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On 11/21/2021 at 3:58 PM, Kaireckstadt said:

Thats it for today. Next update to come soon Rob.

Thanks for that Kai, these hangovers are killing me :D.

The innards of your Tornado do look great. I never liked the actual plane to much with it's boxy appearance, but will follow your build with interest, as I like to look on subjects, I wouldn't build myself and peak a little deeper. Sometimes my bias has changed, doing so.

Cheers Rob

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On 11/26/2021 at 8:13 PM, mark31 said:

loving it already

Whats your opinion off this kit so far from what you can tell from whats in the box?

 

Mark

Sorry for the late reply Mark. I don’t have much time for the bench at the moment.

The kit is much better than the Mirage III or Starfighter kit from Italeri.

Design, parts breakdown, detailing and casting quality is much better. 
So far I really enjoy the build and can recommend it.

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22 hours ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Sorry for the late reply Mark. I don’t have much time for the bench at the moment.

The kit is much better than the Mirage III or Starfighter kit from Italeri.

Design, parts breakdown, detailing and casting quality is much better. 
So far I really enjoy the build and can recommend it.

Good to hear, but it would be hard to be worse than the Mirage, eh Kai!

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Found some time today to continue with the cockpit. I had to lighten up the AK Barley-Grey very much to match with the Grey used by RedFox for their parts.

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Left the original color and right the lightened up version.

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Front office. Detail painting and weathering still to be done.

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Back office…

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General overview Pilots Office…


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and WSO-Office…

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Left: HUD-Operation Panel. 
Right: WSO Main Operating Panel


Next task is to paint and complete the other cockpit parts and include the first lights from the Magic Scale Modeling set to illuminate the HUD.

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Kai

Nice to see you found some bench time and making nice progress on the Tornado's front office. I've often wondered why AM manufacturers do not spec out a color paint match or mix especially for the cockpit and interior areas, so everything will match, as I've often questioned their color choices. 

Looking forward to the first of the electronics being added.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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15 hours ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Thank you Peter. This topic also applies to Eduard. Color matching is a real problem.

The only electronics to be build into the cockpit will be the illumination of the HUD. It will be added later on.

Kai

Eduard leads the class on suspect colors (I buy a lot of Eduard sets) and a number of their interior sets have a blue color rather then gray or black. Sometimes working from photos that have a lot of shadows, blue becomes the dominate color, which is a white balance issue.

Keep ‘em comin

Peter

4 hours ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Thank you Phil. You are completely right with your statement regarding bench time. I have 2 weeks off during the Christmas time. Hope to make some more progress then.

 

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Today I had some time for the bench.

I had to rework the backplate of the cockpit since the Italeri one does not depict the one used in the GR4-Tornado.

This is the one which is wrong and depicted in the kit:

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And here is the correct one:

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I grinded away all the details not needed and added the new ones with evergreen sheet and stretched sprue:

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The tarpaulin on the backplate I replicated with thinned Mr. Dissolved Putty from Gunze.

I also prepared the other parts of the cockpit:

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Next step will be to complete the cockpit and add the pilot and WSO.

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11 hours ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Today I had some time for the bench.

I had to rework the backplate of the cockpit since the Italeri one does not depict the one used in the GR4-Tornado.

This is the one which is wrong and depicted in the kit:

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And here is the correct one:

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I grinded away all the details not needed and added the new ones with evergreen sheet and stretched sprue:

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The tarpaulin on the backplate I replicated with thinned Mr. Dissolved Putty from Gunze.

I also prepared the other parts of the cockpit:

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Next step will be to complete the cockpit and add the pilot and WSO.

Very nice work on that panel, Kai.  I really need to study this bird...   I don't even know what I'm looking at half of the time.

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