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 Post subject: Guidance for eagle conversion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:44 pm 
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Hi everyone
I'm trying to replicate this scene with the Eagles attacking the wargs. Just wondering if anyone had recommendations for either pre built or hand made trees that would be malleable enough to get that bit of a bow and be thick enough to pin the flappy jerk on there. Also has anyone tried converting the plastic kit and was it particularly hard?
Bit worried about having to greenstuff the feathers.
Thanks, any help would be really appreciated bit lost atm
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 Post subject: Re: Guidance for eagle conversion
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:06 pm 
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Hi mate, not tried this sort of conversion myself, but I use brass rod for pinning large metals together & it works a treat, even with the weight of the pieces.

If you wanted something thicker you could maybe use a heavy-duty paperclip as an armature for the trunk? I think your main problem is going to be making the base weighty enough to stop it toppling with the angle of the eagle ; that said there are some good sellers on ebay that provide small ball bearings / base weights that should solve this.

Hope this helps :)
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 Post subject: Re: Guidance for eagle conversion
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:01 am 
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You may be able to find some pre-constructed trees that will bend like that, however I have found that the larger armatures are not designed to bend down the middle, especially the coniferous ones. Model Christmas trees for Christmas villages are based on the bottle brush method and are quite bendy.

That leaves making your own. You can refer to any number of model train books and magazines for making different trees. I prefer to use florist's wire, which you can buy at craft shops. Look at the railroad modeler's sites and publications to learn how to do this. Even if it doesn't work for eagles, trees are seldom wasted.

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