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Old 27-10-2007, 01:17 AM   #81
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Yes but wouldn't it be cool!!! I'd love to make one... but how long should it be?
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Old 27-10-2007, 02:52 AM   #82
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That's very small for a full sized eagle... bit more like a space bike or something... the spine would be uncomfortable for the bot over long distances...
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:23 PM   #83
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Hey this is a great thread.
I worked as a rubber mould designer at VIP-Polymers in Huntingdon for ten years.
I designed compression, injection, and transfer moulds for some pretty complex sealing rings used in pipelines, and also many different moulds for rubber railpads.
Some of the injection machines we had were huge, namely MIR, Desma, Foster and Werner & Pfleiderer. Tonnage ranged from 60 to 650! Mould size went from about a foot square to over two metres long!
As for compression tools, my biggest mould was for a two metre pipe made by Pont-a-mousson of France.
With regards to plastic tooling, I did a little but not much.

You could say I'm mainly into rubber!
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:36 PM   #84
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Aren't we all
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:43 PM   #85
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mmm, so say we all
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:03 PM   #86
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You listening to this conversation Claire?
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:08 PM   #87
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A classic example of technology impacting on the hobby kit market is the new range of 1/24th scale aircraft kits coming from Trumpeter. Previously, only Airfix had made kits in this large scale and only of subjects they knew were going to sell well, Spitfire, Hurricane, Mustang etc. However the moulds were still horrendously expensive to produce and Airfix were forced to curtail the series. It's a shame because they were preparing a 1/24th scale Mosquito that sadly got cancelled. Up until five years ago, no one ever truly believed we would ever see kits like this again but as the technology of mould making got cheaper, lo and behold, new company Trumpeter start issuing new 1/24th scale aircraft kits right left and centre including unusual variants you wouldn't expect to be popular. That would never have happened if computer technology hadn't made it possible to produce the moulds relatively cheaply.
Strange you bring Trumpeter into it. I find their 1/35th scale armour selectiuon very nice. Initially it was kits intended for motorisation and a lot of it was various Chinese T54/55 variants. However, now you're getting the SA-6 Guideline, something previously only available in resin. The Stryker. Look at the kits they've done of the huge Dora gun. I've also got their 1/350th scale Sovremmeny class destroyer and its very nice.
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