How to make your propellers spin.

If you are like me, you want to make your planes look as real as you can get. For any WWII plane, propellers have been a limitation. Stock propellers just don’t give the right look when you want a movement or flying effect. So what do we do when faced with adversity? We make our own. After some research, I could not find any tutorials on how to make your own spinning propellers. My next step was to try some trial and error. I looked at a few pictures to get the general idea. My dad gave me some clear plastic sheeting that he bought from Hobby Lobby and away I went. I took the stock propeller and layed it out on the plastic sheeting. Mark the center and all the tips of the propeller. Next you will need a compass. After you make your circle, you will need to drill a hole in the center. Once you’ve drilled your hole, you are ready to create your propeller. For props that have nose cones, you will want to mark where the propellers will come through the notches for a proper fit. Depending on the propeller, evenly space the proper amount of triangles onto the plastic. Scissors or an xacto knife will suffice to cut out your prop. After you cut the propeller out, give it a light sand, clean up any leftover marking and you are ready to paint. In this picture, I used flat black. I think for a better result, I will use clear matte next time. When you look at pictures, the propeller is somewhat transparent and I think the clear matte would give a more realistic look. Paint the tips of the propellers and assemble like normal. So that is my learning experience on an overlooked detail. Let’s keep making our planes fly.

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