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Scale Modeling Tips & Tools Monthly, Issue #041-- "New Scale Modeling Concepts"
May 15, 2010
|May 15, 2010
New Scale Modeling Concepts
One of the neatest geek games to come out of CES this year was a remotely-controlled helicopter controlled over WiFi from an iPhone using a camera in its snout to transmit its aerial view to the phone’s screen.
The copter is computer-stabilized, so it is much more easily controlled r than the standard $40 toy RC helicopter you may be familiar with. But it should be: it'll cost in the neighborhood of $500, when it ships this year. You'll get about 15 minutes of battery-powered fun on a one-hour charge.
If you stop and think about the possibilities, the A.R. Drone from Parrot in France can transform video gaming from the couch to the outdoors, from make believe to reality. Without the buttons, toggles and thumb pads of a controller.
You simply tilt your iPhone to control the copter and touch controls send it up or down.. Simple enough for a child and a lot more active form of gaming.
Possible games range from the single player demo robot type where you fly the plane in front of virtual enemies to multiple pilot pylon racing. There are endless possibilities as long as you keep the aircraft within 150 feet of the iPhone. Otherwise it fails to advance and simply hovers until you get within range or close enough to land it safely.
The 2010 Mercedes E Class Cabrio scale model price starts at 15.90 EUR for the 1:87 which is manufactured by Busch in Viernheim and comes in non-metallic black, iridium silver metallic and calcite white. The price goes up to 28 EUR for the 1:43 made by Schuco of Furth which is available in stannite grey, fire opal or indigolite blue.
The bigger 1:18 model is priced from 59.90 EUR
In the 1930's however, she was reconstructed greatly changing her appearance and giving her a modern anti-aircraft gun battery, much enhanced aircraft-handling facilities, and up-to-date gunfire controls including the HACS MkIV AA fire control system and the Admiralty Fire Control Table Mk VII for surface fire control of the main armament.
This Trumpeter kit consists of 288 parts on 10 sprues plus upper and lower hulls, waterline plate and stand. Includes 2 Walrus Mk I aircraft. Completed kit measures over 13" long.
All of the parts are bagged with one or two sprues per bag. The waterline hull and lower hull are bundled together with a soft foam wrap which holds them together securely and this is in a plastic bag for protection against scratches. The box is big enough to make unpacking and repacking the parts a snap.
The instructions are black and white, printed on white paper in a booklet style which measures 10 ½” x 7 ¾”. There are two pages devoted to the sprue layouts of the parts. The instructions are clear, simple and well clearly diagrammed so that none of the assembly steps are overly cluttered.
There is a nice color painting and marking guide printed on glossy paper with paints listed for Mr. Hobby, Vallejo, Model Master, Tamiya and Humbrol. Some of the colors listed, however, do not have a matching color equivalent for all the brands so you’re going to have to do a little research depending on the brand of paint you use.
The camouflage scheme is complex and will take some care and patience to paint. Careful studying of the painting guide will help. There is no rigging guide so if you want to do the rigging you’re going to have to do some research and come up with a game plan.
The Tiger Moth is constructed primarily of ProFormance foam, a 3mm extruded polystyrene foam. Unique to this particular foam is the way that details, like ribbing, are molded right into the foam.
These foam details, along with other scale details like windscreens and plastic fuselage details, contribute to a semi-detailed and scale little lightweight foamy biplane.
The twin cockpits feature pre-installed instrument panel graphics and a pair of two dimensional pilot caricatures. Add the optional wing rigging, which is nothing more than black thread that most builders will have lying around the house already, and the end result is a quick building little biplane that pops when in the air!
I'm thinking of making space for this one. I have some complicated cutting coming up, my wife is looking for a small power saw and I can get a lot of use out of the flexible tool shaft.
• 16 inch throat depth and metal frame to accommodate large workpieces
• Variable speed for cutting wood, metal and plastic
• Tool-less blade holder for fast, easy blade changes
• Uses 5 inch long pin-end or pin-less blades (with included adapter)
• Blade can be turned 90 degrees for infinite cutting length
• Power-take-off for 42 inch flex shaft (included)
• Integrated flex-arm lamp for fantastic cutting line visibility from all angles
• 10 inch wide x 16-1/4 inch long cast-aluminum table with smoothly-finished work surface tilts up to 45 degrees and provides sturdy support and effortless movement of workpieces
• Self-powered blower clears dust from the cutting line
• Vacuum port
• Includes starter set of blades, blade holder, drill bit and wrenches
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