.
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