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nigel56

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Reply with quote  #76 
I would have loved to have done a corner like that.

I am in a strange area where I have never done large scratch building like this. Minor add-ons I don't mind.
I am amazed with what I've done, and really happy with the result . The base will be shown in my final reveal.

I checked how the A4 will fit and have made pins that go into the wheels and allow me to remove the model should I need to.
Believe it, or not, I've had to put extra weight in the tail to balance it. Crazy.

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But awesome, I think you've got a cool start point on the go [thumb]
yeah that is surprising more lead in the tail...

of course the nice thing about the base is whatever you do to it you can't ruin the model [wink]
and there's nothing to say you can't have a few goes at making one as there will
always be more models to put on them, important thing is giving it a go  [biggrin]

The trick to scratch building is being able to break things down to their simple forms.
For instance this front right corner is a bit like a square cake with an ear and a railing.
First thing to make the grey box layer of the cake, make the deck from something about
5mm thick and round off the front edge. The railing is a collection of wire bent like V's
needing you to measure and drill holes in neat rows, attach the long rail bit.
Trickiest bit is the ear or box balcony which is two shapes one on top the other which is
sheet cut into ribbons and wrapped around the plan form.

Have you ever used balsa wood ? would make for a firm box which you could cover in plastic
sheet for a good paint finish etc. plus you have something solid for the pins and to glue onto
the rest of the base. Another nice touch you could include if you have enough deck to show
some catapult is a few wisps of cotton wool steam emanating from the slot [smile]
Please don't quote me out of context on that last sentence [biggrin]

This is such a cool project, I can't wait for you to finish [thumb]

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This build just keep getting better

some great ideas well executed

looking forward to seeing the final reveal


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Revised update...

Me thinks someone's going to like these changes...




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cool, I can see the wisp of smoke already [biggrin]
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cool, I can see the wisp of smoke already [biggrin]


l hear you there mate.
I used the thinnest plasticard I own and scribed panel lines to add some detail. Not going to go too on the safety nets.

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sweet, you're getting the hang of this scratch building lark [biggrin]
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Paul,

It's become a kit in it's own right.
Almost got the nets done, and then I can fill and prime. Can't wait to see this with some of those danger stripes in place, and weathered down.

The A4 has just had it's primer, then I realised I forgot to put the pilot in....in fact I still have to paint it...oh sh.......

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haha, "We can rebuild him, we have the technology......."
can we have a dry run photo of the A4 perched on the edge just to se how it's hanging ? [smile]

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this going to be really good. i just love the idea and the scratch build
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this going to be really good. i just love the idea and the scratch build


Thanks mate.

I must admit it certainly wasn't what I had in mind at the start of the build [wink]

Having just done a dry run, with the model attached, I'm doing a few changes. First I have way too much weight in the back (I had completely forgotten about the extra weight from the weapons).
Secondly I am going to have to use brass pins to keep the Skyhawk steady.

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This should be awesome!!

You could add one of those little smoke dispensers they use in model locomotives to mimic the catapult steam, realism galore [wink]

Wim.

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Thanks Wim.

This is just a dry run to check if the balance is right, and the pose is okay.



Yep, I like it...so now to prep all parts...

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This should look fantastic all painted and weathered up. Really curious to see the end result.

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Very cool, so far, so good [thumb]

One small thing though, a little fine tune, the angle of the plane relative to the deck is
looking slightly too nose down and looks like it is falling off rather than flying off [smile]

About 10 degrees nose up relative to the deck is about right so it looks like it's getting
some air under it's wings, 10 degrees looks roughly like a 1 in 6 incline if you're eyeballing it [smile]

I hope you don't think I am being nit picky but this is definitely worth a tweak [biggrin]

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