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Offline Antonio Sobral

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Now I am become Death...
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:55:33 PM »
...The destroyer of Worlds.
If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one...






Distance from X, in feet Percent Mortality
0 - 1000 93.0%
1000 - 2000 92.0
2000 - 3000 86.0
3000 - 4000 69.0
4000 - 5000 49.0
5000 - 6000 31.5
6000 - 7000 12.5
7000 - 8000 1.3
8000 - 9000 0.5


Pre-raid population 255,000
Dead 66,000
Injured 69,000
Total Casualties 135,000

Cause of Death Percent of Total
Burns 60%
Falling debris 30
Other 10

It really happened a long long time ago, in a far far away country.
They misleadingly called it "Little Boy".
And now I will try to recreate, in a smaller scale, the instant that preceeded the detonation.


This is a project thay has been unfinished on my bench for a long time. But the time has come!

The scratching works under way. The scale is roughly 1/70.




And the Warning "Caution Sharp Blade" is to be taken very seriously. Just ask my left thumb :)

To be continued...

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013, 10:21:17 PM »
Injured 69,000

And the Warning "Caution Sharp Blade" is to be taken very seriously. Just ask my left thumb :)


So, that would be 69,001 injured.  :P Too soon?

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2013, 03:34:18 AM »
Can't wait to see how this goes.
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2013, 03:48:53 AM »
Hi Antonio. 

Why 1:70 scale and not 1:72? 

What did you use for your bomb body? 

Aside from the small size it does look like a fairly simply build save for the inner structure of the fin assembly. 
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013, 06:26:59 AM »
Pleasantly surprising!

Wait .... did I say "Pleasantly" in this context ........  :-X

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2013, 06:29:00 AM »
Hi guys

Thanks for the interest and comments.

This is just a small vignette that I planned to picture a significant historical moment.
Good or bad, is, as they say about beauty, in the eye of the beholder :)
Please do not read any hidden intent, because this it is definitely not the case!

Having said that, let's proceed.

Why 1/70 scale? Excellent question!
Because what I used to make to body of the bomb was a German rocket (wurfrahmen 40) used on the sdkfz251 stuka zu fuss, from a Tamiya kit.
I measured it and thought it was perfect for the usual 1/72 scale.
Later on, and after doing most of the work, I checked the measurements again, and reached the conclusion that there was a small mistake,
and the correct value would be roughly 1/70. So blame it only on me :)

As for the final assembly, it is indeed a very simple one:




The base is also very simple:




Along with the auxiliary support made with 2 brushes sawed, glued together and bent with some heat.







And the final result will be something like this:





Time for some paint!



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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013, 06:37:12 AM »
Hi Antonio,

Thanks for the clarification on scale.  Makes perfect sense now that you have explained it.  To display the bomb in flight is a clever way to show it off. 
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2013, 06:39:15 AM »
good looking bomb and I really like the display base!
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2013, 06:52:35 AM »
Wow .... that's a really unique display - love it!   :icon_beer: :icon_beer: :icon_beer:

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2013, 07:06:42 AM »
Fascinating.
I am still looking for the A Model or similar 1/72 kit of te A bombs for another project.
This is a good way forward.

Great job on the model

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2013, 10:24:00 AM »
Genius...

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2013, 10:43:12 AM »
I've never seen anything like it anywhere else - brilliant display. Very original!
Look forward to seeing the end result
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2013, 12:44:46 PM »
Superb concept and a brilliant idea. This would make a great shadow box. You could have it look like you were looking thru the bomb sight. You could support the bomb from below,too and it would look like it was falling .
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2013, 05:49:34 AM »
Your work never ceases to amaze me, Antonio!

The meticulous effort you put in on this project is incredible and the display you've got planned looks like it could be from a period newsreel film.

That's one astonishing a-bomb!

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2013, 06:43:39 AM »
Great detail on the bomb  :)
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2013, 02:23:45 AM »





Photographing/presenting this against the black background is a really good idea too since it also adds the appropriate somber/reflective/stark mood to the scenario/event. :)
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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But you can make the Bastard work for it.

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2013, 03:27:54 PM »
Looks really sinister!  8)

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2013, 03:36:05 PM »
Hi

Thanks for the comments.

The paint job is done, and the rest is history....literally!

This is the naked truth:




And this is the embelished version,  with some more "artistic" poses:











The last one, trying to capture the atmosphere of that era:





Thanks for watching. Hope you like it!


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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2013, 12:15:50 AM »
Nice job  :) creative construction on the bomb and just something you plain don't see everyday
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2013, 02:51:58 AM »
Outstanding!!! :) :)
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2013, 05:32:04 AM »
Just fab now its all done.  Great modelling / unique idea.  :icon_beer: :icon_beer: :icon_beer:

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2013, 05:49:56 AM »
You not only managed to model the bomb in great detail, but you also captured the mood as well.

This is an incredible demonstration of your skill, Antonio. It's like a history lesson in scale.

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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2013, 08:01:29 AM »
WOW!  What they said man!  I feel like it needs to be a black box with a small spotlight on it from above (like in a wall mounted display case in a museum) to really emphasize the mood and power behind it all.  Very good job  8)
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2013, 09:10:18 AM »
Outstandingly Excellent !
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Re: Now I am become Death...
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2013, 12:54:09 PM »
Beautiful work ( if you can call an A bomb that) I agree with Cliffy, black box with a spotlight.