Thanks for all the comments guys. I really appreciate them.
Legostein, on Dec 14 2009, 06:50 PM, said:
The plane looks outstanding! I like your construction style with only plates and basic bricks giving the shape of the plane.
Of course that retractable landing gear is spot-on, a detail that is hard to design. And the cockpit is my favourite as I am particularly fond of transparent pieces. A unique cockpit shape out of bricks, and even very rare 2x3 trans clear plates.
Thank you.I've been building aircraft (and cars) for a long time, much before there were all kinds of curved elements available. The only option I had to create complicated shapes was by sculpting them out of basic plates and the odd slope here and there. It works for me, so I've stuck with it.
Curved bits might make the model look smoother, but they're not necessarily more accurate.
I actually had some even rare parts in mind for the canopy. 1x4 trans clear tiles. They would have looked smoother, but the canopy would also have been too long. If only there were trans clear 1x3 tiles
Dennimator, on Dec 14 2009, 10:37 PM, said:
So this was your 'special' project. I love it!
It´s THE best MF-scale plane I´ve ever seen! just what Brickville needs to keep my pesky sis outta my LEGO room...
I also like the vig, where´d you get those long fence pieces`I recall having one in red when I was younger, but I can´t find it on BL...
Indeed. This is the project I was working on. If you want to protect your town against your sister you might consider somewhat heavier weaponry. Perhaps something nuclear?
The 'fence pieces' are 'train signal masts'
and I'm sure mine come from old train sets. They apparently did appear in red in a single set, a race car transporter
. Looks like a pretty rare part!
Milan, on Dec 15 2009, 01:10 AM, said:
Another nice one!
I prefer your ground vehicles, but this is nice refresment, altought you have a nice collection of AIR mocs.
I like everything on it, mainly because my knowledge of flying vessels is somehow limited, so I cannot notice mistakes or thing to improve.
Again, good model
I do have a lot of fun building cars and trucks and have plans to build quite a few more, but aircraft are really my thing. Generally speaking they are more challenging builds. The shapes are more complicated and they tend to have lots of fiddly bits. I also love adding working features, even though they tend to complicate things (or possibly because
they complicate things).
simonwillems, on Dec 15 2009, 12:08 PM, said:
This aircraft really does the trick for me!
Of all the Pacific WW II airplanes this one is (along with the Hellcat) the most renowned and it's distinct bulky and short fuselaged shape is captured perfectly. I for myself instantly recognised it as a Wildcat, being interested in the Second World War planes quite a bit.
The details are great, especially made in this small minfig scale.
This plane reminds me of a little computer game (which used the similar looking Hellcat) for the old Amiga computer in the 1980's called "Wings of Fury" Some people have restored it so it can be played and downloaded on modern computers as well. Great fun!
Anyway, thanks for sharing this creation.
I'm not familiar with the game, but I googled for it and found that the plane in the game was a Grumman Hellcat. This was a larger and more powerful development of the Wildcat that indeed looks similar. By the way, I found that there's an on-line flash version of the game
Batbrick, on Dec 15 2009, 12:14 PM, said:
As always Ralph S you make a fantastic aircraft that looks entirely accurate. I remember the Wildcat that was featured at the Avalon air festival, and this is certainly very much like it and all the pictures I've seen of them. Thanks a heap for sharing and be sure to build a Focke Wulf Fw190 some time
FW190. Nice. I'm not sure I can manage that on this scale though. There are reasons why I want for a little chubby fighter rather than a really sleek one. I do have the intention of building a German WW-II aircraft, but it is most likely going to be a twin-engined night fighter.
Darth Legolas, on Dec 15 2009, 02:07 PM, said:
Brilliant! I can't even begin to tell you how cool it looks! My all time favorite part though, it how the wheels perfectly fold in to that little shaft. That cockpit must have taken planning!
Thank you. The landing gear sealed the deal on my decision to build a Wildcat rather than either the P-47 or the F6F, because they have gears that retract into the wings. The F4F's gear retracting into the fuselage made it possible.