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The Flightline


On Memorial Day 2007 I took the Verlinden "Airfield Tarmac" (# 1632) set of color printed sheets, trimmed them, taped them together and then glued them to a piece of foamcore.  This then became my own private flightline upon which I could take photos of my completed models on a somewhat more realistic background than I'd previously available.  Also, by having a wider canvas such as these sections afforded, I was able to place several of my completed kits next to each other.  This shows them off and shows their relative sizes.  This page is where I'll be posting some of the photos I take of my kits as they are on my Flightline.

May 2007

I just did my first photo shoot with the new Flightline to get some good "beauty shots" of my Blue Angels Sea Fury.  With the set up all set up, I decided to take a set of "family photos" of the kits I'd completed thus far.  Here's the results.

The First Flightline Photo

From the top left; my Airfix F-80C, my Finemolds X-Wing, my PM Hawker Sea Fury, and my Heller Dewoitine D.510.  The X-Wing was the first kit I completed since putting the hobby aside as I started college.  The F-80 was the next one.  I completed the Sea Fury, in its "What If" Blue Angels colors back in '05 but only got 'round to taking pictures of the done deed in May of '07.  The D.510 is the most recently completed kit in my collection.

Some beauty shots of the X-Wing

I was really pleased when I completed this model.  It was my first completed kit in many a year, it was my first contest entry, and it was a fun "What If?" rendering of a popular subject. It also was the first time I'd used Bare Metal Foil and the results were... novel.  I'm more into Alclad now but this worked pretty well none-the-less.

Some beauty shots of the X-Wing

The X-Wing looks a very different bird with its "foils" in the retracted position and its gear extended.

Some beauty shots of the X-Wing

Viewed from the rear quarter whilst on the ground it's somewhat difficult to recognize.

Some beauty shots of the X-Wing

Ah, but when viewed from above the classic lines of the Star Wars X-Wing come through.  This, even when it's dressed as a US Army Air Force bird from World War Two.

D.510 Beauty Shots

I am really pleased at how well these photos turned out.  I took these shots in late afternoon so the sunlight was lower on the horizon plus there was some clouds rolling in.  Thus the light is not quite as intense but is still better than artificial lighting.  The sky blue construction paper for the background looks pretty good here.

D.510 Beauty Shots

I really like this particular shot.  The background is perfect and the lighting is just right.  This model actually looks pretty good here. 

D.510 Beauty Shots

This view shows off one of the things which endeared me to this plane to begin with - it's landing gear.  It's big, and wide and kinda clunky.  Just the thing for a 1930's vintage aircraft.

I decided not to include more shots of the Blue Angels Sea Fury as I'd just done enough of them earlier that day and that plane has its own page using the Flightline and sky blue backdrop as well.  I'd have some beauty shots of the Shooting Star but in the process of shifting the bench around a clamp dropped onto it and that caused several of the kits to bounce.  The Sea Fury and D.510 made it through without a scratch.  The X-Wing was right next to where the clamp hit and it bounced hard enough to pop apart.  That was fine as I deliberately didn't glue it together.  Thus reassembling it was not a problem.  The F-80 however, broke off all its landing gear.  This, just from a slight bounce in the air.  One of the mains has already broken during transit from Commonwealth to Via Arcilla so I wasn't terribly surprised.  The landing gear was real spindly and poorly designed on the the Airfix kit to begin with.  I may or may not repair it.  We'll see.  In the meantime, this marks the first Flightline photo set.


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Madoc

This page was last updated on: 28 May 2007  


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In the meantime, I hope you have enjoyed your "stay" at this site.  Check back again to see what new images I have added.  Until then, stay well, play hard, play safe, and have fun!

Madoc