Category: Tornado Marineflieger


Just a quick progress update, before I am heading to Prague for some sightseeing of this beautiful city after a looong, long time, meeting a friend of mine (Jakub, creator of most detailed reference page for Desert Storm modellers) and hoping to score some bargain modelling deals (my apartment is just a few minutes away from MPM store).

So, decals!

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I was planning on using Model Alliance decals for this bird but two things happened. I accidentally spilled a drop of Future on the decal sheet, rendering some decals unusable. However I decided to skip them anyway, as there were just some wingwalk markings that weren’t always used. So I decide to use another one for test and to my horror, the result can be seen above. I know these are older decals but I haven’t seen this in ages – as I started to slide the decal from the backing paper, a film, perhaps a glue, started to move with the decal, breaking up into smaller pieces. I couldn’t clean the decal in anyway, so I’ve applied it to the surface anyway, just to see what will happen. That glue, or whatever it was, turned white and as you can see on the photo, made white specks all over the surface. Knowing I could not rectify this easily, I’ve decided for a plan B and ordered ALPS printed HaHen decals, made in Germany.

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Luckily, plan B is now working as advertised and decals are a treat to work with. They come precoated, so you don’t need to fix them. You have however cut them from the sheet as close to the print as possible which takes a bit more of time but they are very thin and consequently settle down really nicely. Colours however are a bit translucent, which is the case especially with white – white circle with an anchor on intakes are two decals overlapping for better opacity.

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Shot from another angle. Some slight silvering appeared but since I haven’t used any decal softeners yet, I am pretty sure with another coat of Future, it’ll disappear. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish decaling next week and start weathering soon afterwards. It is funny, how a project, which I wanted to build quickly, is taking me so much time. Also I have three imminent projects for the Scale Aircraft Magazine, that I have to start next week – a barrel, a gas station and a cock πŸ˜‰

Hey everybody! I know, I know, it’s been a month since my last progress update but as you can see below, some progress has been made in the meantime. To be honest, magazine work has taken quite some of my precious modelling time but on the other hand, you can admire my works on the printed pages and I post teasers here – check the TSR.2 and Vulcan K.2 is approaching the finish line as well!

Gone are those awful seams and plastic-to-resin joins, gaps and everything that spoiled the pristine Tonka look of the previous post. A coat of Alclad Grey primer and ModelMasters paints for the main camouflage and of course Alclads for the exhaust area and this bird looks totally different! The shine you can see on the surface is courtesy of Future sprayed at high pressure – 40psi give or take. Next steps will involve decaling and painting the details and touch ups. And that is when you can expect the next report!

Cheers!

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Hi everybody! It seems that nothing much has been done in the past week but you probably know that feeling, when you spend hours on the model kit and little can be seen done. Well such tedious tasks were keeping me busy in the recent days. You may still remember (if not, check the previous post) of the nasty gap that appeared on starboard side of resin nose to fuselage join. That was taken care of, as well as all rescribing that was required around the nose as well as on the lower part of the fuselage. Pilots from Revell NATO set were painted according to some reference photos – day-glo orange suits with olive drab jackets. Trying to sit them in the ejection seats revealed they are too big and serious leg amputation surgeries followed, so they could be seated in the cockpit. Harnesses were done using thin Tamiya tape stripes. With all of this work done, it’s time to mask and fix the clear parts (dryfit looks good) and slowly prepare her for painting.

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See you next time!

Update no.2!

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Since this is gonna be wheels up model, gear bays were not installed. This in fact helped positioning the doors which fit rather decently in closed position and only a little bit of filling and sanding are needed for fixing them up. Wings were also glued in full sweep position but if I would do it again, I would fix them later before painting. Why, you might ask? Reason is the fuselage seam that runs below them, which would be easier to clean if the wings would be swept forward.

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The belly of the beast. Gear bay doors are not fixed yet.

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Air brakes were pretty much the same story as gear bay doors – a little filler and sanding required for closing them.

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Resin nose was finally attached. I had to hollow it a bit for better fit, but there will be some work needed to close that gap on starboard side.

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Port side, however, fit very well. Since the nose includes a portion of instrument panel cover as well as windshield edge, I opted for centering this part to avoid having problems attaching clear parts a bit later.

Next “work in progress” project I want to share with you is gonna be a German Navy (Marineflieger) Panavia Tornado IDS. I always liked the old-school look of white-grey Tornados armed with Kormoran anti-ship missiles, dashing low over Baltic Sea and that’s my vision I’ll try to recreate.

The kit I will be using is good old Revell Tornado in 1:72. I plan to build it pretty much out of the box with one noticeable exception – the only thing that doesn’t look good to my eyes is the nose area being too pointy. I found Dr. Peppers resin nose replacement and ordered Part metal pitot and AoA sensors while decals will come from Modeldecal sheet. Italeri’s weapon set will donate the Kormorans for the project and Revell’s NATO pilots set, the crew.

Cockpit is mostly done but not just finished yet. A little bit of washing and drybrushing brought most of the details out, but with the pilots inside and closed canopy, little of it will be seen in the end.

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As I mentioned before, I’ll be using Dr. Peppers resin nose replacement. One has to cut the front fuselage parts, but since the cut follows the vertical panel line, this task is rather simple. And it looks much better now than before.

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