Author Topic: KoH - Civilian Ornithopter: Erithacus  (Read 9799 times)

March 06, 2006, 04:15:27 PM
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While waiting for things to dry on the Mosquito and because I can't wait to start this idea, I began my ornithopter last night. This will be a small civilian model with a female pilot I'm sculpting. No photos yet, but there's a few sketches and a better description at the link below:

http://www.fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-Ornithopter.htm

March 16, 2006, 03:36:45 PM
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I started back on this project. I had started it a little while waiting for the parts of the Mosquito to dry. Here's some pics:

http://www.fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-Ornithopter.htm




March 16, 2006, 09:01:33 PM
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The female model looks amazing. Seriously impressive face. All through my art classes, I could never draw a decent face--had a horrible time getting the eyes to line up, so seeing you sculpt it is just... impressive. Can't wait to see more.
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March 18, 2006, 08:21:56 AM
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Thanks Zero! She's coming along nicely and I'll post more pics later.

I finally came up with a name and scheme for this piece. Originally I was going to do a blue bird scheme, but decided that the blue would look odd and possibly garrish on this particular craft. I knew I wanted a splash of color on the fuselage though so looked up Robins. I'm used to the American Robin, but found that there's a European one as well which looks better color-wise for this craft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Robin

So the name of the craftwill be "Erithacus" after the full species name: European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). I think I'll name the pilot Rebecca which sounds close to "rubecula".

March 18, 2006, 03:27:48 PM
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I added some progress shots of the front gear and the wing span:

http://fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-Ornithopter.htm




March 19, 2006, 12:11:58 PM
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Very Dune...  Why not go with a cloth-like material for the wings, seeing as its a civilian aircraft and doesn't need any sort of durable heavy protective substance?

March 19, 2006, 12:42:03 PM
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Well, the problem is finding cloth that looks in-scale. It's too easy to end up with something that looks "off". The frosted acetate I have is a plastic film, whitish in color but translucent, matt on one side, glossy on the other, and about as thick as a piece of paper. As far as durability and scale thickness goes, I don't think I'll find a better substance.

March 19, 2006, 06:37:41 PM
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March 19, 2006, 08:36:02 PM
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Quite a big model,isn´t it? :?
Nice build up and sculpture,so far...don´t know why but I´m not a big fan of ornithopters, but I´m sure you will came up with something great!
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March 20, 2006, 05:58:42 AM
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The wingspan is well over a foot wide so it's bretty big. The funny thing is though, material and volume-wise it'll end-up being no larger a build than an SAFS in the end. more than 1/2 this craft will be rigging, rods, and wings.

Wow... not into ornithopter? I love them! They're what rekindled my interest in modeling back in early 2001. I built the "Freebird" design from the plans on http://www.ornithopter.org (they have a kit now) and loved actually building something. I suppose this build brings me full circle so to speak.

Edit: I measured and the wingspan is 17" wide. :shock:  Height-wise though when the wings are level, the kit won't be over 4". Pretty funny!

March 20, 2006, 07:31:51 AM
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Quote from: "FichtenFoo"
I measured and the wingspan is 17" wide. :shock:  Height-wise though when the wings are level, the kit won't be over 4". Pretty funny!


Looking sharp--and mechanically functional. And you're not fooling anyone--we all know you're just making this so big (in terms of footprint) as a practice-run for clearing space out to do a 1/400 Musai. Admit it!
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March 21, 2006, 08:54:15 AM
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wow...

hey ff...going mechanical now are we...next evolution...:lol:

is this going to be a battery powered unit or solar powered??? i mean for the crank motor...
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March 22, 2006, 11:41:23 AM
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Here's the latest progress. More figure stuff and shots of the fuselage with main supports.

wingnut: it'll use batteries, but if I had access to a good solar mechanism, I'd definitely use that. It needs 3v.

zero: thanks!

http://fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-Ornithopter.htm




March 22, 2006, 06:05:14 PM
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What will be powering this in the Trocken world?  Perhaps some solar panels, or would it use rechargeable batteries?  I think that is what wingnut ment.  Not what you are gonna use to power it but what would power it if it was real.

March 23, 2006, 06:20:26 AM
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Oh, it's battery powered. It's such a small craft that there's not a lot of room for solar collectors. I also wonder how the 6 hour day would effect solar power. :?

September 23, 2006, 07:48:42 AM
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Hope one day we will see this model done... :roll:
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October 10, 2006, 07:53:13 AM
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This is quite a unique multi-medi kit-bash.  I see from the time stamps its a long project.  Don't let it get too dusty.

October 10, 2006, 08:01:11 AM
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Thanks Scott. Yeah, I need to get back to it, but there's soooo many other cool projects in my head! Hard to get back when you want to move forward. :lol:

January 28, 2007, 09:14:05 AM
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I decided to get back on this to fulfill my resolution to finish up some old kits from my "on-hold" pile. Massive update and pics!

http://fichtenfoo.com/02GiantRobots/02b-Ornithopter.htm

January 28, 2007, 02:12:45 PM
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She's about to stab someone.
What's that pattern you spooled around the copper wire.