First of all you need to do a little investigation. Collect as much pictures as you can and try to find typical characteristics of the vehicle, which you can exaggerate in the model.


I used for the Blue Flame a prefabricated plastic egg. Sanding the surface with fine sandingpaper guarantees a better adhesion of the coming putty- and colour layers.


With polyester body putty I changed the eggs appearence to the more "correct" Blue Flame design.


Just smear the putty happily on the plastic egg. You can cut the excess putty away afterwards. If you detect some valleys, just put a second layer of putty on top.


I'm using light putty (used for model airplanes) because it is not that hard to carve. Chipping away the putty, I reach a rough approximation of the final design.


First I use a large grain sanding paper to finalize the design. In a second step I use a finer paper to get rid of the scratches.


With the hobbyknife, sandpaper and repeating putty layers, I brought out the details like the engine nozzle.


I cut the wheels from polystyrene (Europe: polystyrol) sheet plastic. Because I couldn't find any fitting modelkit wheels.


After evaluating where the wheelstruts should be, I cut toothpics to the right length.


The toothpics and wheels are glued together and should rest for a while, until the glue cured completely.


Sanding down excess glue will give a nicer surface around the struts.


With modeling clay ( I used "FIMO", a PVC type modelling stuff, that hardens after 15 minutes baking in the oven), I sculpted the cockpit of the Blue Flame.


As I am not the perfect sculptor at all, I filled the gaps between the plastic egg and the canopy.


Yep, you got it right: sanding again. The tailwing is again a polystyrenechip.


Spraypainted with white car enamel (I prefer that type, because it's fast drying and sticks to every surface), you can more easily evaluate the smoothness of the surface and probably sand down some prior undetected bumps.


I produced the decals in my paintprogram, using photographies from the real Blue Flame.


With the airbrush, I sprayed the blue gradual blend on the nose and tailwing. Printed on paper (an inferior way to produce decals, I know...) and cut to the right size, I glued the decals to their appropriate position.


At last I always spray a layer of transparent car enamel over the whole surface. This makes the underlayers insensitive to rude handling and intensifies the colours.


Are you infected by the eggplane-virus? If so, the following is a good therapy. Not to heal you, but to make it even worse!!! Step by step. Of course every modelbuilder has his own techniques. This is how I built many of the Eggstreme Machines you found on this site.



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