Simple Papermodel Ship Project

It has been quite a while since I built a papermodel ship.  The last one I made, I believe, was the Sikinami patrol boat which came out a little funky since I printed in on US letter paper and it was intended for A4

This time, I chose to build another patrol boat, but from a different part of the world.  In this case, Australia, a country surrounded with water, so it’s Navy must be on it’s toes.

Two pages of parts, 11 pages of instructions... eek!

Two pages of parts, 11 pages of instructions... eek!

The subject of this building is the Armidale class patrol boat, of which the Australian Navy has 12.  They are manned by a crew of 21 and have a range of 3,000 nm.  Not very large, but perfect for paper modeling.

This model has just two pages of parts, none of which appear too small, which indicates that this is not a highly detailed model.  However, there are 11 pages of instructions with it, so maybe this will be more complicated than it needs to be?  Well, you will just have to check back on my progress!

You can download the Armidale over here (there is also a submarine model available on the same page).

17MAY2010 – model is no longer available at the site above, looking for alternative download.  Sorry y’all! 

25nov2011 – Thorsten pointed out the download is available again. You can grab it here (PDF).

 

ISDT KingAir B200 Turboprop Released

Just stumbled upon this release.  I haven’t checked on the modelers at the International Simulation Design Team (iSDT) in a while and I missed the initial release of their Beechcraft KingAir B200 for FSX.  Initial release includes a model with an open gear bay, but a closed gear bay model is in the works for those that don’t want to see the gear while flying. Yes, now FSX has a purpose-built turboprop to fly the friendly, virtual skies.

While I have not had a chance to experience the model for myself, I would bet that this release would not leave us disappointed. The screenshots in their preview forum support this and the model looks awesome.   Their previous releases include a sweet ATR-42/72 series and a great model of the FlySynthesis Texan 550 LSA.

The selection of liveries include both civilian and military colors.

The selection of liveries include both civilian and military colors.

More to come after a quick preview flight!

Wedgetail Meets USCG

The Wedgetail variation of Project Opensky‘s Boeing 737-700 has been around for a while,  but was only available in Royal Australian Air Force colors.   Thanks for Colin Lowe, Wedgetail enthusiasts have something a little more colorful to fly in.  Recently released is a United States Coast Guard (USCG) livery that really brightens up this bird.

USCG Wedgetail at Boeing Field

USCG Wedgetail at Boeing Field

I loaded up the repaint in FS2004 and took it out for a flight from Boeing Field (KBFI) to Santa Barbara Municipal (KSBA).

Turning on to course after leaving Boeing Field

Turning on to course after leaving Boeing Field

The flight was pretty uneventful.  I did find that the roll rate of the Wedgetail is pretty slow.  It is sorta like driving Cadillac when you are used to smaller aircraft that handle like a Porsche.

Passing over Mt. St. Helens

Passing over Mt. St. Helens

One of the things that impressed me most about this combination of model and livery was how great the colors matched with the shape of the aircraft.  The red markings on the wings really give the 737 a much larger presence.  While not exactly stealthy, the bright red makes for great show.

Landing on SBA's runway 7

Landing on SBA's runway 7

It was the approach to Santa Barbara that really showed off the Wedgetail’s lazy handling.  To accommodate it, I found myself flying a wide approach to runway 7 so that I would have plenty of distance to align with the runway.  In doing so, short-final was smooth, although I brought her in a little slow and slammed the wheels on the runway.  Hey, I just wanted to make sure the crew was awake for our arrival on the central coast.

Overall, flying the USCG Wedgetail is a lot of fun.  There is a lot of eye candy here and Colin did a great job representing the livery in flight simulator.

Filename: b737uscg-1.zip (flightsim.com)
Filesize: 5mb
Author: Model – POSKY ; Livery – Colin Lowe

update 11jul09 – fixed some spelling and grammatical errors. ;-(

Loving POSKY’s Embraer Legacy 600

We all know that Project Open Sky delivers stunning aircraft and ups the standard for modeling with each release.  While I have many favorites (a later post) for flight sim, I really enjoy taking the Embraer Legacy 600 out for a spin.  Its sexy lines, small size, reasonable fuel economy, and great handling really make this model one great choice to spend time with.  For this model, I prefer flying in FS2004/FS9, although the model does work well in FSX.

I took a brief flight from Santa Barbara (KSBA) to Las Vegas (KLAS) in POSKY’s Legacy, wrapped in a stunning Vegas themed repaint of N900EM (EVM Investments LLC ) by Samy Fay.  Heck, I am sure someone from Santa Barbara would enjoy a free ride to Vegas in a stunning business jet.

The day was a bit foggy as the passengers boarded and the crew prepared to depart.

N900EM prepares for departure are SBA (1920's terminal in the background)

N900EM prepares for departure are SBA (1920's terminal in the background)

After receiving clearance to Vegas, we depart runway 25 and back sharply left to the GOLET waypoint before proceeding on course.  The weather is brisk, but the fog ceiling is low, above is bright sunshine.  This will be a wonderful flight to Vegas.

Banking left to GOLET from runway 25, SBA.

Banking left to GOLET from runway 25, SBA.

After passing Palm Springs, it became clear that these passengers were not so ordinary.  They had not only consumed the $500 champagne, but the $700 caviar, and all of the bon bons!  We were quickly running out of treats, so I accelerated to max cruise so we can get them to the casino before they blow up and eat the entire airplane.

Cruising over Palm Springs

Cruising over Palm Springs

Before long, I happily start our descent into the Las Vegas valley. We area routed to 25L, but do to spacing issues with other aircraft, we extend our downwind toward Lake Meade.  Eventually, we make our 180 degree turn and pickup the ILS.  The weather is typical of southern Nevada, warm and clear.  The smooth air allows us to touch down hard, but without much fuss.

Touching down on 25L, KLAS with beautiful weather.

Touching down on 25L, KLAS with beautiful weather.

Taxiing to Las Vegas Executive Terminal seemed to take forever.  As we started a steady pace, we had to stop for cross traffic. Clearly the controllers are giving priority to airliners…  causing us to use more gas than we should.  After 20 minutes, we make it to the terminal so the passengers can deplane, catch their limo to the casino and spend some money.

Parked outside the Las Vegas Executive Air Terminal with the impressive skyline in the background.

Parked outside the Las Vegas Executive Air Terminal with the impressive skyline in the background.

I hope you enjoyed today’s flight.  Please make sure to check the seatback for personal belongings before deplaning!

Cheers!

New Embraer Phenom Papermodel!

Looking to give your eyes a break from the monitor on a long virtual flight?  Tired of flying planes that don’t really exist in the material world?  Not a flightsim fan, but looking for a new papermodel project?  Well, PaperInside.com has the papermodel (cardmodel for those card people) for you.  Recently released is the Embraer Phenom 100 model consisting of three pages of parts and three pages of instructions.  The model comes with a stand, so if your good, you can show it off.  This one looks pretty simple (compared to Canon’s Starflyer A320 model) and should look good on anyone’s bookshelf.  Head on over and check it out.  If you like it, please leave a donation to make sure future become availalble.

If you are not into business jets, they also have an Embraer Super Tucano complete with missiles!  It is definitely not for the novice!

Happy cutting!

Papermodel “Dog Trot” Kit v0.2

I spent some time with my pencil, paper, and ruler and measured out a basic kit for the “dog trot” papermodel toolshed living unit I designed. I started typing this post offline, but before I knew it, it had exploded into a mini documentary of what sustainable living is and how this design fits into it. It was way too complex for what I wanted. I simply wanted to present the model, it being what it is. I even lightly colored the base paper with color pencil to show the ground layout; the brick along the front and down the “breezeway”, the black represents the parking area, and green is grass.

One thing I must note is that this design is NOT a dog trot living unit. A dog trot design has all rooms under a single roof, with the breezeway being half the width of the front rooms. Since the pictures below show three toolsheds, this is simply a dog trot inspired design.

DG_Front

The Front View

DG_FrontPers

The Front Perspective

DG_BckLft

The Back Left View

DG_bckRgt

The Back Right View

I have not decided if I will make this version of the model available. The roofs are currently not part of the kit and it looks rather rough. I think I might refine it some more before releasing it. If anyone is interested in such a kit, please leave a comment. It might inspire me to work harder on it!

Cheers!

Public Transportation, Papermodel Style!

Courtesy of the State Transit Authority of New South Wales, the papermodel community have three awesome public transit bus papermodels to fill time with.  There are three buses, two Mercedes Benz models and a newer Volvo.  They are single page kits and look impressive. I’ll post a picture once I get one put together…  in the mean time, you can take a gander at them over yonder. >>yonder<<