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Model Aircraft-From a 1/350 Carrier!

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Model Aircraft-From a 1/350 Carrier!
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, August 13, 2022 9:11 AM

Okay!

         I don't know about you, but, I find the building of aircraft in 1/350 and adding P.E. Parts is somewhat of a night-mare! I have the U.S.S Nimitz and a few others and the Charles DeGaulle is my latest. Omigod, what a flicking  nightmare these little guys are, Had to make a special holder because the wings were so rounded, they'd pop right off the tweezers!

         I will say this though. I definitely really like the Clear Planes.They just look so much better than the ones that are molded in solid colors. I even experimented with putting clear canopies on the grey and brown ones, by using larger clear sprue as my canopy source. Just for the Heckuvit!! It worked, way better than I expected. I took a piece of sprue(clear) glued it to a piece of plastic after I flattened one side(The Bottom) of said canopy. Just make sure the piece you carve and sand doesn't have an air bubble in it!

          Then using sanding sticks and an Ex-Acto, carved the shape, sanded it to final shape then polished to a hard shine. Used an Ex-Acto to remove them from the flat piece, slid them over sandpaper to make sure the surface was flat and installed them. Not to bad, but tedious work! I have always been willing to try something, Many times I didn't the end results, but, I tried it  anyway! Tried to define the details on one of the old Chance Vought Corsair Twin Tail Fighter,  from a Revell Carrier, "Oooh, whatta revoltin development that was"!

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, August 13, 2022 5:21 PM

Tanker-Builder

Okay!

         I don't know about you, but, I find the building of aircraft in 1/350 and adding P.E. Parts is somewhat of a night-mare! I have the U.S.S Nimitz and a few others and the Charles DeGaulle is my latest. Omigod, what a flicking  nightmare these little guys are, Had to make a special holder because the wings were so rounded, they'd pop right off the tweezers!

         I will say this though. I definitely really like the Clear Planes.They just look so much better than the ones that are molded in solid colors. I even experimented with putting clear canopies on the grey and brown ones, by using larger clear sprue as my canopy source. Just for the Heckuvit!! It worked, way better than I expected. I took a piece of sprue(clear) glued it to a piece of plastic after I flattened one side(The Bottom) of said canopy. Just make sure the piece you carve and sand doesn't have an air bubble in it!

          Then using sanding sticks and an Ex-Acto, carved the shape, sanded it to final shape then polished to a hard shine. Used an Ex-Acto to remove them from the flat piece, slid them over sandpaper to make sure the surface was flat and installed them. Not to bad, but tedious work! I have always been willing to try something, Many times I didn't the end results, but, I tried it  anyway! Tried to define the details on one of the old Chance Vought Corsair Twin Tail Fighter,  from a Revell Carrier, "Oooh, whatta revoltin development that was"!

 

But points for trying.

That'd be a 1/542 Cutlass. Where else you gonna get a "gutless Cutlass"?

Oh I met a guy the other day with a CV-41 ball cap,

I showed him photos of my model on my model on my phone.

"Corner of 41st and gray" he said.

Never heard that one.

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 8:42 AM

Tanker-Builder

Okay!

         I don't know about you, but, I find the building of aircraft in 1/350 and adding P.E. Parts is somewhat of a night-mare! I have the U.S.S Nimitz and a few others and the Charles DeGaulle is my latest. Omigod, what a flicking  nightmare these little guys are, Had to make a special holder because the wings were so rounded, they'd pop right off the tweezers!

         I will say this though. I definitely really like the Clear Planes.They just look so much better than the ones that are molded in solid colors. I even experimented with putting clear canopies on the grey and brown ones, by using larger clear sprue as my canopy source. Just for the Heckuvit!! It worked, way better than I expected. I took a piece of sprue(clear) glued it to a piece of plastic after I flattened one side(The Bottom) of said canopy. Just make sure the piece you carve and sand doesn't have an air bubble in it!

          Then using sanding sticks and an Ex-Acto, carved the shape, sanded it to final shape then polished to a hard shine. Used an Ex-Acto to remove them from the flat piece, slid them over sandpaper to make sure the surface was flat and installed them. Not to bad, but tedious work! I have always been willing to try something, Many times I didn't the end results, but, I tried it  anyway! Tried to define the details on one of the old Chance Vought Corsair Twin Tail Fighter,  from a Revell Carrier, "Oooh, whatta revoltin development that was"!

 

Ordinarily I do like the clear molded stuff.  However the Langley aircraft are all open cockpit so the opaque ones are okay.  I painted the windscreens with a light blue. On canopied planes that are molded opaque, I paint the canopy tops light blue and the sides medium blue.

 

 

 

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