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Floating Drydock Gato/Balao plan book back - In eBook format

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Postby ninjrk » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:42 am

Just in time for the Revell Gato kit, the great plan book is being expanded and rereleased on CD at http://www.floatingdrydock.com/ $30 includes shipping and handling.

Since I was never able to obtain a copy of the book (just got to leaf through a friend's), I ordered this one immediately.

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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:49 pm

I just received the eBook of the venerable Gato/Balao Plan Book from the Floating Drydock. Ordered it on Tuesday and received in Thursday!

There's some good news / bad news here.

First the good news: The quality of the photos is superior than found in the printed version. There also appears to be some new material...but I would need to check against a printed version to be sure.

Now the bad news: The eBook appears to be locked to prevent any printing. (I've sent an e-mail request to the Floating Drydock for clarification) I guess normally for an eBook this isn't too much of an issue....but for us modelers, who buy these kinds of references to use in our workshops, it's a real show stopper.

So bottom line is that while this excellent reference is once again available, you need to be aware of of the limitation imposed by the Floating Drydock.

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Postby STARK » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:11 pm

Strange Jeff, I can print mine ok, now I have not tried all the info, just page 20!

And it is very nice indeed!

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Postby JWLaRue » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:29 am

Update to my posting about printing.....

It looks like I cannot print the cover page, but when I tried to print a different page....it worked. (duh!)

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Postby Mkeatingss » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:57 am

You had me worried, Jeff. I've ordered it, and plan to have my local print shop print it out, full size. I guess I can live without the cover.

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Postby mike byers » Fri Oct 20, 2006 11:08 am

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Postby JWLaRue » Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:38 pm

It looks like it will take some experimenting to get pages printed like in the old hardcopy version.....

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Postby Tom Dougherty » Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:48 pm

I guess my biggest reservation is that the old print version was throughout scaled for 1/96. We will have to figure out how to get the files to print in the correct scalings from the e-book. On the other hand, one may be able to print out inthe scale desired bya adjusting parameters.

A technical question (almost certainly for Jeff Larue, given his computer background): Are most printers reliable enough with X-Y axis scaling to print out drawings that can be used for model building?
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Postby JWLaRue » Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:01 pm

Tom,

I definitely agree with your observation about the printed version having the various diagrams in known scales that could be directly used by the modeler. Some of us need to try printing some of the diagrams to see what scale they print as.

The printers generally available to today are accurate enough for our use. It's the various software applications that are used to display, scale and then send the image to the printer that potentially introduce scaling problems.

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Postby Tom Dougherty » Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:15 pm

Thanks, Jeff. I guess I would include in the question the ability of the software to correctly drive the printer output to scale.

What we really need are those big, honkin' HP printers used to generate poster displays. For scientific presentations at meetings, we compose our poster as landscape figures (postscript files), and then our graphics dept. prints them as 4 X 8 (feet) single sheets. I can't imagine trying to a 1/72 scale Gato on your home printer... Lots of taping together of 8 1/2 X 11 inch sheets.
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Postby JWLaRue » Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:41 pm

Yup, I hear you. I'm glad I do have one of "those big, honkin' HP printers " in my office. It's a plotter that takes 36 inch wide rolls of paper. I use it for plotting out the test shots of my U-boat decks. Oh...yea, I use it for work too. :p

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Postby sam reichart » Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:03 pm

JWLaRue wrote:Yup, I hear you. I'm glad I do have one of "those big, honkin' HP printers " in my office. It's a plotter that takes 36 inch wide rolls of paper. I use it for plotting out the test shots of my U-boat decks. Oh...yea, I use it for work too. :p

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Postby JWLaRue » Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:13 pm

Okay....you got me! :D

But you ought to see how a Powerpoint slide looks when printed out at 36 x 24 inches!

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