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STEAMPUNK ALERT! Resin and photo etch Dragonfly in 35th scale

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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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6 responses

  1. Strangely interesting “build”….never seen one before.

  2. Weird and beautiful at same time. Must be like flying a Lancaster from rear gunner´s position…

  3. George – having seen what you have posted recently, I would have to say you win the award for eclectic modeling subjects!
    This was nicely executed – very stunning finish with the metallic contrasted with the rich colors of the blue/green.

    • I do like to build the odd stuff, don’t I? I have always felt that to only build the same thing is boring, and can result in cookie cutter builds. Same thing over and over and over, and over, and over and…well, you get the idea. I refined my build skills on the basic stuff, and then I go to town on the weird things. They are also a great way to get out of a build rut, or even builder’s block. I currently have a 1/32 Zero, two 1/48 F-16s, 5 different gaming figures (dragons) and one very tall vinyl Cthulhu on the go. At least another 12 or 15 assorted kits in various stages scattered around the room too. Never at a loss for something to build.

  4. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Very nice, clean and sharp work George. One interesting piece for sure, very nice conversation starter. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  5. Industrial mechanika do some great pieces. Expensive though as they’re short-run. I personally like the Chrononaut figure. I saw the piece you’ve modelled at Euro Militaire two years ago, brought to the show by a Chinese lady who had it in the luggage rack over her seat all the way to England.

    Nice work by the way.

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