The Moska MB bis design process is catalogued here:
Some of my friends asked me exactly how I design my kits. Well here is pretty
much the whole process from start to finish. First rule of thumb is choose
a subject you really like the look of. You have to find as many photos as
you can get hold of and look at the subject from all angles.
a colour profile has to be converted to line drawing or vice versa.
The line drawing is converted in Photoshop or The GIMP to unfold the parts.
The unfold calculations are done manually with pencil, paper, calculator and
a basic knowledge of geometry and also by eye. I prefer this compared
to 3d modelling software because I have done it like this for years with plastic
card, the subjects I choose to model are so old and it gives me the opportunity
to practice a bit of ancient maths that my old maths teachers swore blind would
be useful to me one day.
After a quick and dirty "proto alpha" build the line drawing has layers added
to it so that the textures and markings can be added. Files as big as 650
megabytes get generated because I work at 5120x3840 pixels at 300 lines per millimetre.
This all squashes down in the end to a file a couple of meg in size.
Next the Layers functions are used to check that all the parts line up.
Once the kit parts have been designed, some re-jigging becomes necessary and parts
get moved about or redesigned in light of build experience and comments by those
folks who I ask to do beta builds for me.
These pictures are of Ray Smith's build of the beta version of the Moska.
Incredibly the model you see here was built at
1/98 scale, with a wingspan
of just 8.1cm! At 1/33 scale the kit builds beautifully. Ray lives
in the States and I live in the UK.
Ray emailed me recently
to let me know that he entered his model of the Moska into a local model competition.
He won the third prize against some stiff competition from kits made from
plastic. Ray writes:
"The contest was
the quarterly open competition held by the Lafayette Scale Modelers out
of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
There were 18 entries,
spanning the modelling spectrum from figures to 1/35 scale helicopter to
aircraft. There were
17 plastic entries,
and 1 paper entry, the Moska. Not only was it the only paper model,
but it was also the smallest
in the contest is done by a vote of the members present. The Moska
was voted to a third place finish,
with a small monetary
Well done Ray with your
superb build and thanks for letting me know..
Then comes the instruction leaflet! Some folks are happy enough to look
at some 3 views and get on with it. But these kits are complex and the Moska
can be built as one of six variants, so drawing diagrams and sequencing takes
a while too. The model even contains a tiny map of the Urals and a cockpit
Several custom illustrations get done to help visualise how the parts fit:
That's not all. Every kit I design has to have historical data as well
as details on dimensions and armament. As a kid in the 1970's, I used
to love building plastic kits released by Airfix. They all had
well researched information about the development of the aircraft you could
build, and I aim to do the same.
Finally the kit instructions, illustrations, history, data and parts are compiled
as a pdf document and uploaded to our secure server.
So if you want to build the Moska, the kit can adapt
to your own skill level. Shrouded wheels for mortals, or spoked wheels
for the more experienced.
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