Soda Can Miscellaneous projects completed

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Trying to keep busy, so I built this beauty. I'm pretty sure some of the rotorheads out there know what it is. This is bare aluminum cans, Coke red accents and Pepsi Zero for the rotor blades...





And if there's any interest out there, I'll show what I built with the first batch of the Star Wars cans...
 

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Trying to keep busy, so I built this beauty. I'm pretty sure some of the rotorheads out there know what it is. This is bare aluminum cans, Coke red accents and Pepsi Zero for the rotor blades...





And if there's any interest out there, I'll show what I built with the first batch of the Star Wars cans...

Oh I like that so much, what a beauty!! I actually design Gyrucopters that glide when you thrown them,, and the auto-rotate down. This is such a pretty model.

The models I made could be attached to a powerful floor fan, and sit their rotating for many hours. I am sure this could be made to do this. Their is in a trick in the blades to do this. The glades on my autogyros always spin the same rotation, and speed up when they get within ground effect, spinning up incredibly, and landing very softly.

I was offered to have a book published showing this, with a few cut out models. I didn't do it. This was before the internet, a lot harder to do stuff like that, and now, a lot harder to hold onto your concept.

This one's a beauty!!:)
 

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Back after a Warp Core Breach inWindows 8.1. I grudgingly decided to return to the modern and install Windows 10. I lost all my passwords save in the manager as a result and had to get some help back over here.

At any rate, I loved making that Bell 47G out of the silver and red. The person who commissioned it originally wanted it all silver, but I convinced them we needed another color to breakup all of that silver. The red did rather nicely... :)
 

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Oh, you hit the nail right on the head with this one!!! :)
 

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Love it! Nice use of windscreen;) plastic, which I know where it came from, but can't remember ... Welcome Back!! Every time I see a can now I think of these builds...!:):):)
 

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Thanks guys, good to be back!

Gandolf50, you are probably on t he right track with the windscreen. Its a plastic bubble wrapper from a single A19 Lightbulb trimmed to fit that cockpit. Worked out rather nicely don't you think? :)
 

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Thanks guys, good to be back!

Gandolf50, you are probably on t he right track with the windscreen. Its a plastic bubble wrapper from a single A19 Lightbulb trimmed to fit that cockpit. Worked out rather nicely don't you think? :)
OH YEAHHH !!!
 

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I hope everyone had a good Christmas holiday. Over the holidays I kept working on my experimentation with the bare aluminum can builds, this time choosing the F-22 Raptor as my subject. The aim this time was to test the feasibility of building with the bare aluminum cans then using a dull coat to take some of the luster out of the model like some of these real aircraft exhibit. Choosing to utilize a simple F-22 template for this build was optimal in case the dull coat matte spray did not adhere to the cans as expected. Once the model was completed, I took a can of matte spray and sprayed three even coats across the surface of the model. The key was spraying the bare can with even light coats each time to insure that the entire surface was covered evenly, but as you can see, the model does exhibit a nice matte finish while keeping the properties of the bare aluminum. This technique now allows for a more complex build now that the matte spray experiment appears to have achieved it aim...



 

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That is one nice looking raptor. Kind of at a loss for words on these models your making, they are quite excellent!! :)
 

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The car kind of looks like a Porsche 91, or a compilation of a few cars of that era. It evokes nostalgia most definitely! :)
 

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Yup that was a 917 k circa the 1970's!

Moving on, it was time to up the ante and challenge myself with a bit more complicated build. So I chose to build a DeHavilland Beaver DHC-2 Float Plane. The structure for the floats was challenging to say the least, but once I got it worked out, this one really turned out rather nicely. I simplified some of the process for those who might want to tackle this difficult subject, but I still think its a nifty little gem. The Cans are Arizona Iced Tea that I have had sitting around for some time...





 

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So moving on, this time I decided to tackle the The Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III) assault gun. This one was as much an experiment in combining different solid colors of can as well as illustrating that although one can create road wheels out of can, you can also multipurpose other materials to create your road wheels and give it a bit more realism. In this case, I'll let you figure out how I created the road wheels for this particular armored fighting vehicle and just post the completed model for you to enjoy!

I gave the model a dusting of dull coat to take away that luster so it looks as a tank should. The contrast between the gold can and the silver and black detailing really gives the model some depth, don't you think?

Enjoy!





 

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Love the tank! The car reminds me of either a 1960 Lotus 19, or a 65 Lola T70 or both and a few parts from others... either way GREAT BUILDS!!!
 

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So sticking with the armored fighting vehicles for a bit, I decided it would not be right to build another tank without building one of the forefathers of the the modern battle tank. So I chose the iconic Mark IV which was the most produced British tank in the First World War. In all 1220 units were built: 420 “male” and 595 “female” tanks. The males had two 6 pound and three machine guns. The females had five .303 Lewis machine guns.

In addition to using multi-colored cans, there were some items multi purposed to add realism to the model. Copper Wire was added for the exhaust pipe and Q-Tip stems were added for the machine guns. This one just would not ave been complete without the small details such as the unditching beam, and those infamous sponsons on either side. I chose Mountain Dew's classic camo pattern can in an effort to replicate the look and feel of the Mark IV. Came out rather nice, don't you think?



 

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Well sometimes the beauty of experimentation is that you can go back and revisit a project to see if you can do it better than you did the first time, and this is something I do quite a bit and most recently with the evolution of bare can modeling. Reviewing this thread, you would note that I constructed an F-15 Eagle early on in the experimentation, but something just wasn't as perfect as I would have liked it to be. So I revisited the build, this time redesigning a new nose, a new canopy, the engines and I also added the wing tanks which you so often see on the Eagle while its in flight. The result was not only a better looking model, but pride in knowing that I had nudged this art to yet another level. What do you think?

F-15 Eagle

Length: 16 inches
Wingspan: 10 inches