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Kamiyacho

We are modelling Japan - it should be tidy!  But I do need to add people here.

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cteno4

ok heres a little present i have been working on for curt's layout. we were talking about boats and i thought it would be fun to make a hobie cat as they have simple shapes and would be apropos vessel for the beach scene.

 

this was just a prototype to figure things out to how these could be made easily. i just ordered some more fine, straight steel rods that would be better suited for the rigging, stays, mast and framework. also made the mistake of not bending the mast as part of the main frame. few details i will do different in future ones. sail was fun to try to print out double sided on the printer and get it lined up! made it doing a small heel.

 

then to top it off i was just about finished with only some touch up painting to do and placing the figures and godzilla attacked. i must have knocked it off the desk last night and this morning when i stepped up to the desk there was an awful crunch noise and looked down and i had stepped right on it (luckily the mast was not sticking straight up, i have stepped on enough nails in my life). luckily for such a tiny craft it was not too hard to put back together!

 

i did manage to screw up my port and starboard when i was mounting the sails and ended up on the wrong tack for the direction of heel, so i just moved the rudders to be turning so the heel is from them doing a correction. oh well its been a few years since i had my feet wet in a sailboat!

 

cheers

 

jeff

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KenS

Very nice model. You do an excellent job of having just enough detail to convey the sense of it being a real Hobie Cat, while still having a relatively simple model.

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cteno4

thanks ken, i actually stripped a few details i put on as it got too much. always that fine balance of getting just the details that make the mind fill in the picture, while others ruin it! while the micro machines was neat in its minimalist form, it lacked a few things that then made it too toylike to fit well with the other stuff we have for n scale.

 

cheers

 

jeff

 

ps btw did you notice that the sheets were your 34g motor wire?! was the only thin stuff i had on hand. just ordered a few really fine nichrome wires which should be a bit better and can get colored with markers well. jr

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bill937ca

We are modelling Japan - it should be tidy!  But I do need to add people here.

 

But only if they don't litter!

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cteno4

It was funny in my trips in 1984 and 2003 to japan that Kyoto and Tokyo flipped. in 83 Kyoto was mellow and very clean and tokyo gruff, noisy, and dirty. in 2003 Tokyo was very clean and pleasant, while Kyoto had filled with people and tourists and was now fairly dirty!

 

cheers

 

jeff

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KenS

ps btw did you notice that the sheets were your 34g motor wire?! was the only thin stuff i had on hand. just ordered a few really fine nichrome wires which should be a bit better and can get colored with markers well. jr

 

I missed that. I suppose the red color isn't necessarily wrong, and you won't notice the shine at any distance. But colored nichrome sounds like a better idea.  Good use of available materials though.

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cteno4

yeah the shine is an issue, but like you say at a foot it goes away. the red motor wire does not color well, i tried it. this was just a prototype really as eventually i want 3 or 4 to have a little race going on. the regatta can even travel through curts layout for a while on one of his scenery cycles he plans to do.

 

btw usually on hobies they use contrasting color sheets to the trampoline color so they stand out to grab them fast (trampoline can become a pile of lines). a few even use different colors for each line. makes for pretty colors they usually dont do on other sailboat sheets!

 

now trying to do a spinnaker, that would be a challenge! maybe cut out of the side of a plastic bottle to get the shape? then it would need hand painting!

 

cheers

 

jeff

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cteno4

ha, had to happen, its the chinese architectural figures! these are usually like $5-10/100 figures on ebay. cheaper if you go in higher quantities.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Kamiyacho

Sometimes sacrificies have to be made...............

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cteno4

more shark food! or for the mannequin truck cargo...

 

jeff

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cteno4

burping curts great figure postings as i just thought of a use for all those extra legs!!!

 

a chinese new year parade in the city's china town and do a long chinese dragon!!! the chinese ones usually only have the legs showing!

 

better than the truckload of mannequin legs...

 

jeff

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scott

more shark food!

 

I hear that humans are becoming rare worldwide because of the practice among personersharks of biting off the legs and throwing the rest back. What a waste!

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cteno4

practice is called legging...  ???

 

jeff

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scott

Apparently humanleg soup is a delicacy in some oceans.

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JR 500系

Haha Totally missed this thread. Very interesting thread! 

 

Here' s a few pictures from my vehicles...

 

 

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