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  • Member since
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Blue Angels blasting into the sky
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 09, 2018 12:19 AM

I got this from Hobby Lobby a while ago.  I thought it might be neat to do the whole team so I went back to get five more.  

I remember seeing them at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas when I was a little kid.  Back then they were flying the Phantoms though.  Anyway, my daughter informed me that the team was in Waco today.  Cool.  I found a neat photo and this is the idea I was going for with my project.

The models are easy to put together.  The stickers for the underside are a bit of a pain, but I got a bit better as I went along.  Had to do everything six times. HA!  The sticker set they give you only has the number "one", despite the number "two" plane being pictured on the box art.  I found a very comprehensive Blue Angels decal set on ebay and was able to get the other numbers for the other aircraft.  

The built aircraft.

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 09, 2018 12:25 AM

Got some wire hangers from the dry cleaner down the street and straightened them.  Put them in the exhaust and fixed them into place with the Liquid Nails.  Got a piece of poplar from the hardware store and some quilt batting from the fabric store.  

The finished article.  It stands 40 inches from the table.

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 09, 2018 12:32 AM

Outside with some natural light.

I realize that the "jet streams" or whatever they are called are too fat and out of scale, but this project, to me, was more about getting the idea out of my head and into reality than going for perfection.  This was my first ever diorama so I didn't want to get too hung up.  I just wanted to try to be creative.  Thanks Bish, Bakster, and Peter Pan for being an inspiration to me.  The next one should be a little better.

Thanks for looking.

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Posted by PeterPan on Monday, April 09, 2018 12:34 AM

WOW, that was quick. I had a completely different post. Then somehow after posting it, other posts showed the smoke trails and its completion.

Well Mark, well done for your first diorama. Hope you enjoyed creating it, because I would like to see more (I am greedy).

 

Peter

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, April 09, 2018 12:36 AM

Cool!  Must be pretty good sized in 1/72 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by PFJN on Monday, April 09, 2018 6:51 AM

Hi.

That looks great. Surprise

Pat

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Posted by mississippivol on Monday, April 09, 2018 8:41 AM
Sweet!
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Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, April 09, 2018 8:59 AM

I really like it! Very creative and well done.

 Bruce

 

 

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:30 AM

Thanks gents.  I appreciate you guys stopping by and your comments. 

It is quite large at 40" tall and the board is 24" wide.  I don't really know where to put it now. Smile 

For future projects I will use steel rod and not coat hangers.  When I move this thing from one table to another the planes go crazy.  HaHa.  Live and learn.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, April 09, 2018 11:09 AM

Well , Don't that beat all !

     How did you shrink the Angels in flight for that climb up your wall ? 

Totally awesome ! ! 

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 09, 2018 11:47 AM

Thanks TB.  I appreciate the comment.

My plan was to go outside, hold it in the air over my head, and have my daughter snap a good sky pic.  Too windy.  The planes were going bananas.  I held it up against the wall as a wind break.  I plan to try again.

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Posted by PeterPan on Monday, April 09, 2018 6:35 PM

mmthrax

Thanks TB.  I appreciate the comment.

My plan was to go outside, hold it in the air over my head, and have my daughter snap a good sky pic.  Too windy.  The planes were going bananas.  I held it up against the wall as a wind break.  I plan to try again.

Yes

Peter

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Posted by Stuart06 on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:09 AM

Really nice looking....see if you can take a picture where the full planes and smoke is against the sky,,,that would look awsome and probably very realistic.

As they use to say....is it live or Memorex.

 

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:56 PM

Looks good but.... the cloud trails could be narrowed a bit more. Just saying....

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5:32 PM

Atza nize!

Take a photo of them against the sky for maximum effect.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:12 AM

Oh wow that's cool. Neat idea and great job! 

The wind has got to die down one of these days for an outside photo. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:18 PM

Thank you all for your visit and comments and compliments

 

Stuart06:    The wind has been crazy around here lately, but that is the plan. 

BlackSheep:  You are right.  They do need to be thinner.  

Real G:  That is the plan.

Gamera:  Agreed.  I don't know what the deal is with the weather around here lately.  I guess it could be a lot worse.

The plan at this time is to try to thin the streams a bit.  Hopefully I can accomplish that without too much issue.  Need to keep the coat hangers obscured.  Anyway, all I need is a minute or two without the darn wind.  My daughter can snap some pics and I can put this one to rest.

 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:39 PM

That is impressive. And for your first dio, your off to a great start. A nice sky backdrop would really set that off.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:48 PM

wow that is great. I agree with a puffy blue sky !! You got some thing there nice work

  

 Nick.

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:31 PM

Excellent job, Mark. Seriously, that is a cool idea and it looks awesome!

 

Yes

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, April 13, 2018 6:20 AM

Great job on the smoke trails Mark. You're a better man than me making a dio that large. I barely have any room to display the few models that I do have. lol.

Good lookin' dio man. YesYesYesYes

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, April 13, 2018 11:37 AM

Thanks gents,

I appreciate you checking out my project.  I appreciate the nice comments. 

I need some good weather so I can take some pics!!

Last night it poured rain and I thought the roof was going to lift off.  Sheesh.

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, April 13, 2018 12:36 PM

Great idea Mark and you pulled it off well.

Steve

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, April 13, 2018 1:25 PM

Thank you sir.  I appreciate your visit and comment on my project. 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 4:53 PM

Nice.

Had a shipmate whoe did a similar display using 1/144 scooters on acrylic rods.  He also had all of the BA birds, one at a time, in 1/72 (including Fat Albert).  On retiring, he has set himself to recreating the entire fleet in 1/48.  (I know the former Monogram F-18A was the "gateway" for that, not that there's a lot left after all the AM stuff was added Smile)

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 16, 2018 1:40 PM

Thanks Capn for stopping by and commenting.

Acrylic rods?  Hmm, I like that idea.

The BA fleet sure sounds like a neat project, especially in that mongo scale!  

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, April 16, 2018 9:09 PM

The single exhaust of the A4 lends itself to using an acrylic rod standing in as the exhaust.

The 1/72 kits had virtue for a traveling naval officer.   But the 1/48 ones have a lot more detail--the Hornets, single and twin seaters, have folded wings and AM cockpits and exhaust bits.  Should be sharing this with the rest of us, but, no . . . sigh.

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 23, 2018 12:54 AM

Ok, I am now going to call this one finished. 

I thinned out the streams just a bit (not enough), and managed to get a minute or two without the crazy wind we've been having lately.  I held it up in the air and my daughter took some pics. 

Thanks for looking.

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Posted by PeterPan on Monday, April 23, 2018 1:41 AM

Peter

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, April 23, 2018 8:14 AM

Thank you sir.  I appreciate that. Big Smile

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