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1/72 NOAA WP.3D Orion

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1/72 NOAA WP.3D Orion
Posted by Mr Canberra on Saturday, June 1, 2013 3:38 AM

Hi All

This is a model of one of NOAA's two Hurricane hunting WP.3D's Miss Piggy, I have a bit of a thing for R&D Aircraft which usually means interesting colour schemes not normally covered by aftermarket decal manufactures.

 So with necessity being the mother of invention I was forced to dip my toe in the waters of home made decal. This is one of the first big projects I attempted, The paper I used then was some what thicker than the one I use not but the out come wasn't too bad. The model is based on the Revell re-pop of the Hasegawa kit. I've added various scratch built items such as the big radar under the nose and the tail plus the various instrument booms. The fuselage windows needed altering too.

 

I hope you like it!

  

And the artwork. This was done on MS Word and paint, the Miss Piggy came from NOAA's web site.

 

Thanks for looking, if you have any questions or comments feel free to ask.

John 

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:41 AM

Those decals look really nice, John!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, June 1, 2013 1:02 PM

Mr Canberra

And the artwork. This was done on MS Word and paint, the Miss Piggy came from NOAA's web site.

A man after my own heart. With all the talk about Photoshop and the other admittedly more-capable image programs, I think most folks overlook how useful the simpler ones can be. (Though I must confess I use Open Office rather than Word.) I've used MS Paint for decal-making for years, and find it's intuitive and really versatile. Even moreso once you master a few simple tricks.

Excellent work, John, on both the decals and the Orion. Your work is truly inspiring.

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by Mr Canberra on Saturday, June 1, 2013 1:32 PM

gregbale

Mr Canberra

And the artwork. This was done on MS Word and paint, the Miss Piggy came from NOAA's web site.

A man after my own heart. With all the talk about Photoshop and the other admittedly more-capable image programs, I think most folks overlook how useful the simpler ones can be. (Though I must confess I use Open Office rather than Word.) I've used MS Paint for decal-making for years, and find it's intuitive and really versatile. Even moreso once you master a few simple tricks.

Excellent work, John, on both the decals and the Orion. Your work is truly inspiring.

Thank you very much for your kind words!  

I've not tried open office, is that the one that comes with Google? I'm getting the hang of paint now, it took me some time but I think I've git it sorted.

John 

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Posted by Mr Canberra on Saturday, June 1, 2013 1:33 PM

Thanks Don, needs must!

John

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, June 2, 2013 10:55 AM

I use Paint Shop Pro, a much less expensive program than Photoshop that still has a lot of capability, and I also have, but don't use that often, GIMP, which is shareware and also very popular and powerful.  So there are certainly low cost alternatives to PS.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, June 2, 2013 12:44 PM

Don Stauffer

So there are certainly low cost alternatives to PS.

Also to MS Word.

To answer John's question, Open Office is an open-source (and free) suite of Office-type programs that seems to do everything the MS product does with (purely a personal opinion) far fewer annoyances. For decal making I use it for text and type faces, and especially for easy resizing of images to match whatever intended scale I'm going for. Works a treat for both.

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by Bick on Sunday, June 2, 2013 4:34 PM

John,

Nice work!! Regardless of what you used to make the decals they came out great. I use a CAD program for my decals and don't think I could have done any better. Use what works.

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Posted by Mr Canberra on Friday, June 7, 2013 3:33 AM

Thanks Greg, and Bick, I'll have to look around at what's out there, but what I have now is doing OK for now although some times it's been a struggle sorting some things out, but that's all part of the fun!  Smile

John

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, June 8, 2013 5:58 PM

Don't sell your efforts short John they came out great.

A problem with "other than MSPaint" programs  is a learning curve to achieve  work ability.   As you seem to have Paint well in hand, I'd stick with it.

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by Mr Canberra on Sunday, June 9, 2013 2:29 AM

DUSTER

Don't sell your efforts short John they came out great.

A problem with "other than MSPaint" programs  is a learning curve to achieve  work ability.   As you seem to have Paint well in hand, I'd stick with it.

Thanks Steve, I'm getting there, but there is always room to learn Smile

John

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, June 9, 2013 8:18 AM

Hi John,

Is that a scoreboard on the underneath, below Ms Piggy? What did it signify? Congrats also on a terrific build.

Glenn

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Posted by Mr Canberra on Sunday, June 9, 2013 9:17 AM

mississippivol

Hi John,

Is that a scoreboard on the underneath, below Ms Piggy? What did it signify? Congrats also on a terrific build.

Glenn

 

Thanks Glenn, the scoreboard records the countries the aircrafts has operated in and the Hurricanes she has intercepted and recorded, there are quite a lot, mainly in and around the Caribbean as you would imagine.

John 

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  • From: Mount Bretherton Model Aircraft Observatory
Posted by f8sader on Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:27 PM

I'm an Orion fan, nice work!  The Navy Orions used to overfly the shipyard in Seattle.  I always had to look up!

Lon-ski

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Posted by Mr Canberra on Monday, June 10, 2013 4:34 AM

Thanks Lon-ski Yes it is a very nice aeroplane, I've never seen one flying but I've seen them in the static at various shows here in the UK.

John

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Posted by flightengineer141 on Monday, May 5, 2014 2:52 PM

Your WP-3D model is incredible!  How did you form the underbelly radome and the tail?

Jim

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Posted by Mr Canberra on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:20 PM

Thanks Jim I did a build report on another forum, you can find it here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/57402-wp3d-orion/?hl=noaa If you have any more questions just let me know.

John 

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Posted by Jim Barton on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 1:13 PM

One of these days I want to build a WP-3D and a while back I printed the construction steps from your build thread. I'm curious: What is Halson's appliance white, a gloss, semi-gloss or flat, and how would you replicate that with Testors Model Master?

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

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Posted by Mr Canberra on Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:18 AM

Thanks Jim, Halford's Appliance White is a gloss white acrylic rattle can spray, from a Car accessory suppliers in the UK,  if you use Testors just go for a gloss white.

John  

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