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Craig,

 

Just got caught up.

 

I'd have to classify your scratchbuit  "nosecone" framework as an astounding piece of work to begin with. The finished piece is SUPERB!

 

I have to admit, I had my doubts about fitting separate clear sections into the frame work, but as always you stuck with it and pull it off!

Most would have gone with a vac'd part, laid on some framework and called it a day, but you have pretty much duplicated every original piece.

 

Every step of your C/D build has taken modeling to a level most of us can only envy!

Every part you fabricate becomes a model in it's own right!

 

Keep up with the fantastic work, it is simply amazing how a cutup "G" fuselage has slowly but surely morphed into a C/D!

 

Terry

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Craig,

 

this is incredibly good!

 

Creating the bathtub by vacuum forming seems to be promising  :goodjob: 

Cheers

Alex

 

Thanks Alex! I was actually inspired to take this path by your success on vac forming over 3D printed parts. I've also learned that formed acrylic makes a very nice surface to work with when done properly, so that may be the way that I create parts in the future, depending on size of course....

 

Craig,

 

Just got caught up.

 

I'd have to classify your scratchbuit  "nosecone" framework as an astounding piece of work to begin with. The finished piece is SUPERB!

 

I have to admit, I had my doubts about fitting separate clear sections into the frame work, but as always you stuck with it and pull it off!

Most would have gone with a vac'd part, laid on some framework and called it a day, but you have pretty much duplicated every original piece.

 

Every step of your C/D build has taken modeling to a level most of us can only envy!

Every part you fabricate becomes a model in it's own right!

 

Keep up with the fantastic work, it is simply amazing how a cutup "G" fuselage has slowly but surely morphed into a C/D!

 

Terry

 

Thanks Terry! Given the success of the nose cone, I may actually try to do a standard F cone with no extra mounts, unlike the one they give you in the E/F kit. If I do this right, it should fit straight onto the kit without modification. Having said that, when I eventually get around to the F I will be making a new and correctly shaped forward fuselage. The C/D has been a wonderful learning experience and has taught me a good many lessons for future projects :)

 

So for having a month off I have pitifully little to show for it (on the model that is). Unfortunately, all my time has been taken up renovating the bathroom, welding and building a new front fence, but I did get a chance to do at least something pertinent to the build :)

 

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After 3 years, I finally got around to making a cradle for the fuselage to sit on. This way, I can rotate it easily to work on and I don't have to continually chock it up when adding details inside. Just a simple frame made up in the laser cutter out of scrap 6mm acrylic. I really can't believe I haven't done this sooner, but at better late than never right!

 

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Most of my aircraft models these days have figures in them. I think it adds a little life and sense of scale to the model, so I've been hunting around for some suitable candidates. Unfortunately, there really isn't any around the fit the bill (think early Pacific War) so I'm going to have a crack at making my own. Youtube has given me some guidance and the only thing left is to jump in and have a go :) I hope you'll join me for the next instalment of B-17 fun!

 

Cheers,

 

Craig

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Craig,

 

Remodeling and a new fence!

Between your job and all the other home projects you juggle, I'm surprised you'd have enough time for a OOB build, let alone this C/D enterprise!

 

Your cradle reminds me of many a time I procrastinated on a "time-saver", only to come to the same question you had --- "what took me so long!"

 

I'd almost forgotten how great that bomb bay turned out.

 

Custom figures! Craig you are your own worst enemy --- just kidding.

No it doesn't really surprise me. Like all your other work, it will amaze me --- but not surprise me!

 

"Early Pacific war" --- might I suggest using the movie "Air Force" for a good variety of clothing ideas.

Hell, you'll probably end up with figures capturing the facial characteristics of John Garfield and Harry Carey!

Seriously, it would be a nice addtion to see some "warm climate" attired figures rather then the usual "high altitude" look.

 

Keep it coming, Craig ---- whenever you have the chance!

 

Terry

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"Early Pacific war" --- might I suggest using the movie "Air Force" for a good variety of clothing ideas.

Hell, you'll probably end up with figures capturing the facial characteristics of John Garfield and Harry Carey!

Seriously, it would be a nice addtion to see some "warm climate" attired figures rather then the usual "high altitude" look.

 

Hahaha! That's exactly what my inspiration is going to be Terry :) Can't promise any exact replicas, but I do want to capture this classic pose.....

 

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It's going to be a bit of a challenge getting this one right, but if I can do it, it will really top of the whole look. :)

 

To that end, I have had this Andrea miniatures "multi-pose" figure for a while and thought this would be possibly be a good opportunity to try it out. However, much to my dismay, it appears Andrea's figures have quite a different interpretation of what 54mm is..... actually something like 62mm as you can see, which would put him at about 7 something feet tall. Not ideal.

 

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Anyway, I decided to throw him, or "Harold" as I have named him, into the hot seat to get a bit of a feel as to what I might be up against.....

 

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Hmmmm.... He'd be acceptable if I was doing a model of the "Queen Bee" where they removed the top deck and had an open cockpit, but he's not really going to cut it here, so after a quick peruse of youtube about making armatures, I started to build my own....

 

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Pretty straight forward, and now a have the basis of a couple of figures (one is called "Winston" and the other "Percy") that are a lot closer to the correct size.

 

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I'm looking forward to having a go at this. I attempted some basic figure modelling a few years ago, but I'm hoping I can do much better this time!

 

Craig 

 

 

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Craig,

 

"Irish" Quincannon (Jon Ridgely) and "Tex" Rader (John Brown) ---- very good posterboys for the stereotypical  "All American Pilot."

Watching your development of figures is going to be as interesting as the Fort herself!

Just remember --- any standing figure; the .45 hip holster has to hang down low --- wild west cowboy style!

 

Terry

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Craig,

 

"Irish" Quincannon (Jon Ridgely) and "Tex" Rader (John Brown) ---- very good posterboys for the stereotypical  "All American Pilot."

Watching your development of figures is going to be as interesting as the Fort herself!

Just remember --- any standing figure; the .45 hip holster has to hang down low --- wild west cowboy style!

 

Terry

 

Indeed they were Terry, and naturally I've begun the challenge with possibly the hardest pose first :) I've also decided I should now refer to this one as "Irish."

 

A little update for those of you who may have been wondering where I've gone. I actually had most of a day to puddle around and get back into the fort.

 

Trying to get the armature to conform to the shape of a person seated in the cockpit was quite tricky, and I still may not be there yet, but after a while it was starting to look as though it was going somewhere.

 

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Then once I was reasonably happy with the rough pose, it was time to add some volume to the frame. Learning from youtube, the key to this stuff seems to be in adding a base layer first to stick to the armature, then add volume, then add detail. All a time consuming process but once you get into it, quite fun!

 

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I'm now a the point where I need to start paying attention to adding detail layers such as the clothing. For added reference, I brought a few of the excellent Wings cockpit figures. They are absolutely exquisite and will make a great guide for things like where to add folds and creases in clothing etc. I won't be actually using them on this model however, as they tend to look a little large in relation to the fort.

 

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I think I'm kidding myself, but if I could get something even a quarter as good as this I'll be pretty happy!

 

I also made a resin cast of the 3D printed rudder. I put tape on one side of the master so I could remove it from the silicone. The main reason I'm doing this is in case I stuff it up, and I think the resin will be a lot nicer to work with than ABS.

 

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I'm going to be covering this in a heat shrinking film, so I needed to rebuild the internal structure so it shows properly underneath, much like what Peter did for his spitfire.

 

All very time consuming, but it's been nice to get back to some model (not-remodelling) work ;)

 

Craig

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Craig, been quietly following this thread for a while. I'm amazed at every turn. Now you're tackling scratch figures too? All I can say is, thanks for taking the time to document and share this journey of yours. It is hugely educational, inspiring, and entertaining to see. Keep up the wonderful work.

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