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Burma '46

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 19:12
by Ryan B.
...or maybe late '45. F-Toys Spit XIV, mild repaint, (mostly along the seams) 64th sentai Ki-100b repaint, and Hasegawa 61st sentai Ki-67.
Actually not too happy with this one. Since I was going simpler/quicker using cellphone camera and holding the models up to the sky, I thought it would free me up to add more elements. Well, more elements took away the advantage of speed, leading me to get impatiently sloppy, and also made it too busy to attractively compose the shot--especially because the Spit was in the base shot, so I couldn't move it around in the frame.
Even so, I did it, and now, damnit, you have to look at it!

Re: Burma '46

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 22:11
by pbhawkin
You are very clever with your 'photoshopping' of exhaust and tracer and positioning of the elements.
Just a couple of points from my perspective if I may:
I think adding some clouds would help as would a pilot for the Spitfire and perhaps a sense of action if the Spitfire was banked to the Right a little more to give the impression it was trying to get around on the tail of either the Ki-100 or the Bombers.
But I wish I had your skills as it was anyway!!

Re: Burma '46

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 22:40
by Ryan B.
Thanks, PBHawkin, I appreciate your advice. I actually tried to put in clouds--it was a clear, sunny day when I took the pics--but couldn't get them looking genuine enough so, with a wave of my hand, I blew them away.
A pilot would be a very good idea. It's missing here in the Spitfire, and it's obviously missing in the previous F8F/J7W1 post.
Also, you're right about banking the Spit into action, but the dilemma is there are two purposes for this silliness. First is to display the 'alpha' plane to advantage, and the second is to depict it in a scene of action. Banking away from the viewer towards the 'beta' plane, or whatever, shows alpha's undersides which compromises the first intent, but positioning it in classic 3/4 view head-on shot, would compromise the second. I tried to split the difference with a side-on shot and that just managed to compromise both purposes.
Finally, the more time I spend sitting at the 'puter working on one of these posts, the more my wife's lips compress into a thin taut line.
I will rethink the process, taking your excellent advice into account, and hopefully do better next time. No, honestly.

Re: Burma '46

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 6:56
by smeg1959
Excellent stuff Ryan, both in terms of the modelling and the photography. Looking at some wartime footage, it never ceases to amaze me that more aircraft didn't prang into each other with so much going on in such a confined area.