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Old 05-01-2017, 08:14 AM
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Modern Airport Accessories - Civil Aviation Diorama Kit

This was a topic discussed in the past, and I have finally been motivated to work on it.
This will be a newer Kit of Diorama Accessories for the Civil Airport and Aviation fan.
Things like Airport Tugs and Tractors, Baggage Handlers, Emergency Equipment, etc.

Unlike my earlier Airfield Accessories Kits, this will be smaller scale stuff
since most Airliners and Civil Aircraft models are much smaller scale because of the overall size of these aircraft.
This is a new area for me, having designed stuff mainly at 1/33 and larger.

Although my earlier Airfield Accessories were at 1/50 scale,
this time I'll be attempting to design at a very small 1/100.
Although I am considering including multiple scale versions of each accessory, so I might add 1/72 models.

I will definitely be including alternate 1/144 scale versions of each accessory in a simplified build.
These can be reduced further (to 1/200, 1/300) during printing as needed.

I'm not sure exactly where this will go, or how many accessories will be produced.
But it would be nice to include modern and vintage equipment in the kit.

I decided to start with a simpler design to get a feel for the scale.
Something with as few parts as possible to start with...and one of the largest vehicles I will include.
I didn't want to jump straight into something too complicated.

This is a modern Pushback Tractor...based on a TUG Equipment GT-110 or something similar.
I've decided to not be exact to any one piece of equipment, and I will avoid a specific manufacturer's markings.
More of a generic look to things...but obvious and recognizable equipment.

I built two versions fo the 1/100 scale Tug...it has about a dozen parts, with an inner and outer liner for the main body.
Under 3" long...about 7cm.
Some layered parts make up the front details, and I added a cutout rear body section with a couple of small insert pieces.
The Wheels are flat 2D...the inner and outer body parts help add some 3D effect along with body strength.
But, I left the chassis open underneath (for simplicity).



I also created a smaller 1/144 version, but with a simplified build...less parts...about 6 parts in total.
Under 2"...about 5cm.
Its almost half the size!
The main body parts are just one layer with open bottom again.
Almost all details are surface artwork, and I eliminated the rear cutout section.

I think it is still buildable at a smaller scale, but it will require patience, steady fingers and good eyesight.
And this is a failry large vehicle! Those tires are 60" in diameter!



Its a start...and it is teaching me things about designing at this small scale.
I've already got some new ideas for the kit and the individual models.

So for now, I am sending these two designs off to my "test builder" who will help m along the way.
Stay tuned.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:40 AM
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Ooh, Colonial Marine APCs in the nude !
Nice looking models.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:01 PM
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I like the look of those tugs, hopefully it won't be too hard making a small vehicle at a small scale.

Do you plan on doing anything like jetbridges or mobile lounges?
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I don't know what that is.
Thats why I asked for suggestions and reference material.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:38 PM
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great work so far
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Man, those look awesome!!! Always wanted those vehicles. Sometimes I get a little bored looking at just a plane without any accessories or anything.

Just wondering, what software do you use for designing models?
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Just wondering, what software do you use for designing models?
My mind.
I design "old school" (hand-drawn parts) but with new school technology.

Seriously. I design things in my head.
I picture the model...break it into components and smaller structures.
I imagine how it might unfold or assemble (in my mind).
Then I start drawing 2D parts in Coreldraw.
I work solely in CorelDraw.

I use a lot of math and measures to correct the drawings.
Eventually I print a part and test build it.
If it doesn't work, I adjust it, modify it or completely redesign it.

Sometimes I add the colours, and surface details as I design.
But sometimes I just "white build".

I do use a software that helps me with complicated conical parts
(those parts I need to build domes, and tapering tubes, etc)
but other than that I don't use any 3D software.
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:50 AM
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Wonder if you guys have problem uploading pics to the forum. I have not been able to upload
pics in the evening (HK time) but it worked in the morning. Something's wrong?

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Old 05-05-2017, 08:58 AM
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I don't upload pics to the forum so I can't answer your question.
(I use photobucket)

But every issue I have with forums and websites...and photobucket...is browser issues.
Firefox and Chrome both do weird things from time to time.
I don't use IE.
Clear out your cache, reboot your PC, wait until tomorrow, comb your hair, brush your teeth.
Something will fix it.
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Dave, doing this range is a great idea.

Accessories for diecast model aircraft, for which there a huge number of collectors, are either hard to get or very expensive due to the fact they are resin etc.

The common scales are 1/200 and 1/400. So if you plan for these scales and maybe use a Minibox approach regarding the wheels (as most collectors are often not skilled modellers) you could well have a winner in terms of potential sales!

Vehicles - tugs, pushback handlers, small tractors for dollies and trollies, de-icing vehicles, washing vehicles, baggage handlers, dollies for luggage and aircraft pallets, catering trucks, refuelers, security vehicles, small vans, airport fire engines, passengers buses, portable stairs (still used in the 3rd world and small airports), aircraft service stairs, ground power units, container loading trucks, belt loading trucks, catering trucks, air start units, toilet service vehicles, air start units, transporter and loading platforms and water trucks are all the common ground support vehicles seen!

So, there is tons of scope!

2 sets?
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