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Old 03-08-2010, 04:42 AM
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Default Scale poseable pilot making

Gidday Everyone

I've been toying with making pilots for years. Richard has been pestering me to make pilots and pilot clothes for his planes for as long as I can remember and over the years I've produced bits and pieces to keep him happy. I tried my hand at sculpting from polymer clay a few years ago and although the results were quite good, I found it a very slow, painstaking process.

A couple of years ago Richard made his first cnc machine to cut his own plane bits and things have developed quite a bit since those early days. We're now onto version 3 of the cnc machine with a 4th axis which we now use to cut pilot figures and accessories from 3D sculpts - as well as bits for planes. I have also learnt to fly so my interest in scale warbirds has now grown into a full blown obsession! I must admit I'm not particularly handy in the woodworking department - try as I did, I mainly succeeded in sticking my fingers together more than anything else! I now stick to the arty side of things instead! - like the sculpting, painting and sewing uniforms.

Inspired by a photo of a CAC-13 Boomerang named "U-Beaut 2" which had interesting nose art, Richard has been making moulds for this plane and now I've just finished a couple of pilots who will fly the 1/4 scale Boomers.

I'm so excited about these little guys I wanted to share it! What we wanted was a fully poseable, lightweight pilot that looked realistic and interesting, and in different scales. We made a lightweight soft foam body that has a wire armature inside which makes it fully poseable. Onto the ends of the wire we can put moulded arms, hands or gloves, boots and a head with a breast plate that fits over the chest. Then it's just a matter of pulling on pants and a shirt or jacket. I've been using Rhino 3D to scale patterns to fit the bodies.

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