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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
2014 shots
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, May 26, 2014 9:11 AM

After all my complaining about the rotten weather, we finally got some decent days recently.  First project was my Hobbycraft hub. I was not happy with the pictures I took of it last summer, so here are a couple of recent shots.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Marcus McBean on Monday, May 26, 2014 8:18 PM

Excellent photos,  she looks petty real against the background you picked out.

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  • From: Greenville, NC
Posted by jtilley on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:49 PM

Great pictures.  The combination of natural light and a first-rate model makes for a really effective photo.  I was surprised when I saw that I was looking at a 1/48 kit!

The Piper Cub is truly an immortal aircraft.  The last one I saw was at an airshow in Virginia Beach, about thirty years ago.  It treated us to an incredibly slow 180-degree turn with no banking.  

I've always thought a fine subject for a ship model would be an LST with the "slingshot" gear they occasionally used to launch and recover Piper Cubs.

Youth, talent, hard work, and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 9:22 AM

I too have considered a diorama-like display of something like that.  Seems to me I read a long article a couple of years ago on the operations. I think it was in Aviation History mag.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by roony on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:25 AM

If you are willing to give away a few trade secrets, I'd like to ask.  How far away from the back drop is the model?  How big is the backdrop?  How did you make the backdrop?  P.S.  I can remember that article in Aviation History as well.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 29, 2014 9:03 AM

I recently splurged when I saw a sale on poster sized prints, and bought a 16 x 24 print, so I can shoot larger models against it.  Distance of model from backdrop depends on scale of model.  The foreground/floor is a photo poster too, stretched from the original picture considerably in the vertical dimension.  I glue both prints (background and ramp/floor) to foamcore for rigidity and to resist wind.  My other backdrops for other genres are smaller, max 17inches wide (my printer is 11 x 17).  Before I got the large format printer I had to order the larger prints.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, May 29, 2014 9:21 AM

Great shots Don,looks like its ready to take to the air.

But Don,you of all people should know that this belongs in the Civil Aircraft Forum Wink

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, May 30, 2014 9:12 AM

I put pics of the plane when I first finished it, though the shots were not as good then. I posted it here because I had been bitching about the weather and wanted to show I really was able to get outdoors!  Maybe I should have posted in CA about more cub shots in this forum.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, May 30, 2014 9:22 AM

Anywhere Don,just yanking your chain sir

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