Tag Archives: Alternative Modeling

Star Wars A-Wing: Decals of the Studio Model
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UPDATE: 11 July 2016 – Added a PDF showing the placement of the decals on the filming model. My latest research effort is for the A-Wing seen in ‘Return of the Jedi‘ (aka Episode VI).  A recent find at Denbigh … Full Article→

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UPDATED: Markings of the SW Millennium Falcon 5-Foot Filming Model
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Updated downloads page 2015-09-10 with all new files (Discard all Prior versions) Over on the “The RPF” fandom modelling forum, there is a great deal of discussion on the specifics of the ‘studio scale’ filming models of the Star Wars … Full Article→

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Kit Smash! or “Making a mountain from a mole hill” – Pt. 2
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Tail Surfaces:  After cutting apart the P-38 kit’s tail booms, I was left with four vertical tail surface halves, each with good sized gaps to be filled, both from the opening for the horizontal tail and from the trimmed boom … Full Article→

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Kit Smash! or “Making a mountain from a mole hill” – Pt. 1
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Challenge: Turn a 1/48 scale P-38 Lightning into an experimental WWII Japanese fighter plane. For the November 2014 Club Theme Challenge, we decided to “compete” using any scale or make of P-38 kit, built to any result (in other words, … Full Article→

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P4M-1 Martin Mercator: Kit Review & Build – Part 2
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1:48 Scale Martin P4M Mercator by RCM (Robert’s/Combat Models) Order via website: www.combatmodels.us (kit 48-020 w/ resin detail set)  $59.95 plus shipping Part 2:  After my initial impressions of the Combat Merc, I have decided I would just “go for … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 5
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Basic Techniques (Con’t) Creating Bulkheads: Being able to fabricate ‘bulkheads’ is a useful modeling skill and pretty much required when working with vac kits since they often need extra support and rigidity.  But, bulkheads are also needed when making up … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 4
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Basic Techniques (Con’t) My basic method of removing parts from the ‘backing sheet’ is outlined below.  However, there are actually some things you want to do prior to removing the parts, if you follow best practices.  These would include: Washing … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 3
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Basic Techniques Don’s Model Works, home of the late Don Bennett’s vacuform kit outlet (now taken over by his son Chuck) has an excellent writeup of the method similar to the one I use in removing and cleaning up vac … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 2
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What is a Vac kit – really? In the context of this series, a ‘vac’ kit is where the primary components are manufactured using a vacuum molding process.  Instead of parts formed from the injection of ‘molten’ polystyrene plastic under … Full Article→

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Vacuform Aircraft Modeling – Part 1
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Part 1 – Personal View As a child, I thought of a ‘model kit’ as a box of injection molded plastic parts attached to molding ‘runners’ or ‘trees’ (commonly called ‘sprue’), molded in a ‘color’ to match the desired paint … Full Article→

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