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Old radial aircraft engine Step by step Parts 2

Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by Subzero, Jan 18, 2017.


  1. Subzero

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    Step 7

    On to the cylinders, these were a complete pain the ass, they sent my eyes funny staring at them for hours, basically masking the surrounding area lightly drawing out the fins as I tried to get the same number and also trying to keep the angle of the lines as they are a cylinder.

    I lightly went over the finned area with illustration black but reduced down with trans base and reducer, just going dark enough to see the pencil lines underneath so making it easier to scratch out the lines again using the scalpel at the right angle to get a reasonable thickness of line.

    As you can see by the photo, I got this wrong and tried to straighten up but eventually its back to black and do it again.
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    Step 8

    Once the bottom cylinder was close to completion, I started adding the other ignition leads and the anodized fittings using the same techniques as previous fittings an hoses.

    Moving on from that it was time to start on the main forefront cylinders.

    Again sketching them out but as the fins are nearer and more predominant they are thicker, so for this I used 2mm fine line tape and masked out the fins, it sort of worked but it ended up being too smooth an perfect, so I ended up, after going over with reduced black again, lifting the mask and painting the lot again and reverted to scratching off again, going over several times and painting over again several times, using a Lyrato rafix eraser ( like a lauffer floret ) erasing one side of the fin to try and create the rounded edge of the fin.

    Valve rod ends are just blended in from top and from the bottom with a fine line to define the profile of the valve end, then using the pencil eraser started to give it the texture of the cast and highlight.

    Once this was done I carried on and did the rest of the cylinders using the same techniques.

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    Step 9

    Once everything was finished, including the cylinder head mounts etc, on the reference photo, the components have a slightly gold anodized look to them, so I made up a very reduced gold tone out of a little comart trans pale yellow and burnt orange and gently dusted over the main areas.

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    The red section was illustration red and a little yellow to match the reference, after masking off the main section of the image i went over the area in red then erased the highlights and the imperfections on the edge of the cowl.
    I then went over again in the red which gave it a little depth , then finally erased the visible high lights again.

    I went over the image and thought I'd finished but noticed a couple of little things that needed attention.
    finally stepped back and thought yep, that'll do
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2017
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  2. DaveG

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    Awesome stuff, right there - thank you!
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    not enough words for this one......... if I hadn't seen the progress shots I wouldn't have believed that it wasn't a photo !
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    Thanx! Bookmarked twice:)
    A lot of useful info is in both steps.
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    :glasses::glasses::glasses: Amazing!
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    WOW!!!,stunning piece of work and thanks for sharing:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    Thank you for sharing this awesome painting. You have a great range of skills.
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    Awesome, great skills :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:. Thanks for the write up. It must have been a nightmare to erase those lines in such an organized manner! My blade tends to drift at times or not be where I think it is. I can't imagine trying to do parallel or converging lines in multitude!

    So am I understanding this process correctly? A base grey sprayed primarily where the mid tones live. Then black for dark shadows and clean up and erase back to white for the highlight?
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  9. Subzero

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    Basically yes, and the erasing of the straight parallel lines, use a ruler as a guide, that keep the uniformity
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    Cordyk Sheriff Woody (Admington) Admin

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    Loved this one bud, great work and patience and a great little SBS, thanks for sharing. I just can't get on with those blue erasers we got from the fez, just not working for me, maybe I got the dodgy ones haha!
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    Just awesome ,another great piece of detailed art .
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    So much texture there. There is rough casting, smoother casting and chrome. Dents and bumps and coils. Excellent job.
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    The lyrato are very aggressive but for nice sharp evasions, if that's a word, I chisel tip the end and go sideways, nice and sharp.
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    Quality tutorial SubZ
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    Thanks everyone for the nice words, what you don't see are the balls ups or the bits that don't to plan, but those are the times when you learn how to overcome the obstacles and put in use NEXT time you balls up.
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    Thank subzero now I have to find part one!:D:D
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    Very detailed, must be a new engine because there is no oil leaking

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