Paper models, photos and musings of a Paper Kosmonaut

25 January 2015

Ariane 5 1/96, pt. 3

What is that saying they use when things go slowly but surely? Steady as she goes? Well, anyway, that's how it goes at the moment.
Small parts, small progress but progress there is.

21 January 2015

Ariane 5 1/96, pt. 2

Well, lots to do here. As usual. Busy with getting our films shown elsewhere. Sometimes there's a little moment I can get some glue on a piece of paper. Last week I hardly did any work on the Ariane but I managed to do the pressure balls at the engine section of the first stage.
These are the second version, by the way. I first made them from styrofoam balls to keep it light. I wrapped aluminium tape around  but found the wrinkles of the result too coarse. So I took them off and replaced the bigger one for a marble, about the right size. The smaller one is a glass bead.
Up next is the fuel lines and further detailing. I still need to look for good photos of the booster attachments. They are a lot more complicated in structure than the models imply.
Ton Noteboom's model is a good starting point and David Brown's remake is, albeit simpler, more expanded in model updates and parts. Both have their shortcomings in detail, however. Or It's just me wanting to have my models more detailed.
Below you can see a photo of how the Ariane is looking at the moment. After the jump there are some more pictures of the business end.

10 January 2015

Ariane 5 1/96, pt. 1

I realised that, apart from a very ancient little rocket, I didn't have any European rocket in my stable. So I decided to do one. And then of course the biggest one. Ariane 5.
Here's where I am now, more pics below.

03 January 2015

Sikorsky S-38 Osa's Ark 1/100 (Fiddler's Green)

I took the days between boxing day and today for an inbetweenie. 
Osa's Ark was a Sikorsky S-38 amphibious plane that belonged to adventurers and documentary filmers Martin and Osa Johnson. They both had pilot's licenses and flew with this aircraft in Africa in the 1930s. They also had an S-39, which looked pretty much the same but with just one engine in the middle. Oh, and it had a giraffe paint job.
Anyway, it's a plane I'd really like to have myself. Very versatile, because you can land it on both water and runways, easy to reach engines, aesthetically very pleasing and good to use for holidays. Pity that there are just a few left. These types should be revived, I think. I know I'd buy one if I had the money.

Here's one photo, some more after the jump.
Oh, and happy New Year!

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