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Re: Tintin 1/72 - Udet U-12 Flamingo... from scratch.
« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2019, 07:33:14 pm »
Steve, I agree about the scratchbuilding - once you give it a go, even if the first few attempts turn to bin fodder, you gain skills and the next project/idea holds fewer fears.
You also get an 'eye' for how to break things down into manageable, doable bits.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Tintin 1/72 - Udet U-12 Flamingo... from scratch.
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2019, 12:38:03 am »
Coming along very nicely. The 10 thou skin method with the ribs impressed from the rear works. I usually use a blunt pencil and lay the card on a pile of paper to allow the rib to form without damage. I also think scratch building is a rite of passage in modelling. Once you've cracked it you start to look at all sorts of former impossibilities from a different viewpoint.

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Steve, I agree about the scratchbuilding - once you give it a go, even if the first few attempts turn to bin fodder, you gain skills and the next project/idea holds fewer fears.
You also get an 'eye' for how to break things down into manageable, doable bits.  :thumbsup:

Agreed.
You also get better at guestimation.
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Re: Tintin 1/72 - Udet U-12 Flamingo... from scratch.
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2019, 12:45:51 am »
Oh yes, very much agree!  ;)

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Re: Tintin 1/72 - Udet U-12 Flamingo... from scratch.
« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2019, 01:02:53 am »
Here we go.  I scored the back of the panel  here with the tip of a round file.  It's subtle (I had to fiddle with the picture settings to get it to show up well) but to scale.  I'll be using this technique some more.  Good tip, thanks.
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Now, back to the Tintin...
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Re: Tintin 1/72 - Udet U-12 Flamingo... from scratch.
« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2019, 08:18:17 am »

Here we go.  I scored the back of the panel  here with the tip of a round file.  It's subtle (I had to fiddle with the picture settings to get it to show up well) but to scale.  I'll be using this technique some more.  Good tip, thanks.


Glad it worked, and you'll probably find they show up better when it's painted.
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Re: Tintin 1/72 - Udet U-12 Flamingo... from scratch.
« Reply #35 on: January 14, 2019, 03:03:57 pm »
That looks like it would've worked better than what I did, which was just glue the ribs on the outside and then slope the sides with putty... Wish I'd done this technique, but live and learn I guess.

We're past that stage now though, I'm afraid.  In fact we just started to veer off from a real-world Udet U-12 Flamingo, and into the realm of Herge's imagination...
So the first thing to do was cut a pilot notch(?) in the upper wing, just like it shows in the book.



Then I added some vents to the side of the cowling.  There should be three, but I only added two by mistake... oh, well, no one will notice.  Also I scrounged up some wheels leftover from my first Area 88 1/144 B-1 build... so that should work, right?



Finally, using some two-part epoxy putty... and we’ve got a couple of huge juicy spats.  Some sanding and shaping will be required, but that stuff gets sticky fast and I figured a bit more that could be sanded back would be better than not quite enough.

Thanks!

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Re: Tintin 1/72 - Udet U-12 Flamingo... from scratch.
« Reply #36 on: January 14, 2019, 10:45:09 pm »
Spats!! Where's BdB when he's needed?

Coming along nicely - keep it up!

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Re: Tintin 1/72 - Udet U-12 Flamingo... from scratch.
« Reply #37 on: January 15, 2019, 01:41:50 am »
Mmmmmm, spats...
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