Paper models, photos and musings of a Paper Kosmonaut

12 March 2018

Yes, I am still alive, don't worry.

At the moment there are some other creative things occupying my days, so there is less to show. Yet there are lots of plans and you can count on a couple of nice builds later on this spring.
I have been practising on an airplane with a skeleton inside to get myself ready for the M-55. It turns out I used the wrong thickness of paper after all. More on that later.
At the moment, I am recuperating from a heavy flu, I haven't felt ill like this in years. I am mobile again, going out and enjoying the fresh air but at times, I still cough my lungs out. Hopefully that will pass soon too. For the time being, just be patient, there are things in the proverbial pipeline.
Thanks and see you soon.

16 February 2018

It got to stay fun. So here's some fun.

It is amazing how disappointed I was after abandoning the M-55. I even lost a bit of confidence in my own skills. I had to do something about it so I went back to what I consider fun builds, and for me it is building a plane designed by Fabrizio Prudenziati. While he himself is no longer among us, his heritage is large enough to keep me busy for the coming years and then some more. Thanks for that, Zio. Really, your planes keep on bringing me fun.

14 January 2018

Myasishchev M-55 Geophysica 1/48 - Abandoned...

Yes, people. I abandoned this build. The half-finished frame lies in the bin. The printed pages are in the waste paper basket. I had serious trouble with the skin of the plane. It probably is my own incompetence, since I saw Maxim's finished version, which looked fine.
Fact remains that to me, this hobby is meant to be relaxing, a means to clear my mind of bothers and most importantly, to have fun. This build was troubling my mind and wasn't fun any more. So there.
What is next? Your guess is as good as mine. We'll see!


06 January 2018

Clear Skies, John Young.

NASA astronaut John Young has left the earth for good, 87 years old.
Being a veteran of two Gemini flights, two Apollo flights - one od which brought him ti the lunar surface - and two space shuttle missions under his belt, you can consider John Young one of the most broadly experienced astronaut of them all. No other astronaut has flown  that many different missions.
Being chosen to NASA in the second batch of astronauts,John Young trained together with Gus Grissom for the first manned Gemini flight. He was the first (and only) astronaut to smuggle a corned beef sandwich into space. He then commanded Gemini 10 with Mike Collins as his pilot. Apollo 10 was flown by Young as Command Module Pilot. His colleagues Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan descended to 15 km above the lunar surface with the LM to pave the way for Apollo 11 that would fly next and would actually land.
Young did land on the moon with Apollo 16. Together with Charlie Duke he drove around in a lunar rover and spent 71 hours on the lunar surface, conducting three moon walks.
Then, in 1981, he commanded the first STS space shuttle mission, together with Bob Crippen. They spent two days in space with the new spacecraft to test it. Young's last space mission was STS-9 in 1983. All in all he is the only one who has flown four different types of spacecraft, Gemini, the Apollo, the Lunar Module and the Space Shuttle orbiter. He kept working for NASA until his retirement in 2004, when he was 74.
He died on the fifth of january. Clear Skies, John.

photo: wikimedia / NASA

Myasishchev M-55 Geophysica 1/48 [part 1]

The first long-duration build of this year. Hopefully one with a prosperous end. Maxim from MaksArt treated us last year with a lot of splendid new models, amongst others this beautiful Myasishchev M-55 Russian (former) spy plane, designed to be built in 1/33!
photo: / Aleksandr Rebrov
The M-55 is quite an attractive plane to see, with its twin boom tail and its long wingspan. It also has an interesting history.
More on that below.

02 January 2018

Let's start 2018 with a 1/40 PZL-104 Wilga

And a happy new year to you all.
A new year with a couple of long during builds ahead and also hopefully a busload of inbetweenies. Here's a nice inbetweenie to start it all. 

Some time ago, paper model designer Julius Perdana made a model of a very charming little plane from Poland. The PZL-104 Wilga looks like it’s a ton of fun to fly. A thin tail boom, a straight high wing (providing a good view, also big (BIG!) windows) and a cabin that makes the whole of the airplane look a little like a dragonfly. Add those cute bendy knee-landing gear struts and you have an altogether very attractive plane. Sort of a modern nephew to the Fieseler Storch. I just made this model as-is. I only thickened the tail wheel and used some ribbed cardboard for the insides of the main gear wheels.
This was practically a one-day build, with a short night rest in between the two sessions.
The plane really was fun to build and the fit was next to perfect. I even left the glue tabs as it was, so no hassle with extra inner glue strips and all that. Just good fun. 

Below you'll find more pics and comments.

24 December 2017

Early Warning [yada yada yada] Fokker F-270 Skyguard part two! [end]

There it is, folks. A piece of plastic, intended to become a peaceful KLM City Hopper but turned military and dark with a big rotating dish on its ridiculously large tail.

Below you can read more on the how and what, but here is the finished product first:

17 December 2017

Early Warning is a dish best served Dutch: the Fokker F-270 Skyguard

Yes, I am doing something in plastic. For a change. And also to realise that paper modeling is 100 times cheaper than this stuff. However, it is fun and I really like what I am making.

This is my desk now:

...and this is what I had in mind before I started.

The story of the build is below.

07 December 2017

Still here!

Hi friends.
It has been a very busy month. But the fourth film in the architecture series is finished and looking good. 

© De Loods mediaproducties / Stichting Beeldlijn
It has become a very autumny film, lots of rainbows, sunny and rainy spells in one shot, great drone shots and a very comprehensive and interesting story on city-scaping and about how the post WW2 suburbs around my city came to be. In English the title is something like  "tinkering on a running engine", a reference to how the architect we portrayed is regarding his job.

So now it is time again to do some model stuff.
At the moment I am doing a bit of a deviation from the usual paper stuff. I will soon let you in on the details. For now, just bear with me a ittle longer, this week I hope I will get a new post online.

03 November 2017

Schiphol 1935 1/300 [part 2]

While we are very busy with filming the fourth installment in a documentary series on Northern Dutch architecture, I also found a little bit of time to fiddle with paper.
The HP.42 had to be finished and its sister in the KLM, the DC-3 also still had some stuff to be done.
In 1/300 everything is a bit of a challenge, but wing struts certainly are.
Here's where I am now, more follows further below in this post.

This is my 400th post on this blog. Just a couple of days after my 47th birthday, it is just another little milestone in my life.
I never dreamt I would be keeping a paper model blog when I started making models again and here I am. People from America, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Indonesia, Brazil and lots of other places far away from the Netherlands visit my humble little blog and read about my insignificant silly hobby. I feel happy when I think about that. So onwards to the next 400 posts!

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