Thanks for all the feedback everyone.
Nice idea and well executed Gary. Particularly like the tyre, captures the old and 'Donald-Ducked' look perfectly, how did you do that?
The tyres are moulded in two halves so I first cut the rims out of the center, leaving the tyres seperate. I glued the tyres together amd then using scrap plastic built the rims up so that they were the correct width for the tyres. Then I used a small candle and heated one side of the tyre (and parts of my thumb ... but that's not a requirement for the build) and when soft I pressed it against a flat surface. I did this c couple of times rather than overdoing the heating in one go. It actually worked out quite well because I ended up with a more irregular flat around the edges. Once I had the flat surface I warmed up the side of a tyre and using a brush handle I pushed the side in.
I painted the rims light grey and then glued them into the tyres.
For painting I painted the tyres anthracite, and I applied a coat of dark grey oil paints all over which I wiped off , leaving enough for everything to look dirty. Once dry I put on a coat of clear and then generously dabbed some Tamiya rust powder (Hobbycraft sells it, it's the one that comes in make up style palettes of three colours). And that was it.
Let me be honest though, the results was more 'ass than class' in that the result is far better than what I had hoped for and it was pure luck that it came out that way
Looks like the old ESCI DC-3, reboxed. I like that you'll do er "as is," wings off and so on. Did you build in the birds nest between the stringers?
I was going to but I don't have a reference book on birds in Thailand and I could just picture it if I were to display my kit at a show. You could bet that someone would say 'mmmm, very innacurate, that's a robins nest, they don't have those in Thailand'
Edited by Gajman, 22 November 2010 - 08:07 PM.