From Plastic to
Profile Part Three
Dassault Mirage IIIC
by Bob Aikens
available online from
The images featured in this series were taken with an Olympus C-720
Ultra Zoom-despite it's lowly 3 MP's, it has a nice 8X optical zoom and
a myriad of other tools that are of great use in model photography.On
it's highest resolution setting it gives 1984X1488 size images.
images are taken from the camera into it's own software programme 'Camedia
MasterPro', They are then "dragged and dropped" into Adobe PhotoShop 7
at their full resoultion, in order to have the maximum amount of
'information/pixils' to work with; the more 'dense' the information, the
more able you are to use the 'zoom-in' function as an aid in
manipulating minute bits of the image.
In a given photo suite it always seemed appropriate to include a profile
of the model aircraft, so I began to experiment, trying to find the
optimum camera settings for this. I discovered that for the type of
models depicted in this article (1/48 WW II size), a focal lenght of
between 100-120 mm produced a profile shot with the least amount of 'curvature'.This
curvature is most apparent at the vertical panel lines and/or larger
markings on the model.Further 'straightening' of the image can be done
with the 'Distortion' feature in the Camedia programme, and/or with the
'sphereize-pinch' tools in PhotoShop. In any case, the offending curved
panel lines can be removed using either the 'brush' tool or the 'clone
stamp' tool. With the help of reference drawings or the model
instruction sheet, you can 'rescribe' every panel line if need be, using
the 'line tool'. This is basically the way I proceeded in the
'rebuilding' of these images.
Also, depending upon the sheen of the model, curved area highlights will
be more or less seen. If you choose, these can be augmented using the
'brush' tool in it's varying airbrushing /feathering capacities.Lots of
fun- and if you foul up, just step backward and try again- much more
forgiving than real paint!
So on to the models/images themselves. I'll include a brief description
of what was done to each image.
Part Three - Heller Mirage IIIC
This image was
extensively re-worked - all the model's lines were removed and redone
using the drawings done for the ESCI IIIC in 1980 by Enzo Maio, who did
a lot of the boxtop art for those early ESCI kits.
1983 drawing by Bob Aikens
Highlights were added on
the fuselage tops and sides.
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