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What's the best way to model a realistic afterburner?

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  • Member since
    January, 2018
What's the best way to model a realistic afterburner?
Posted by Ilikeanythingwithanengine on Friday, January 05, 2018 12:56 AM

I've read people doing LED, acrylic rods, even a sort of waterfall around lighted acrylic rods to simulate an afterburner. I believe that particular effect was an F-14 going exactly vertical. Vertical so the water would circulate and stick to the lighted rod underneath. What have you guys seen for an afterburner effect? What effect do you think looks best? If you're into that sort of thing that is. Thanks for reading!



  • Member since
    October, 2017
Posted by Jay Bones on Monday, January 15, 2018 9:48 PM

I've thought about this myself, and wonder if it would be possible to mount small fans in the engine with tappered pieces of tissue paper and some LED's.

Could maybe work in other than vertical flights.

Just a suggestion.  Some of those larger ones with different colors (red - yellow) can look pretty realistic.

When I was involved in doing recruiting demonstrations for the Boy Scouts, I would go to schools.  Set up a "campsite"- a tent, folding camp table, cooking tripod, and a wood fire.  The fire would be some logs arranged log cabin style with one of those store bought fire things you see around Halloween.

I'd light some pine incence and have the lights dimmed when the kids walked in.  They'd Ohh and Ahh, seeing their auditorium or gym transformed into an outdoor scene.


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