MAIN PAGE
CLOTHING
MODELING
RADIO SHOW:
Archive
LIVE
SOFTWARE
TELEVISION
MAIN PAGE
THE FAQ FILE
AIRLINES
MEMBERSHIP
CONTACT
FORUM
CHAT
VANF:
PRINT
RADIO
EDITORIALS
THE NUMBERS
SUBMIT NEWS
PARTNERS:
AEROSIM
(PAINT SERVICE)
BATTLE OF THE AIRLINES
vabutton.jpg (5525 bytes)
WORLD FLIGHT
govtlinks.jpg (5136 bytes)
GOVT. LINKS
US ARMY
MAIN SITE
GOLDEN KNIGHTS
US AIR FORCE
MAIN SITE
THUNDER BIRDS
US NAVY
MAIN SITE
BLUE ANGELS
US MARINES
CIVIL AIR PATROL
FAA
NASA
NTSB
SPECIAL LINKS:
AIRBUS
BOEING
JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER
LOCKEED / MARTIN
TWA 800 INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION


ACCESSORY

Welcome How To Build Commercial Current Project
Military Photos Gallery Reviews Feedback
ACCESSORY:

When you finish a model, you will want to display it. Just putting the plane on a shelf is nice, but to add realism to it you can buy accessories for the models. Ground crew, pilots, support equipment, and weapons are the main accessories. I will talk briefly about each one.

Ground Crew come in packages of assorted number and positions. Each is unpainted but offers good detail for as small a they are. I have bought numerous sets of people for my aircraft. Painting them is a pain, but if you have a professionalís brush, it makes it a bit easier. Most people will wear green uniforms, so simply spray them with green paint, then let dry. After that use a brush and paint their skin brown or tan. Boots are normally black as are gloves.

To make them stand up, I would suggest to buy a package of overhead projection sheets. These are clear and if you cut them into small squares and glue them to the people to them with super glue, they will stand up and most people wonít even notice their stands. This helps it look more realistic too.

Pilots usually come with ground crew packages, but you can also by packs of just pilots. I like to use these pilot more than the ones that come with the model since they are more detailed. Once again spray the flight suit green, and paint the boots and gloves. The helmet color is up to you. I have painted them blue, red, white, and yellow, but any color is fine. Sometimes I have even put artwork or decals on the helmets.

Something to do with pilots is to keep the joystick out of the model until the pilot is ready to be put in. Glue the stick into the pilotís hand and it will look like he is flying the plane. one other thing to remember is that some pilots are standing or walking, so use the clear plastic trick to have them stand by their planes.

One final note is that if the planes are to be on the ground (shelves) then you might want to keep the canopy open to show off your pilot. Also, some pilots are made to climb their access ladders. Paint them and glue them to the ladders. This might be boring after a while to paint them, but it adds to the plane.

Support Equipment comes in packages with people sometimes. Power carts, air starters, cones, tow bars, and even chocks come in these packages. They are build just like any other plane, but their purpose is to supplement the plane on display. Place them around the plane and you will have more detail and more realism.

Weapons are very important for any military plane. Once again they come in kits themselves. Hasegawa makes the best weapons kits, and have three or four on the market. They include air-to-air, -ground, and -guided munitions. Each weapon is highly detailed and once again I would suggest to use these instead of the weapons that come with the kit. In fact, many weapons in the separate kits are ones that arenít in kits such as smart weapons, TV-guided, laser-guided, and even napalm. There is a color key to paint them accurately and decals to add even more detail.

One addition to the weapons that I did with my A-10 is to add red streamers on the weapons. These streamers are common in real life for "remove before flight" to arm the weapons. These do add a little more detail and demand attention.

These are all suggestions, but they do add more realism to every plane and display.

Back to Top

 


© 1997-2000, Planet Aviation, All Rights Reserved. All graphical and literary content on this page is property of the Planet Aviation. No portion of this website may be reproduced or copied without prior written consent of Planet Aviation.

This site is best viewed in 800x600 format.

 

copyrightva.com.jpg (9174 bytes)