A better attempt at painting the Eagle Frame and Spine. Good enough for me, for the time being. I am happy with the pale grey and happy with the overall effect. The finish could be better but I quite like the the rough and the lumps and bumps, kind of used looking. I am sure the original film model was a bit rough around the edges and I guess that gave something of interest in the finished filming, that is my story anyway.
I struggle with this painting business, this must be my 5th attempt at the dark grey details on the cages and spine. Keep trying. I wasn't too impressed with my work again, too dark and patchy. Awaiting on some white paint to tone down the grey, will try to build up the colour lightly and from a distance to get a thin over colour (not sure how to describe the effect we are trying for.
âThe masking is time consuming but I think it is what I am after. We will see.
Elsewhere I machined a few brass tubes to help with someone else's build. Got the CNC router going.
I have done little on the Eagle. Bored, bored of the 22's, the weaponised Eagles, the postal Eagle, the junk re imagined stuff, the armoured Eagles and the crap mash up Eagles with different Sci-Fi genres. Bored of all of the same questions, "is that a Gemini part?". I have loved the Eagle for 40 years, everyone has one now, a mass produced quick fix for muggles (there you go, Sci-Fi / Fantasy mash up).
I think I am getting over myself, I have left most of the 1999 / Eagle groups and forums, and will just come here to talk to myself.
I bought an airbrush, it is great. I have never used one before, like most of this, I have never done it before. Am I great with an airbrush? No, am I happy? Yes, this is great, I can get better at this and the result is already better than my attempt with a brush. Bull in a china shop; did I practice? No. Just have a go, the fun is coming back.
I have one spare with ear moulding on eBay (now sold).
If anyone would like one, I can make to order. I have One spare Ear Moulding.
Just let me know. Thanks.
Couple of images from the internet.
I haven't been around for a while. I have been doing some bits and pieces of modelling but an unintended break seemed to happen for no apparent reason.
I have a massive collection of data for war gaming and sci-fi modelling and have been wondering what to do with it.
I have signed up to Patron, a great place where creative types can get a bit of support and where collectively this can be meaningful. For me it will be a way of sharing data at very little cost to individuals but might make something to cover my efforts.
Have a look, I am offering two levels of support, one at $2 and the other at $5. At the $5 level, I will offer CAD data at my Battletech Longbow and Star Wars Tie Scimitar level. I will get on and finish my Star Wars Tie Tank and offer that.
Feel free to let me know what you think.
I purchased a few books of interest, sacred geometry, golden section, and one on compass and ruler exercises.
I really love the sacred geometry styled Gothic church windows. I have designed some in CAD and shall print some off with the hope that they make nice details for MDF type laser cut buildings for war gaming.
Also available on my Shapeways shop.
Here's one to look at; set of 4 windows works out as a good price.
A simple CNC program fairly quickly produced 3 sets of 44" Eagle Transporter landing pod feet from an A3 sized sheet of Perspex.
The sizes were spot on to the plans and the chamfered corners just marked out and cut with a file / sanding paper on a block.
I am attempting to help out some fellow modellers by hosting a small get-together where we have an expert coming over to teach us how to solder brass tubes. We will run CNC machines and get tube fish mouthed and quickly as possible. This seemed like a good opportunity to get cracking on another set of brass work for myself.
What pod to choose; that is the question.
Stunning turned aluminium engine bells produced by Mike Reader (check him out on the usual forums / Facebook). My resins are not to shabby really but aluminium is real and feels good.
I model most of my work in CAD before I build it.
With a little work the CAD model of the 44" Eagle Transporter has been scaled to make an 11" Model. This might be a very nice thing to produce; as long as my CAD is good (I think it is; the 44" frame is built from it) the 11" model will be very interesting / accurate.
I have added this in the Shapeways WSF plastic material; much better price. We will see how expensive the spine works out to be in stainless steel!
The passenger pod floor is coming together; the brass work that looked great when raw is etch primed; a couple of soldered pegs locate that to the acrylic perspex plate.
The plate was roughened slightly prior to getting some primer on that just to help key the paint in place.
The kit bashed parts are resin casts; these look fine with no air bubbles or defects (but I had a big pot of those to choose from).
I have been designing a range of Hover Tanks; these are styled on old world war one tanks as a sci-fi hover tanks.
The design is my own; and produced with Autodesk Fusion.
They can be found on Shapeways; buying a set of 4 works out pretty good on price.
Haven't done much model making for a while; life gets in the way sometimes.
I had chance to get the soldering kit out and crack on with the passenger pod floor frame. The jigs were made an age ago; the fish mouthing was done and this task was completed in a few hours over two evenings.
The jig L sections worked great; the frame is fairly big but has remained flat and true; I am very happy with the result and this could have been a challenge without a jig.
Designed some ruins / scatter terrain in 28mm scale. A ruin of an old Star Gate and a Column Base; no real purpose but should look good to dress the table.
A drawing of the Tie Scimitar Assault Bomber. Free Download, enjoy.
Check it out on Shapeways;
Tie Scimitar by Scalestuff
The model looks good to go in the detail material at 6mm 1/270 ish scale. It is about 50mm long overall and the price came out really very good I thought.