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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:13 pm 
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Thanks so much!

I am looking forward to making the design. As always, advice in getting it right is very appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:35 pm 
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Hello Steve

"The queue will be adjusted according to market demand."

I am here by signaling demand! ;-)

Forrestal class islands...Sara and Ranger or all four...
This 1/720 Indo I got could do with an island...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:42 am 
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I hear you, Uwe!

Islands coming soon. [edit: Saratoga CV-60 and Independence CVA-62 islands DONE!]

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:07 pm 
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Any news on Scheer 1/350 conversion parts. Last we heard was looking for accurate plans? Thanks Dan


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:19 pm 
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I sent him drawing files back in july but depends on order in job que.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:57 pm 
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Hi Dan,

Sorry to take so long in responding, had an unscheduled 5-day stay in the hospital but back in action now, just moving slowly.

Yes, thanks to David, Greg Law and others, I have reference material to study from which to begin designs. I have not yet begun work on those projects yet but hope to soon.

Thanks for your patience!

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Excellent, a request regarding the bow. Could I get someone to send a plan and side view of the 1940 bow, so I can begin work on the conversion. Thank you


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:09 pm 
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pm sent.


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ModelMonkey wrote:
Hi Dan,

Sorry to take so long in responding, had an unscheduled 5-day stay in the hospital but back in action now, just moving slowly.

...Thanks for your patience!

Steve, sorry to hear about your hospitalization. Wishing you a full and comfortable recovery. Your health comes first!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:22 am 
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Thanks so much!

Yep, nothing like some health issues to make for high adventure! I'm almost back up to full speed.

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ModelMonkey wrote:
Edit: I regret to say that as of March 26, 2017, I am no longer accepting requests for projects. Hopefully, there are existing products, or a product or two from the queue, that will be a big help to you.


Does this mean that you won't be producing the 3.9 Type 98 guns as fitted to the Taiho, Oyodo, and Akizuki DD's in 1/700?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:45 pm 
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Hi Bill,

I regret to say that I will not be producing those designs. Hopefully, another designer will accept those projects.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:32 pm 
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Project queue updated. Link: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=164638&p=713608#p713608

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:07 am 
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Please be advised that all Model Monkey designs are original. I feel it is now necessary to emphasize this because of a phenomenon occurring among a few designers in the 3D-printing community.

In my opinion, there exists for sale, by some others, designs clearly adapted from computer games (likely copied from World of Warships code, and other games, for example) then converted into files that can be 3D-printed. Since those designs were originally created and optimized for computer gaming, they can be noticeably inaccurate. Some have all the tell-tale signs and appearance of World of Warships. The old adage applies, "if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck..."

To echo comments by Micro Master on the other site, my designs (and his and many other vendors) are all, every single one, original designs produced from the best available authoritative 2D references, often at significant expense to me or to the requester. Several of you who frequently conduct research at the National Archives have generously provided authoritative references to help produce some Model Monkey 3D designs, in order to help get you, the market, the most accurately designed products possible (THANK YOU!).

In the product descriptions on Shapeways, I usually state from which authoritative plans the designs were produced. Many designs were produced from scans of original builder's blueprints. New York class 14" turrets, North Carolina class 16" turrets, USS Hornet CV-8 island, PT boat torpedo tubes, Fletcher class pilot houses, Bismarck class and Scharnhorst class turrets, Gneisenau hangar, etc., were all dimensioned from scans of original builders' blueprints. The 3D-printed USS Arizona Memorial was designed from scans of the original architect's drawings, as were the Pearl Harbor mooring quays.

Original builders blueprints are the best references there are - they are the exact references that were used to make the real object. References don't get any better than that - except actually measuring the real object. 5"/38 cal. Mk.28 twin mounts were produced from measurements taken from a real Mk.28 on the real USS North Carolina by me. The Model Monkey 5"/38 single mounts and the quintuple torpedo tubes were scaled from measurements taken from the mounts on USS Kidd DD-661 by a generous museum volunteer and by a fellow modeler. Modelers who volunteer as museum staff or otherwise have privileged access at USS Intrepid CVS-11, USS Massachusetts BB-59, USS Lionfish SS-298, USS New Jersey BB-62 and USS Wisconsin BB-64 have also contributed important information used to help produce some Model Monkey designs.

When original builders blueprints are not available, Model Monkey designs are based on US Navy Booklets of General Plans drawings and US Navy O.P. 1112 turret catalog dimensions, with details adjusted to match photos of the real object. The 3D CAD model can be superimposed over high quality, high-res photos (often from the National Archives) and details adjusted to perfectly match those photos. Details of the 3D-printed USS Pennsylvania BB-38 cranes were designed this way as was some of its superstructure. USS Lexington CV-2, USS Saratoga CV-3, USS West Virginia BB-48, Essex class and Forrestal class islands and USS Portland CA-33 design details were also done this way as were Mk.19, Mk.56 and Mk.37 directors.

It should be stated that BoGP drawings have issues. They were not intended to be scaled to produce anything, more likely used to show where general features were located. But in the absence of anything better, they can be considered very good. To address their issues, much time and effort is expended to compensate for their shortcomings in order to give you, the modeler, the best possible parts that can be 3D-printed from the best available references. Sometimes BoGP is the best there is.

Model Monkey designs are NOT converted, re-scaled 3D gaming models, ever, period.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:06 am 
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I would like to add in to the above. I have provided documents of ship plans I have scanned at the National Archives And Records Administion to Model Monkey. I can verify this information that his are original designs based of actual plans.

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Steve,

As one who has also worked with you on a few small 3D parts projects, I couldn't agree more with your comments and commentary - it's sad that so many people today choose to take the short cut rather than the proven and acceptable path in product development etc. Glad that one of "ours" has chosen to take the High Road on all of this.

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Angeliccypher wrote:
I would like to add in to the above. I have provided documents of ship plans I have scanned at the National Archives And Records Administion to Model Monkey. I can verify this information that his are original designs based of actual plans.

Same here.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:13 pm 
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me too but not from the archives as I'm in Canada.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:08 am 
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Thanks so much for all your support!

Project queue updated. Link: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=164638

Pennsylvania '44 superstructure moved up due to market demand. Thanks to Chad Queen for providing excellent plans and Martin Quinn for providing high-resolution photos. I hope to be able to release it late this month. A nameplate is ready now. Link: http://shpws.me/Phui


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I must heartily endorse all the comments above about the use of primary source material for the production of the amazing original products that designers such as ModelMonkey generate for all of us. Such commitment to excellence raises the bar.

There is one major consideration (to which, I think, ModelMonkey strongly alludes in his piece) that modellers need to keep in mind. Model makers have a very different view of drawings from that of shipbuilders, boatbuilders and manufacturers. Modellers are concerned about the accuracy of drawings because we use them as the principal source from which to derive sizes and shapes. Producers of full-size objects use them as ‘shorthand’ guides to the relationships between dimensions. As one who has been heavily involved in the restoration of full-size historical small vessels for over 25 years, I can attest to the fact that the critical data in a set of drawings are not the shapes delineated but the dimensions presented. In reality, it is all but impossible to recreate an object with any accuracy from a scaled drawing without the mass of dimensions manufacturing drawings contain (the simplest example is the distinction between using a draught of hull lines – a drawing - versus using the data embodied in the table of offsets – the critical information required for an accurate reproduction). So, for instance, drawings in Booklets of General Plans may be less than accurate but they also contain critical dimensional data (e.g. frame locations) that can compensate.

Once again, let me thank all the dedicated designers for their remarkable and so useful products.


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