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General Aircraft: Tips & Techniques
Discussions on specific A/C building techniques.
spinning prop
Quebec, Canada
Joined: January 01, 2004
KitMaker: 7,600 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 03:42 AM UTC
Has anyone successfully simulated a spinning prop in 1/72 or larger? (No bateries and motors please!) I've tried a clear plastic disk with prop etching. It looks OK on 1/350 but not too convincing in larger scales.
British Columbia, Canada
Joined: September 03, 2009
KitMaker: 6,964 posts
AeroScale: 6,246 posts
Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 03:57 AM UTC
There's propblur photoetch, but I'm personally not conviced about the radius of the blurred edges and if you're doing more than one propeller it looks too uniform. It's quite impressive though.

One of the best spinning prop illusiuons I've seen is the plastic disk technique, using paint for the propeller blades.
Magnusf did it with a recycled Hercules.
Missouri, United States
Joined: October 26, 2011
KitMaker: 291 posts
AeroScale: 13 posts
Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012 - 07:39 AM UTC
I tried it a few times myself. Here's an example. (Too much paint on this one, but the concept is sound I think.)

England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: February 08, 2010
KitMaker: 3 posts
AeroScale: 1 posts
Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012 - 09:09 PM UTC
Valiant Wings also offer a spinning prop solution, I've used them several times and am pleased with the effect.