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      Post #75761, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hey guys,

      I'm happy to report that we've received 2 of the 3 shipments of our master parts and I've been notified that the last shipment will be shipping shortly. After a significant COVID related delay, we are now back on track for production!

      With most raw master parts in hand, we've got an ambitious prototype and production plan that we can finally get started on. The raw master parts will be sanded and polished and any disturbed "panel lines" will be manually re-engraved. Molds will be made and will immediately produce parts for production and the prototype. This will happen very shortly. Behind the scenes, we've tested the molding and casting processes and materials extensively, so we will have our first sets of "kit ready" parts within days of refining the masters. Production of the first run of kit parts will coincide with the building of the prototype 737-200. I look forward to working on said prototype and providing updates along the build.

      A few shots of the raw master parts we have received, assembled.













      A few notes about the photos.

      - You may have noticed that the fuselage was done in four sections. This will NOT be the way the kit will be produced. The front three sections will be cast as a single piece with the small tailcone at the back.
      - One of the inboard flap fairings is missing on the print which causes the large gap between the fuselage and wing near the trailing edge. This of course will be fixed.
      - These are parts that have come straight off an industrial 3D printer and have not been processed in any way. They will be sanded and polished prior to molding.
      - The wingtips will be separate parts. Where they join to the wing forms a natural "panel line" on the 1:1 so little work will be required after attaching it. Just get it on straight!
      - The wings have a slight droop at the tips. This will be fixed at the casting level. We'll have a jig to true them up after demolding.
      - Every detail in the CAD has come out beautifully in the raw masters(apart from the inboard flap fairing as noted above).
      - The remainder of the parts will arrive shortly.
      - The fuel tank access panels look to be missing but they are there. Other features are highlighted by the whitish support material for the print but there was no support along the centerline of the wing.

      We are extending the preorder sale price of $129 until the end of June. Also I would like to gauge interest in a possible companion piece for the 737 release in the form of a small GSE set. Nothing too elaborate but what is made will be very accurate and detailed. If this is something you'd be interested in please leave us a very short line at either: neil@aeromodl.com -or- jimc@aeromodl.com

      We will be reaching out to all of our crowdfunding donors for final order details soon. As noted in the fundraiser, shipping was not included in the $99 donation. Exact shipping quotes will be provided upon receipt of confirmation and shipping addresses.

      Look for the next update very soon. Thanks again to those who've placed their orders for your business and your patience!

      Cheers,
      Neil
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      Post #75770, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Looking great, Neil! Very exciting watching this beauty come together. I had no idea that 3D printing had gotten this good. I thought the SLA stuff (eg Form 3) was about as good as it could get for consumer use, but apparently material jetting is even better! The panel line reproduction via 3D printing is especially encouraging.

      Quick question....how are the windshield wipers designed? Are they part of a PE set that will go with the kit?

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      Post #75778, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Looking great, Neil! Very exciting watching this beauty come together. I had no idea that 3D printing had gotten this good. I thought the SLA stuff (eg Form 3) was about as good as it could get for consumer use, but apparently material jetting is even better! The panel line reproduction via 3D printing is especially encouraging.


      Thanks Andy. Believe it or not the printers are 2016 models and there are even better ones out there but for the price and detail, material jetting is perfect for us. This particular printer can do panel line widths of 75 microns, which is about 0.2" scale inches at 1/72. We'd love to buy one, but they go for about 100K USD new and around 15K used with the material costs of around $400 per liter.

      We were going to use some of the funds from the Gofundme to buy a Form 3 but it came to light that there were serious problems with it, and the Form 2 cant achieve the detail needed. Formlabs appears to be on the path to working out the bugs and when they do, we will look closer at it.

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      Quick question....how are the windshield wipers designed? Are they part of a PE set that will go with the kit?



      All the antennae, probes, wipers and other high detail parts will come straight off that same printer and go into the box. Our 3D meets the minimum feature resolution for printing, but we'll see. PE is the backup plan.

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      Post #75780, posted on 05-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Very nice work.

      On Arrival (1/144 scale):

      BA 747-400
      EK 777-300ER
      AA A321-200 NEO
      NW DC10-40
      UA 737-900ER

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      Post #75839, posted on 06-03-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Masters and kit piece parts are stilling rolling in. Seems like the COVID-19 bottleneck is finally clearing up.

      One of the things going on behind the scenes while we've been waiting for our masters is a landing gear 3D update which included: hoses, lines, clamps, and nut/bolt detail. The downlock link assembly was overhauled. More general detail was added in all gear assemblies and tires.



      Some photos of the gear, engines, pylons, cockpit and some other details:

















      As you can see the master model is true to the CAD, preserving every detail. Notes about the photos:

      - Some of the parts seen, such as the landing gear struts and engine fans, will bypass the master/mold/cast process and be delivered to our customers exactly as seen in the (low quality) photos - right off the printer.
      - Again these parts have come right off of the printers and photographed raw. The engines/pylons will be sanded and polished along with the masters from the previous post prior to molding. Photos of the finished masters will be along soon.
      - There was one print failure on two identical parts from this batch, anyone notice which ones?

      More coming soon!
      -Neil C
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      Edit: forgot to mention we have a coupon code "airlinercafe" for 10% off in addition to any automatic discounts on top of the preorder sale price.

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      Post #75841, posted on 06-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Neil, it looks great so far. However I see that MLG door shape is incorrect. It looks like a 737 NG door, but Classic and Original 737 have a “buble” there.
      See photo:



      It would be pity to make a great kit of B737 with this kind of mistake.

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      Post #75850, posted on 06-04-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Can’t wait to get my Lufthansa 737-200!!!! Looks great so far. Looking at getting the 300,400, and 500. Any possibility of offering the 300 in the classic Lufthansa scheme????

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      Post #75852, posted on 06-05-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Hi Neil, it looks great so far. However I see that MLG door shape is incorrect. It looks like a 737 NG door, but Classic and Original 737 have a “buble” there.
      See photo:

      It would be pity to make a great kit of B737 with this kind of mistake.

      Zbynek



      That's embarassing. Thanks for bringing this error to my attention. It will be fixed ASAP.

      Cheers,
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      Post #75853, posted on 06-05-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      Can’t wait to get my Lufthansa 737-200!!!! Looks great so far. Looking at getting the 300,400, and 500. Any possibility of offering the 300 in the classic Lufthansa scheme????



      We can't wait to deliver it! I think we can arrange for the Lufthansa livery. When you say the classic livery, is it this one?


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      Post #75863, posted on 06-06-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      When you say the classic livery, is it this one?





      I think that refers to this one:


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      Post #75874, posted on 06-08-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      This one:



      I never knew that LH had their 733 in the cheatline fried egg scheme, learned something new today. Also, I was vaguely aware that they had the 734 for a bit, seems a bit weird to have those and the A320 at the same time, not sure why they thought that needed to happen....