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Title: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: Weaver on October 30, 2009, 02:31:18 pm
Okay, this was my entry for Hawkeye's Think Pink competition for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Thread here:

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,26133.msg387590.html#new

Basically, I was looking for Pink Panther related inspiration, when I came across a picture of the Pink Panther custom car that used to appear at the start of the TV series:

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d165/hws5mp/The%20Whiffery/Pink%20Panther%20Plane/pink_panther_limo.jpg)

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d165/hws5mp/The%20Whiffery/Pink%20Panther%20Plane/6a00d83451cbb069e200e54f187d058834-.jpg)



Remind you of anything? Well it reminded me of the MiG-37 Ferret I had in the stash, so with the help of some Burger King toys purchased off ebay, I came up with this:

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d165/hws5mp/The%20Whiffery/Pink%20Panther%20Plane/IMG_5390.jpg)

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d165/hws5mp/The%20Whiffery/Pink%20Panther%20Plane/IMG_5391.jpg)

It didn't win (and quite right too, given the standard of some of the other entries), but this competition, more than most, was always more about the taking part.

It's actually a lot rougher than it appears in the pics. Some of the paint crackled: it's Plasticote and it's one of those "re-coat with 8 hours or after 36 hours" jobs: I didn't have 36 hours to spare. The paint's also a bit thin in places where the single coat was sprayed in too much of a hurry in bad light. I also dumped a lot of ideas for lack of time, so I may shortly re-visit this and re-build it to a better standard.

Possible mods include:

1. Cut out cockpit coaming and fit small fly screen as per the car.

2. Add side decals in the shape of the car's windows.

3. Replace the undercarriage with two huge hot-rod wheels in the weapon bays in support of which:

4. Make the wings flat by cutting out their lower fuse tabs and replacing them with a proper spar (I never did like the excessive anhedral on the Ferret),

5. Add some interior bulkheads. A full interior would be counter-productive, because the PP figure head to be cut to fit, so it's better that he vanish into a "black hole" than have the fact that he ends at the waist clearly visible,

6. Cut out the solid black block moulded between the Inspector's legs,

7. Paint it properly, add Breast Cancer ribbons on the tails and a trail of panther prints for the Inspector to be following.
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: thedarkmaster on October 30, 2009, 02:32:22 pm



I don't have the words  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: GTX on October 30, 2009, 02:52:26 pm
(http://fc04.deviantart.com/fs17/f/2007/180/2/b/_jawdrop__rvmp_by_bad_blood.gif)
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: MiB on October 30, 2009, 03:03:10 pm
OH.

MY.

GOD.

 :blink:
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: ElectrikBlue on October 30, 2009, 03:09:22 pm
 :thumbsup: :wub: :mellow: :ph34r:  :tornado:
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: tanktastic43 on October 30, 2009, 03:19:34 pm
Brilliant. 'nuff said.  :thumbsup:
tt43.
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: philp on October 30, 2009, 03:45:00 pm
Yep, he did a nice job for how fast he put it together.  I look forward to you revisiting it.

As I mentioned in the contest thread, I have the Pink Panther Mobile kit.  It is by Doyusha and had originally be released by Eldon.  Nice kit, little expensive if you find them on eBay but I got a very good deal.
http://www.showrods.com/showrod_pages/pink_panther.html
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: Stargazer2006 on October 30, 2009, 04:01:25 pm
It's brilliant!!!  :thumbsup: Now you should set it in a diorama kind of thing with stylized landscape and pink steps on the ground for the inspector to follow...  :lol:
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: McColm on November 03, 2009, 10:34:03 am
Yep, he did a nice job for how fast he put it together.  I look forward to you revisiting it.

As I mentioned in the contest thread, I have the Pink Panther Mobile kit.  It is by Doyusha and had originally be released by Eldon.  Nice kit, little expensive if you find them on eBay but I got a very good deal.
http://www.showrods.com/showrod_pages/pink_panther.html
Why does the driver get wet?
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: ysi_maniac on November 03, 2009, 10:40:44 am
WOOOOW
 :wub: :blink: :bow: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: Weaver on November 03, 2009, 10:57:28 am
Cheers folks: comments much apppreciated!
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: JoeP on November 03, 2009, 03:28:06 pm
C'est magnifique!
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: sideshowbob9 on November 04, 2009, 01:19:55 am
 :blink: ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: Brian da Basher on November 04, 2009, 01:42:07 am
Your Pink Panther plane is a real treat, Weaver!
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: Army of One on November 04, 2009, 05:54:04 am
Funny......fine little build there..............agree on the taking part thing as well  :thumbsup:
Title: Love it!
Post by: sequoiaranger on November 04, 2009, 06:59:20 am
Good work--a little funniness never hurt a whif.

I owned an 1959 International Harvester Travelall that was pink (it was very cheap in 1980 when I needed a cheap vehicle). Top speed was about 45 mph, and it was an enormous, clunky vehicle (may not look so big in the pic, as there is no other car for comparative size). The engine compartment alone could sleep two (no kidding--I have lain down in it on one side of the engine while a friend closed the "bonnet"--there was room for someone else on the other side of the straight-6 engine). I had custom license plates that read:

PPNTHR

Thought it fitting for such a racy, sleek craft!! Not a pic of mine, but here is the vehicle in question:

(http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv173/sequoiaranger/1956Travelall.jpg)
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: Weaver on November 04, 2009, 08:24:34 am
Nice one Sequoiaranger!  ;D It looks like a mini-van version of the International Harvester school bus: is that IH's "house style" then?
Title: Re: Panther Pink Panther Plane
Post by: Stargazer2006 on November 04, 2009, 09:18:11 am
This car has "Indian taxi" written  all over it!!!