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Private Matter26 Nov 2018 7:07 a.m. PST

Does anyone make and sell clear plastic discs for use on 1/285th scale helicopter models to give the impression that the rotor blades are spinning? I am finally getting around to assembling and painting my 1/285th scale moderns and I have a pair of these discs for one of my V-22 Ospreys but not for my helicopters. Before you suggest I do them myself, I have tried cutting some myself but I am not getting the perfect clean circle that I want. I figure if someone was selling machine cut discs they would be more precise and clean looking.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2018 7:25 a.m. PST

If no one chimes in with aid, try this.


haywire26 Nov 2018 7:26 a.m. PST

cut it out from transparent film. I think someone has a PDF of them that you can print out.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2018 7:30 a.m. PST

Using the lever punch, or even just a hand-held paper-punch, will get you a pretty good circle. May need just a lttle shaving around the edge with an XActo knife to clean it up, bu a much easier and better process than trying to cut.

bhall38926 Nov 2018 8:19 a.m. PST
Timmo uk26 Nov 2018 8:22 a.m. PST

bhall389 they look great.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Nov 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

I have a tool called a bunny that punches 19mm discs:


If this works for you, I will punch a bunch and send them to you.


Striker26 Nov 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

I got one of the punch sets from Amazon that does a good prop size for 1/285.

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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

The problem with the punches is many plastics make them dull very quickly.

Great if you only need a few, but problematical if you want a bunch of them.

Private Matter26 Nov 2018 2:53 p.m. PST

These are some great ideas. Thanks for the offer VirtualScratchBuilder, it's really appreciated, however the rotors for Helicopters are larger than 19mm. I really like the rotor set up on the link provided by bhall389 but to get the rotors I would need I would the seller charges shipping at 100% of the purchase price. I'm thinking that the hole punch from Michael's may be the best bet. I would need on in 1.5" and one in 3". (CH-53e has a large rotor set up)

Bellbottom Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2018 3:57 a.m. PST

Lazereline designs are brilliant, and amenable to size and rotor blade number variations on request.

Dynaman878927 Nov 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

I was cheap. I printed a circle on my printer, attached it to clear plastic from a take out salad tray (free if you but the salad and the local one let me take an extra, enough plastic for 10 rotors), tape the circle to the plastic and cut with regular kitchen scissors.

figuresales28 Nov 2018 4:41 p.m. PST

I am surprised no-body is doing them in clear 3d print yet.

Personally I use the Dynaman8789 approach cutting the fronts out of blister packs.

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