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bushande

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  1. Absolutely excellent work and a beautiful trio. Great craftman ship modellingwise. Thank you for sharing. Already looking forward to seeing you tackle the IRIAF Phantom!
  2. I would take it as easy with that blue and grey as you could possibly wish. I saw three of the blue ones live last year and it was basically the same as it was 12 years ago with the USN machines. Every single dagblasted one of the three had a different blue and a different grey than the other one; heck you could see different shades of blue / grey within each machine itself! Just paint them with whatever blue tone you think looks good and it will most probably be right hihihi: (I already posted yome pics somewhere else on the forum sorry for any repeat and yes, i know I promissed to post more of them, a big SORRY to all who asked, I just couldn't free the proper time so far, but I'll get there eventually)
  3. Thanks for all the past replies and please excuse the late getback. Had some rather demanding months lately. I am working on the 1/48 Revell Tiffy now since January and boy I tell you, as nice as it is shaewise, there is just so much to do in terms of correcting the canopy (thanks for your link meindert. Already found it a tad earlier and you are spot on reg. the position of the canopy) and adding detail. I hopy I'll be able to finish the project within the next two months and will then, god willing, do a little WIP thread. The model is supposed to serve as the master kit for the 1/48 and 1/32 Ghost Tiger decals, but that is still some way to go I fear.
  4. Has nothing to do with the quality of the photos. It sadly is what it is.
  5. Well .... I've written it over on ARC and I shall rant on here as well: From what I have seen of their prototype and judging by the parts I saw live at a Czech modelling show I can only say I am deeply disappointed being the total Tomcat nut that I am. There is quite a number of at least in my eyes rather obvious shape errors. The most irritating one being the misshaped rear fuselage. So far I will definitely refrain from getting the kit (if it comes out) and am happy and thank the lord my preorder got cancelled and I got my money back without any problems.
  6. Can you give proof to that? I always had the impression that boxing of the Revell kit actually represents a proper operational aiframe. From which exact features would you derive that this kit doesn't represent a normal operational aircraft?
  7. Absolutely excellent Tiger. Love the execution of the paintwork and the build in generall. Congratulations to an outstanding modelling achievement! Now you go and do a fitting Phantom and Tomcat to that! I was lucky enough to visit Iran last year and it was the first time I saw the Persian Tomcat and Tigers along with the Phantoms there live. What an eyewatering sight. I cannot wait to start my Persian Cat either. The visit to your country has been really great. Greets from Germany and keep up your awesome modelling work!
  8. bushande

    Bronze Tiger

    Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated! Don't want to permanently highjack the Bronze Tiger thread though but just to answer your questions: Sadly the Ghost Tiger livery had to be removed prematurely already last September again. Originally it was planned to keep the livery till this April the least but sadly Luftwaffe command traded the schedule for the 3000 hrs inspection at Manching test centre with another machine that had only a few hours more left on the airframe before inspection and so it very suddenly had to enter the inspection cycle and hence had the stripes removed already last fall. Pity, but I am gratefull for the time it was on. Hence sadly no chance for an Airpower appeareance but there is a new Tiger in the works. This time it's just the tailfin though, i.e. a mini tiger if you will, because the airwing is skipping a full NTM participation in favor for Arctic Challenge and Frisian Flag. They do want to do a short weekend visit to the NTM though but this just justifies for a fin this year I'm afraid. Regarding decals: We have been in talks with Revell and they do a 1/72 version coming out in March this year. I am in talks with HaHen for the other scales. Harald showed interest in doing everything that Revell isn't doing from 1/32 down to 1/144 but we are ust not sure yet if Revell really only want's to settle for 1/72 or plans to do another scale as well for the end of the year similar to what they did with the Bronze Tiger. That is why it is taking so long this time but I'm on it. (I do need those other scales as well you see hihihi ;-D ) Regarding the grey canopy and the design in general. It was grey all the time right from the beginning but that was actually not intended this way. Not everything went right with applying my original design to the jet. Once I do a reference model I might as well do a WIP thread here at BM where I can explain a little more detailed for those that are interested. As said I don't want to highjack this thread anymore than I already did. Just that much: Originally it was intented to do a full airframe painting similar to the Bronze Tiger but Luftwaffe command has officially prohibited full scale paintings on their jets now. Hence foiling the jet is the only option left now and the Ghost Tiger was the biggest foiling attempt in the Luftwaffe so far. There are a lot of panels that are not to be foiled such as the panels before the canards or the canopy rail. The entire lower fuselage is an absolute nogo and the canards itself should not be foiled as well. They had some really bad experiences with that at Manching a few years back. Even the tanks are a sensitive issue with some examiners in the Luftwaffe. So I'm happy I actually got the entire upper half after all. The canards were intented completely different. I had design patterns for the entire canard plane but due to the lock on foiling the canards meant that they would have to be painted. I prompted that I would do it myself but a "professional" was called and the result was not very pleasing to put it mildly. As time was running out it was opted to paint the canards flat black and at least cut the eyes from my original design out and put them on as close to the prohibited edge on the canard as possible resulting in the infmous eye-sticker on the canards. I wanted to have the canopy at least partly sprayed black to match the shift in the layout on the airframe but sadly no chance by those people in power. Certainly not the ideal I planned but a weak save is better than none and it was all that was possible in what little time was left before public unveiling. Perfection is reserved for god's heaven I guess hihihi
  9. Thanks again for the repl and the clarification. much appreciated. I was aware of the missing / misplaced avionics bay for the 1/48 single seater. Seems as if the 1/32 edition doesn't have that flaw?! IRST and strobe light change won't be a big problem as I am planning to do a Luftwaffe bird so that'l be fine. I just don't want to cope with any shape issues as these are the hardest to rectify. The stiffener at the fin top is a good advice though. I just checked the kit and you are totally correct.
  10. bushande

    Bronze Tiger

    Thanks for the praise. I'm aware it steared quite some controversy. Some seem to like it and some seem to flat out hate it (which is o.k. might I add). I'm still happy it had been received rather well all ina ll. Pity we couldn't make it come to RIAT though.
  11. Hmmm ... interesting replies altogether. I don't mind a chellenging build however, I just don't want to tackle any prominent shape issues again. However that does not so much seem to be the case with this kit anyways as I figure after some reading. Not quite sure what to do in terms of after market stuf though. For such a prominent kit it seems there's way too little available. Anyways, after your posts I think I'll refrain from any resin stuff but the PE stuff might be worth a thought. Thank you all gentlemen for your effort and the valuable input. It has sure been of great help and much appreciated!
  12. Thanks again for the input. Yes I noticed that by now as well. Kind of puzzling to me, considering how popular he kit seems to be?! Even more so it is strange that none of the aftermarket providers ever attented to the intakes?! And eventually I don't quite follow aires' rationale not just downscaling their apparently quite neat 1/32 nozzles. I read from other WIP reports that the kit seats do seem to be rather o.k. though?
  13. Awesome! Thank you all very much for the intel and reassurance. I do already have the current 1/48 boxing. So I can rest assured that I at least have the most accurate kit currently available. So I guess it's now up to me to attend to whatever little flaws regarding the detailing the kit might still have. Let's see how that goes. Once again, thanks a ton for your input! Much appreciated.
  14. Hello everybody, first of all, let me wish you all a merry, blessed and peaceful Christmas eve and some hopefully quiet and relaxing holidays and tha yu all may get some of your heart’s desires under the tree. However, I still need to bother the Eurofighter experts among you: I am currently planning my first Eurofighter model projects in 1/48 and 1/32. I am focussing on the SINGLE SEATER! While I do not have any other option than the Revell Tiffy in 1/32 (no, the Trumpet is too far off the original and the flaws are too prominent to even be remotely consideed – that thing is a strict NONO for me), I am not too sure about 1/48. However, as far as I understand, the 1/48 and 1/32 Revell kits are basically the same mold just in different scales, is that correct? My actual question is, how accurate is the 1/48, respectively the 1/32 Revell kit shapewise? Mediocre detail is nothing I consider a too big problem and I can cope with suboptimal fit. The real turn off for me are shape issues. I usually like to spend time with the model researching the original and any possible deviations but for these projects my building time is sadly somewhat limited but I still do want to get the most accurate result possible. 1. So again, how close tot he original are the two Revell kits? 2. Are there any more accurate alternatives out there from other producers? 3. If the Revell kits in both scales are indeed the most accurate options out there, that doesn’t mean they don’t have flaws. Hence, what would I have to take into consideration during the build? Are there any inaccurate panel lines? Where would still be detail missing? Is there something that needs to be done to correct them shapewise? I’m well aware oft he terrible fit oft he speed brakes and also the not so well designed intakes. I do hope I can cope with these two. However, are there any other inaccuracies or shortcomings that I need to deal with? I’d be most grateful for any good advice and constructive information that would make things easier for me. Many many thanks in advance to anyone in advance fort he effort and time. Best wishes Alex
  15. bushande

    Bronze Tiger

    I've done the design for this year's Ghost Tiger 31+00 for the Bavarian Tigers and also had a chat with the designer of the Bronce Tiger at the airbase. I sadly can't tell you what model color you would have to use but according to the designer they used a color provided by Audi in Ingolstadt called "Pearl Orange Metallic" from Standox. Maybe that helps you a bit in your endeavour?
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