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  • Member since
    December 2005
Posted by solid on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 9:46 AM

Totally unknown the Piaggio P-32 was the forerunner of the P-108. 16 were built and some saw themselves as transports during WW2.

This is a 1:100 solid wood model.....Starting to get some shape.......

Making glass front and pilot´s cabin......The old candle technique...Smile [:)]



  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: West Virginia, USA
Posted by mfsob on Thursday, June 14, 2007 8:54 PM
Candle technique? Could you explain? I'm always willing to learn from a true model builder.
  • Member since
    December 2005
Posted by solid on Friday, June 15, 2007 10:25 AM

Whenever you need a small plastic part or specially a cockpit you can use the "candle technique" like I am using to make the front glass bubble and the cabin of the P-32:

1) Make or cut the part you need ,in transparent plastic or any plastic card ,from wood
or other material.

2) glue a holder to it

3) take a small candle and heat the plastic to the point where you can "mold" it ( Carefull this can burn you!!!)

4) Press the "mold" into the heated plastic to obtain the part you need..let cool.

5) cut the finished plastic part from the mold, clean it, and glue to your model...........

Hope it helps you...Chef [C=:-)] ...see photo on the previous post.

  • Member since
    January 2004
  • From: Monrovia, CA
Posted by bjohns5 on Friday, June 15, 2007 1:14 PM
MSFOB - that technique for creating canopies and such is more commonly known as "Smash Molding"  because you head the plastic sheet and smash it down on the master to create the part.  It's a great way to make your own vac-style canopies.  Take the kit canopy and fill it with plaster or clay and let it harden.  Then use the smash mold technique to make a new canopy using the kit one as a master.  It's a good way to deal with kit canopies that are a scale foot thick, or to create an open canopy from the kit's closed one.
  • Member since
    December 2005
Posted by solid on Thursday, June 28, 2007 11:46 AM

Its finished....................apparentlly when the pilot started the engines one of the decals
broke off!!!Oops [oops]


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