Whiplash has posted a tutorial that demonstrates how the engine nozzles on his Hellcat V model came together. From humble beginnings on a sheet of paper, they quickly take on a familiar shape. Add a bit of metallic paint and a thruster is born. The results look pretty sharp, so it's neat to see what's involved! This also shows that no special tools or equipment are required, so anyone with a heap of creativity can make their own ships.
I want to show you how I went about making the smaller thruster nozzles, as well as the complete engine assembly. I ended up using regular A4 paper instead of cardboard, which is too rigid for this particular job.
Measure and draw the outline.
Carefully cut out the nozzle "petals".
Cut out the nozzle and bend to shape.
Glue in place.
Paint the nozzles and make some silver glowy bit to put inside.