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Another experiment

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  • Member since
    February 2016
Another experiment
Posted by fritzthefox on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 5:10 PM

This is another shot of my 1/48th Revell Texan, and the most succesful so far, I think. Of the many shots I have taken, this seems the most lifelike. I think it really helps taking the photo from a likely in-flight angle. (In fact, it is tempting to create a phony canopy rail to include in the corner of some pix)


One limitation I'm rapidly becoming aware of is that I am sort of restricted in my plane's 'manuevering' because its control surfaces are static. Does anyone know of any good modeling tricks to create poseable control surfaces? 

  • Member since
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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 1:26 AM


This one is better than your first experiment, because here the lighting seems to match on the ground and on the aircraft.

As for the control surfaces - it's always at the cost of durability - maybe you could cut them out and glue them using short pieces of soft wire to work as joints that would also hold the desired position.

Hope it helps - thanks for sharing and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:41 AM

I have also used the wire hinge method, and it works fine.

Consider this.  Most of the air-to-air photos you see are not in violent or extreme maneuvers, because of the danger involved in air-to-air photography.  Further, many military aircraft of only moderate stability will maintain a gentle maneuver, like a turn, with very small amounts of control input.  Thus, the photo above is very nice.  I have not flown a T-6, but I suspect it stays in a gentle turn with minimal control deflection.  If you stick to depicting gentle maneuvers, you wouldn't need to worry about bending the control surfaces.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    February 2016
Posted by fritzthefox on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:37 AM

Don Stauffer

I have also used the wire hinge method, and it works fine. 


Do you have a close-up photo you could post as an example?

(Or is there a build thread using that technique you could point to that has not succumbed to the great photobucket purge?)

  • Member since
    December 2017
  • From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted by Baratheon on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:13 PM

I think it's even better than the first since you've got the lighting just right. Looks excellent. 

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    April 2016
  • From: N. Burbs of ChiKawgo
Posted by GlennH on Thursday, January 25, 2018 5:16 PM
Really nice touch with that prop blur.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

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

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, January 26, 2018 1:00 PM

These creations are cool. You are fooling Max the Photographer! Nice work.



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