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making the break chute for the F-4 Phantom II
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New Hampshire, United States
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Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012 - 04:17 PM UTC
I'm in the process of making a diorama of a F-4 Phantom II landing on the runway with the break chute deployed.Now this diorama is in the scale of 1/200th.So my question to you guys is this,how does one make such a chute in this scale?What material would you use?Sheet plastic?fabric?paper mache? Help!
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Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012 - 06:27 PM UTC
I'd use kleenex coated in white glue so you have a thin papier-mache when it's dry and it'll hold its shape. Probably the best way to form it is over a small balloon. It's going to be an interesting challenge to do all the rings of parachute material. Perhaps make the lines first, then cut out rings of tissue and glue them in place overtop?
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Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2012 - 04:04 AM UTC

At 1/200 scale, am I correct in thinking the chute will only be about 2 cm in diameter, if that ???

How about making your master of the shape in something like sanded wood dowel or Femo on a stick that can be formed with a craft knife !!!!!!!!!! Once you have your shape including all those bulged pleats, try a basic push through type of vacforming on clear plastic.

In 1/200, it will be hard to form your pleats with tissue and keep the shape as you try to peel it off your former.

At least with the vacform method, you should be able to withdraw your wooden dowel or Femo former leaving your clear plastic shape ready for painting including clear areas left to mimic the vents in the chute that could be drilled out if you wanted to be really clever.

Good luck

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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 04:51 AM UTC
It's a 40 foot wide round chute, so figure the size in 1/200 scale...