Author Topic: 1/35 Coleopter  (Read 1111 times)

Offline Frank3k

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2018, 06:03:56 AM »
I stayed home yesterday and worked on the cockpit. This is the CH-47 instrument panel cut and sliced back together. Instrument decals are from a couple of IP decal sets. The big red handle is to detach the front of the coleopter from the duct and fan works. It's a pretty cramped cockpit and there probably wouldn't be enough room for two ejection seats, plus the weight penalty would be significant. There's a large hatch above and behind the cockpit that would work as the ballistic parachute access door:


The seat belts are from a miscellaneous set that Jeff sent me. Thanks, Jeff!


The "cable run" is just part of the left over brim used to make sure that parts stays put while printing. Reused it rather than sending it to the ABS soup factory:


Most of the parts have received their acetone vapor smoothing. It takes several hours for the ABS to re-harden, but I can use that time to start priming some of the other parts.

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2018, 08:19:44 AM »
Very smart work on the cockpit Frank, and an ingenious solution to a cabin too small for ejection seats.
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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2018, 09:22:24 AM »
That's some of the finest cockpit detailing I've ever seen, Frank.

It's always a delight to see your work!

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2018, 05:03:34 PM »
That's some of the finest cockpit detailing I've ever seen, Frank.

It's always a delight to see your work!

Brian da Basher

+1 here, too! :smiley:
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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2018, 10:39:00 PM »
That's some of the finest cockpit detailing I've ever seen, Frank.

It's always a delight to see your work!

Brian da Basher

+1 here, too! :smiley:

+2.

Or is Frank using his top secret shrink ray gun again.   ;)
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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2018, 03:10:17 AM »
Thanks guys. I looked up the decal sheets and they are 1/32 Airscale individual instrument panel decals from Sprue Bros.

I tried the acetone vapor smoothing on the duct and it sagged a bit and split open - it was like jello.I expected something like this since the walls were about 0.4mm thick. I reprinted it with thicker walls and will try again.

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2018, 03:24:13 AM »
Whoa! Seriously wicked cockpit detail, I'm impressed.

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2018, 01:32:34 AM »
Thanks guys. What to paint it is probably going to be the hardest part.


I would consider doing it as a X-aircraft test bird in a similar scheme to the X-22:



See if you can fool people into thinking it was a real X-aircraft.
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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #23 on: December 26, 2018, 03:30:28 AM »
This model sat on my bench - almost finished - for a few weeks while I took an ITIL class and certification. As soon as that was out of the way, I added decals and finished it.
I followed Dr. YoKai's suggestion of swapping the yellow and red - Craig was right; it looks like a flying corvette!



There's no way that the canopy - as designed for this model - will fit in the rails (or even on the model) properly. Maybe my manipulations of the fuselage warped it slightly, but this was the best I could do.

I used the kit's red & white decals for the ballistic chute/access hatch. I printed the 1812 decal - it's the year/month I finished this. Other decals came from my spares:



Here's an inspector, for scale:



I added a Convair decal to the turboprop's intake. I guess that places this vehicle some time before 1996 when the Convair name vanished:



Top view:


Kit or spare parts used: The Mikromir Triton was used for the forward fuselage and canopy. The Trumpeter CH-47A interior for the seats, IP panel and controls, the ancient Lindberg 1/48 XFY-1 "Pogo" for the counter-rotating props. Everything else was 3D printed in ABS. The landing gear/wheels had covers over them, but they didn't look good on the model, so I skipped them.

Surprisingly (for me) the paint job only took a few coats of primer, then the Vallejo Ferrari red. That was it  - no repainting due to a screwup. In fact, this build was fairly uneventful. The main prop shroud took a few tries to get it correct (so it wouldn't collapse when picked up) but otherwise, no issues.

Thanks for looking!
« Last Edit: December 26, 2018, 03:41:38 AM by Frank3k »

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2018, 03:46:16 AM »
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2018, 04:11:56 AM »
It's beautiful Frank3k, I love especially the work in the cockpit!

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #26 on: December 26, 2018, 10:53:19 AM »

Seconded!!  That's an absolutely gorgeous piece of work and quite inspired whiffing.

Offline Antonio Sobral

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #27 on: December 26, 2018, 05:22:26 PM »
Beautiful Coleopter!

And a great color choice also!

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #28 on: December 26, 2018, 05:40:59 PM »
From super cockpit to super finish to super colors to super figure is cool  8)

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2018, 12:37:49 AM »
It looks looks like it jumped right out of a sci fi magazine back in the day! Great work!!