Damian's EPP Warbird article
A nice article as written by Damian on the EPP warbirds he has prototyped
for the PSS festival and in his own words…
” Gone and done it yet again!
Proposed an idea to my fellow TOSSer’s, not quite realising what it
would entail to bring the idea to fruition. The concept of scale slope combat
is by no means a new one, but seems to have gone off the boil since these craft
first appeared in the early nineties. Having spent many a happy time flying combat wings
over the years, it was time to add a different element to our combat sessions
by re-introducing the scale foamies.
After all, what could be cooler than a sky full of WWII fighters slicing
and dicing in trying to nail each other, and rack up another kill.
This type of flying has major spectator appeal as most,
even non-aviation people, would recognise a Spitfire, Mustang or Messerschmitt,
and be aware of the historical significance of these evocative machines.
So, out came the drawing equipment, and designs were sketched out.
The idea was to make these models “combat worthy”
while still being reasonably scale like, capturing the look and feel
of the full size version. Needless to say a rather difficult design brief
involving lots of drawing and re-drawing.
Anton Benning was roped in to cut the wings and basic fuzz profile
using an EPP material he had managed to source in quantity
and at a reasonable price. Following this, some very messy carving
was needed to try and capture the shape of the prototypes.
This process proving to be strangely addictive and being quite satisfying
to see the sleek lines of the fighters emerging from a chunk of black foam.
Carlo Davis built and finished a proof of concept P40 Warhawk
which flew extremely well once the CG had been sorted.
So far there are eight of these beasties in the making
with two more pending. It is hoped to have the gaggle ready
for the scramble on our D-Day, the 19th June,
or for you non warlike types, the TOSS PSS festival.”