STEAMPUNK ALERT! Resin and photo etch Dragonfly in 35th scale
This is one of the fabulous kits that are created by fitchenfoo, and produced by industriamechanika.com.
This is Doktor Orpheus Odonata’s “Dragonfly” Odonopter Type One. The kit itself consists of 40 beautifully cast grey resin pieces, four sheets of perfect photo-etch, two glass eyes, laser cut acetate for the wings and wire for rigging. Following the single page scroll of instructions, I built up most of the resin fairly quickly. I had decided early on that this was a perfect canvas for Alclad II candy colours, and I was not disappointed. I used Electric Blue, Bottle Green, and Emerald Green, sprayed over Alclad Bright Silver Candy Base for the body and head, while Alclad Magnesium was used for the “engine” and mechanical areas. The wings consist of an acetate layer sandwiched between two photo-etched ribs. After much head scratching I finally figured out how to put them all together. If I build another, and I might, I will remember to Future the acetate, then paint it, then Future it again, then superglue on the previously painted and weathered metal. Again, candy blue and green was used for the wings, with magnesium for the metal bits. Some light drybrushing was added for a little wear and tear, but not much. The pilot was assembled and then painted with Tamiya acrylics, as was the cockpit area. After the very careful addition of the wings, I rigged it with the wire provided in the kit. There was not enough to rig the wing supports as well, so I used monofilament thread for those. I had earlier decided to mount this on a clear acrylic rod and had drilled a ½” hole in the thickest part of the main body. I assembled the stand to the base first, and then carefully added the Odonopter to it. Everything fit perfectly, and it now sits proudly in it’s display case.
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