Happy 4th of July to all! In celebration of the Holiday - and to give an enforced break to my massive WWG Mall Build (okay, I've been wanting to do a zombie run ) I'm building a Cotale IIIc. This is My second, actually - I gave my first to my grandson when he came for a visit a few years ago. What I'm doing different this time around:
1) Keeping track of my build time. The actual handcutting took me an hour and a quarter. Now, this does NOT include the landing gear (as I am intneding to display this 'in-flight') - although I think I will cut them later before assembly with slot tabs (and slots in the underbody) so it can 'land'. Nor does the time include making the in-flight display stand, which I'll cobble from some other papercraft pdf from elsewhere.
2) I am going to try for a more rounder canopy, and therefore did not score those lines.
After I do this build, I intend to eventually modify the original pdf to do a flight wing for my Traveller game stuff with the emblem of the Duke of Regina's Huscarles 4518th Lift Infantry Regiment as support elements. (see insert) An additional modification to that may me to shorten the length and wing span a bit so it can replace the original Rampart space fighter in my future Azhanti High Lightning build. (Why do I always have such grandiose schemes? Why? Why? Why?)
Oh, and I'm building this with the soundtracks for the newer BSG series running in the background...
Post by greypilgrim on Jul 4, 2016 18:10:23 GMT -9
UPDATE: After an afternoon with family, I spent another hour and a quarter on edging. I took my time - almost luxuriating in the calm downtime - and as they say: the devil is in the details. I use johnny-o Blick Studio markers for most of my work. The majority of the edging here was with their Cool Gray 20% to cut the main body white edges (sometimes I used two swipes), with Basic Gray #3 at the darker gray bits of the artwork. DBS Olive was used for highlighting the green running lights on the wings, with a basic Sharpie red to continue the red stripes over the edges to connect the side flat surfaces for a nice continuous look. A basic black Sharpie was used around the engine intakes and exhausts.
In my mind's eye I was considering various formats for the eventual display stand. I haven't gone back to the archives, yet, so does anyone remember if Chris has a stand in any of the other sets that could be adapted? I am figuring in part that I could have a coupling-copy of the engine exhaust at the high back of the stand to fit like a plug into one of the exhausts. (Which one to put it into might dictate how the model "lists" or rolls as it sits on the stand.
Post by greypilgrim on Jul 5, 2016 12:10:58 GMT -9
Thanks, Chris - I'll stat looking there... [After checking] That would work, I think, though not the style I had in mind. I'll keep looking or come up with something of my own - which I'll share. 'Course this I'll have to do *before* I start assembly - but I won't add the time into the 'official' time log for build...
Post by greypilgrim on Jul 23, 2016 4:31:07 GMT -9
UPDATE: Whew! I cannot believe how real life can get in the way of things. FINALLY got around to actually gluing the Crotale IIIC (yes I can spell it right sometimes ). Took an hour and a quarter. Before I did that I mashed up a display stand maybe a half hour tops (not including searching for what files to use to print off). I used the tall support from the Despoiler. From WWG I used the Mayhem Wastelands file and the kitbashed Crater Ring (full size, about 6.5 inch outside diameter). Looks pretty snazzy - I'll get a pic up tonight.
Total project time was about 4 hours. That squadron is going to take a "little" time. Still have to change the insignia, and experiment on different squadron color stripe - I'll have to work on my skills for that bit.
Post by greypilgrim on Nov 19, 2016 13:46:44 GMT -9
I can't believe it took me 4 months to find my camera! But, finally, here is a shot of my Crotale. I apologize for the lighting - and this does not show the detail of the belly hook-up of the transparency... Looking at the expanded view, you can see the bottom of the transparency stand being held by the two slots in the crater base. It's very flimsy, though - I wish I had thicker transparency to work with.
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