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Offline iain.j.grant

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Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« on: July 22, 2019, 10:53:35 PM »
So been a member for a while, but never had the guts to post anything I've made, I know I don't have the skills (or the tools) of most here, but I do have a big box of junk Airfix (mostly WWII tanks and planes) and a lot of filler.

So the initial Idea was to take the fuselage of a Mosquito:


Most of the wings of a Focke Wulf FW200:



The inspiration comes from the drop-ship from Aliens:


And I'm planning to finish it in Dazzle Camo, to hide all my mistakes.

Backstory to follow, but something like Firefly but with added space piracy.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2019, 08:03:01 AM by iain.j.grant »

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2019, 01:28:38 AM »
Let your Muse guide you towards your goal.  Good luck!
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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2019, 01:36:45 AM »
Interesting.
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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2019, 04:19:50 AM »
So, a quick trial fit of the wings, tape shows where I plan to cut them.


This gives some idea of the look I'm hoping for.



Choppy choppy.



and the first of, no doubt, many applications of filler to blend the wings a bit.

« Last Edit: July 24, 2019, 08:04:43 AM by iain.j.grant »

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2019, 04:41:03 AM »
A few ideas i decided not to go with. Firstly missiles on the ends of the wings:


Bonus points if anyone can tell me where that tail-plane comes from.


I also tried the wings upside-down, but decided that patching the holes for the landing gear was far more annoying than just putting landing gear in them.


I wanted to put jet exhausts behind the engines, but I decided that my skills weren't up to blending them and keeping them straight. these will have to be some kind on space-turbinetm that don't need exhausts...


Easier to see the difficulty from the front.

« Last Edit: July 24, 2019, 08:06:22 AM by iain.j.grant »

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2019, 08:00:20 AM »
That's a most imaginative concept! I think you're smart follow the old Dirty Harry maxim "A man's got to know his limitations."

That's also a most wonderful Hampden tailplane assembly you've got lurking in the background too.

I'd encourage you to post whatever you might be puttering (or puttying) around with. We welcome the work of modelers from all experience levels.

Personally, I find inspiration from all kinds of projects so it's always a treat to see a new build in the works.

I'm a huge "Aliens" fan so I'm going to enjoy following this one.

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« Last Edit: July 23, 2019, 08:02:40 AM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2019, 04:20:36 PM »
you've set yourself up for some serious PSR there, but I'm intrigued as  to how this one is going to turn out !  :smiley:

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2019, 05:21:00 PM »
I'd like to see the ends of the wings rounded off to follow the contours of the nacelles. A bit more PSR, sure, but you already said you were up for a lot of that. ;)

Now, unless there's something else going to be added to the fuselage, I'd also say she looks a little anaemic. Not much bulk for carrying stuff in there. ???

Furthermore, if I was you, I'd say "It's my model & I'll build what I want to!" (possibly to the tune of a rather popular, in its day, Lesley Gore song) & tell me to bugger off. ;D

The camo idea is awesome! 8)
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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2019, 07:04:40 PM »
I'd like to see the ends of the wings rounded off to follow the contours of the nacelles. A bit more PSR, sure, but you already said you were up for a lot of that. ;)

Now, unless there's something else going to be added to the fuselage, I'd also say she looks a little anaemic. Not much bulk for carrying stuff in there. ???

Mr Wombat you have read my mind, which, given the high regard I hold your builds in gives me great comfort, stay tuned, both these thinks will happen.

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2019, 07:07:47 PM »
a most wonderful Hampden tailplane assembly you've got lurking in the background too.

Thank you, now I know where all the bits of this chimera come from. :) I never liked the Mozzy tail for this build so that comes off next, the Hampden tailplane was loose in my bits-of-planes box.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2019, 08:09:12 AM by iain.j.grant »

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2019, 08:55:40 PM »
A dropship, you say? Well, I'm interested and will be following along as you progress.


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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2019, 02:10:03 AM »
I'm liking the look so far.
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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2019, 04:16:27 AM »
Iím not worried about your skills, they look quite up to the job! Iím really liking your imagination! This project will be fun to watch develop. Just donít try to paint it white, prior experience gives me the willies thinking about it!

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2019, 05:09:18 AM »
Next instalment: underneath, mostly tank parts.


First I knocked up some landing gear from Panther wheels and Matilda Bogies. I wanted to suggest strength and weight.


and in place:


Next up to add bulk to the underside to make this look like it could carry cargo or maybe contain living quarters. I'll be using and cutting down the hull of the Matilda.


This will be utter ugly hackery I'm not proud of the next bit but it did work out in the end.

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Re: Dazzle Camo Dropship - Made of junk
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2019, 07:58:42 AM »
So, hackery, first, chop off the back.



Then shorten the remainder.



Chop the top off both.



Now we face the problem that the top of this structure is flat and the bottom of the ship is anything but. Time for some CAD (Cardboard Aided Design, all credit to Project Binky).

First a template that more or less mirrors the contours of the underside, then trace the line on the front and back.



Then after a lot of trial fitting and what I can only call whittling we have this:



Which kinda, sorta fits, I'll worry about fine tuning, filling etc later on.


Next up some tail replacement surgery.