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Nakajima "Kotobuki" 9-cylinder aircraft engine
show user profile  Skyraider3D
This is the engine for my current project, the Nakajima Ki-27 fighter plane from the late 1930s. The engine is a 780hp Nakajima Ha-1 Otsu (Type 97) "Kotobuki".

Although this engine was common in the late '30s on Japanese aircraft, it's incredibly hard to find good references for it. Detail on the cylinder heads and beyond is limited, as this will be hidden inside the aircraft cowling anyway.


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1/3/2012 11:08:10 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 11:08:51 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
as usual, not that impressive.


-Marko Mandaric

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1/3/2012 11:14:13 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 11:14:13 PM)
show user profile  S. Silard
I love that , but why do you model parts which will be hidden ?
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1/4/2012 12:21:18 AM (last edit: 1/4/2012 12:21:18 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Is that the reference or a photo? Or the actual render?

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1/4/2012 1:41:27 AM (last edit: 1/4/2012 1:41:27 AM)
show user profile  Garp
I'm with Bolts ;)

Speaking of references, where do you find them most of the time (not for this model in particular)?

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1/4/2012 1:44:11 AM (last edit: 1/4/2012 1:44:11 AM)
show user profile  Skyraider3D
Glad you like it! ;)

why do you model parts which will be hidden?
It's called OCD, heheh! :)

Speaking of references, where do you find them most of the time
Finding and studying references takes up a very substantial part of the modelling time. Books and websites are of most help, and whenever possible I go to a museum or airshow to photograph the real thing.
Some peope like to buy scale models, but I generally find them (way) too inaccurate to be of much help. The same goes for scale drawings. I rely less and less on them as 9 out of 10 are disappointing at best in terms of accuracy and detail. So I tend to supplements them with engineering drawings, known dimensional data and good near-plan view photographs of the subject.
For the really detailed stuff digital copies of original manuals can be a great help. In a few rare cases I have bought original materials, such as WW2-vintage aero engine manuals. They usually have fantastic scale or engineering drawings and with some luck they can be found pretty cheaply on eBay, despite their rarity and age. In one case I bought a genuine 16mm film of a rare prototype aircraft. This was a wee bit too expensive to do on a regular basis though!
If I get really stuck I sometimes post on dedicated aviation or scale modelling forums for help. Often there are people out there who have collected even more reference on a certain type and are happy enough to help.
There are even more avenues such as approaching manufacturers or museums for help. Some can be surprisingly helpful, I've heard, but so far I haven't done this yet.
Last but certainly not least, for book projects the authors are generally a great help supplying material. They are afterall the experts on the subject and sometimes they come up with material that's extremely rare and hard to come by.


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1/7/2012 4:56:04 PM (last edit: 1/7/2012 5:05:45 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Nice job of substituting textures for large amounts of geometry.
OCD - lol good answer!
 photo 2012-sig_small3_zpsbd114b69.png

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1/7/2012 5:06:08 PM (last edit: 1/7/2012 5:06:08 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Awesome, as is all of your work. Great texturing.

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1/7/2012 5:34:26 PM (last edit: 1/7/2012 5:34:26 PM)
show user profile  GirishDJoshi
Beautiful stuff mate. Really beautiful.

3D ArchVis


Girish Joshi Photography

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1/7/2012 6:47:12 PM (last edit: 1/7/2012 6:47:12 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Thanks for all the pointers concerning the references. Never thought of ebay for technical drawings and manuals, for some reason.
I've found myself on several occasions spending way more time hunting for good refs than actually modeling. I'm relieved to see that it's not unusual. I was wondering...

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1/8/2012 2:24:16 AM (last edit: 1/8/2012 2:24:16 AM)
show user profile  Skyraider3D
Thanks guys!

Patrice, if you ever need references for an aircraft, just giv me a holler. It can be frustrating to spend tons of time on research, while not getting anywhere with modelling. But personally I also find it very enjoyable to learn as much as I can about the subject I'm making.


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1/8/2012 11:31:07 AM (last edit: 1/8/2012 11:31:07 AM)
show user profile  NLGFX_ger
as usual, pretty sick shit! :) awesome...
skype: oli_at_home
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1/8/2012 11:42:32 AM (last edit: 1/8/2012 11:42:32 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Thanks Ronnie. I will :)
I'll probably start a plane in the coming months for a portfolio that I'm (very slowly) putting together. I'll look for one with a lot of its engine visible, as working on the details is what I enjoy most.
The challenge will be finding good refs for the engine. I might start knocking at your door then...

Small anecdote: a few years ago I worked on a P51D and I remember finding russian blueprints that were a lot more accurate than the american ones. Funny.

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1/8/2012 9:12:11 PM (last edit: 1/9/2012 1:27:22 AM)
show user profile  Garp

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1/9/2012 1:26:37 AM (last edit: 1/9/2012 1:27:34 AM)
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