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(Craftmanship Museum)   Think those little plastic models you build are art? Ha. (Click the pictures to see close-ups)   ( ) divider line
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2004-06-12 05:59:20 PM  
Most modelers spend 30+ hours on 1 kit. They modify and scratch build to acheive some very realistic looking pieces. So yes that is art

/model builder
2004-06-12 06:04:15 PM  
That is some very impressive model work. I consider myself lucky if I don't glue myself to the table when working on my kits. This guy blows away anything I might might have assembled from a pre-packaged kit over the years.
2004-06-12 06:05:03 PM  

Yep, 30+ hrs. is about right..........
2004-06-12 06:06:24 PM  
Those are some cool looking airplanes. I wish that I was coordinated enough to do that.
2004-06-12 06:06:25 PM  
I wish I had the patience for model building. And I wish I had skin tough enough to work with little strips of aluminum.

And I wish I had an elephant.
2004-06-12 06:15:26 PM  
I wish I was a little bit taller.
2004-06-12 06:27:40 PM  
I wish someone would work the rest of the day for me. And mow the lawn.
2004-06-12 06:55:00 PM  
We have a TFer nearvy who builds and flies RC helicopters. I'm going to drive down and watch him in action this summer.
2004-06-12 06:57:08 PM  
The guys with the remote control jets kind of worry me. That's gotta be an expensive hobby!
2004-06-12 07:13:45 PM  
But I thought the goal was to build them as fast as possible...
2004-06-12 07:48:54 PM  
Heck I wish I had the time again, I would do them all over again!

/Car/Plane/Gundam model kit nut!
2004-06-12 07:56:24 PM  
I like that a lot. Anyone see that crazy italian wood carver and his F40? that's cool too...
2004-06-12 08:46:20 PM  
I really thought you guys were joking,....

RC jets! HA!
2004-06-12 09:26:03 PM  
Wow! That guy's work is amazing. Even has functional controls.

I'm hoping the cannons don't actually fire.
2004-06-12 09:41:35 PM  
Pretty damn cool.
2004-06-12 09:43:58 PM  
Is he gonna bomb his neighbor's R/C warship replicas?
2004-06-12 09:44:12 PM  

the engines don't even work.
2004-06-12 09:45:18 PM  
2004-06-12 09:52:42 PM  
It's farked, but in my head I imagine it's something cool. I used to build model airplanes as a kid, and I thought I was pretty cool for making the paint on the leading edge of the propellers look chipped, and putting smoke-stains behind the gun barrels. I wish I had time to do that sort of stuff now. Hmmm, maybe if I didn't hang out on fark so much...
2004-06-12 09:52:51 PM  
I bet that model would be fun to blow up with firecrackers!
2004-06-12 09:52:57 PM  
"I cannot describe the sensation of an aluminum fuselage held in my hands."

I didn't read any of it, but that caught my eye as I was scrolling through the page. Har!
2004-06-12 09:54:18 PM  
"(Click the pictures to see close-ups)"

Thank you for explaining the internet.
2004-06-12 09:55:05 PM  
For those who's page wont load:

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2004-06-12 09:56:03 PM  
That'll teach 'em to put 40 images on one big page.
2004-06-12 09:57:57 PM  
I think the poster might have been directing that headline towards the reader...

"Think those little plastic models YOU build are art? Ha."

I'm proud if I can just get a halfway-decent paint job. Then I see the same model where someone spent 30-100+ hours superdetailing the damn thing down to the individual buttons and dials on the control pannels.

It's most definately an art...

/Bows down to his Finescale Modeler overlords...
2004-06-12 10:01:11 PM  
The guys with the remote control jets kind of worry me. That's gotta be an expensive hobby!

If you think that's expensive, try putting together a model B52. There are some MPEGs of it out there, too. Eight engines jammed onto 22 feet of wing sounds truly impressive.
2004-06-12 10:05:59 PM  
I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a six four Impala.
2004-06-12 10:08:21 PM  
I think the poster might have been directing that headline towards the reader...

Yep, exactly how I read it too.
2004-06-12 10:11:08 PM  
30+ hours, huh? While that is probably 10X as many as I ever spent on a model airplane, this dude says he put 6000(!!)
into his Corsair model. That's...uh....dedication.
2004-06-12 10:11:29 PM  
i used to love to build models.
2004-06-12 10:16:14 PM  
Hey Man Hand me the glue

2004-06-12 10:16:46 PM  
they made the links to the pictures small, yet equally large, versions of the actual pictures

god... they teach you to avoid that on blues clues

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o and you're welcome!!
2004-06-12 10:17:12 PM  
The sites farked so I have not seen it, but my dad made a couple model ships from scratch.

The Constitution is about 2 1/2 ft long. He ripped 2X4's into 1/8 inch sheets, glued 3 lengths in a U shape then glued it to 4 peices in a V/U shape and then cut out a rib. At the joints on the rib he drilled a hole with a dentist drill and put in a treenail made from a toothpick pressed between three sucessivly smaller holes in a metal die.

Multiply that by about 60 Ribs, Add a couple hundred individual cut planks steamed and bent to fit and fastened with a treenails at each rib, hand cast cannon and anchors, full rigging, pulleys, and misc. carvings and detail work and he had in a bit more than 30 hours.

More like 7 years at about 10 hours per week average.

I barely have the patience to put up a christmas tree.
2004-06-12 10:18:45 PM  
This guy has his all-aluminum Corsair pictured in numerous modeling magazines (Model Airplane News, Finescale Modeler). There is absolutely nobody better than him for this kind of detailed work.
2004-06-12 10:22:42 PM  
AAAH!! It's a RAID!!

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2004-06-12 10:26:14 PM  
Pretty sweet looking plane. It would looks better painted in my opinion but still that IS art right there.
2004-06-12 10:28:21 PM  
wow, those are impressive!

/lowly Lego and K'nex kinda guy...
2004-06-12 10:29:56 PM  
though I have made more dangerous weapons than a B-52 bomber out of K'nex....

Exacto blade launching wrist armlet thingy anyone?

or a launches a pencil halfway through a sheet-rock wall cross-bow type thing?
2004-06-12 10:34:01 PM  
The engines on that B-52 model are real gas turbines. They run about $3500 each, so around 28 grand in engines alone.
2004-06-12 10:35:53 PM  
[They run about $3500 each, so around 28 grand in engines alone.]

No thanks. I'll stick with my Wh40k habit. It's cheaper, and that's saying something!
2004-06-12 10:37:35 PM  
Isn't anyone freaked out by that picture of him and his friends? The dude on the left is supposed to be 20?!

/wants some Oil of Hawaii
2004-06-12 10:38:04 PM  
Somebody mentioned model warships getting attacked...


People build warships and intentionally hold battles where they shoot each other's ships with ball bearings (by compressed air). Really cool stuff.
2004-06-12 10:41:41 PM  
Very impressive. A friend sent me this link months ago, and it took me a while to find my jaw after it hit the floor and rolled away.

The B-52 is damned impressive too. I like the way it has moveable flaps and everything :)
2004-06-12 10:46:42 PM  
I feel like I should be impressed. If the story had said he has a resentfull wife, then, wow!
2004-06-12 10:50:38 PM  

It has movable flaps because that thing farking flies! i'm still trying to get my brain around that one.
2004-06-12 10:55:00 PM  
that deal with the model battleships sinking each other looks like a lot of fun.
2004-06-12 10:55:10 PM  
Dentist? Can he turn all my teeth into little planes?
2004-06-12 10:55:58 PM  
Flamadiddle Rocket Scientist

People build warships and intentionally hold battles where they shoot each other's ships with ball bearings (by compressed air). Really cool stuff.

OK, that does sound pretty farking cool.
2004-06-12 11:01:10 PM  
I thought it was great, all the time and work that goes into something like that, looks like he has found his calling after all.

With a new purpose in life I would bet he lives beyond a 100.
2004-06-12 11:02:19 PM  
Amen, Weaver95.

They say it's called "40k", 'cause that's the amount of cash you can easily drop in assembling an army.

Especially if it's an all-metal guard army.

/Only half-kidding
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