Dark Earth

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Dark Earth

31 posts

Very nice Ferdy.  I really like the color variation you've gotten.  Do you use paint washes ? pastel chalks ? Something else ?

Chris

Dark Earth

31 posts

Thanks T,

It doesn't look very pretty when I'm doing the initial hacking with a No.11 Xacto blade.  It all starts by drawing out a rough area that I want to carve on the surface of the plastic, and planning so that I don't cut away internal detail or structure that is necessary to hold things together.  Then I start to "drill away" at the corner points of those areas by simply twisting the blade into the side of the fuselage like a drill bit until I have a hole 6 to 10 mm in diameter in a few places.  Then I start the more gentle carving with the same blade to join the holes into one larger area.  The last part is the finesse work with the same blade and a file and a sanding stick to smooth the curves.  At this point I'm eye-balling it - just shaping everything into gentle curves that flow into and out of one another.  At the same time I try to thin the edge of the hole by beveling the interior surface edge so that one doesn't see the huge scale thickness of the plastic on the cut edge.   

One drawback to this method is that once the cuts are made - the cut plastic is just a bunch of shavings.  The method you used for cutting away the Shackelton is something that I have not tried . . .  yet.

Chris

Dark Earth

31 posts

Wow !  A very sharp looking Walrus there Phil.  Impressive.

Chris

Dark Earth

31 posts

Then the end is nigh !

Dark Earth

31 posts

Very impressive T !  The Wimpy's interior is certainly a busy place.  You've done some very fine paint work in there.   The added structural detail inside the wings looks great.  Frankly, those engines look rather intimidating.

Chris

Dark Earth

31 posts

Like Mighty Glaciers . . . 

Dark Earth

31 posts

Here are the pics

The crew was quite relieved when I was able to add the toilet !   Hopefully I'll be able to join the fuselage halves soon.  The big decision is:  when do I stop adding detail ?

Chris

Dark Earth

31 posts

Thanks T,

The build goes on . . . Still working on the interior detail.  But the pace has slowed considerably.  I'll post some pics now . . . But there's usually a one day delay before they show up here.

Chris

Dark Earth

31 posts

Two very nice Hunters there Phil !  And colorful !

Chris

Dark Earth

31 posts

Thanks Paws and T !  Yeah - I added some detail to the Beau. Mostly it was styrene rod and card stock, some wire, unused instrument panels and boxes from previous models, scribing away access doors to pose them open.  No rocket science - it was quite fun.  Amazing what you can do with scrap styrene and a kit with some nice internal ribbing and some detail of it's own.   That beau kit is a very nice kit that went together like a dream.  The Hampden is taking a bit more work.

Chris

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