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a perfect Bufallo, better than mine, adding some details brings a lot!!


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Well, my spinning prop used to be part of the excessive PETE plastic packaging that came with a couple of handfuls of baby spinach leaves. I cut a circle out the lid that matched the diameter of the prop. I drilled a center hole big enough so that it would slide down over the spinner but not make contact with the cowl. Before gluing to the hub, I used an emery board to make make 3 ever widening arc shaped scratched areas starting at the center. Then I applied and quickly wiped off some dark grey acrylic paint to darken the "prop shadows". To glue it to the spinner I used gloss acrylic gel medium available at craft and art stores. It starts out white, but it dries crystal clear and stays flexible unlike white glue. Works good as a paper glue too if you need to have some extra working time to maneuver parts or align surfaces properly.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:06 pm 
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Here are a few photos of my FG Military Piper Cub. You'll notice it isn't an L4 Grasshopper. I'm annoyed with myself because I downloaded and nearly finished building the free Piper Cub dressed in military colors before looking into my FG WWII folder first to see if that Piper Cub (which really is a Grasshopper) was different from the one in the light aircraft folder. Oh well, live and learn. I enjoyed the build regardless, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Except for that whole "it's not really a Grasshopper" thing.

I would imagine that most of you have probably already built this fun little airplane. Mine is a 1/72 scale version printed on 110 lb cardstock. I had some problems forming the cowl properly: the underside isn't supposed to hang down below the fuselage so much, but that thick ol' paper just wouldn't cooperate. I also found that the wing struts were too short to reach the black locating dots on the underside of the wing by more than a mm. Other than those two issues, everything else went together just fine. I packed the fuselage with toilet tissue during the build process so it wouldn't deform from all the handling.

I added a little extra detailing to the airplane: The exhaust pipes are made of 1mm cardboard stiffened with Crazy glue and filed to shape. I also added those "scoopy" looking things that sit atop the cylinders out of regular bond paper, painted black. The propeller is made from a wood coffee stirrer and dyed olive drab.

Inspired by jzman, I applied my meager design skills to create a paper base using MS Paint. I decided to do a little rudimentary ground work, and made a field refueling scene to show off the airplane. The pork chop shaped groundwork is made of 1mm cardboard textured with some fine grit, then painted brown and drybushed with a khaki shade. I glued down some static grass, a bit of root to represent a fallen tree branch, and some tiny natural plant bits. I designed the 55 gallon drum myself using MS Paint again. The hand pumpis made of paper, and the hose is a piece of fine wire with black insulation.

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Taken with my daughter's camera. Nicer quality, but somewhat distorted.

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Another one with my daughter's camera

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great job and really great pics :!: :D


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Super job Don! I had exactly the same slight problems as you when I built mine, although your finished model looks MUCH better. How did you make the wheels?


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Impressive work, Don! The greebles and nurnies, when added to a model, always go a long way toward making a model into a work of art.
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Looks amazing! Wish mine had turned out that nice :D


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How did you make the wheels?


Thanks for the kind words fellas. The wheels were easy. In this case I glued 1.5mm of cardboard between the inner and outer wheel discs and then shaped the laminate into a rounded profile with an emery board. The hub cap is just a 1/8" disc of doubled card.

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that is great looking!


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Another modeler who makes me look bad.

All kidding aside, great build and display.


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Here are some photos of my Fiddler's Green V1 Flying Bomb. I printed it at 52% on 110 lb card stock to obtain a 1/72 scale model. With the model so small, and the paper so thick, I was able to build it without the use of any glue tabs. After rolling each fuselage and jet engine part, I butt joined the long edges along the center belly line for a nice smooth look, and then when they were all thoroughly dry, I butt joined each segment together. After installing the tail wing, I packed the fuselage with toilet tissue as I went along, stopping along the way to insert the front wing. I sandwiched in an extra layer of card into the engine supports to provide a little extra thickness. Since my buzz bomb was to be depicted in flight, I made a clear plastic disc to represent the spinning countdown anemometer on the nose, and attached it with a small headed straight pin. A V1 in flight just has to have a fiery exhaust, so I drew up a 3D teardrop shape in MSPaint, and colored it with shades of yellow and orange. I got lazy and only made 4 petals, so it's not as rounded as I would have liked, but it looks ok I guess. A bit too cartoony, maybe. As always, my apologies for the poor picture quality.

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For the display stand I found photo on the internet of a British toddler being carried through city rubble by a rescuer.

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I think it's a London Blitz photo rather than a V1 aftermath photo, but it's still appropriate for the subject. Using Photoshop, I gave it a sepia hue so it would look more like a vintage photo. I glued it to a mat board backing, and then made a swoopy arc of clear pete plastic to support the photo and model. I'm pretty happy with the way the whole thing turned out.

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This is my third Fiddlers Green model, and I have to say I'm really enjoying building them.

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Don,
VERY nice modeling! Your imagination is an asset to your craft.
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Very nice and very original! Well done :D.


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your imagination with display is helpful to the rest of us, keep it up so we can get more ideas!


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great work! Looking pretty good for only your 3rd FG model :D


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