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Posted by gguy | Jun 26, 2008 @ 09:39 PM | 4,332 Views
Hey all, wow, its great to be around these forums again! Ive had to take about a 3 month break due to good ol life. The house had about 10 year old plumbing, and it felt like it wanted to break, and the most destructive break was the water heater, which sits right by my work bench. Needless to say after about 2 hours of running full blast during the middle of the night, there was plenty of damage. The house is full repaired now and the dry wall dust has settled, and im ready to get back into some modeling. Just wanted to say hey to everyone again
Posted by gguy | Jan 01, 2008 @ 09:49 PM | 5,077 Views
January 01, 2008

Thought I would start a build log for my new project. A SuperMarine Spitfire . I figured it would be a nice next model to use the tissue molding technique. AUW goal is 4gr to 4.5

January 02, 2008

I was molded a few fuesalages today, the first was a bit rough, and the tissue was tearing in important spots, to I decided to mold a second. The seacond try, I used extremely small peices of tisse to avoid wrinkling. I also steped up my water/glue mixture from 35 glue/65 water, to 45 glue/55 water. This change was made for 2 reasons. #1, to enhance tissue adherence, #2, to make the peice have a harder outside, with very minimal weight addition. I was shooting for the entire fuesalage to weigh 1gr or less. My first attempt was 0.8gr, and when I added the profile section, it went over 1 gram. For how flimsy it was, and for how much it weighed, I am very pleased with how much stronger my 2nd attempt was. It was only 0.7gr without profile section, with profile section, it came to 1gr even. It also turned out much stronger. After the peice dried, I sanded the very minimal wrinkles there were, out. I was also able to mold the canopy today as well. It took a few tries, but I think I suceeded in achiving that trademark (bubble) look to the canopy. My next challenge is to find a way to add panel lines to the canopy that are straight and even.

January 03, 2008

So after a few hours of work this afternoon, I added a antenna, along with exhaust columns. I...Continue Reading
Posted by gguy | Dec 30, 2007 @ 06:21 PM | 4,545 Views
Upon browsing around on the micro indoor forum, I came across the wondefull thread started by metroidrc. He showed how he was able mold tissue like paper mache around a plastic peice. One of my all time favorite aircraft is the p-40 warhawk. I have built a few profile versions of this aircraft and even though they were fun to fly around, I still wanted a scale looking p-40 that was full fuse. This method by metroid seemed the perfect solution to the problem. I remembered the p-40 kit I "stole" the canopy mold from (previous post) I decided since I had already broke the kit up, I would use this model as a test bed. This is the product of a few hours of trial and error. I have to say im quite pleased with how it worked out. A few coats of paint, and some techniques I have used in scale plastic modeling, and this model should look pretty good. Thanks Metroid

Posted by gguy | Dec 27, 2007 @ 11:47 PM | 4,753 Views
Thought it might be nice to give a how-to for molding scale 1/48 to 1/72 scale canopys. I built a few smaller models, such as the AT-6 Texan (Seen further below) and MK 1 Spitfire theat were all complete except for they both lacked canopys. Now, at least for the spitfire, the canopy is what defines it, at least for me. It looked quite uncomplete without a canopy. So i decided to find a way to make light, but strong canopys that would match scale wise to about 1/48. I do plastic scale models as a "side hobby' so i was able to find a 1/48 P-40 kit in my stash. After long contemplation of the models canopy, I concluded that with a little work on the canopy itself, I could make it look like a spitfire canopy. Since the MK 1 did'nt have the bubble canopy, it further convinced me the p-40 canopy would work. Anyone who has ever worked around heat and plastic know that they dont quite get along together. So I needed to find a way to create a heatsink for the plastic part so the heat would'nt warp or deform it. It needed to be somthing that would match all the curves and round edges of the canopy. After some trial and error, cheep modeling clay from walmart did the trick. I just pressed the clay up inside the canopy and I was set. It worked perfectly. It absorbs the heat without becoming hard. After the "mold" was heatsinked, I glued the peice to a balsa wood base and I was ready to mold. The next challenge was to find plastic thin and light enough to mold with. I...Continue Reading
Posted by gguy | Dec 27, 2007 @ 05:33 PM | 4,749 Views
I have been working lately on perfecting super light LRF's using "store" bought electronics. Here is a picture of my little "bug". 8in WS, with AS (Aerosoarer) wings, tail, and gearbox/prop. Weighs 1.2gr empty. Carbon Fiber tail boom and wing pylons, and balsa motor stick. Laser cut plywood wheels from BSD and carbon fiber landing gear frame make up the landing gear. Tail surface was built out of 1/64 depron. Version number one has a slightly longer tail boom, and no landing gear. It flew OK but was hard to trim because of the long tail. I was also lighter by a few tenths of a gram. The second version I shortened the tail by about 3/4 to and 1in. And made the nose moment smaller to strighten out the CG. I also added landing gear not only for CG purpose but also for coolness Both use lightened palmz electronics.
Posted by gguy | Dec 03, 2007 @ 10:49 PM | 5,083 Views
Ive been doing some work on scale foam LRF's, and Ive have decided to use the Texan as a test bed. I choose this mainly because it has a fairly decent wing area, and a nice and easy to form fuesalage. At first I started with a simple white fuse to work out any bending and creasing problems, then I went to printing the patterns on paper thin depron. I simply run the sheet through my printer. works like a charm. Here are some pics.
Posted by gguy | Oct 28, 2007 @ 07:41 PM | 5,216 Views
And these are some pics of a small LRF called the classic. Should be getting some AS gear shortly.
Posted by gguy | Oct 28, 2007 @ 07:37 PM | 5,160 Views
Here are some pics of some of my current projects. These pictures are of a tiny RAF F.E.8.
Posted by gguy | Oct 23, 2007 @ 09:40 PM | 5,074 Views
Hello folks!

I have been building models for about 9 years, and have a real passion for micro flight. I am a tinkerer of sorts and love to take things apart, rebuild them, and make them work for somthing else. I am currently in Highschool, and am working towards being an aerospace engineer.