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Simulated tarmac, runway, taxiway
Posted by Comanche pilot on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 8:00 PM

Get 1/2"X 15" X ??" styrofoam (length is your choice). Lay masking tape to sim centerlines which are white. Scale centerlines ought to be scales to 18", taxiways 12". For taxiway or ramp markings spray some yellow on the centerline then lay masking tape over it. Apply spray cans of black for new blacktop or gray for concrete. You can even mask out runway numbers, hold short lines, parking T's. 

A 100' wide runway is is about 24" in 1/48. 15" in 1/72.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 14, 2016 8:41 AM

For my photo backdrops, I always include some of the ramp or taxiways in bottom of shot.

Then, I select the taxiway portion, copy, and paste to a new image.  Now, the resulting strip will be far too narrow to represent a taxiway.  I resize the photo, first unchecking the box that holds the aspect ratio the same as original. I then greatly increase the height of the image while leaving the width the same as original.  I do this resizing by trial and error until I get the taxiway or ramp the dimensions I want.  The color of the tarmac is retained, as are tar seams and cracks.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, October 01, 2016 9:36 AM

Check out this link:  http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/17438.

That is how I made my tarmack.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, October 01, 2016 10:50 AM

JohnnyK

Check out this link:  http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/17438.

That is how I made my tarmack.

 

Love the B-24!  The bare-metal-finish is great.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, October 07, 2016 11:28 AM

Scary for us photographers, the new iPhone 7 has dual lenses allowing even better close-ups. Check it out at kenrockwell.com. Real application for modelers and other close-up people.

Max

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    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Saturday, October 08, 2016 1:45 PM

Hodakamax

Scary for us photographers, the new iPhone 7 has dual lenses allowing even better close-ups. Check it out at kenrockwell.com. Real application for modelers and other close-up people.

Max

 

Just saw that myself. Used to macro and tripod, etc but that is some quality image plus throw in that DOF you get from a phone....

 

A number RVN scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, October 09, 2016 11:14 AM

Can you manually control exposure settings with the iphone, or at least do aperture priority?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Sunday, October 09, 2016 12:18 PM

Here's another way...

It's just a sheet of sand paper, with various shades of grey sprayed at it. There are various shades of grey sand papers already, so there's a good start point.

I used a straight edge and penciled in the lines, then a fine brush with black paint for the rubber crack filler in the expansion joints.

I used contact cement to glue it down. That works fine for a smaller sized base, but not so good for big stuff. I'd recommend a better adhesive.

This one is for 1/32. You can clearly see that the sand paper is peeling up along the edges, there's also some "bubbling". I will not be using contact cement for this sort of thing, ever again!

The oil drips/stains are thinner with just a dab of black paint mixed in. I did the brush, then flick the handle, splattering the drips. Bigger spills/drips/stains are done by just touching the brush to the area.

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Cameron, Texas
Posted by Texgunner on Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:11 AM

An example of my "tarmac":


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