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Any possibility/material to build a flamethrower in action????
October 30 2004 at 8:16 AM
Christian Manau (no login) from IP address 18.104.22.168
I would like to build a flamethrower team in action using their equipment on a foxhole. Any ideas how to build a realistic flash/stream of flames. Yet I've tried both PU, foam and resin, but either the material is wrong or my method needs to be improved. I came to the conclusion that the flash must be solid though not to heavy. It will stay on the done drift of the flames were the pressure is lost and the stream of burning fluid hits the ground....
I have not tried this myself. But have you considered Woodland Scenic's "Water Effects"? I have seen it used in making ship wakes and waterfalls. As it is clear you could tint it while it is wet and then form your shapes. Once again I have not tried this But it might work.
I had the same idea as the stream of sparkling flames is a bit similar to a little waterfall or fountain. My first experiences using clear resin weren't really succesful as it is difficult to cast the "billowing" shape. It would be good to have a method like that with tin and cold water at Silvester evenings......
I think it was a few months ago that the "Defeat at Falaise" diorama was posted and discussed on one of these discussion forums. Try searching around. If memory serves the flames were some sort of putty rolled out into individual strands and then built up into the large flame and painted.
My first thought was some kind of expanding foam -- like the spray foam for insulation. You spray it out of a can, and it expands. It can then be carved and is very light. It is lmost styrofoam in a can.
Then I thought, why not just make the flame out of colored glass? Blowing glass is very easy and everyone has glass blowing equipment in their house right (at least we do in America). (yes, I am joking, but wouldn't that look cool)
I looked at the Iwo Jima dio referenced earlier. Those dios are great (better than I can do) and I admire his attempt, but the flame just didn't look good enough. Also, more smoke is needed.
I used a technique on a 1/72 esci hard plastic American soldier., crouching(blatant copy of the Tamiya pose) and dabbed a tiny bit of modelling glue to the tip of the nozzle and repeated this over several days but I got a nice thin stream about 9 inches in length and the actal weight of the glue slightly pulled the later work downwards so there was a gentle curve. Worked out to be very realistic
Just to show that the fantasy mini makers can teach us something, how about this for inspiration:
is the main site but the really useful images are here: