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23
Sep
19

Maybe a model kit from me…

I’m slowly working a mid power “Bigdaddy” sized Star Ship based on the SpaceX Star Ship. I had thought of converting a Bigdaddy into one but it was too far off for my tastes. Open Rocket would not allow me the flexibility I wanted and being a film industry digital effects artist I decided to build a CGI model of my idea in Lightwave 3D my software of choice now since 1994.

I didn’t just want to make things to proportions with a body tube, fins and a stock nose cone with a paint job for the windows. I want to make the proper shapes and also being a scratch model builder I plan to master the nose cone with the proper canards with the scale filets. In addition to that I also plan to have the scale windshield made from clear vacuum formed PETG.

Likewise with the tail cone I will make the scale fins with the taper and airfoil, landing pods on the tips and the fin filets. I will also have 6 dummy engines with one big engine tube for an E motor.

For the small passenger windows those will mostly likely be decals. Main Body tube will be a 3 inch diameter cardboard tube. Nothing fancy there.

The masters will be molded in silicone. The cast parts from Alumilite hollow cast. I have successfully done this in the past when I made my “Hostile Projectile” kits 10 years ago. I had stopped making kits to take care of my late wife who passed in 2013 from cancer.

Here are some pictures and even a short CGI video test I did to see how the model looks in space.

If it flies well and there is an interest I might make a short run of kits.


14
Sep
19

Don’t forget we…

07
Sep
19

I finished the big girl!

07
Sep
19

The Dream…a short film in

The Dream…a short film in the making

“The Dream” is about a small boy with a dream of space flight and the ending would inspire any young person to reach for the stars and never give up.

I have been building the sets, acquiring set decorations, and of course Patrick. This model was made by Alex Kai and was purchased the CGTrader website. But most of what you see here was made in Lightwave Modeler.

It took some time to create the garage which was built like an actual garage in 3D space using Lightwave which is my 3D software of choice.

This project won’t happen overnight. Between making all the models, lighting, rigging and doing motion capture it will take months to do this 10 minute short film. The beauty of it is it’s all done in my “Studio in a Box”. No crew, no one to compromise with anymore then you would if you creating a painting on canvas. This is art.

Watch for updates here. Here’s a frame grab of Patrick and his garage. It is in in a very raw state needing much set decorations and the Rocket itself is still under construction.

31
Aug
19

Building Rockets. This one isn’t a model.

8-31-19 Zephyr Build update

This is a HPR rocket. It’s capable of over 300ft and gets there in about 2 seconds. Do the math. Rockets were always my first love since I stood in front of the TWA Moonliner at Disneyland in the late 50’s. Not to mention the “Man in Space) series they did with Wernher Von Braun.

I have built a lot of rockets but this is the biggest one yet and they will continue to get bigger as we go.

Progress pictures. The rocket builds fast but the finishing wok and fancy paint job always takes the longest. Body is filled and has primer. Lots of it to sand down smooth. Under it is filler to get rid of the tube lines. Nose cone is painted gloss black.

Next to paint the body gloss white.

21
Aug
19

Adam’s new toy

Aug 21 at 7:35amAdam’s New Toy

I made this up for Adam a while ago and my friend Dr. Chris Landon drove it up there and hand delivered it to Adam. I noticed on Twitter he was using it on his Podcasts.

04
Aug
19

CB Model Designs Boomer P30 class

CB Model Designs Boomer Build

By now we are getting a lot of pages on the site because I build a lot of planes and document them. Main reason I take the time to do this is to promote the hobby, create business for my friends in the hobby cottage industry and share with other builders the knowledge I gained from my builds. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve set out to do a build only to be helped in that endeavor by an article or building thread on Hip Pocket Aviators. Or the FAC. 

My latest interest is P-30 class free flight. These are 30 inch span models built in a variety of configurations.

After seeing the planes fly with the Grassy Knoll Club last week it became apparent to be the models flew and survived landing the best. High wings with no undercarriage did the best. These planes are functional in design to get the most out of pure flying both in endurance and altitude.

As much as I love scale, for pure flying fun and excellence you couldn’t beat my Volare Products Wanderer.

I started looking into P-30. Although the Wander is a P-30 type of platform it’s doesn’t meet the criteria for contest flying at a 36 inch span and weight.

I set out on the net for research into the P-30. I found lots of kits and planes long since discontinued. I wanted the boom design not a stick and tissue fuselage. They look great and have less drag and a built in blast shield. Wind and go!

I finally found Clint Brooks of CB Model Designs and he had exactly what I wanted. Not only that the kit is beautiful and turnkey. The tubular balsa fuse is pre-assembled and the pylon for the wing already added and drill out to fit the duel wing and tail dethermalizer.

http://www.cbmodeldesigns.com/boomer-mk-iii.htm

The kit includes the DT and all hardware and prop. A lot of value for 108 dollars.

Nose block is done for you right out of the box.
preassembled wing pylon
In Flight she’s a beauty. 
Finished model on the CB Model Designs website

I ordered one and started a dialogue with Clint the owner-designer and he’s terrific.

So I’ll start building as soon as the kit gets here. That should be this week and this will be a priority build as this plane will be entered in contest and be flown often! I’m excited.




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