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Old 12-25-2018, 11:21 PM
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Bristol t188

season's greeting everyone!
took over a year but finally finished the bristol t188. it's a free model by epm design available at kartononbau.de. my main goal was to see if it was possible to cut a model entirely on my laser cutter. also wanted to find out if scoring was an option because i don't like paper models with printed panel lines and rivets. before cutting though i spent several weeks removing all the color, thinning the lines and laboriously removing 2/3 of the approximately 11,000 rivets! another goal was to test alclad stainless steel paint on a paper model. i added some scratch-built details to the cockpit and the landing gears. finally, i wanted to add making my own decals to the learning process. overall i am fairly happy with the experiment though at close inspection there are flaws that make me cringe (i am a self confessed rivet counter)!

the cutter doing it's thing
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formers made with .5mm/300gm card
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one of the biggest pieces. cutout for wheel well. .2mm/180gm card
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coming together
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main gear well unpainted
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painted grey
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engine cowling and tail attached
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laser cut tiny bits
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some printed parts cut out and added as raised texture
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fan blades and the hole are cut instead of the original printed parts
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i can't roll to save my life! couldn't do this without the laser cutter
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main gear legs coming together
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one after soaking in ca the other after sanding
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completed legs
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back of the ejection seat. mixed media-plastic, brass and paper
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seat parts. laser cut
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seat almost complete
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had to use putty to fill gaps. not sure if the laser cutting was the culprit. sealed with minwax wood hardner.
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sandable automotive primer
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after sanding
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after a few coats of alclad gloss black primer
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to be continued on part 2...


(Edited as by the author's request)

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Old 12-26-2018, 02:50 AM
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Wow- big job but should be a stunner.
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A very interesting and precise work on a beautiful model.
I especially liked cutting the circles of the front instruments panel.

In what method did you cut them accurately and cleanly?


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Old 12-26-2018, 11:00 AM
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bristol t188 part 2

the build continues...

parts painted with alclad stainless steel
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the nose probe. wood and an injection needle
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nose wheel parts
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and assembled
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main gear with some scratch built bits
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nose gear and well. cylinders are styrene and brass
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laser cut masks for the white base for the decals
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white base painted
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and ready for the decals
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clear inkjet water slide decal paper sprayed with pledge to seals after printing
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finished!!!
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Old 12-26-2018, 11:08 AM
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hi yoavhozmi,

thanks for your comment. the instrument panel was cut as the rest of the model, by the laser cutter. the dial faces are printed on photo paper 'as is' from the original kit. there is a thin polycarbonate sheet in between the two paper layers to give the 'glass' look
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Old 12-26-2018, 12:17 PM
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That turned out amazingly well.

Which laser cutter do you have?
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Old 12-26-2018, 01:11 PM
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thanks texman! i have the original emblaser.
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Like I thought: a stunner. Outstanding build.
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Wow, fantastic. Just fantastic. I really love the result.
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:37 PM
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than you rata and paper kosmonaut!
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