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Concorde Engine Recreated in Styrofoam Answered

Amazingly enough, this recreation of one of the Concorde's engines was done with plans bought for 6 pounds, loads of styrofoam and paper, and an immense amount of time. Pretty amazing stuff that it seems anyone could do with plans... and foam... and scads of time. Yow.

DIY Concorde


Very interesting. I wish I had the patients to do that. Any model from plans that takes me more than a day, would have me ripping my hair out.

Oh, then I don't recommend you try any of the Metal automobile models....they are a LOT of work :-)

i might try one of those, i like cars

It is a bit of filing etc. that has to be done....just as fair warning...

ill try an easy-ish beginners one then, have you made any? do they look good in the end?

They can look really good, but it takes a lot of work and patience, quite a bit of filing and eventually either painting or decaling. Took me over a month to do the one I did when I was a bit younger :-)

LOL I don't want to be mean, but those models are so simple to put together. I've made a lot of those metal cars and none of them required any filing and took less than an hour to assemble. The all plastic ones are far more difficult than these. The metal ones tend to not want to fit together nicely but their not hard at all. On the other hand, I've been building model cars and planes since I was 8, I'm 20 now so I'm pretty experienced, but I guess for others they could be rather cumbersome.

Well, maybe they make them different now. All the ones I ever put together (oh, back a few years, 20-30) the parts all came fresh out of the mold, and the parts had to be worked off, and then filed down. They were much like the ones shown here:


Ah, yeah they come on a sprue and you have to cut them free with an x-acto knife or snips, then trim off the excess from where it was attached. But the model of the Hummer you linked to is a pretty easy build, I've put about a dozen together from that maker and all where pretty much the same. Not as many parts as a plastic one, and most parts just snap together. There's usually no engine to build, just a flat piece with the top of an engine molded right on. Painting is optional on them too, the body is painted, but every thing else is usually black, so painting would add to the time but still wouldn't take too long. I f you want a challenge, buy a plastic kit rather than the metal and plastic snap together's.

I was not able to find a picture of one like the ones I built years ago. They were, at the time, "full fledged projects" and not for the impatient. I will have to visit a model store one day and see what wimpy things they are currently selling ;-)

It was a lot like building a car from scratch.....if the makers have wimped out so that modelers don't have to do any work anymore...well...where is the fun in that? Might as will buy yourself a HotWheels or something :-)

I've tried a few of the plastic car models but if it was metal it would probably be stuck in the wall :P

Yeah, the pieces for the metal ones are all on a "form" and need to be broken out, and THEN filed down smooth so they fit together. It is fun for those that have the patience and like that sort of thing....completely frustrating for many others :-)

i remember seeing a concorde flying when I lived in London in last century in 98. that's all.

Wow! That is a lot of work he has done there!


9 years ago

not useally my thing but it looks mint

It does look like the one in the pic.