Some of my airplane builds

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by Swampfoxx, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Being new here I thought I'd post a sample of some of the card models I've built over the last 5+ years.... I hope I've figured out how to post images so lets see what happens.

    These a posted roughly in historical order of when the aircraft was produced.

    Pre-Wright designs

    all-Wright-1.jpg Wright Brothers 1901 Glider, 1903 Flyer One, 1911 Vin Fiz

    1911 Vin Fiz

    One of Von Richtofen's Dr-1's

    I want to see if this is going to work, more to come. Thanks for looking. These are all FiddlersGreen models. Most are 1:48, not all.

  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Wow, those are really nice! You can post pictures way bigger than that! A beautiful collection! I hope you store them well! :)
  3. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Thanks Zathros, I do keep them in a dust resistant glass case, so they are well protected.

    I was planning on just continuing this thread with more picts.

    This is a FG model of the Sikorsky S-38, twin engine flying yacht. It was a bit difficult to build but overall not all that bad.

    Sikorsky S-38 by SFX.jpg
    Again this is 1:48

    Completed S-38 model.jpg
    3/4 front view

    Sikorsky S-38 composite.jpg
    An example of the card that I do for each model I finish.

  4. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Having worked at Sikorsky Aircraft for almost 10 years, I have a soft spot for anything with Igor's name on it. Beautiful workmanship. :)
  5. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Thanks, What kind of work did you do for Sikorsky? and where? They do have some unique designs, I've always really been attracted to their aircraft.

  6. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Sikorsky S-39

    Continuing with some more picts of my more recent builds.......

    The S-39 single engine flying yacht....
    This S-39 and the S-38 are painted as the two ac owned by the Johnson & Johnson Corp. and were flown in world exploration flights in the 1930's I believe.

    A closeup of the front and engine

    Sikorsky S-39_w_PT-17_in_field.jpg
    A small diorama I set up in my front yard

    Sikorsky S-39 composite.jpg
    The finished model presentation sheet

    The two completed S-38 and S-39

    S-38 & S-39 up for a flight.jpg
    I work a lot in Photoshop and often place my finished models in flying scenes........

    thanks for looking,
  7. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I designed fixtures for CNC machines, then made the fixtures, programmed 4 axis CNC machines, prototype work, which sometimes involved a day of programming 15 minutes of actual machining, then on to the next part. I wrote around so many programs there I stopped counting when I hit 500. I also trained people there how to run CNC machinery. I also had quite a few manual machines at my disposal. Sometimes it's just easier to machine something by hand than write a program for it. I was a mold maker, and was a Tool an Dye maker before that.


  8. Your planes look very nice. I've always thought those airplanes from the very early 20th century are the most difficult to model. You made them great.
  9. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Thanks Ruben, I appreciate your comments.... The early models with rigging. wing support spars etc can be a real trick to pull off. Of course all you see it the finished model....and nobody really admits to having to build a model 4-5 times before it comes out right!! Which I have done several times..

    The Sikorsky S-38 gave me a run for my money, I build it 5 times before it looked straight and even all around.

    Thanks for looking,
  10. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Boeing Model 299, grand daddy to the B-17

    This is a 1:48 of the Boeing Model 299............this is a John Dell design that I bought from FG about 7-8 years ago. It's a nicely designed kit, went together with little difficulty and really stand out in a crowd...



  11. arkon

    arkon Member

    nice work youve done there!! i have the s-38 & 39 from FG but have not built them yet, hope mine come out as good as yours has! done the dr-1 from them also(its my tag photo). reall y nice work ,hope to see more!!!
  12. inky

    inky Member

    You do great work, can't wait to see more.
  13. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    The B-17 is excellent. John Dell does excellent work. He is a designer that admire very much. I like his attention to detail. You did a great job on his model. I still wish your pictures were bigger!

    XNView is a great program for making big pictures that have small sizes as far as kilobytes go. A 1024 x 768 picture shrunk down by XNView will fit and be under the forum's max picture size, most of the time, 800 x 600 size always work if passed through XNView. Your models are awesome Swampfox. Thanks for loading them up! :)
  14. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Thanks to all of you for the nice comments, it is much appreciated. I will try to post larger images, I'm just so use to trying to keep file sizes down, so it might take a 'nag' or two to keep it in mind. Remind me again Zathros if I don't make my next posted images larger.

    Thanks again, until next posting,

  15. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Larger images

    As requested I'm going to post larger images this time around, if they are too big just say the word and I'll try smaller ones later.

    A couple of more of John Dell's Model 299 designs......

    Model 299 fm 07_00.jpg click to see larger image

    Model 200 fm 2_30 darker-800.jpg click to see larger image

    Sopwith Tripe fm 7 o clock-800.jpg click to see larger image
    A FG Sopwith Tripe

    and a small diorama using a John Dell P-51D
    Dell P-51D diorama-1000.jpg click to see larger image
    With ground support equipment by AirDave available from ecardmodels.
    Again all 1:48

  16. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    B-24 "The Dragon and His Tail"

    I've never been a big fan of B-24's, but I promised myself that I'd have to build at least one, IF someone ever designed at cardmodel of this famous "Highly Decorated" aircraft.

    Well, about a year ago, a designer and friend, John Dell did just that!! I think that this was the prototype/Beta build for this particular model, but I'm not positive of that. Either way here are a couple of picts of the finished model as well as a diorama I did using a mixture of other card models on a wooden base that I added some "grass" and the edge of a tarmac.

    John Dell's B-24J Card model built by Swampfox.jpg click for larger image
    Over all view from 5'o clock high

    B-24J Dragon and his tail.jpg click for larger image

    B-24J card model.jpg click for larger image

    The Dragons underside.jpg
    The belly of the Dragon.

    I got a message telling me I'd reached my limit of picts so I'll post the diorama picts on the next message.

  17. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    B-24 Diorama

    This diorama was created using mostly card models. The jeep is plastic, because at the time I couldn't find a good cardmodel. Since I did the diorama, a good one has been designed..... The engine hoist is an old coat hanger and some scrap pieces from the scrap box...

    B-24 diorama finished 2.jpg click to enlarge
    An overall view of the diorama

    Engine hoist and  jeep.jpg click to enlarge
    The engine hoist is scratch built from a coat hanger

    Card fuel truck.jpg click to enlarge
    The Fuel truck is card by AirDave

    bomb cart card model.jpg click to enlarge
    The bomb cart comes with some of the the John Dell B-24 models

    The people are from various models.

    My dioramas only last for a couple of days, after I take the pictures and enjoy the layout, everything goes back to various boxes, shelves, storage where ever I find some room. I have no dioramas sitting around, not enough room to keep them setup.

    Thanks for looking,
  18. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Your dioramas are incredible! You take the models way over the top, and AirDave's accessory vehicles are top notch. They add much to the whole scene. I would love to have some of these big enough to use as background screens on my computer, as I am sure many others would. Great work!! You should put links to were you got all this stuff from. I know Chris would appreciate it, as would AirDave, (His work is topnotch! :)
  19. Swampfoxx

    Swampfoxx Member

    Thanks Zathros, I will get together the info on the links for these Airfield accessories.

    As for AirDave, heck, don't loose any sleep over his attitude, in the world of the web/internet we're all just a bunch of electrons. One click of a button and we're all gone;-) Like you said, he does good work that I can use. Thanks AirDave;-P

    I'll make that post about the Airfield diorama accessories later today.

  20. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Really excellent looking builds swampfoxx. I just added that B299 to my list of kits to build. The B24 was already on it :)

    I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.


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