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    Armada Espaņola Buchon 1/32 conversion kit design

    As a teenager I was a fanatic scale modeller, but when I bought my first PC in the mid-'90s my scale modelling was pushed to the background as I focused more on my illustrator ambitions. I always intended to return to scale modelling and last year I made some initial steps by illustrating a couple of box tops for Tan Model (1/48 RF-84F re-release and 1/72 T-33A Limited Edition kits). Currently I'm taking it one step further as I'm in the process of designing an actual scale model conversion kit. It's a commission by Spitfire display pilot Espen Tjetland from Norway, who is a great fan of the Buchons in the "Battle of Britain" movie.

    This kit will allow conversion of a 1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf 109 G kit into an accurate Buchon. Both "Battle of Britain" movie star and Spanish Air Force variants are planned, as well as other models and other scales in the long run. 3D photo scanning, measurements of actual aircraft and Me 109 engineering plans are used to ensure absolute accuracy and to capture the Buchon's iconic grin (love it or hate it!).


    Work-in-progress on the 3D design:














    Pre-prototype 3D prints of the first major parts for test-fitting against the donor kit. The final printing quality will be of higher quality. Prints and photos by SBS Model from Hungary.







    More to come!

    Cheers,

    Ronnie


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    Looking interesting Ronnie. I saw this on FB too.
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    very very cool project. it must be nice to go from the computer screen to something you can actually hold in your hands. good luck.

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    Wow, cool project Ronnie.

    So did you have the model kit and use vernier calipers to take measurements from it, so it fits perfectly ?

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    That is an interesting project you have there, will be cool to see this one develop.

    By the way, I hate these cowlings

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    I remember seeing these in the "Battle of Britain" movie, never did like the looks of these airplanes- but I really like the looks of your project! It can be quite a challenge to model parts to fit other existing parts.

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    Thanks guys!

    Mark, yes it's pretty cool to see my virtual work becoming real, though I have yet to see an actual 3D print of my work myself.

    Kevin, at the moment I'm modelling as-per-real-life and then check against the kit once printed. Only if absolutely necessary will I divert from making it spot-on accurate. So far the kit and the conversion are a great match.

    An update, including a batch of different spinners.











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    I'm curious about how the panel lines work with the printing process. Are the panels in your 3D model actually separate parts? If so, why would the printed part be one big piece?

    Also, did you have to design the supporting sprue? If so, why did you have to create such a complex lattice?

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    Most panel lines are indeed separate parts. I did not do the print preparation, that was done by the 3D printing company. They stitched parts together as they saw fit. The lattice of sprues is a necessity with 3D printing objects with overhang. It prevents the 3D print from sagging during production. It breaks off very easily and will not be present in the final product, which will be a resin cast.
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    Wow, this is a really cool project! I loved scale modeling as a kid too, and in fact I have a few models still in my garage that are partially completed. "some day" I want to finish them.

    Definitely looking forward to seeing this progress. Not surprisingly it looks amazing already.

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