Old Model maker here

  
By:  Nowhere Man  •  last year  •  31 comments


Old Model maker here
 

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Been building models for 4 of my numerous decades on the planet... It's something that relaxes me and I enjoy the researching and creating...

F-104 Cockpit... (pilots seat for those who don't know aircraft speak)

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Ed-NavDoc
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1  Ed-NavDoc    last year

Pretty good detail there. Looks you fabricated your own safety harnesses. What variant and scale is this?

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1    last year

It's the old Hasegawa F-104C, the cockpit is an aftermarket set which up details what the kit has, the seat is a complete replacement... The scale is 1/32nd, it was going to be Bluejay-4... (from Star Trek) It failed when I couldn't get the finish to stick properly, going to take another shot at it...

Using the more modern Hasegawa kit....

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Nowhere Man @1.1    last year

Looking good so far. Keep us updated. Myself, I was more into aircraft and armor from WW II. My favorite scales are  1/48.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Nowhere Man @1.1    last year

Nice work NWM.  You're a man of many talents.

 
 
 
epistte
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1.1.3  epistte  replied to  Nowhere Man @1.1    last year

 You have quite a gift and must have the patience of a saint.

 I've done some prototyping and model building but nothing that I have ever done would be shown publically.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1.4  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.1.1    last year
Myself, I was more into aircraft and armor from WW II.

Ed, here's one I did for D-Day, 82nd Airborne, the glider drops into enemy held territory the afternoon of the 6th...

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Generally whatever strikes my fancy, sometime it is odd ball stuff, but this was something that meant something....

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1.5  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.2    last year

Brother I look at it as I know a little something about a little something, and a lot about nothing at all... I just go after what I get interested in and let my natural curiosity take it's course...

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1.6  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  epistte @1.1.3    last year

Patience is simply doing it over and over till you find what works, and then remembering it the next time... Whe n I first came out of Machine school I took a job at the Boeing Model shop prototyping 757/767 wings... It was a wonderful experience.... I actually got to observe a 737 all up wing destruction test where they take a fully assembled wing and break it...  Snap it right in half... they had a big giant machine they did this with... we were told that model building helped immensely with what we were about to witness... So yeah it's not all about display pieces...

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.1.7  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Nowhere Man @1.1.4    last year

M1 75 mm Pack Howitzer with M8 carriage? Impressive work. The Marines were phasing pack howitzers out when I was assigned as a FMF Corpsman.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1.8  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.1.7    last year

Thank you Ed, those were the last M1 75's that went into action with the US airborne forces in Europe... They were loaded into Horsa Gliders intended to land in zones that were secured prior to their arrival except the LZ's weren't secured... So they landed into an actual firefight... their landing path took them right over German lines to the touch down point on final approach, only about half of them made it, most were shot up pretty badly... Out of the two battalions of M1 75's that went in they managed to recover only 4 pieces and put them into action in which they were instrumental in eliminating the Germans holding half the field... After the battle they recovered most of them and they went on to help in securing the bridgehead... Shortly after that, they were replaced with the M1A1 105's....

One of the bloodiest battles the 82nd ever fought and you know what, you never read about it in the history books... Can you imagine what it was like going in on a glider on approach and having to cross the active MLR from the enemy's side at landing approach height? (75 - 100 ft)

Those were some damn brave dudes... That was my tribute to them...

 
 
 
epistte
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1.1.9  epistte  replied to  Nowhere Man @1.1.6    last year

 That is pretty much what I have done, but now I do it on a computer via Finite Element Analysis and CFD. Very seldom w are they willing to pay for us to build full-scale prototypes and abuse them to failure, fix the weakness, and do it all over again. It's fun and very rewarding to do but it takes time and is costly.   I had to learn prototyping and model building in college in my industrial design and then engineering classes.

 The times that I have gotten to spend in a mechanical test and prototype shop have always been very rewarding.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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1.1.10  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  epistte @1.1.9    last year
Finite Element Analysis and CFD

The last modeling work I did for Boeing was CFD on the actuators for the landing gear struts of the 737.... immensely fun, satisfying work....

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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2  author  Nowhere Man    last year

I will Ed, currently I'm finishing these two up... 

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A pair of H-13's A Korean War Air Ambulance and A Ft Wolters Training bird...

 
 
 
TTGA
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3  TTGA    last year

Far Out.  Like Ed, I am into WWII aircraft.  Also into ships, particularly warships.  Time periods from HMS Victory to the JFK.  All of it is very interesting, though.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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3.1  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  TTGA @3    last year
Like Ed, I am into WWII aircraft.  Also into ships, particularly warships.

Hey brother, long time no see!

About 9 month ago I was working on the USS Gwin... Trying to duplicate this image...

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I worked on her for a while then had to take a break, this is how far I got....

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I will come back to her eventually...

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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4  Ed-NavDoc    last year

There used to be plastic modeling group on NT a while back that did not get a lot of attention so I guess it was removed by Perrie. Would be nice to see that started back up if we could get enough interested members.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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5  Sparty On    last year

Nice Doc!

 
 
 
charger 383
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6  charger 383    last year

I like model trains

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  charger 383 @6    last year

I prefer beautiful models.

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charger 383
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6.1.1  charger 383  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.1    last year

best kind

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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6.2  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  charger 383 @6    last year

I have the 3D part files to print a UP Big Boy, just have to figure out the scale of the model in the files and reduce it to a manageable size for a desktop display...

Currently as it is right now it builds out to approximately 5ft long without the tender...

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charger 383
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6.2.1  charger 383  replied to  Nowhere Man @6.2    last year

I am happy Union Pacific restored a Big Boy and runs it.  

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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6.2.2  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  charger 383 @6.2.1    last year

Thinking on printing one up at 1/48th scale, should make it about 3 feet long with tender...

 
 
 
evilgenius
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7  evilgenius    last year

Nice. These are awesome! There is a whole subsection of photographers that only photograph miniature scenes created from models. 

I never really had the patents it takes for modeling. I like to start and finish projects in a couple of days. I do like, and am relatively good at, painting models and figures. 

I want to try to do some foam carving this year to create a 3D background for my aquarium. I've seen examples on YouTube of people foam carving and then coating in a marine grade cement and then painting them. Mine of course would just be rocks, so kind of boring comparatively. 

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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7.1  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  evilgenius @7    last year

I've seen some rock sculpting from the model railroaders that would defy description, without touching them it would be impossible to distinguish them from real rock...

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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8  Jeremy Retired in NC    last year

I had to stop building models due to my job.  Deploying every other year I didn't have the time.  A lot of what I built were of the various types of equipment I've driven / worked on in my military career - M109 Howitzer, M110 Howitzer, M113, M577, M925, M923, M1093, M198 Howitzers, C-141, C17 and C130 (with jumpers "in the door").  (1st half of my career I was Field Artillery and the latter I was Transportation.)

I'd love to get back into it, but in my area it's not that easy to find exactly what I'm looking for.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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8.1  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @8    last year

You can pretty much get anything you want on the internet these days brother... I'm an artillery nut, what are you looking for?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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8.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Nowhere Man @8.1    last year

I'm former Artillerymen.  Spent time on the M109A3, M109A6, M198 and a VERY short time in an M110 Battery.  Would love to find those as well as an M113, M577, 1083 LMTV cargo truck, M925 cargo trucks and HMMWV's with cargo trailers.  

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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8.1.2  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @8.1.1    last year
M109A3, M109A6, M198 and a VERY short time in an M110 Battery.  Would love to find those as well as an M113, M577, 1083 LMTV cargo truck, M925 cargo trucks and HMMWV's with cargo trailers.

Will send you a private note...

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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8.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @8    last year

There is a on line mail order company called Mega Hobby that has a pretty decent selection of armor and aircraft of all scales and eras. I had good luck with them when I was still modelling. You might want to check them out.

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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8.2.1  author  Nowhere Man  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @8.2    last year

Scalemates , the online model database is the source for everything modeling currently...

Online hobby shops come and go everyday worldwide... Scalemates has a pretty good database of them... (showing nation location s well, very important in today's shipping environment)

I like Sprue Bro's and Kitlinx , although Kitlinx can be slow... Mega Hobby can also be slow...

But the online marketplace is worldwide.. Just remember that Covid has slowed down worldwide shipping and it can take as long as two months to get something from outside the US... There are some great manufacturers on the international scene...

 
 

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