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Old Yesterday, 07:06 PM
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Thanks for posting the tube lengths.

Actually, if Boyce is only going to offer kits this way (short kits), THEY should really be posting that data to their website so modlers will know not only WHAT tubes they need to purchase, but also how MUCH of each (i.e., length) of each tube. That way one could have tubes already cut and ready to go when their parts set arrives.

If either of you get the chance, can you post a couple of closer shots of the relative smoothness/roughness of the parts? I'm kinda picky, but I have yet to see a 3D printed part surface that I'd truly be happy with. I don't mind some sanding and filling, and I've done my share of it over the decades, but I'd like to see smoother surfaces than I've seen so far. I'm hoping that these will surpass my expectations, but I'm not convinced of that yet and they (Boyce) do not seem to publish too many close photos of their product. Lots of nice, clean rendered images though, but those really don't count when it comes to truly judging final product quality.


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Earl, I don't know if you can tell anything from these photos but maybe it will give you an idea how rough they are. They are better than the first models I have received from them.
There will be filling and sanding but the paper tubes will help a lot.
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What's the best plan of attack? Use all manner of sandpaper and sanding utensils to get into the nooks and crannies until I stab myself multiple times in the eyes with a rusty fork?

BTW, I hope Estes has plenty of 1/100 capsules because that escape tower is fugly for display.
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Earl, I don't know if you can tell anything from these photos but maybe it will give you an idea how rough they are. They are better than the first models I have received from them.
There will be filling and sanding but the paper tubes will help a lot.


Hey! Thanks much for posting these...that does help.

Well...not bad, but I can see they will definitely need some finishing work. And I guess working with a piece or two would be the only way to see just how much work would be needed.

The printers are getting better, but Iíd like to think further improvements in the technology will get it truly into the ballpark of ďwow!Ē for a finished product.

Will be interested to see how each of you progress on the finishing aspects of the builds, if either of you are inclined to do that, but donít feel obligated simply based on my request.

It would be nice to have these two kits, as they do fill a historical void in the Apollo launch vehicle chronology. Iím currently working on finishing a Centuri Saturn 1b to go with my 35 + year old Centuri Saturn V, among about six other builds in various states of finish (isnít that the way we all build??).

Thanks again for the photos...much appreciated!

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Iím currently working on finishing a Centuri Saturn 1b to go with my 35 + year old Centuri Saturn V, among about six other builds in various states of finish (isnít that the way we all build??).
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You hit the nail on the head. I've got my nearly 40 year old Centuri Saturn 1B and Saturn V retired on the shelf. It's my Estes #2001 Saturn V and #2048 Saturn 1B that I really need to finish. After that I have my Semroc Saturn 1B and a special Saturn project that I have had on the back burner for about 10 years. As I look around the room, I've got three or four more that are in the sanding finishing stage. I was having less and less time to work on things and was getting more and more tired of sanding, to the point that building wasn't fun anymore. I'm hoping to rebound this summer.
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My 1/100 Estes Saturn 1B has been awaiting paint for about 2 years ... I thought it would get completed for the festivities in July. Along with my Estes 1/100 Saturn V, my ESTES 1/45 Little Joe II, my 1/100 Estes Little Joe II.

And, I even thought I might get my Apogee or Semroc 1/70 Saturn 1B done.

Itís great to dream ...
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