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Cornish Jack13/10/2019 11:08:16
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I am hoping to make a brass profile of an aircraft to be hardwood mounted. The dimensions will be approximately 7" x 2 .5". I am totally lacking ANY art/proportional skills and would appreciate suggestions as to best size/ proportion for the plinth. I would also like to incorporate a bras plaque on the plinth with relevant details.




Emgee13/10/2019 11:19:13
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Bill, the number and size of the wording on the brass plaque will determine the size required so best start with that and then you may be able to fit that adjacent to the plane profile without adding too much more area.


Mike Poole13/10/2019 11:19:33
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I suffer a similar disability with art and proportion but I think we all know when something looks right. I expect someone will have the answer you seek but otherwise I think I would try a few mockups and hope that the when it looks right it is right moment occurs.


Cornish Jack13/10/2019 12:25:31
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Thank you Emgee - sounds good.

Mike - it's reassuring that others have the problem! Scissors and card to the fore!



pgk pgk13/10/2019 15:28:22
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And there's no need to feel constrained to rectangles, circles or ovals... arrowheads or clouds or a slice through an intersting log can be just as aesthetic. Some mnay years ago i bought a bunch of cheap small chopping boards to use as mounting boards for CCTV cams on pebble-dashed walls and still have some left (for the lazy)


DMB13/10/2019 16:05:10
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I am not very clever with this sort of thing but a cereal packet cardboard mockup of what you think might fill the bill, always helps decisions. If I were doing this, I would start by making the plate first as suggested above, then arrange it in a pleasing position, then set about making the cardboard test piece allowing at least an inch, perhaps one and a half inches front and rear of fuselage, hull or whatever the model is and see what that looks like. Trim some off or sellotape a bit more card on til I was happy with it. Similarly with the other 2 sides, adjusting sizes until I was happy with the whole arrangement. Next, find piece of wood to replace cardboard. If its light coloured, a damn good sanding and a couple of coats of good varnish on the wood and the metal plate to prevent tarnishing. Maybe use 2 or 3 thinner pieces of wood of slightly different footprint glued together creating a stepped effect would enhance the appearance of the plinth. Have you thought about a glass or perspex case for dust exclusion? Good luck with project and give us a piccy or 2 of results.


not done it yet13/10/2019 17:54:28
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Pgk pgk

As soon as I saw your comment “ for the lazy” I immediately thought of standing a circular plinth on one - a Lazy Susan.smiley Could then have the writing all the way round the edge...

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