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A different type of "scratch building" with needle and thread......Plush Whiskey 7's!

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A different type of "scratch building" with needle and thread......Plush Whiskey 7's!
Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:32 PM

First off, I know.  I haven't been around in a while.  I worked through the summer, and spent most of my free time at the museum working on Whiskey 7, helping to get her back in the air after the #2 engine failure last year.  Hoping once the holidays are over I can get back to the bench.  I've had other project occupying my time. 

I had an idea in my head for a long time about making a plush of Whiskey 7.  Always thought it would be to complicated for me to pull off.  So I kept dismissing the idea.  Well I couldn't dismiss it anymore, and decided to at least give it a try.  So off to JoAnn fabrics to get some material.  I got their fleece, as it a cheaper option incase this was a failed attempt.  They had a wide variety of colors, and I was able to pretty closely match Whiskey 7's hodge podge paint.

I made the pattern from a foam RC C-47 that hubby got me for Christmas a couple years ago. 

Tracing the pattern pieces, and cutting out all the pieces.

I inherited my Nana's sewing machine when she passed away, and have used it a few times.  It's a Sears/Kenmore model from 1975, a little bit older than me!

Vertical, and horizontal stabilizers.

Center wing section with engine nacelles.

Wings, and fuselage, and center wing section ready to all be joined.

Test stuff, was a bit too poofy in places, so I landed up adding internal stringers in an attempt at keeping some sort of shape.

Props, and tail wheel added.

I opted to add the details by glueing on pieces of felt, which I will later find out isn't the most practical idea.  It works, and even survives the washing machine, but it's not soft, and a lot of the flexibility is lost.  If it's bent in area with glued on details it tends to pull the glue, and the piece pulls away from the fabric. 

Invasion stripes, and de-icing boots.

Insignia, windows, and the rest of her markings.

The finished product.

Now, I was pretty happy with how it turned out, but it wasn't entirely what I had pictured in my head.  So I set about making a new and improved one, or as I call it plush Whiskey 7 2.0.  This required a totally different technique and piece of equipment that I didn't have to start with. 

So after doing some research I purchased a new sewing/embroidery machine, and instead of making a disaster area in my living room I cleaned up my old taxidermy corner in my basement and made it my sewing/craft area.  My model corner is still safetly intact up in my bedroom. 

I used an entirely different fabric for the 2nd one.  A much softer one called minky, and a few pieces are made from a fabric called sew plush.  Which was a pain to work with.  I also had to purchase and learn to use an embroidery software program.  This was needed so I could design my own custom embroidery.  I had to scan all my patterns, resize them, which was a pain to figure out, and then I could load them into the software program, and basically design over my paper pattern any shape I wanted to.  Once that is done, you can take it to the machine via a USB drive, load you fabric into a hoop, which attaches to the machine and essentially hit the go button. 

My first few cockpit pieces embroidered. 

Left fuselage.

Left and rigth fuse sides with W7 and windows.  The W7 is applique, white fabric stiched on top of the brown, and the windows are embroidery.

Verical stabilizer markings done with applique and embroidery.

National Insignia done with applique.  These were later hand sewn onto the plane.

All my pieces that needed applique or embroidery, including the vertical stabilizer, fuselage sides, insignia, and wing walkways.  I later embroidered landing lights onto the wing de-icing boots.

The wing invasion stripes, this time sewn right into the wing section, instead of being on top.

I spent roughly 40 hours just sewing it all together.  Along with about 10 hours making an entirely new pattern.  I have NO idea how long I spent doing the embroidery design and execution.  It was done over the course of several days.  So I would have to guess 30-40 hours.  There is not one glued on bit on this one, and it is all super soft.  #2 still came out with a super puffy, seems like it's on steriods look, but I think that is the nature of the beast, and there isn't much I can do about it.  Its a "stuffed" airplane after all.  It's not going to have the same shape as the acutal plane. 

Props made from black and yellow minky. 

Landing lights on the de-icing boot.

Much closer to what I originally invisioned.  Much softer too.  The original was going to make the trip to Las Vegas for the ICAS convention with the museums A&P mechanic, but he said he could not figure out a way to properly pack it, and I think he was referring to the glued on details that just didn't allow for flex or a lot of movement.  So it stayed at his home in Geneseo.  I'll speak with him this Saturday, and find out for sure if that was the issue.  He wanted to put it on the table at the museums booth to catch attention. 

Both projects have been quite the learning experience, and far different than working with plastic!  Thanks for hanging on to the end of all that, and I hope everyone is well, I'm sure I'll be around more often in the not so distant future!  Happy holidays to everyone!

 

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:37 PM

You'll sell millions, Keyda!  Quite the project.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, December 9, 2021 9:14 PM

They turned out great!  What a project that must have been.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by DooeyPyle67 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:39 PM

Neat! I want one! LOL!

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, December 10, 2021 4:52 AM

My Father was a C-47 pilot for a time and he would have gotten a kick out of that.  Very inventive and well done.  I think that it the only the secpnd project like that I have ever seen.  The first was a F-15 pillow a pilot had made as a joke for a bit for the squadron back in Okinawa.

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, December 10, 2021 5:15 AM

Wow, that's some serious talent on display there keyda81. Nice work. 

On the Bench: Too Much

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, December 10, 2021 7:39 AM

What a unique and creative idea, Keyda!  That is really, really cool!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 10, 2021 9:08 AM

Both of those are soooooo friggin' cool!!! Yes

 

I wonder if I could get someone to do me a Zero and a Hellcat?

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by armornut on Friday, December 10, 2021 9:48 AM

WOWBow Down That is so cool. Not only are you a dedicated restorstion expert, an amazing modeler, your a seamstress too PLUS a mom and wife. I think I'll just sit in the corner and contemplate my bellybutton. Absoloutly wonderful work.

   If it ain't obvious....I like it tooSmile

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Friday, December 10, 2021 10:21 AM

Lady, everytime I look, you pop up with another skill set.  Well executed idea.  I'm with gamera, only a Phantom.... .. but alas, way too much time and effort to afford one.Crying

Don't know where you find the time and energy.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, December 10, 2021 3:21 PM

Jeaton01, I'm not sure too many people would want to pay what it would cost, but then again you never know, lol.  Plush War birds......hmmmm. 

keavdog, Thank you!  I think the worst part was doing the embroidery/applique.  I had a couple needles break while running the machine, and it made me so nervous that it would happen again, lol. 

DooeyPyle67, Thanks! 

ikar01, Thank you, I've seen a few different plush airplanes, most are like promotional things for airliners.  Certainly haven't seen any old war bird ones.

cbaltrin, Thank you!

the Baron, Thank you!  It's a product of me being enamored with Whiskey 7, lol.

Thanks Gamera!

armornut, Well the resoration thing has kind of been hung up for a while now.  Hoping to get back to it next year, I miss my car.  I always seem to have some sort of project going.  My mind needs to create things.  That I have a tendency to want things that either don't exist, or I can't afford them, so I figure out how to make it myself, lol.  Thank you!

goldhammer, A Phantom would be neat!  It has more complex curves, but could likely be pulled off.  I think in order to pull of the shape of the wings they could be sewn together with quilt batting to keep them thin.  Just stuff the fuselage.  I'll have to consider giving that a try.  I think my next one will be a C-130 though. 

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, December 10, 2021 3:45 PM

Next thing you know she'll be doing Star Trek and Star Ware.

fox
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Posted by fox on Friday, December 10, 2021 7:02 PM

If they are all that scale, they'll take up a lot of space quickly. Fabulous work!

Jim Captain

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Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Friday, December 10, 2021 8:16 PM

Simply put, WAY TOO COOL !!!!!!!!!!!!

Now comes the marketing; not quite as much fun.

But; again, WAY TOO COOL.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, December 10, 2021 9:26 PM

ikar01

Next thing you know she'll be doing Star Trek and Star Ware.

 

Nah, not really a fan.  Surprise  I know, I know.  I've never really been into Sci-fi. 

 

fox, Lol, right!  Both have a four foot wing span.  I'm not entirely sure what the actual scale is to be honest.  I think it was somewhere around 1/27th, but I'm not good with math, and haven't figured it out.  I opted to just keep it the same size as the foam model I was using to make the pattern, rather than scale it down.  Especially for the first one, figuring the bigger it was the easier the details were to cut from felt.  That and of course I wanted it big and hugable!

HooYah, Thank you!  I could probably find some people that would be interested through the museum I volunteer for.  I have considered making other aircraft as well.  I'm sure a B-17 would be a popular pick.

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Posted by PFJN2 on Saturday, December 11, 2021 7:36 PM

Hi,

That came out really nice. Surprise

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, December 12, 2021 8:39 AM

PFJN2

Hi,

That came out really nice. Surprise

 

 

Thank you!

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Posted by lurch on Sunday, December 19, 2021 4:17 PM

That is fantastic. You have a great gift to get things done. What museum do you work at? If you dont mind me asking.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:27 AM

lurch

That is fantastic. You have a great gift to get things done. What museum do you work at? If you dont mind me asking.

 

Thank you!  I volunteer at National Warplane Museum in Geneseo NY.  I'm there practically every Saturday working on Whiskey 7 to help keep her in the air.  I also crew the airplane for away events and ride flights as a Cabin Safety Officer. 

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Posted by lurch on Thursday, December 23, 2021 9:37 AM

Thats pretty interesting stuff. I used to volenteer at a museum in Minn. for the CAF. I got to ride in some realy neet old ww2 planes and loved it. I would like to find another one in Wisc. where I live now. I learned alot of history and made some realy great friends there. Man do I miss that. But its great that you do things like that. Being a safety officer must be pretty interesting as well.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, December 24, 2021 9:24 AM

lurch

Thats pretty interesting stuff. I used to volenteer at a museum in Minn. for the CAF. I got to ride in some realy neet old ww2 planes and loved it. I would like to find another one in Wisc. where I live now. I learned alot of history and made some realy great friends there. Man do I miss that. But its great that you do things like that. Being a safety officer must be pretty interesting as well.

 

The museum is family to me.  I've been a volunteer there for almost 3 years now.  Started not long after my Mom passed away.  They welcomed and accepted me with open arms, and it was something I really needed at the time.  I get to meet all kinds of different people doing CSO, and share Whiskey 7's history with them as well.  I meet veterans of all kinds, those who had family in WWII, grand kids, and even people taking their very first flight in an airplane.  Not one person steps off that plane unhappy, she touches everyone of her passengers.  I had one women who was just so overwhelmed with it she was in tears the entire flight.  It's truly an amazing thing that I'm lucky enough to be a part of.

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Posted by lurch on Friday, December 24, 2021 10:48 AM

You are doing an amazing thing. You are giving people a taste of history and teaching them. You are giving them a life long experiance that they would not ever find anywhere else.And it sounds like it is grat theripy for you. Sorry my spelling is realy crappy.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, December 24, 2021 10:57 AM

Outstanding!  One of the coolest things I've ever seen on here.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, December 26, 2021 8:33 PM

lurch

You are doing an amazing thing. You are giving people a taste of history and teaching them. You are giving them a life long experiance that they would not ever find anywhere else.And it sounds like it is grat theripy for you. Sorry my spelling is realy crappy.

 

Thank you!  I love it, and wouldn't give it up! 

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, December 26, 2021 8:33 PM

wpwar11

Outstanding!  One of the coolest things I've ever seen on here.

 

Thank you! 

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