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Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian09 Feb 2018 11:35 a.m. PST

Pics here on my blog.


Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2018 12:13 p.m. PST

Wow, I love the Owl.


Yellow Admiral09 Feb 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

Nice work. But I must say, you're crazy. :-)

I have scratch-built and scratch-modified plenty of sailing ships, and your photo essays have convinced me I can make most of the later 19th C. ships I want if I give up waiting for someone else to make them for me in the right scale. In fact, I already have plans and materials gathered to make whole squadrons of galleons and galleys in 1/600 scale, and maybe someday I'll find the time to get around to that.

Aircraft are different. Planes are composed almost entirely of compound curves with mirror-precise bilateral symmetry, and laser-straight little panel lines across curved surfaces. I can't think of a single good way to accomplish the framing across glazed areas. Then, if I want more than one of each (likely, in some cases), I'd have to repeat the entire agonizing carving exercise with precision…. and OMFG now I'm frustrated just thinking about all that. I think the world is better off if I let David Schmid, Shapeways, and the Gashopon model companies do that work for me. I might recapitulate The Shining at my country estate if I try my hand at airplanes.

I think you may deserve a medal for finishing more than one of these.

- Ix

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian09 Feb 2018 1:19 p.m. PST

If I want more than one of each, I'd have to repeat the carving exercise at least once, precisely

Funny thing is, if I make them in a batch they all come out pretty close like these: link but if I put distance and time between two copies, you can always tell the difference.

Tomorrow… recent scratchbuilt predreds.

Toaster09 Feb 2018 1:23 p.m. PST

I have to agree 1/144 is crazy, 1/300 is far lee effort

Congrats on brilliant work from a fellow mad man


Yellow Admiral10 Feb 2018 2:25 a.m. PST

Show off. :-)

It's pretty neat that you can do that.

- Ix

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Feb 2018 7:35 a.m. PST

Robert, are those scratchbuilt? Very nice in any case. A couple Mk. I Blenheims is my next 1/144 project. I agree about 1/300…. much more forgiving.




Toaster10 Feb 2018 3:58 p.m. PST

Yes scratchbuilt

I've about 200 of them WWII, modern and some star fighters. It's just so easy to store planes in that scale.


Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Feb 2018 8:28 p.m. PST

Very nice! i forgot to say that those in the pics above yours are 1/300 also.

Toaster10 Feb 2018 11:33 p.m. PST

Now I am impressed I haven't got up the courage to try a biplane yet though I keep being tempted to do some WWI aircraft for fun. Any advice on the wing struts?


Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Feb 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

Evergreen .020, .025 rod. Looks and feels real flimsy, but a 1/8" length is actually pretty sturdy.

miscmini Fezian11 Feb 2018 11:40 a.m. PST

VSB, those are very impressive! Kevin

johnnytodd19 Feb 2018 2:40 p.m. PST

Nice builds! and I like your blog.

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