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  1. Oh man, I missed the boat on this batch too, already gone. Maybe my timing will be better in the next batch round... Glad this has been such a success.
  2. So for Christmas, my sister and brother-in-law thought it would be fun to gift me with Lego's ship in a bottle. The following was 2 hours of fun. Lego Kit#: 21313 962 pieces, for ages 12+ The box: The unboxing: Lego's have changed a lot since I last had a kit. For instance, they now give you this little tool that is suppose to help you put the pieces together, take them apart, etc. I didn't use it. The kit starts like the traditional wooden kits, laying the keel. Let's now build a ship: Woohoo, a ship, and for scale: My bottle came broken: Time to put it back together: Adding the boat: Adding some "water". Lego padded the piece count by having 284 of the pieces being these water pieces. Adding the bottle's neck, and now it's fully enclosed, yay! You then get to build the base. I forgot to take some pictures of that build process. Highlights include: a compass (non working), nameplate, and couple globes that spin... sort of... Anyway, the completed kit: All in all, a fun little project that wasted a few hours this afternoon. And a bonus image: the current status of my Syren... which I need to start a build log for, eventually.
  3. Those turned out so much better! Very little work will be needed in cleaning those up, and you'll never know it was printed.
  4. One advantage to the smaller pieces (more cuts) would be if one piece didn't print well, it would be quicker and easier to try different printing settings in an attempt to get a better print without having to reprint half the cannon. I honestly think either approach would work though.
  5. I didn't expect you to know nozzle size, or some of the other details for that matter. It's something they should know, as it would go into calculating the right wall thicknesses to make number of passes an even number. 0.15mm is much more reasonable. Yet you should have been able to get more/finer detail than you did, even under large zoom. And I will freely admit looking at a picture isn't the same as holding the part in your hand, it might not be a bad print at all. It'll be interesting to see what you learn from meeting with them. In the end, it comes down to whatever you are happy with, not everyone else's opinion.
  6. They should be able to produce a better print. If you have any questions about some of the settings they should be able to adjust, feel free to ask me. I'll attempt to help you sort them out so you can get the best print possible. Cheers
  7. I thought I would chime in here, because I actually have some 3D printer knowledge (one is sitting on my desk behind me). The layer height is way way too course for what you want. I typically print with a height of 0.2mm. I'll attach a "poor" print with this layer height. The infill amount is ok, and should be fine going forward. You should also consider wall thickness, for your cannon, a 1-1.2mm thick wall should work well. All this can/should be variables in the printer, limiting factors include nozzle size, print speeds, people making the print for you, etc. But they should certainly be able to produce a better cannon for you without having to remodel it for vertical printing. Final thought: shorter print height will definitely increase the print time. I'd guess, without running the model through my slicing program, each half would be 3-4 hours... max.
  8. Just setting up my build log for this group projet. I'll be traveling a lot between now and the end of the year, so I'll look to buy my kit around the 1st of the year or whenever the stock is replenished around that time. Looking forward to this.
  9. I've already set aside funds for this. Patiently waiting for you to release it out into the wild. It looks fantastic, and I'm eager to try to do the kit justice.
  10. This looks like alot of fun. Count me in. As someone pretty new to the model ship building world, I could stand to build something in parallel with others with the idea that maybe I learn a bunch of things.
  11. Sweet, I figured there had to be a few around, certainly going forward I'd like to possibly meet others, maybe learn a thing or two. I see you're in Phoenix, I'm located in Tucson.
  12. Thanks! I'm not afraid of a challenge, so we'll see how it goes.
  13. Yes, mine came with sails. They were already sewn, so that was one thing I didn't have to worry about.
  14. Thanks for the head's up ccoyle. I've already got the kit, had it for 5-6 years sitting on the shelf waiting for me to finish the Swift. I've been looking over the instructions and plans and already realized the instruction booklet wasn't going to be much help. I hadn't made it to the rigging diagrams yet. As a mechanical engineer by day, I'm quite use to incomplete, inadequate, sub-par documentation (sometimes my own fault, more often than not someone else's). Most of the time I can figure out what's suppose to go where and such. As for this Fish kit, the wood looked pretty good, at least better than the Swift's. Though I'll freely admit, I probably haven't seen a kit with great wood to begin with. As for your other points, at this point in my skill level, I'm not really looking for a ship that's correct in every aspect, I'm looking for something that will allow me to develop the skills (planking) needed for those ships that will cost an arm and a leg, where I expect to have nothing but the best materials, period correctness, etc. All that being said, as I start down this next journey, I'm sure I'll be back with questions about how to do this or that and complaints about the kit. At which point you can enthusiastically say "I told you so" because I'd probably say something of the sort if roles were reversed. Cheers!

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