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Foxtrot43725 Oct 2018 4:06 a.m. PST

Good morning! Many of my airplanes and helicopters have broken propellers/rotors, and aside from that rotors are static. At the USAF museum in Ohio, many model aircraft were displayed with a clear plsatic disk in place of rotors. I thought this was a great idea, to replace broken rotors, and to make a model more dynamic.

The second image at the link below shows the disks I'm referring to: link

Does anyone know where to find such disks, or what they are called?

Thanks, Eph

Cacique Caribe25 Oct 2018 4:35 a.m. PST

Found this.

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This fella will drill hole on the discs. You just need to ask:


PS. This guy airbrushed little faded lines painted on the discs, and it looks great:



Schogun25 Oct 2018 5:11 a.m. PST

Find a propeller blur image online then print it on acetate sheet.

colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 5:28 a.m. PST

For my Pulp airliner, I used clear plastic sheet from a piece of packaging. Can't remember if it was a punnet of soft fruit or a pre-made sandwich, but I do recall that it was essentially free material, left over from some foodstuff. Here's how it turned out on the model: link

While thin plastic/acetate works well enough for propellers, I'm not sure if it would be very good for rotors on a helicopter or autogiro. You might need to source something a bit more substantial for such a model…

shaun from s and s models25 Oct 2018 6:27 a.m. PST

i used a circle cutter and made my own out of clear sheet

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 7:20 a.m. PST

Depending on the scale of your aircraft, the Wings of Glory web store has discs:



Vigilant25 Oct 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

+1 Shaun.

Chuckaroobob25 Oct 2018 6:20 p.m. PST

I made some out of old blister pack plastic. Not as thick as I would like for 1/72.

freerangeegg26 Oct 2018 1:51 a.m. PST

Lazerline designs does them, just pick your size:

Striker27 Oct 2018 5:31 a.m. PST

Circle cutter used and then punched a small hole for the rotor pin. I used a thicker plastic than blister packs, it was a toner tray from work, the kind to catch loose toner. There's a template for airbrushing the props somewhere on the webs but it was for model scale, 1/72, 48, etc.

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