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Old Aug 25, 2010, 11:26 AM
Zach
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Their getting smaller!

This little guy is 1/16th scale. I have a 1/30th scale one in the works.

I think I'm going to have to turn to a self skinning foam for casting the really small ones. I don't think rotational casting is going to work at 1/30th scale. I'm having to use a hypodermic syringe to get the resin in the 1/16th scale pilot's mold as it is.

More to come.

Zach
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 11:40 AM
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Looks great Zach. I think as you get smaller, you might consider make it a 1-piece pilot... that removable head makes it hard to handle. I think you can still do rotational casting with resin instead of foam... but you are right, that tiny head makes it hard to get resin into the form.

I see you are located in Illinois. Whereabouts? I am in Chicago. If nearby, we should collaborate on some model-building.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 06:18 PM
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I'm in the southern half of the state, about 90 miles East of St. Louis. About half way between Effingham and Vandalia in the small town of St. Elmo.

I have some relatives in Coal City though.

Zach
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Old Aug 26, 2010, 09:36 AM
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I know the area... I was briefly stationed at Scott AFB when I was in the Army Reserve, and dated a girl from outside Alton (Bethalto)-- like 18 years ago. Geez that was a long time ago.

Well, that's a long drive... but if you are ever up this way, let's fly.
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 04:13 PM
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Hi everybody!

Is this thread dead?

Anyway, I've enjoyed it a lot, and it has inspired me to create my own pilots.

My first figure is depicting a Swedish modern airforce pilot in 1:10 scale for
the Swedish fighter JAS 39 Gripen, but can of course be placed in any modern
fighter. It has yet to be casted in hard polyfoam. ( an 1:12 pilot is also in the "productionline")

My second one is a WW2 Mustang pilot in 1:5 scale, this is just a a test.
And not in any way complete, it's missing earphones, oxygenmask, hoses, and a lot
of other stuff. I will later make a full-body pilot.

I also plan to make Brittish and German pilots in the same scale.

So I have to say,....It has really inspired me...hehe.

Btw, I'm a lousy photographer...

Thank You all for a great thread!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old Sep 22, 2010, 04:49 PM
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Seejay,
Those look great. Do you have experience sculpting or is this just something that comes naturally? You've definitely got some talent ether way.

I've started building a rotational casting machine. If it works out I'll post the plans for it. The 608 bearings arrived the other day for it, (an ebay find).
I'm using the plans on this site as the base for my design:
http://www.solsylva.com/cnc/rotomolder.shtml


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Old Sep 22, 2010, 04:50 PM
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Awesome work Seejay!
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 04:54 PM
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Warhead,
Funny you should mention Scott AFB, I was just there for an air show. The Blue Angels made an appearance along with Torra..Torra..Torra. It was better than Disney Land.

Zach
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 05:15 PM
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Hi!

Thank You for Your kind words,.....

Well these are My first attempts of sculpturing,...so I guess it's naturall..hehe

Regards
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 05:18 PM
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CJ,
Very nice work on the pilots.
As to your question, I started this thread to get people interested in the technique, and I don't think the thread is dead, but most people who want to get their own pilots have probably learned enough to get on with life.
I've used the technique to make some exhaust manifolds for a Spitfire, and I've tried using modeling clay to take the shape of the interior of the nose of a glider, making a silicone mold and casting some lead weights, both successful.

I have built a rotary device to epoxy coat a mold, still needs a drive motor, which I have but haven't hooked up.

Photos attached.
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 05:25 PM
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Hi Fuelsguy!

Great stuff!!!

And thank You for kind words!

That device looks fantastic,.......

Your own invention?

Regards
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 05:53 PM
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Hi CJ,
Yes it's my own invention. I started with a really complicated thing that I found photos on the web.
Then I started to make it simple. The trick was to realize the pulley wheel on the frame needed to be stationary so the rotation of the shaft moves the belt and in turn rotated the drum on it's axis. It works like a charm. I'll get around to a motor sometime soon.

Ivor
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 05:59 PM
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Wow... the work going on here is fantastic...!

seejayswe... your sculpting abilities are phenomenal! I haven't as yet attempted facial features as I believe they are beyond my capabilities... but I've recently began sculpting pilot busts again. The attached pic is of a 1/6th modern jet pilot torso. The head I'll work on this week.

fuelsguy... a rotation molder...! PLEASE continue to post about your experiences with this!!! Great stuff!

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Old Sep 22, 2010, 07:22 PM
Zach
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FuelsGuy,

That looks great. Simplicity is a thing of beauty.
Where did you get that yellow belt? I was thinking of making my own belts out of old bicycle inter tubes, the tiny road bike ones.

Below are some pictures of my caster. I drew it in Gogol's SketchUp first to make sure it was going to fit together and to get an idea of pulley placement.
I own a hobby shop and I'm thinking about taking some to market so I needed a little larger caster that could handle multiple pilots at a time.

Zach
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Old Sep 23, 2010, 03:46 AM
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Hi Fuelsguy!

It's a thing of beauty!

Good work!

If I one day consider to use resin, then I know were
to look...hehe

Regards
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