Heritage of Controlled Flight - Completed

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Gigatron, May 4, 2012.

  1. Gigatron

    Gigatron Sr Member

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    Hey guys,

    Some of you may remember the WIP I posted a few weeks ago, but tonight, I finally finished.

    I added the Spirit of St. Louis and completed the shuttle MLP. On the SoSL, I decided not to go with the included machined aluminum decals, as they just looked ridiculous. The polished aluminum is technically incorrect, but looks so much better. The large NX211 decal looks like it's suffering from silvering, but it's not. The carrier film, changed the tone of the underlying silver paint. Such is life, I guess.

    Anyway, on to the picture



  2. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I appreciate the lack of war planes. Pure science and exploration!
  3. Nwerke

    Nwerke Master Member

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    Classy! Seconded - exactly the right word.
  4. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    What are the scales on the different models? I know that the shuttle is definitely a smaller scale.

  5. jedimaster

    jedimaster Sr Member

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    Ahh... The SOSL made it. Nice work mate. And is that more weathering on the shuttle? Looks sweet.
  6. FlyAndFight

    FlyAndFight Member

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    Really nice collection. It brings to mind the Smithsonian Air & Space museum.

    How will you be displaying it?
  7. Gigatron

    Gigatron Sr Member

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    Thanks, guys :$

    Let's see...

    The wright flyer is 1:39
    The X-15A-2 is 1:32
    The Bell X-1 is 1:32
    The SoSL is 1:48
    and the shuttle is 1:144

    I really wanted to keep the planes in the same scale (1:32), to show their relative size, to each other. But the revell wright flyer was designed back when companies made, what was called "box scale". Basically, they made the box, then scaled the model to fit inside of it, hence the oddball 1:39. And the SoSL is only available in 1:48 or 1:72, unless you want a premade display piece.

    Yeah, after staring at it for so long, and looking at pictures of the real thing (except for the Enterprise), I decided it needed some weathering. The "fresh off the assembly line" look, wasn't cutting it anymore.

    For now, they just sit on top of one my other display cabinets. Ideally, I'd love to get a long, tall display cabinet, so that I could fit them all inside. The two trouble makers are the X-15 (too long) and the shuttle and stack (too tall).

  8. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 Master Member

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    A great concept nicely executed! I'm sure some die-hard aviation fans might argue that this aircraft or that aircraft should be included, but I don't think any of them would argue with your choices.

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