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Wanted to do some hard surface modeling practice so decided to model one of my favorite USAF aircraft. I think it just looks mean and tough and its history validates that.

F-4 Phantom fighter jet.

I was lucky enough in one of my assignments that my office was near the flight line and aircraft parking area. I had a beautiful F-4 sitting there as part of my scenery. A wonderful view of military might and slick deadly beauty.

Did the model in about 3.5 hours. Which means ugly modeling and a ton of eyeballing shortcuts. That includes slapping some procedural materials (color) to the model. So not accurate to a real aircraft in any way but good enough for a simple cnc pattern. I did have a tough time getting a decent pattern from it due to the length and thin areas of the plane. No plans to carve this but a fun exercise.

Bonus image render for your PhotoShopping fun.
 

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Wrought iron cross with wings

Another new pattern. I will be carving this soon for my wife. I am going to laminate some maple on to walnut and then carve it so the maple is cut away leaving only the pattern.

Only modeled one wing and then mirrored. It was a ton of fun to model but pushing my poor cnc software to the limit. It can only import STL files of about 100 megs. A single wing was 120 megs. It only crashed twice before finally importing correctly as it cried a little. :D
 

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A real plane is the Warthog.
 

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Another new pattern. I will be carving this soon for my wife. I am going to laminate some maple on to walnut and then carve it so the maple is cut away leaving only the pattern.

Only modeled one wing and then mirrored. It was a ton of fun to model but pushing my poor cnc software to the limit. It can only import STL files of about 100 megs. A single wing was 120 megs. It only crashed twice before finally importing correctly as it cried a little. :D
Holler if you want a larger one cut, Oscar. Looks very good, btw!

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David, thank you. I'll see how it comes out. I have to see if I have any maple left. My lumber source is the base and I don't even know if the wood shop is open yet.
 

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Theo, I got to see them flying a ton until they moved to Davis-Monthan AFB. They are pretty awesome aircraft.
Got to see Cobras and C130 gunships in action in Nam, would love to see one of these in action, for real, rather than the videos. Wicked cool.
 
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I don't believe I have ever seen a Cobra in the air. I saw a C130 testing their guns near Hurlburt Field once. That gun really lights up the night sky. Real purdy.

Now Apaches, I saw a bunch in the air. At some point I need to model one but I am sure it will take much longer than just a couple of hours.

So far I've only modeled two helicopters: a Huey and a Kiowa.
 

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I don't believe I have ever seen a Cobra in the air. I saw a C130 testing their guns near Hurlburt Field once. That gun really lights up the night sky. Real purdy.
Nothing quite like having a Cobra hover over your compound. Then drop about a bushel of empties from about a 2 second burst of fire at a close compound being attacked. At night used to be able to see the Navy compound, across the bay, getting hit, and cones of fire coming down from the gunships. Then when we were at Ahn Khe overnight used to watch the ground firefights along the perimeter - strange, those always seemed to be in the same area every time we were there. Top of the list, watched a fighter look like he dived straight into the ground, then about 20 seconds or so it popped up a mile or so down further, then a huge ball of napalm rose up behind him. Apparently there was a fair sized ravine over there. Fun place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.
 
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You are good. It takes me a lot longer to do a model than that.
Mary, not good but after 6 years a bit faster now.

I joined a friendly weekly modeling challenge and gave myself a time limit of 6 hours. Whatever I made had to be within my personal time. It forced me to learn shortcuts and good-enoughs. It really helped my modeling speeds. Now on the artistic side and pattern making side I am still learning. Making a 3d model look good in 2.5d is sometimes impossible.
 

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Well I don't do them that often any more. For a while everyone wanted them but I am working more on 3d for the laser now and that is a bit different working more with gray scale. Some day I might have more time to do more with the modeling, I hope. Right now my job consists of bookkeeping, all the office work, and all the designing for the laser and cnc router. I am tired lol
 

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lol. You are busy.

I bought a cheap Chinese ~40W engraving laser at the same time as my hobby cnc. I just didn't find the laser as challenging. Vector graphics or half tone for pictures didn't seem as much fun as modeling in 3d. My laser is sitting in the corner and hasn't been turned on for almost 3 years now. Not even sure of the status of the tube.

I know you can do some really cools things with it, but you are right about more fun stuff and not enough time to do them all.

You have to fit in drinking "little water" in there at some point of the day as well. ;)
 

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Coffee mug sits on my desk all day and when the coffee is gone then I move to water. I am working on a 3d wolf howling at the moon, right now, it will be for the laser. Lucky I have till September to finish this one. The wolf looks pretty good but the moon needs lots of work.
 

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All great points! I am experimenting with retirement so only answer to the wife. :)

But really curious on how you do your laser graphics so please post when completed. I never really got into advanced designs. I can set the different power settings for the different layers but I mostly did photograph image burning on wood. Haven't played with any of that in years.
 
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