Condor construction (carrion eye candy??)

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Bill Pontin, Feb 28, 2004.

  1. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

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    Several people asked how I made the condor in the post I made on "carrion~ eye candy?'.

    Basically I just copied some pictures from the library and the internet and scaled (1:160) one out on a piece of .010" thick styrene. The California condor's wing spans are upwards to nine and one half feet, it is the largest bird in North America. I believe the South American cousin is slightly larger. After I cut out the silhouette, leaving the tail to hold the critter, I build up the body and wing edge with a heavy glue. Letting each layer dry completely I keep adding the glue until I can get the shape of the body, head and bone/muscle of the wings. I use a water based glue so that on the final coats I can thin it slightly to blend the shape onto the styrene. This one I am making up so that I can animate a circling condor on my layout. One of my club members gave me a motor, with 1 1/2 volts it has one RPM. I think I can hide the motor in the mountain and with a guitar string, bent in an "L" shape, I can animate a circling bird. You know what they say about failures. . . "it's proof that someone tried"

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  2. Bill Pontin

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    everything is white in the picture so I don't know if the glue detailing shows up.

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  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks for the "how to " Bill. We could all use a Condor somewhere on uour layouts.
    Having one circling will be a very neat animation effect
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Fantastic!
    Ralph
  5. philip

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    Hey Bill, Are you going to cast any of those for us?

    philip:cool:
  6. shaywen

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    Wow, that's a really neat critter making method. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm glad you're keeping the condor and carrion :) Good luck with the animation. Maybe somehow we'll get to see a movie of it some day.
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    Great Idea Bill, looks great! :thumb:
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    A really great idea.

    In a similar vein, I saw a chap at a model railway show on saturday who (in HO) had a model hare pop out of some bushes at the front of his layout. I asked him about it and it is done with a slow motion switch machine on its side. It was really good - as was his layout and everyone thought it was hilarious.

    I think these are the little touches that can make a layout stand out.