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3/24/17 UPDATE: As you can see… you still CAN’T see any photos here on my Uncertain-T Model Kits website. Customer service for the website builder that I’ve been using for years says it’s a problem with the website hosting company that I’m using, and tech support at the website hosting company says it’s a problem with the website builder. So, I bought another, much more current website builder program, but I still need to learn how to use it… when I’m not dealing with headaches. I also subscribed to another website hosting company, in hopes that the combination of changes will correct whatever the problem is. In the meantime, updates will be words only.


2/3/17 UPDATE: I just received an update from the inventor / engineer that's working on producing limited production quantities of his excellent benchtop plastic injection molding machine that I'm on a waiting list for.  He’s having similar problems like I ran into trying to find a competent machine shop here on The Big Island of Hawaii to make a benchtop plastic injection molding machine for me, to my specs.  The first batch of gears have proven to be unacceptable, so the company has agreed to make another smaller batch for him to test. In the meantime, it’s like being in the military… “hurry up and wait”.


Even so, I’m using this time to focus on other critical parts of the complete kit. I just got what I hope is the final revision for my first 1:24 scale “little Steve” for the kits, and we’re already well into developing the second figure.


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1/1/17: UPDATE:  I’m not just working on an All New And Improved Uncertain-T Deluxe model kit, with improved and more realistic features; I’m working on offering 1:24 scale figures of me taken from my well known photos that I autograph for customers. I’m very pleased to be able to report that the first figure is almost ready for making prototypes!










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10/27/16:  UPDATE of an update - Moving right along:

I received an update from the inventor / engineer in another country that's working on producing limited quantities of his excellent benchtop plastic injection molding machine that I'm on a waiting list for. He calls it an injector.  He wrote:


Dear supporters,

The injector is going quite well. My targets is as follow:

Working pre-production Injector by 1 November..

Working Alpha injector by 1 December.

Building Beta injectors for the early advance orders During January.

I am sorry for the slow progress but it is not due to any lack of effort.

Danke

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10/11/16:  UPDATE... Well sort of... but not exactly... as in yes and no... and at the same time, most definitely... I'm reporting/leaking that I'm very happily in discussions with a very helpful engineer in a BIG company about a very viable option for having a very cool ONE-PIECE BODY! This is more than a wish and goal that I've had ever since the first kit was released... it's a MUST... before I'm going to be ready to produce kits.


That's all I'm going to say, coz I'm NOT going to say anything more about it other than the status... no details whatsoever... only the status... even after I'm producing and mailing kits. More to come as the wind-up key turns and tightens... and the suspense builds... and it's ready to go "Boing!"


Cross your fingers, everybody :)


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10/1/16:  Jim M White just asked on my main Facebook page: "And are these kits going to be available in the next year?" I replied: "It's sure looking like it's only a few months away now, the way things are coming together. I'll know a lot more when the inventor that's working on production models of his bench top injection molding machine starts shipping them, and I get mine. I'm counting on being in full production by Spring so that I can afford to move back to the mainland in the Summer! Stay tuned..."


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9/29/16:  YOU SHOULD SEE MY NEW "MELT PUMP"... Your what?


I'm getting more and more excited with every update that the inventor sends out about his automatic, benchtop plastic injection molding machine. I just received another email update from him yesterday with very good news about how he's upgraded the "melt pump" :)


If you don't know what a "melt pump" is, too bad... Because I do... and this is HOT news... Literally :)

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9/20/16:  EMBOSSING POWDER!


One of the many elements that I’ve been researching for my Uncertain-T Deluxe Model Kit is for a way to make the floor look like, and hopefully even feel like carpet, instead of like a hard piece of plastic! Every fabric and other type of material that I’ve researched and tested, just doesn’t cut it. I mentioned this to my good friend and master model builder, Blair Pletcher, on the phone yesterday. He reminded me that he had recommended using embossing powder long ago. I somehow totally forgot that he said this… most likely on a bad headache day. Often, when I have a severe headache, some stuff that has transpired during the few hours preceding… gets erased!


Whenever Blair wants to have a carpeted floor in one of his many award-winning models, he first paints the surface with paint that’s the color of the carpet that he wants, then while the paint is still wet, he sprinkles the same color embossing powder on it. When it dries, he says that it looks and feels like carpet! So, I will be ordering black embossing powder in bulk to include some with every deluxe Uncertain-T kit.


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9/1/16:  PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE UPDATE


The engineer/inventor who coincidentally recently

developed a relatively small plastic injection molding

machine (most of them are HUGE), much like I was

working on, is making steady progress towards limited

scale production of them. He sends me updates at

least once a month, and sometimes every week. I'm

absolutely not going to say or show anything too

specific about it because as I've said...

it's a TRADE SECRET! :)


Even so, all of you who have supported my project

and placed advance orders deserve some sort of

updates other than me just writing stuff... so...

against my better judgement... here's one of several

photos he sent me last week. This one is of of some

of the 1/4" thick, laser cut, 304 stainless steel and aluminum parts for one section of the machine. I'll try to keep posting some stuff like this when I consider it to be safe to do so.


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9/7/16:  WHY 3D PRINTING ISN'T GOOD FOR MODEL BUILDING


I keep getting told that I should use 3D printing for my Uncertain-T Model Kits. Here are just a few reasons why it just isn't good for producing model kits:


1 - The MAIN reason/problem is "build lines". Even if you have a VERY expensive commercial 3D Printer (they can cost $100,000 and more!), you will get "build lines" going all around each part... from minor lines, all the way up to very rough lines, depending on the quality of the 3D printer... that you need to sand away! This is a major reason why injection molding is a top priority for me.


2 - SHRINKAGE: Both ABS and PLA filament shrink… AND warp… from a little, to sometimes a lot, depending on the shape and size of the part, the quality of the filament, the 3D printer, etc. When ABS cools after printing, it shrinks approximately 8%. This will vary somewhat depending on the particular ABS filament in use. This means (aside from the warping issue) that objects printed in ABS to specific sizes will not actually be that size! A 50 mm print might actually be only 46 mm!


PLA is said to not shrink at all. That’s one reason why many 3D printers and operators like using it. However... PLA actually does shrink, just not as much. It’s approximately 2%, again depending on the PLA filament being used.


3 - ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is much stronger, but it deteriorates with sunlight!


4 - PLA (Polylactic Acid). If you just need to make a prototype to just look at the shape that you've designed, all you need is basic PLA. It‘s the most affordable material you can print with, and the easiest to use. You can use PLA for a model display, basic toys, tablet or cell phone stands and other “temporary” products that do not need to undergo particular stresses. Most paints will not stick to PLA, but automotive primer will, and most paints should stick to primer.


5 - 3D Printing is VERY slow. It's not suitable for producing a lot of parts, like in a complete kit, and especially not for many kits. It's excellent for prototypes, one-offs, etc. The same amount of parts that might take many hours, and possibly days to produce for just one kit, can easily be cranked out in minutes for complete each set with injection molding.


All that said, if you're making a complete model with a 3D printer, and don't mind the sanding, then all the parts should shrink about the same amount. For this use, 3D printing can be a great tool for a scratch build model builder.


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8/15/16:  I'm very uplifted by the way things are falling into place lately for my Uncertain-T Model Kits... AND for my model kit company, "Cool Carz"… something that must come together simultaneously :)


As a bonus 'Thank You' for all of you who have believed in me, and supported me, and placed an advance order by the time I start mailing them… you will get exclusive, advance notice and discounts for every model kit and diecast car that I produce from then on... whether it's an Uncertain-T model, or something else… FOREVER :)


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8/11/16:  SORRY… MR SCOTT IS VERY BUSY AND CAN'T BE DISTURBED


I've been spending WAY too much time being "Mr. Nice Guy", for WAY too long, and answering the same, seemingly endless questions… over and over and over… about The Uncertain-T, that are covered on the FAQ and HISTORY pages on my real website, SteveScottsUncertainT.com, that I've sent links to everybody when I confirmed their Friend Request, that everybody should read first, which will answer about 99% of all the questions that get posted.  AND answering the same questions over and over and over about the progress of my Uncertain-T project, that I've posted answers to status updates many times… then having to deal with the usually VERY MANY subsequent comments back and forth and back and forth for both, etc.


Since I don't have very many "feeling good enough" hours every month when I can properly focus on critical stuff for moving my Uncertain-T Model Kit project forward… I've set up this ‘Status’ page to post updates, then not respond to any of the same questions anymore, and most likely just delete those posts.


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7/31/16:  A ONE PIECE Body is a TOP Priority for my Uncertain-T Model Kit!


I was disappointed... and very disappointed... with how the Monogram Uncertain-T kit turned out, especially the 2-piece body, and many other features that just weren't right. Even so, in most cases I understand why they did what they did... or didn't do... on most of the things they changed from the very detailed blueprints that I loaned to them. Plastic molded parts, just like the fiberglass Uncertain-T body that I made, need to have "draft" so that the parts can come out of the mold. "Draft" is the amount of taper for molded or cast parts perpendicular to the parting line, so that the part can slip out of the mold. However, they omitted some of the body thickness features that they could have included. Doing this made the body look cheap.


As I've mentioned many times, It's a top priority for me to produce a one-piece body, including the rolled openings that give the body a thickness, and more realism. This will be no easy feat… but I'm pretty sure I can do accomplish it. After I get the bench-top plastic injection molding machine that the inventor in another country has developed, I need to develop a complicated, multi-piece mold with slider sections so that the body won't lock up at the window openings, allowing me to produce 3-dimensional features that are more true to the actual Uncertain-T body as I designed and built it. This will be a challenge, but like I often say… "Nothing's Impossible!" :)


The photos below show the difference between how the Uncertain-T body openings really are, and the flat, 2-dimensional way these same features are with the original model kit, making it look like a toy… which it is of course, but it will look soooo much better and more realistic with a 3-dimensional body thickness look! :)


Note how flat the side (window) openings and rear window are on the original kit. The Uncertain-T body had about 1-1/2" thickness and these openings rolled in. The side window openings are not only flat on the model, they have odd slants to them, especially along the top. Monogram added a frame around the rear window, which not only didn't exist, it looks pretty bad. The license plate opening looks better, but it's a hole on the model, instead of a recessed flat panel for the license plate, and room for the gas filler hole behind the license plate. The taillight recesses are close, but not deep enough. A HUGE mistake is the hole in the sides for the rear axle. It wasn't a hole, it was a vertical slot that allowed me to easily lift the body on and off the complete chassis.



























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