Re: Vacu-forming

John P. Roll (
Tue, 13 Sep 94 19:17:15 -0500

I haven't done it personally, but I have a very good friend (and coach) who has.
He is Steve Hustad who won the Mike Fritz memorial award at the IPMS Nationals
in Omaha. Believe it or not, he does not represent the ribs
three-dimensionally. What Steve does is draw lines on with 'plastic lead'. It
can be found in Art supply stores. Architects (like Steve) use it for drawing
on clear mylar film. Steve usually removes most of the rib detail on the tops
of wings as well and draws it in, too. On aircraft equipped with rib tapes of a
different color or pattern, he will usually just highlight the edges of the
tapes lightly. I have no clue whether such a technique would work on 1/48th
scale or larger, but the effect is fantastic on Steve's stuff...

Just my 2"...

Happy Modeling!
John Roll IPMS #9197

John Roll