Now, for something completely different! A detailed airplane model, made of card-stock kit (actually sold in the form of a "magazine").
I was building models of this kind when I was in late elementary school/early high school. That's the kind of things a nerdy teenager does, when computers aren't available. Because for me personally, they weren't. Still, I'm certain that this early interest has decisively influenced my focus on 3D forms.
I wonder, how popular such card-stock models are in different countries? For what I've seen, (and I may be wrong ) it's largely a speciality of Eastern & Central Europe. While we had plastic model kits too – the card stock reigned supreme, when it comes to the amount of models produced locally.
Compared to plastic kits, card stock ones require way more of diligent work, and patience. But the advantage is the low price, and lack of significant additional costs, such as special paints etc. They're certainly very time-consuming – but we in the more eastern parts of Europe never had our time prized too highly (if ya know what I mean...).
The F-16 is reallz nice plane, only problem is that it has troublesome canopy shape..
The loadout was a part of the kit, I could omit this but I figured it would look better with bombs & stuff. And I was right.
Yeah, the canopy was a pain to assemble. It's made of thick plastic foil from some package, cut and glued to the shape. I'm aware of the vacuum forming technique, which would allow to produce single-piece canopy. But living in an apartment building, I didn't (and still don't) have access to any workshop space, which would enable me to do it.
I've got a few more models like this, which withstood the test of time and are in shape good enough to be shown. So stay tuned.
Guess I can imagine what kind of problem is making convex canopies. Made myself several efforts with making the canopy form, heating the transparent fimls with hot-air blowers and tried stretchin' them on the the form. In vast majority of attempts it ended-up with burnt fingertips and defective results. The bigger ones- the worse. Still can't do it properly. :sad:- Reason why I rather stick to conventional plain canopies.
Will do.Keep them coming, buddy!