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Retro Rocket
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posted 07-18-2013 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd like to kit my X-15 in 1/15th scale, this would be the regular X-15 not the A2, and I was wondering if there's enough interest out there for them, especially considering the cost.

The kit would have a fiberglass fuselage, cast urethane wings, horizontals and verticals with separate flaps and speed brakes. It would have a detailed cockpit and landing gear, along with the XLR-99 nozzle and ring. All the little details like pitot tubes and dump tubes will be either white metal or printed steel.

And like the A2, the kit would include the large decal sheets needed to cover most of the model, the areas that couldn't be covered would use the printed decals and rivets.

The kit cost would be around $1,500. I know that's very expensive as far as kits are concerned but I'd need that to cover the molding costs. I wouldn't anticipate selling more than 10 of these kits so that's the number I'm using to estimate costs.

mode1charlie
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posted 07-20-2013 02:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be interested, but the price point would need to be a lot lower - as in an order of magnitude lower.

Given the seeming inevitability that 3D printing will soon revolutionize the modeling world, have you considered doing a high-resolution 3D scan and selling via Shapeways or some similar company?

Philip
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posted 07-20-2013 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed about US $750.00 would be a "better" price.

moonguyron
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posted 07-21-2013 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sign me up. That's a lot of money but that's also a lot of model. Your pictures are beautiful. And to think I could own an X-15 with that detail and large scale, I would spring for it at that price. Hope it works.

Retro Rocket
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posted 07-22-2013 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A kit this size runs into a couple problems as far as cost is concerned, the main one being of course the size. The molds for the wings alone would be close to $2,000. The cockpit molds are the most expensive because there's so many parts that need to be molded, $3,500 for a dozen or so molds would be a big capital investment.

I think the way to go with a model this size would be to offer the body, the wings and horizontals then offer all the other parts thru Shapeways, that way you could decide the level of detail you'd like to put on your own model and as more parts are designed, more detail could be incorporated.

moonguyron
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posted 07-22-2013 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good idea. The windows of the X-15 are so small spending a lot on interior may not be necessary. At least an option to reduce cost. The real selling point for me is the true shape, in such a large scale, and the exterior details like rivets, flaps, engine, etc.

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