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4 hours ago, Anthony in NZ said:

Kai, that is beyond awesome mate!  I am enjoying this so much I dont want it to end...sorry Hubert!

I agree with everyone else the blue looks good to my eye and in tone with the rest of the airframe....Love it!

Thanks again for your big compliment and your feedback regarding the colors Anthony.

I still have some work to do:

Prepare the wheels, Build the Shafrir2 rockets, Apply the matte cote, Weather the plane, Add some small parts, Do the final assembly

So you see that there is still a bit to do and some posts remaining.

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All decals are applied now. Since Isradecal only offers very few decals for the bottom of the plane I used some out of the kit ones. 
Some of them I had to „glue“ to the model with Pledge Floor Polish because they didn’t adhere:

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Some were also applied to the landing gear doors:

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And finally to the pylons for the tanks and the launch rails for the Shafrir 2-rockets. I had to cut the decals for the pylons into 2 x 9 pieces because I didn’t want to apply a whole decal per pylon side. Too high risk for silvering:

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The tanks used by the Israelis according to my sources had no markings on so I left them off.

This is how the tanks look like test-fitted to the wings:

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Next step is to prepare the wheels and the rockets. 

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44 minutes ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Thanks for your feedback Harv, Gary, Kevin and Mark!

The Stand is from AK Interactive and costs 36€. An investment which already completely paid off for me:

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Cheers

Kai

thanks going to order one

 

Mark

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14 hours ago, Peterpools said:

Kai

Wow. Just incredible - the Mirage looks fantastic.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

Thank you Peter!

I‘m moving closer to the finish-line now. Hope that Hubert still has enough popcorn…;):D

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3 minutes ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Thank you Peter!

I‘m moving closer to the finish-line now. Hope that Hubert still has enough popcorn…;):D

Is it done yet :popcorn:?

(I picked-up 10 Kgs following your build and have now exhausted the Portuguese popcorn production capacities :help:)

Hubert

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Sweet finish and only some tiny steps ahead. The Mirage looks fantastic Kai.

1 hour ago, HubertB said:

(I picked-up 10 Kgs following your build and have now exhausted the Portuguese popcorn production capacities :help:)

You could easily switch to Pastéis de nata Hubert. Much more effective and tastes way better than Popcorn. I used to eat some, when I was surfing in Ericeira and other places near by. They are like a Duracell and I miss them here in Spain. There is not a lot of tempting bakery here, compared to Portugal. Maybe it's better for my health and weight :D.

Cheers Rob

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16 minutes ago, DocRob said:

Sweet finish and only some tiny steps ahead. The Mirage looks fantastic Kai.

You could easily switch to Pastéis de nata Hubert. Much more effective and tastes way better than Popcorn. I used to eat some, when I was surfing in Ericeira and other places near by. They are like a Duracell and I miss them here in Spain. There is not a lot of tempting bakery here, compared to Portugal. Maybe it's better for my health and weight :D.

Cheers Rob

Popcorn is just ON TOP of Pasteis de Nata, Pudim and Molotov, Rob (not to mention leitao or cataplana) ...

Hubert

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And here is the result of speeding up:

The rocket rails for the Shafrir2 Rockets are painted. The kit ones I already finished are wrong and can’t be used:

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They are painted silver with pale blue front and rear tip. Weathering still to be done.

Added glass-parts to the rocket-nose. Housed an IR-seeker. Nothing provided by Isracast:

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2mm hole drilled

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filled with a glass insert.

Also started the painting of the rockets and the front fins. It‘s easier to start with the black because it’s much easier to mask for the application of the white:

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The small glass parts are the position lights for the vertical tail. Since they were switched off on the ground I painted the backside with Molotow chrome.

Finished the painting of the wheels and attached the front wheel to the fork:

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Weathering of the wheels still to be done.

Painted the rear view mirrors for the canopy with flat black and Molotow chrome:

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And finally weathered the ladder with a Prismacolor pencil:

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That’s all for today. Will go on tomorrow.

I speed up Hubert! ;)

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1 hour ago, GazzaS said:

Very nice detailing, Kai.  Too bad about the first missile rails.  Don't rush for Hubert's sake. 

Hey ! Don’t go contradicting good intentions :rtfm: !

Hubert

PS: Kai, is it done yet :popcorn: ?

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Thank you all for your nice feedback!

The rockets aren’t the best since they not only lack details but also have to be bent straight. 
 

@ Hubert: here‘s a short list what I still have to do:

- Finish and weather rockets and rails

- Finish weathering of tanks and pylons

- Assemble landing gear and doors

- Airbrush matte cote

- Attach tanks and rockets 

- Add missing details to windscreen and canopy 

- Add position lights to vertical tail

- Weather the panellines where crossed by decals with a pencil

- Weather the upper/ lower side of the plane with soot and oil stains where necessary 

- Start preparation of a diorama base

These steps are not in the correct sequence. Just how they came into my mind.

Consequence: 2 Kilos more and drastical price increase for popcorn :popcorn:in Portugal! ;):D

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9 hours ago, Kaireckstadt said:

 

- Weather the panel lines where crossed by decals with a pencil

Very interesting!  I've never heard of nor tried this.  Would love to hear more when you do it.

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Made a weathering session tonight.

But first I had to strip the paint off the Shafrir2 rockets because the masking didn’t work:

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Then I weathered the wheels, starting rails for rockets and the wing tanks:

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And finally the tiny position lights:

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Next task will be to finalize the rockets    - I will paint the fins black with a brush because masking is too complicated - and start with the matte coat appliation.

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