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1/350 and 1/144 Scale Cessna 310B by R&R Modelers

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1/350 and 1/144 Scale Cessna 310B by R&R Modelers
Posted by Rdutnell on Saturday, March 8, 2014 6:10 PM

Hi Everybody!

My name is Russ, one of the R’s of R&R Modelers, a friendship and collaboration between two modelers, who “met” on this very Finescale Modeler Forum, to make realistic small scale aircraft model displays.  It is nothing formal.  I simply enjoy the heck out of making models using AutoCad, and Ron (the other R) is a master of making mini-model displays in 1/350 and 1/144 scales.  After I finished the “A Career in Flight” display I made for my dad for Christmas, featuring the aircraft he flew during his career in the USAF (http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/157366.aspx), Click2Detail (C2D), who “printed” the parts for me started a service in which designers can upload their CAD models and they print them, sell them and ship them and the designer gets a percentage of the sale.  I have made several models since then and they are available at:

https://click2detail.com/browse_products.php?total=146&incrementBy=9&id=&pagename_session=browse_products.php&id=&startIndex=27

Ron has provided many candidates of aircraft to make.  Also, being a pilot, he is more knowledgeable about aircraft than I am, and has offered numerous suggestions on how to improve the designs.  The first model that I provided the canvas for Ron to work his magic on was the 1/144 scale Luscombe 8A Silvaire that I designed on his suggestion. 

Some of the details of that endeavor are provided at:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/48/t/158982.aspx

One of the Aircraft my dad flew while in the Air Force was the Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe, so it was one of the first aircraft that I designed in CAD.  As usual I started by importing plans downloaded from the Internet and tracing outlines, many of which may be seen in the image below.

The next step was to use the Loft and Extrude Commands to make a solid between the traced cross-sections.

 

Then the various parts are moved and rotated, to position them correctly and joined together.

The propeller was done in a similar manner.

The image below shows the model, essentially as it was for dad’s display, but with the stationary props.

At Ron’s behest, I next added landing gear to the 1/350 scale model, shown below with stationary props…

…And “spinning” props.

 The CAD parts for this "kit" are shown below.

Again, at Ron’s behest, I also made the U-3A (310 B) at 1/144 scale, which required redoing almost all of it.  For this model, I decided to design it so that the windshield and windows could be printed in clear plastic.  Also, the larger scale allowed for additional surface detailing over the 1/350 scale model.

 The 1/144 scale version consists of 11 parts as shown below (the “spinning props” aren’t shown).

With the canvases complete, it was time for Ron to work his art on them.

 

 

 

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Posted by Pelican on Saturday, March 8, 2014 10:41 PM

Cessna 310B 01.ocx

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Posted by Rdutnell on Saturday, March 8, 2014 11:49 PM

Ron (AKA Pelican) had a hard time uploading his post and pictures, so he asked me to do it.  Here they are:

Here’s the start on the Cessna 310B’s (U-3A’s) in both 1/350 scale and 1/144.   The quality of the 3D printing is excellent again.  The 1/350 scale versions are…small yet the 3D printing even printed the landing gear and stationary props!  The first ones I purchased were “in-flight” types so I made my own landing gear for one of them.  It’s the one sitting precariously on a stick at the approach end of the runway.  I did a rough paint job initially but I’ll touch it up once my eyes rest a bit.

While I was resting my eyes I started on the 1/144 scale 310’s.  I decided to hollow them out so interiors could be added.  The 3D printing material is easy to use a grinder on so hollowing was quick and trouble free.  I made the seats, instrument panel and yokes, painted them and installed using CA.  I cut the individual windows in half lengthwise and sanded them using finer grits then installed them using clear glue.  After they were dry I applied green tinted future to the insides of the windows and closed in the cabin with the cabin piece using CA.  I used a Squadron Green slurry to fill the seam line made by the cabin piece then sanded the exterior of all the windows using finer grits then covered them with Bare-Metal Foil.  Once sprayed with Tamiya primer I looked for blemishes and re-sanded them.

I needed a base for the plane so I came up with the small New England type coastal island theme and started adding stuff.  It’s not perfect but does give the plane something to sit on.  Painting the plane comes next as well as the base.

                  

 

 

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  • From: Truro Nova Scotia, Canada
Posted by SuppressionFire on Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:12 AM

The future is here!

I really like the 'in flight' display shown directly above. Ground breaking techniques and I can see requests and commissions directed at your R&D division.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/razordws/GB%20Badges/WMIIIGBsmall.jpg

 

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
Posted by Rdutnell on Monday, March 17, 2014 9:22 PM

Hi Everybody!

SuppressionFire is right when he says the future is here.  After over 5 decades on this planet, it constantly amazes me how much things have changed, for good and bad I suppose.  I never could have imagined, as a child building my first airplane models, that one day I could make them on a computer and “print” them.  Hell, I couldn’t have imagined it 2 years ago when I got back into modeling.  But here we are, with yet another way to enjoy this hobby we call modeling.

As far as R&D though, the only R&D in this outfit are in my initials.  R&R Modelers doesn’t really exist, it is just a fun (perhaps silly) name I thought I would give to the extremely informal collaboration between myself and Ron.  Like I said before, I like doing CAD models, and he likes creating what I consider master pieces out of pieces of plastic, and other materials too I suspect.  We were both fortunate that C2D started the program they did, when they did.  I get to make models in CAD and he works his magic on them.

He has completed the model and sent the  following narrative and asked that I post it…

“Here is an update on my rendition of Russell’s Cessna 310B/U-3A.  I finally tackled the paint scheme which was done by hand using masking tape and an airbrush as   well as solid color decals.  The windows buffed out nicely, well enough so you can see that there is an interior to the model.  They are not as clear as clear plastic which I’ve used on other models but they turned out okay.  It was a fun project.   Ron”

He also attached the following picture.

Ron is very humble about his abilities, but I feel honored to have contributed to his creation.  Like I told him, when I look at it, I wonder what the people in the buildings are doing?  Is there a warm sea breeze like say in southern France or is it a brisk cold wind?  Where does the boat go to get people here? And where are the people in the plane going?  The beauty of it to me is that the viewer can create his or her own story about it.  Isn’t that art?  I think it is, in spades.

Anyway, here are some more pictures that Ron sent me earlier.  Enjoy!

  • Member since
    September 2007
  • From: Truro Nova Scotia, Canada
Posted by SuppressionFire on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:30 AM

Picture perfect!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y211/razordws/GB%20Badges/WMIIIGBsmall.jpg

 

 

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    December 2013
Posted by Pelican on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:52 AM

I really hope others take advantage of Russell's models.  He has more coming.  C2D says my Spartan Executive, F-111's and T-38's should arrive soon.  The Spartan is 1/144 scale while the others are in 1/350 scale.  These models build essentially the same as plastic models with the exception of using CA glue.

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    November 2009
Posted by artworks2 on Sunday, February 1, 2015 12:20 PM

3-D printers are really fun....

  • Member since
    March 2012
Posted by Rdutnell on Sunday, February 1, 2015 7:22 PM

I agree artworks2!

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