Archive for January, 2010

31
Jan
10

Just what every boy needs

I got this RC V-1 Buzz Bomb kit from my friend Scott and just couldn’t resist taking a break to start building it. It’s getting there. Lots more to do. Should be a kick to fly.

Steve

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29
Jan
10

Took a break today

Went to the lake and ran my Seaview. Back to editing.

Steve

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27
Jan
10

Foo Fighters moving forward

Been editing for a few days now and nearly have the big battle scene done where the P-51 Squadron shoots down a Foo Fighter after losing 2 of their men. About 30 CGI shoots all done by yours truly, green screen comps, a bunch of cutting, sound mix and sound effects. Next up is to add the score and I can move on to cutting the rest of the live action.

Here’s some screen grabs from the edit bay. Click on the small image to see a larger one. Be sure to expand the window to full page too.

Steve

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26
Jan
10

Lots to tell

Been busy having a new PC made for editing and after effects for my feature length movie, “Foo Fighters”.

www.foofightersmovie.com

My good friend JCM spec-ed out the machine and I bought all the components at New Egg.
He is also the DP on this film and a producer.

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Here’s JCM building the machine late at night in my work shop-post production facility.

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It’s a high end machine, quad core, 8 gigs of ram and a smoking video card. All Intel chip set. Jeff built the machine for me in one night. Loaded to bare with Windows 7 Ultimate, CS4, I am back to work on my composites of the pilots from green screen to the CGI cockpit of a P-51 Mustang. Now that they are done I’m editing the entire movie. Three months of CGI and more than 30 minutes of CGI animation all singled handed.

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Go to the Foo fighters website to see more. The frame above is taken from my after effects program Digital Fusion of one of the green screen composites. I just did over 50.

In addition I’ve had a little fun on the side an built this free flight Ford Tri-motor.

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You can see what I’m building next in the BKG. I’ll post a new Foo fighters Theatrical trailer this weekend.

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Steve

15
Jan
10

I’ve nearly finished the ME-109

It was a lot of fun building this model. Can’t wait to fly it. Still a bit more detailing to do. What’s next!

Steve

11
Jan
10

Guillows ME-109 build

Despite being a nearly all RC kind of guy I still think that building airplanes in stick and tissue is a real neat thing. After all the whole flying model airplane hobby started right here. Before electronics and radio control these planes had to fly on their own. If you look at video on the net of these free flight rubber band, electric, and rocket powered models, they are truly amazing to watch. They fly as though they are under control and land better by themselves than some RC pilots.

So I started this ME-109 and will finish and fly it on video right here as time goes by. Here’s what I have done so far.

Steve

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09
Jan
10

Flying my RC airliner

Went out today for a bit of flying. My RC 757 of sorts. Atteched a small camera to it.


Enjoy,

Steve

08
Jan
10

X-1 nears finishing

Not much left to do except pen in the door, ailerons, flaps, elevators and rudders. She ready to fly when the rocket motors finally get past back order. I will glide test it and make sure it’s trim and the CG is on the spot. I sure enjoyed building this little bit of history. If you click on the pictures you can see a larger image. If you look close you’ll see Chuck in the drivers seat and some of the gauges. More to come.

Steve

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04
Jan
10

More work on the X-1

I played hooky the entire weekend and built this model. I got pretty far too. At this point I need to cover the tails and the top fairing. then I can paint it, add the interior to the cockpit and the pilot, ad the canopy and decals. The very fun part of any build.

Here’s some pictures of the steps in the build to date.

Steve

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Starting the fuselage.

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This is why the wing was built first as it’s incorporated into the fuse/

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Time to add all those remaining stringers.

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All the stringers and the main fuselage construction is nearly done at this point so I taped on the remaining parts to have a look.

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And most of the tissue has been applied and covered with dope.

Steve

02
Jan
10

More on the Bell X-1

Breaking away from CGI for the weekend here I started back on the X-1.

This is a paste from the thread I’m doing over at http://www.smallflyingartsforum.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl

Well a bit of progress this holiday weekend. I must admit this is a lot of fun and so different than that of which I’m use to.

So I have the wing built. It’s the tissue that’s so different. At first I had my doubts after applying the tissue to the wing that anything so baggy would shrink up.

I used alcohol and mist it on. Went to do other things and when I came back the tissue was straight as can be. I would imagine even better after the nitrate goes on. But I’ll let it dry throughly over night to be sure and dope it tomorrow.

Washout is good as per the plans. As you can see by the picture I placed the wing back on the build board and the wing tip jigs.

Really I had no trouble at all so far. With this build you have to build the wing first before one can move on to the fuse as it is built around the wing. I look forward to framing up the fuse tomorrow.

Steve

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