Author Topic: Logan's Profiles - SdKfz 231 Halbkettenfahrzeug  (Read 227199 times)

Offline Glanini

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #275 on: December 21, 2012, 07:21:13 AM »
This work is just great, I did it just once, on a MB326, and it Was exhausting.

 :) :)

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #276 on: December 21, 2012, 09:21:09 AM »
Ain't that the truth!  It's somewhat soul-sucking until you finish it!

Cheers,

Logan

Offline elmayerle

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #277 on: December 21, 2012, 09:44:36 AM »
*grin* Doing every single fastener in CAD can be rather soul-sucking, too (speaking from experience here - 455 screws hung in their proper spatial locations in 7-1/2 hours.  The only things that made it feasible is that I already had the hang-points set up and 'twas the same screw used all over.

on the other hand, it's finished and ready to go for the test hardware.  If this and another project pan out as predicted, we're going to make some aftermarket vendor happy doing appropriate correction pieces for the V-22 engine nacelles.  And it looks like I'll be in the middle of at least one, if not both.

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #278 on: December 21, 2012, 10:52:54 AM »
True, but AutoCAD's a better program to work with on details and such.  Plus, you're getting paid for your screws and rivets.   ;)  I cone home and do this for fun...  >:( :icon_sueno:

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #279 on: December 21, 2012, 11:05:12 AM »
I wish I had your patience, the extra mile you travel sure shows in your work.
Heck I wish I could get some time when I'm not exhausted from work to play with pixels and or plastic. I keep telling myself soon but so far I've been making a pretty good liar of myself.
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Offline elmayerle

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #280 on: December 21, 2012, 11:21:40 AM »
True, but AutoCAD's a better program to work with on details and such.  Plus, you're getting paid for your screws and rivets.   ;)  I cone home and do this for fun...  >:( :icon_sueno:
There is that.  I wouldn't know too much about AutoCAD as the one job where I used it, we were restricted by contract to using it in strictly 2D "drawing board" mode.  Still, that aspect of this job went well and I surprised my management by just how quickly and accurately I could complete it (they were expecting it to take longer based on the time required to finish the first part; they didn't realize that this also took into consideration the set-up work that made everything else go faster).

I really need to get a CAD system working here at home for modelling purposes, though that may require a new desktop.  Same for using PS or whatever to do color art.

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #281 on: December 21, 2012, 11:54:31 AM »
Alright, and here's the updated lighting/shading tonight.  The tail went on a serious diet and is now much thinner (in appearance).



And a shot of the real thing for comparison:



Next, I need to do the NMF panels next, followed by the rivets.  Neither of those are particularly difficult.  If you're all very good, you may get it by Christmas.

Cheers,

Logan

Offline apophenia

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #282 on: December 21, 2012, 01:33:16 PM »
We're all sitting quietly with our hands in our laps and not whining for shortbread. Is it Christmas yet?
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Offline Diamondback

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #283 on: December 21, 2012, 04:35:15 PM »
Impressive work, Logan... one gets the impression that building a profile your way might be harder work than building an actual full-size aircraft in some ways, and such dedication is always something to be recognized.

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #284 on: December 26, 2012, 02:25:48 PM »
Well, I'm rounding the last pylon.  In what will be one of my last previews, I'll give you a little peek behind the curtain as to how I do the natural metal finish layers.



Cheers,

Logan

Offline Diamondback

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #285 on: December 26, 2012, 05:37:31 PM »
Assign a visibly-different "placeholder" color to each group of same-shade panels, then replace 'em all as a batch?

PM already dispatched to Evan, but for my own drafting use I usually use Google SketchUp for quick-and-dirty visualizations and Dassault DraftSight for precise work. AVOID SmartDraw--they try to tell you it's free, then spring the trialware trap on you and the price is over $100. I miss my old Windows 95/98 IntelliCAD install...

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #286 on: December 27, 2012, 02:05:15 AM »
Assign a visibly-different "placeholder" color to each group of same-shade panels, then replace 'em all as a batch

Yes, so that I don't need 50 layers for the NMF panels, just 4.  If you use a different texture pattern and slightly different color for each, then the eye will pick up what are different panels.  The trick is that the panels can't touch or you'll see the pattern going from one to the other.

Still a bit to go, but it's getting closer all the time.

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #287 on: December 27, 2012, 03:22:05 AM »
Yes, so that I don't need 50 layers for the NMF panels, just 4.

Is that the famous law "no matter the shapes, 4 colours are enough to colourize 2D shapes"? I worked on it at http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/4couleurs.htm
(in French, sorry)

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #288 on: December 27, 2012, 03:51:30 AM »
Hmm, never heard that before.  That's interesting, Tophe.  I guess it is a case of that, although this isn't designed to show depth as much as it is texture.

Cheers,

Logan

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #289 on: December 30, 2012, 09:47:30 AM »
Alright, here's another preview...

I hadn't planned on redoing the wing shading, but as I went to redo the metal on them, I realized that I really had to correct it.  I just didn't look at photos enough when I did it the first time.  Anyway, I hope you like it!



Last thing I can think of is the rivets dimpling, then I should be about done...

Cheers,

Logan

Offline apophenia

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #290 on: December 30, 2012, 12:08:36 PM »
As expected, it's looking spectacular Logan  :)
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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #291 on: December 30, 2012, 01:12:24 PM »
Um.... *at a loss for words*
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Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #292 on: December 31, 2012, 10:14:43 AM »
Alright, I think I'm ready to call it done!  Only about 3 years in the making!  Here's my third finished entry for the Clear Your Bench GB.  As per usual, click on it to view it at 100%.



Ordered in parallel with the P-82 Twin Mustang, the P-61F long range escort fighter was intended as a lower risk option should the radical Twin Mustang encounter development issues.  This would prove to be a wise decision when the war ended and Rolls Royce began requiring a royalty to be paid for each Packard V-1650 Merlin produced.  The uprated Allison V-1710 that was offered as an alternative powerplant for the P-82 Twin Mustang had so many reliability issues that it was referred to as the “Allison Time Bomb”!  In contrast, the turbo supercharged Pratt & Whitney R-2800s that powered the P-61F were reliable and affordable.  A P-61C (43-8338) was pulled from the Hawthorne production line and completed as the XP-61F prototype.  The XP-61F was accepted by the Army Air Force and first flew in September of 1945.  Having no need for additional P-61Cs, the USAAF converted the last 450 aircraft of the original order for 500 P-61Cs into day escort fighters.  This order for 450 production fighters would continue to be revised into a final order for 150 escort fighters, 200 night fighters, and 100 photo-reconnaissance aircraft (designated F-15A Reporters).

I hope you all like it!  Click here to view the full build thread.  Northrop XP-61F Escort Fighter Prototype - Build Thread

Cheers,

Logan
« Last Edit: December 31, 2012, 11:24:30 AM by Logan Hartke »

Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #293 on: December 31, 2012, 10:25:04 AM »
One last comparison:



First preview: February 22, 2010





Finished profile: December 30, 2012


Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #294 on: December 31, 2012, 11:23:47 AM »
Awesome just as expected!  :)
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Offline Glanini

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #295 on: December 31, 2012, 03:54:35 PM »
Wonderful ...... :)

Offline lauhof52

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #296 on: December 31, 2012, 04:20:11 PM »
Wow Logan! Great Job! :-*

Offline finsrin

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #297 on: December 31, 2012, 04:28:34 PM »
WOW - Over the top beautious.   :-* :-* :-*
Great concept which warrants a styrene likeness being built.

For pacific theater part of Luft 46  ???
« Last Edit: December 31, 2012, 04:32:31 PM by finsrin »

Offline Scooterman

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #298 on: January 01, 2013, 09:35:13 AM »
WOWZERS!!!

If you're planning on some schemes for that beauitful bird, can I suggest Russian VVS?  Would be perfect for Siberian patrols.

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Re: Logan's Profiles - Japanese A9He1-N "Wade" Floatplane
« Reply #299 on: January 01, 2013, 10:33:51 AM »
That is a spectacular profile! Makes me want to build it.