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BIG X

Wheels Up or Down - What's your opinion?

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On 1/7/2017 at 10:13 AM, JackG said:

I just thought of something for those that scratch build their own display bases.  If you stagger the height of the rods on your model builds, you could potentially save on shelf space.  Essentially, the base itself and not wingspan, determines how close together they sit on the shelf.

 

regards,

Jack

 

I've done this with game miniatures for years. It saves tons of space. Plus if you standardize your stand sizes, the models look like they are flying in formation. 

 

I've always built my kits wheels down, but I think I'm changing my mind.  The biggest influence has been that Bandai started marketing stands for their Gundam kits and nice stands on their Star Wars kits.  It really improves the looks imho.

 

 

That and watching guys like CedB build here. They look like they're having fun. That's all I'm looking for when I start a new build.

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Thud4444 said:

 

I've done this with game miniatures for years. It saves tons of space. Plus if you standardize your stand sizes, the models look like they are flying in formation. 

 

I've always built my kits wheels down, but I think I'm changing my mind.  The biggest influence has been that Bandai started marketing stands for their Gundam kits and nice stands on their Star Wars kits.  It really improves the looks imho.

 

 

That and watching guys like CedB build here. They look like they're having fun. That's all I'm looking for when I start a new build.

 

 

 

 

Fun is the name of the game for me - with my skills I'm never going to impress anyone - so I might as well just enjoy myself ^_^

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UPDATE - I'm attempting a wheels up 1/48 Hurricane - who would of thought a nose cone would take so much filling :lol: - putting a propeller in there is much easier :doh:

 

I'm pleased to say the idea came from right here - it would never have occurred to me to make it look like the prop was spinning otherwise - thank you forum folk - your a wonderful bunch :clap2:

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on take off on some aircraft the wheels go up then upon landing they come down. ok now l am leaving :evil_laugh::coat:

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Or you could do one up, one down!!  I like to see wheels up models but if it's a prop aircraft the blades have to be represented in some way as if they are spinning.....stationary blades just don't do it for me I'm afraid!

Max

 

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Wheels down.

  1. The only sensible scale for my resources, space and financial, is 1/72nd.
  2. I haven't got the skill to make the pilot figures at that scale look even vaguely realistic and an aeroplane in flight without a pilot would look....silly.
  3. The undercarriages on modern kits are often little works of art in their own right.

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On ‎12‎/‎01‎/‎2017 at 03:05, MIkeMaben said:

 

Both up and down are fun, so I do both.

I fell upon the idea of nation or squadron themed

stands some time ago (1990s).

 

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These are seriously amazing bases - may I ask about your perspex supports...

 

are they flat or round ?

do you bend them yourself ?

how do you attach them to the base ?

how do you attach them to the aircraft ?

 

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I like wheels up, but they do require extra though such as pilots, prop-blurs, bases and how to support the model in as unobtrusive a way as possible

 

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For me, it depends on the subject.

 

Whilst jets lend themselves to in-flight display more than a prop driven subject, I wouldn't lose sleep over a static prop. My next project is the airfix 1/48 dogfight double of bf109 and Spit Vb and I'm looking forward to displaying them together in-flight on the 2-pronged stand that comes with the kit.

 

90% of my aircraft are wheels down. I would like all models to come with either option and a stand though. That would maybe encourage more in-flight models.

 

I chose to build my EE Lightning in flight, just cause for me I like to remember them screaming upwards. Im currently building a 1:48 Stuka, so no choice there, but my next build, 1:48 Me 262, I will probably go for wheels up on a stand.

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On 10/30/2017 at 9:31 AM, BIG X said:

These are seriously amazing bases - may I ask about your perspex supports...

 

are they flat or round ?

do you bend them yourself ?

how do you attach them to the base ?

how do you attach them to the aircraft ?

 

 

Hi BIG, the supports are acrylic rod that measures .188 (inch) 4.77 (mm).

I bent each by laying them in a frying pan of boiling water, then (quickly)

bending them around a glass jar. Attached to base by gluing the rod into

a hole with white glue.

3 of the 4 were attached to the model by inserting a small acrylic ball into

a very slightly smaller hole in the model. The Mustang was attached by

glueing a short piece of rod the the end of the curved rod forming an L

(to keep the model from rolling over) shape at the end and then just sticking

it in the radiator rear vent.

 

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The attachment can take other forms too, it just depends on what works best

for you and it's display circumstances.

HTH, have fun

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40 minutes ago, MIkeMaben said:

 

Hi BIG, the supports are acrylic rod that measures .188 (inch) 4.77 (mm).

I bent each by laying them in a frying pan of boiling water, then (quickly)

bending them around a glass jar. Attached to base by gluing the rod into

a hole with white glue.

3 of the 4 were attached to the model by inserting a small acrylic ball into

a very slightly smaller hole in the model. The Mustang was attached by

glueing a short piece of rod the the end of the curved rod forming an L

(to keep the model from rolling over) shape at the end and then just sticking

it in the radiator rear vent.

 

Mvc-430s.jpg

 

The attachment can take other forms too, it just depends on what works best

for you and it's display circumstances.

HTH, have fun

REALLY REALLY nice work and thanks for explaining the method - something for me to aspire to - Thanks - Steve

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