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About cathasatail

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  1. Oh strewth, how on earth have I managed that... Thanks for pointing it out, consider it fixed for the next build!
  2. Gosh, thank you everyone for the kind comments! it really means a lot! Ask, and you shall receive (although because the lens of my DSLR is physically too big to get close enough, I've had to use a lower quality zoom camera. I hope these are ok!) : (-Apologies about the quality again) Haha thanks, well for the past month and a bit I've been waiting to find out whether I'd graduated from university (I actually found out 2 days ago, and ended up getting a first). So I've been distracting myself by throwing myself into this build. I can't recall, but I suspect they probably were courtesy of Cartograf (EDIT: see post #22 below). It might be that I wasn't soaking them for long enough, but I found that upon placing on the surface of the model, the decals just wouldn't "slide" as most other decals I've worked with tend to. The quality is phenomenal, don't get me wrong, but after losing one "Foxy Killer" decal to ripping and folding/curling I was compelled to buy an aftermarket set to finish it off. If you look at the starboard and port views of the nose area, you can see that aftermarket decals were used on the starboard side (evidenced by the reduced intensity of the red lettering). It might have just been my technique, but I can't fault the quality! The flaps and slats are all normal kit parts and I haven't changed them one little bit (I gather that the base kit is the Revell IDS one). There's a slight story to me and models with Tornado flaps.... When the Revell IDS kit first came out, I cobbled together one in a German green/black wraparound scheme, but ended up sticking the flaps on upside down.... Skip forward a few years and I repeated the same mistake with a 617Sqn rendition with the same Revell kit, and when I had a pop at the 1:72 Tornado I tried to scratchbuild the flaps with plasticard.... Guess what I did wrong... Yep... I scratchbuilt the flaps the wrong way around because I designed them off of the 1:48 kits I'd built. Whoops! Moral of the story- check your references! Best wishes, Sam
  3. "Temptress of Tabuk" Foxy Killer Tornado GR.1 ZA465 Hi everyone! Me again, with yet another Tornado build, I'm afraid. I'll save the preamble as "Foxy Killer" is certainly one of the more eye-catching Tornado schemes, serving with 16 Sqn in the 1991 Gulf War from Tabuk in Saudi Arabia. Let's get on with it! Kit: Eduard "Desert Babes" 1:48 Tornado kit (Revell tooling- I'm sure people are familiar with this) (Eduard resin seats/wheels + PE cockpit bits and bobs- no complaints here, all very worthwhile additions). Sidewinders and 1000 lbs bombs were sourced from the stash, I wasn't convinced by the kit's AIM-9s. Also, the gear bays were somewhat sparse, so i populated them with an abundance of wire and plasticard. Decals: Now, I tried to use the Eduard decals, and for the most part succeeded, but they're unbelievably thin and fragile. After a few breakages I bought a Kits World sheet and finished it off with that. The Eduard decals are of a superior print quality but their fragility lets them down immensely. Paint: Vallejo Model Air as always, along with some Tamiya clear green for the various lights. Weathering: I couldn't resist weathering this one up fairly heavily! A base coat of "US Desert Sand", followed by patches of a custom darker brown mix were applied. I tried to clean up a few errors and accidentally created small splodges of excessively dark brown, but this worked to my advantage and they were worked into the scheme . Panel line wash was courtesy of UMP's Earth wash. Not satisfied there, I dry-brushed on various shades of brown all over, and used black to represent areas of heavy weathering. More pictures, I say! Well there we are then, another project draws to a close! Would I recommend this kit? Absolutely, but if you're using the kit decals then you'll want to soak them for longer and bathe them in your favourite decal solution, to prevent ripping. Thanks for dropping by again Best wishes, Sam
  4. Thank you ever so much, everyone, for the nice comments and best wishes I used the Trumpeter "Rivet Maker"- although I detached the disc from the handle and manually rolled the disc along the parts to create the rivet lines. I might have to invest in a smaller "Rosie the Riveter" tool, one of these days, to get into the nooks and crannies that the larger disc can't reach. Noted and edited (thanks!) Best wishes, Sam
  5. "Valiant and Brave" -SAR Sea King HAR3A (1:72 Airfix) Hi everyone, I hope you're all keeping safe and well. Well, my final exams are all done now, so back to the bench I go while I nervously await the results! This kit was given to me many months ago by a close friend at university, and I wanted to save it until I had the time to have a good crack at it. On with the build! Kit: Airfix 1:72 Sea King HAR.3/Mk.43 Paints: Vallejo, as always, along with (for the first time) a dash of Tamiya clear green to tint the upper canopy (I think it's worked well?) Decals: Mainly kit decals, along with some from the Xtradecal RAF Anniversary Update 2011/12 set *Disclaimer: The decals used represent a bit of a hodgepodge of various markings that the aircraft carried, and are not 100% accurate Scratchbuilt: The sensor pod under the port "stub" is entirely scratchbuilt, the aircraft instrument panel was scratchbuilt (not that's it's particularly visible), the riveting is all done by hand, and there's a full interior (it's just a shame I couldn't get the lighting/focus right to photograph it!). The filter "box" in front of the intakes is also heavily adapted from what came with the kit- I had some photoetch grill sections lying around, so I used those. I scratched some of the main rotor mechanisms and added the "whisker" aerials with thin wire. Well, there we are. I'm quite happy with the result, and I'm certainly tempted to have another shot at this wonderful kit from Airfix in the near future. Thanks for having a look! Best wishes, Sam
  6. Thanks for the comments everyone! I highly recommend them! For anyone interested, here's a brief summary of the modifications I made to the kit: -Brass pitot and AoA probes -scratchbuilt canopy details (including joysticks/hand controllers attached to the canopy for the back-seater, mirrors and detcord -Detailing of the cockpit to add the various hoses and wiring bundles -an extended pilot's coaming (the kit one runs flush with the front of the instrument panel) -Scratchbuilt HUD (and a few bits of wiring) -the front end of the LRMTS pod is scratchbuilt -Auxiliary intake doors- scratchbuilt -Flaps were scratchbuilt and the slats were taken from the upper wing section and the gap left was filled in -Exhaust "petals" were filed away from the kit parts -A "trench" was built behind the APU exhaust to give it a bit of depth -The wing glove seals are entirely scratchbuilt to plug the gaping hole that the kit parts have, if you sweep the wings forward -Nose and main gear (and their respective bays) were spiced up with some wire and plasticard -LITENING pod courtesy of a GWH 1:72 F15E kit -Cooling vents were filed away, and their doors added with plasticard -The TCAS "blisters" were added on the spine and under the nose of the aircraft (again from plasticard), and the GPS antenna (the white circle on the spine behind the TCAS) was made from a transverse section of wire -I had to borrow another BOZ-107 pod from a prior Tornado build -In the absence of red "no step" decals, I used the pink-ish ones the kit provides and painted red over those -The little antenna (on the top surface, just behind the demarcation the nose) was made from a small sliver of plasticard -Pylons were drilled out and spruced up a little -Gaping holes in the inboard sides of the intakes were filled and sanded down- the intake ramps (or what remained of them after they were deactivated?) were scratchbuilt -And last but not least, the CAGNET aerial was made from a piece of plasticard and a piece of thin wire If I was doing it again there's a few things I'd add to that list: -I'd look for a resin nose (the kit one seems to be an amalgamation of an IDS and an ADV nose?) -I made a bit of a mess with the filing, scribing and re-riveting, I need to patient with the next one -The nose leg seems to be a extended a little too much for my liking, I'd like to squash that down -Turns out the underside of the flaps is flat, not cut into 2 as I've done I hope that's been of benefit for people looking to build the kit. I'll have another crack at the whip when my final uni exams are all said and done- very tempted to do the retro-scheme grey/green camo version (ZG752)... Best wishes, Sam
  7. "Seek and Destroy" 41 Sqn's finest Hi everyone! Time for another Tornado build I think, this time of a 41 Sqn GR.4 in 1:72 scale. Let's get cracking, then! The Subject So the first visit I ever had to an operational fast-jet base was back in August 2017. Me and my dad tottered on up to the fence one morning while on holiday in Lincolnshire, and we were fortunate enough to see a mass launch of Typhoons. Around lunchtime, when most of the Typhoons had returned from their morning launches, we decided to walk around to the BBMF end of the base. As we rounded the corner I noticed an engine note which didn't sound quite like a Typhoon we'd become accustomed to... ... and there she was: This was the only time that I managed to see a "live" Tornado on the ground before she was retired from RAF service in April of last year. We watched as the crew taxied her to the runway and took off, never to be seen again (as it turns out, the very same aircraft was to reappear at RIAT in the "617 Sqn formation" with the Lancaster and F-35, which I'm trying to re-create to some extent in 1:72 scale). We were fortunate enough to then see a practice display by the RAF Typhoon team, followed by a totter around the BBMF hangar and a practice QRA scramble that same day. As we returned home from the holiday we stopped by Coningsby again and for the first time saw the Lancaster take to the air, having failed for many years to see her at airshows due to weather. So that's where my love of this particular airframe began. The Build This is a kit that I'm sure many will be familiar with, the venerable 1:72 Revell Tornado GR.1. The surface details and construction are exceptional for the scale and is really the only real option for a Tornado in this scale, but alas it required a FLIR pod and some cockpit scratchbuilding to bring it up to GR.4 spec. Freightdog provided the FLIR pod and Master Models provided the brass pitot tube and AoA probes. Decals came from the Xtradecal Tornado Retirement Schemes set. During my 1:32 build of ZA326 (the raspberry ripple Tornado- link to build here) I've built up quite the reference archive. Armed with that, I decided to edit the 1:72 kit to resemble ZA560 as I saw her: flaps/slats down, auxiliary air intake doors open, a variety of cooling doors open, the CAGNET aerial (thanks to these guys for their help) and a variety of other small details. The one thing I would have done differently is to replace the nose of the kit with a resin one, but hey, I think it just about passes? As with the real thing I had to salvage parts from another Tornado, in this case it was one of the nose wheels which decided to go walkies (or perhaps roll-ies?) Sadly, due to a lack of additional decals I wasn't able to follow the exact scheme/decalling as I saw her in back in 2017, but it was still the same airframe nonetheless. I can live with it! You might notice the different coloured stripes of the underwing fuel tanks, these were present on the real thing at the time- i masked and sprayed on the grey stripes; given that the grey stripes that came with the kit decals blended in perfectly with the paintwork.... As always, Vallejo Model Air paints were used; USAF Medium Gray for the main colour, some panels were picked out in Light Gray, with the nose being Sea Grey. Weathering was achieved with a mix of diluted black/brown paints and the fabulous UMP Earth weathering wash. But you're here for pictures, rather than my ramblings, and pictures you shall have! Conclusion And so, this build draws to a close. Thank you to the folks who helped out with the info on the cooling vents and the CAGNET aerial, and thank you for dropping by and having a look the build! Stay safe and look after yourselves Best wishes, Sam
  8. Hi everyone! Over the past couple of weeks I've been working on the Tornado most evenings to wind down for the day. She's finally completed, but I thought I'd share some more build photos before I unveil the finished product! Starting with the flaps: Who can spot the error already? Contrary to what my Revell 1:48 tornado kit suggested (turns out I installed them upside down, but that's another story), there are gaps between each flap section. I'll definitely keep an eye out for that when I come round to tackling that kit again (I've got a GR4 and Eduard's "Desert babe" boxing waiting for their turn). So a quick session with the hacksaw and all was well! The aftermarket FLIR pod from Freightdog was a dream to work with, nice crisp detail and no problems adhering it to the model. We now skip a few steps and get to the painting/decalling stage. (The fixed flaps, hurrah!) As always, the Xtradecal decals were simply sublime and bedded down exceptionally well with a bit of Humbrol DecalFix. And with those final few pictures bringing the Tornado build to a close, I'll be uploading the RFI snaps later on today. Next up, and the final piece of this trio, is the Lancaster! Thanks again for having a look Best wishes, Sam
  9. Ah that's been tremendous, thank you all so much for your help! Sam
  10. Hi everyone! I've been working on a Tornado GR4 kit (1:72 Revell) for a project (link here). I'm basing it upon a 41sqn GR4, ZA560 in particular, and I came across some rather odd details in the reference photos that I took from a few years ago. I was wondering if anyone could be of help in identifying what the following details are: Would anyone happen to have any close-up pictures of "it"? (It looks like an aerial of some sorts, but I've now idea what it's for). And, additionally, would anyone happen to have any more images of this door/panel near the intake? Many thanks, Sam
  11. Evening all! Time for another update: First on the agenda are the intakes. I cut away and scratchbuilt the auxiliary intake doors (after filling in the gaping chasm on the inboard parts of both intakes!) While they were drying up I moved onto the fuselage: (Wings added) (APU exhaust port given a bit of depth (More of the auxiliary intake doors) And now it was time to bring the pieces together! (Sneak peak inside the cockpit) And the doors in their current state. Note, I'll be using filler and sanding the base of the intake part so that it runs flush with the fuselage section it's attached to. I'll also be sorting out that ghastly seam and dent in the leading edge of the Krueger flaps. That's it for now. Best wishes, Sam
  12. Time for a bit of a revival, don't you think? In need of a "quick-fix" at the end of long days of revision and reading, I've been using some of the references, gathered while the other 1:32 Tornado project (link here) has been pottering on, to put into the 1:72 Tornado that I'll be building here. Firstly, I started work modifying the kit GR1 cockpit to the GR4 standard Quite a change from working on a 1:32 Tornado! A bit of work on the wheel wells, next: And now, time for a lick of paint! (I haven't forgotten the joystick and hand controller, don't worry!) Those of you who are familiar with the Revell kit, might be aware that the cockpit "coaming" (or dashboard perhaps?) for the pilot lies flush with the front of the instrument panel. To create some "overhang" I used thin strips of plasticard and added a few bits and pieces to liven things up. Talking of livening things up.... I plan to build this tornado with slats and flaps down, along with the auxiliary intake doors open. To that end, the wings recently went from this... ...to this... A bit rough-and-ready perhaps, but it's a start I suppose. That's it for now- thanks for dropping by! All the best, and stay safe, Sam
  13. My, my, my... It would appear that continuity isn't one of the strong points of this build! What a momentous few months it's been. Firstly, as I'm sure you can understand, uni work has taken priority and thus cut down on the free time I've been able to devote to anything non-academic related (let alone modelling!). I completed my dissertation a few weeks ago; roughly 28,000 words in the making! Since then I've managed to stay at home and embrace social distancing. University work still takes priority and any modelling that I can get done will be in the evenings after I've done my work/revision for the day. On the subject of university, I had an interview before Christmas and I've been fortunate enough to receive an offer to study medicine in September after the conclusion of my current BSc. (You can understand, therefore, that academic work must take priority!) But that hasn't stopped me from plodding on with bits and pieces of this build. So, first up are the spine panels. This section of the build has been a right pain! And while there's plenty more wiring/detailing to do in just this one small part, I think it's coming along nicely. Then there's the engine (and bay): (Note: I'm not entirely happy with those "dots", so those will likely get a fresh lick of paint or some weathering applied to make them less pronounced) I've borrowed some engine parts from a 1:32 Typhoon kit, and the aim is to scratchbuild both the engine bay and the RB199 itself. I've taken a saw to a Vallejo paint bottle and created a cylinder to serve as the main body of the engine. The part that you can see to the left of the cylinder is taken from the Typhoon kit and will be truncated before being attached to the cylinder itself. Besides these areas, there are many more small sub-assemblies which need building and bringing together; the wing-sweep actuator "box", a few more avionics bays, the nose avionics, elevon actuators, various fin-related recesses, etc. Although I should be able to devote some time in the evenings to this project, I can't promise rapid progress, but progress there will be! All the best, Sam
  14. Goodness me- Reading the title I was the under impression (for one short moment) that you were building a VC-10 that flew at twice the speed of sound You're making storming progress with this, what a huge beast!
  15. Oooh, what a great question! On the whole my stash/collection is primarily RAF Cold War and modern jet aircraft. I think my influences come from a whole variety of sources: visits to airshows, museums, significant aviation events (eg: I bought up a few Tornado kits when it was retired), watching documentaries on YouTube, watching TV series (eg: after watching Fighter Pilot: The Real Top Gun I fancied having a go at a Hawk T.2). There will be a few special purchases at shows of some unique items when I fancy something different (the Kinetic "Dark Falcon", and the Special Hobby Viggen). I tend to stick to primarily Airfix and Revell primarily because the quality of the newer-tooled kits is really second-to-none. But when I do pick up kits these days, it tends to follow on from reading reviews and build articles from multiple sources- which in many cases is often this forum or on others linked through the Scalemates site. Best wishes, Sam
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