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Jan 08, 2003, 10:52 PM
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My attempt at making a pilot

Here is my first attempt at making a vacuum formed pilot, I really am a better model builder than a sculptor.
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Jan 08, 2003, 10:55 PM
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He goes in the new Yak-9 kit, it's better than having an empty cockpit.
Jan 09, 2003, 02:49 AM
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I have to carve & sand mine out of balsa & usually some filler....
What size is he? looks really good!,.. & really light! Bob
Jan 09, 2003, 06:35 AM
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About 1-1/2" wide and a little taller than that.
Jan 09, 2003, 08:48 AM
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If you're a better model builder than a sculptor, you must be one heck of a model builder! Looks fantastic from my point of view.

-Jim Young
Jan 09, 2003, 09:31 AM
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Looks great!

Can you tell the rest of us how to do it too?
Jan 09, 2003, 11:24 AM
What extra weight???
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I was a sculpter for Hallmark Cards and I would say you should be very pleased with what you did. Keep up the good work.
Jan 09, 2003, 12:29 PM
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Thanks for the compliments. I used Sculpy brand bakable clay to make a plug, I made the front half, baked it then made the rear half using the front as a guide. If you get the clay right as it's cool enough to handle it carves about like a bar of soap.
Jan 09, 2003, 12:58 PM
What extra weight???
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In fact soap is a good sculpting medium and releases very well from a mold where you want/need a mold. I have also used candles as a sculpting medium. Neither of these work for vac forming due to the applied heat. Sculpy is good as you bake it to harden it and can use it as a plug... caution, when the part is size sensitive as Sculpy will shrink slightly when baking so upsize your part slightly.
Jan 09, 2003, 01:14 PM
Looks cool, who did you make your vacuum?
Jan 09, 2003, 03:14 PM
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Here he is painted and in the office.

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