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About cathasatail

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  1. cathasatail

    Revell 1/48 Tornado F.3 ADV

    Woah- Crikey! The shading on those tanks is out of this world! What a cracking effort. Sam
  2. cathasatail

    XV Sqn Farewell- Tornado GR4

    Thank you I think the point you raise about cost is a good one! It didn't dawn on me until recently what an expensive hobby it is; but as you say the Revell Tornado can be snapped up for a bargain. I'm sure I bought one at Telford a year or two ago for around £5-6, and I've noticed the 1:48 ADV kit for around £15-16 on the internet (which is a steal considering the quality of the tooling!) Best wishes, Sam
  3. cathasatail

    XV Sqn Farewell- Tornado GR4

    Thanks Funny you should mentioned the grey/green camo colour- I was very nearly going to do this Tornado in that colour scheme until I remembered about the aftermarket decals. Next time I'll definitely be doing a camo GR1! Best wishes, Sam
  4. Morning all! The Tornado Gr.1 kit that Revell offers in 1:72 is probably the go-to kit when it comes to modelling IDS variants in that scale. However, despite producing a fabulous 1:48 Tornado GR4 and a 1:48 F.3 ADV kit in recent years, the GR4 in 1:72 scale remains an illusive subject for Revell- having only been covered by Airfix's "attempt" (which I'll be quite honest, I forgot existed until I googled it) and the Hasegawa kit (which is around 2-4 times as expensive as the Revell kit). I've built 2 Tornado GR1's before, both of them Revell: With the impending retirement of the Tornado GR4 from RAF service next year, I thought it would appropriate to have a crack at a 1:72 Tornado GR4. Kit: I bought this particular kit from the Newark Air Museum (I highly recommend a visit there, it's by far one of the better aviation museums that I've had the pleasure of visiting) and used decals from the Xtradecal "RAF and RN Update 2014-15 Pt.1". Detailing: Although I don't strive for 100% accuracy with my builds, the key differences between a GR1 and GR4 are the presence of FLIR pod, the removal of a cannon and the introduction of more digital displays in the cockpit. Instead of going for aftermarket sets (which I hear are rather good, and I'll look at using one for my next build) I shaped and scribed a piece of scrap sprue to match the rough dimensions of the FLIR pod. The cannon was "removed" by a splash of filler and a bout of sanding, and finally the instrument panels were slightly modified to look more like those of a GR4 (although in this scale you can't see much anyway!). The weaponry of Storm Shadows and ASRAAMs were taken from a Revell Eurofighter kit. Paints: Vallejo Model Air paints were used throughout, alongside a Dark Dirt wash from UMP and landing gear weathering was aided by the application of an AK Interactive landing gear Dust wash. Conclusion: So, that's it for this build. As I've found with my previous attempts, the Revell Tornado kit is one of those kits that is "fun" to build and comes with some incredible detail (just look at those rivets!) straight out of the box. I did make a mess with one of the decals from the Xtradecal set (the "...ary" in 100th anniversary were destroyed during decal placement on the left hand side of the aircraft) and although the repair looks acceptable from a distance, close-up it's quite obvious. I believe it to be entirely my fault and I still regard Xtradecal sets as some of the finest aftermarket decals that I've used. Thanks for having a look! Best wishes, Sam
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    From the joy of rumours of F-35b landings on HMS QE, earlier in the week, to the tragedy today: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/f-35b-crashes-in-the-united-states/?no_cache=1 -F35b has crashed in the U.S. Pilot status unknown. Apparently USMC has confirmed that the aircraft "is unrelated to any RN/RAF F-35 flights off HMS Queen Elizabeth". (source) Edit: Pilot ejected and is being medically examined
  6. Hi everyone! The RFI for this build is up: -The Tornado will follow suit relatively soon. Best wishes, Sam
  7. Taylor Swift "Red" A320- Revell 1:144 Hi everyone! After over a year in the making, I have finally completed my second (first being a Concorde) airliner kit! The subject in question is an A320 of AirAsia's fleet which was repainted as part of the Asia leg of Taylor Swift's Red tour. However, one stumbling block stood in the way: there were/are no decals available for this particular aircraft (not that I expected there to be any!). And so, with that in mind, I plunged into the build. The initial steps were to build up the fuselage and wings so as to get a guide from which to create the decals in terms of dimensions. Despite being a terrific kit with excellent surface detail, I did have some trouble trying to remove the fuselage join lines (although that is more likely due to my inexperience, at the time, with using filler for small gaps). To create the decals I used a few sheets of inkjet waterslide decal paper- designing the decals, printing them, spraying on several coats of Microscale "Liquid decal film", dipping in warm water and sliding on. Three problems presented themselves in quick succession. Problems: -Firstly, the decals slid around quite a bit once applied to the surface of the model (despite dabbing away excess water and giving it a quick brush with "Decalfix" -Secondly, the transparency of the decals was certainly noticeable- especially when applied across the red/white demarcations -And thirdly, after a period of drying and a quick gloss coat, the decals started to develop wrinkles and slight imperfections. Solutions: The first problem was solved by giving the decals a gloss coat before moving onto the next one, although this could have contributed to the problems of wrinkling (alongside being applied to a curved surface). To solve the transparency issues I decided to cut out a stencil to the exact dimensions of the to-be-applied decal and use that to spray a base coat of white; this helped with both decal placement and solved any transparency issues that arose. The "Taylor Swift" lettering in this case was done by spraying an initial base coat of white, followed by careful application of hand-cut letters made from Tamiya tape and a spray with red and then a final gloss coat. After multiple failed attempts with the "AirAsia" lettering I settled on using a hand-cut stencil and using a brush to go over that and refine the edges. Enough talking, time for the pictures! Conclusion: Would I recommend the kit? Yes. With superb surface details and attractive looking decals in the box (I used the Etihad boxing), it's a jolly good kit! Would I recommend building this particular aircraft? If you're a huge fan of her music, go right ahead . If not, then the motivation to persevere with the decals and stenciling might not be as great. Thanks for sticking with me on this, and thanks for dropping by! Best wishes, Sam P.S: Fulfilling a life goal of getting to go to one of her concerts adds tremendously to the building "mojo"
  8. cathasatail


    What might be of interest (seeing as we're talking about F-35b's) is that F-35b's with the USMC had their combat debut today: http://www.cusnc.navy.mil/Media/News/Display/Article/1646942/usmc-f-35b-conducts-first-combat-strike-in-centcom-aor/linkId/100000003597741/linkId/100000003598933/ Best wishes, Sam
  9. Crikey! It's been over a year since I last worked on this build- sat on the "shelf of doom" for many a month, it was high time that I finished it. In the meantime, something happened which I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams (I couldn't resist it, sorry)- a tour was announced for her new album, Reputation. Having wanted to go to a concert of hers since 2012, I was finally able to realise what had become somewhat of a life goal: (I could go on about how special that night was, but I shall refrain) Back to the build: The key factors that resulted in me putting the build down were two-fold. Firstly, the decals for Taylor herself were a pain to cut out and once applied (despite being on white backing) they were relatively transparent and showed very clearly the red/white demarcation lines beneath. Secondly, due to the transparency issues, the decals for the Air Asia logo were a complete no-no. How the imagery was rectified: I decided to cut out the imagery printed on a sheet of A4 paper, but instead of using the cut-out piece I used the "scrap" A4 as a template and stencil for spraying a base coat of black onto the model. After a coat of white and a spray with a gloss varnish, it was time for the decals! They came off their backing paper well enough, however they did NOT stick to the model at all and required a spray with gloss varnish soon after. They also wrinkled, but I can't discount the fact that it might be due to them sitting on a shelf for the best part of a year. How the tail and under-fuselage logo were rectified: Following suit with a similar course of action, I cut out the lettering printed on an A4 sheet over the top of a layer of masking tape (the theory being that the knife would cut out the tape in the shape of the lettering). Close enough, I thought. After the standard black, then white and finally gloss coats, I removed the tape. To my horror the layers of black/white paint that made up the lettering had started to peel (I'm relatively certain that it's the type of masking tape I used)! Out came the brushes and despite white being a notoriously horrendous colour to spray, let alone hand-paint, it turned out semi-decent. Out of the woods, on the home straight and after a bit of touching-up, the gear wheels/doors, rather delicate aerials, etc, were added. And finally...... after a marathon 483 days since this build started, it has reached its endgame. I'll post an RFI soon when the light is good enough for photography, along with an RFI for this one: Conclusion My, my, my, what a build. Fraught with joy, pain, anguish and frustration, I'm fairly pleased with the end result. It's been a learning process in making my own decals, modelling a civilian aircraft and complex masking but it's been worth it. So, thanks for sticking with me and until next time....... Best wishes, Sam Edit: Turns out it's the 22nd today (had to.....)
  10. cathasatail

    BAC TSR-2 XR219 - Airfix 1/48

    Without a shadow of a doubt, this has to be the finest TSR-2 model that I have ever had the pleasure of setting eyes upon. Simply amazing! Best wishes, Sam
  11. cathasatail

    Raspberry Ripple Tornado 1:32 -ZA326

    Hi everyone, It's been a shockingly long time since I last updated. Fear not- progress is gradually being resumed after completing an essay (I can't foresee any other major commitments for a few weeks now)! I've been scratchbuilding some of the side bays underneath the cockpit: (The internals are at a slight angle as they're not pushed in fully- it's quite a tight fit, so I won't close it up until it's fully detailed and painted) Best wishes, Sam
  12. cathasatail

    Raspberry Ripple Tornado 1:32 -ZA326

    These seats are taking rather a long time to complete! (I'd estimate that they're about 60-70% complete) -Comparing the original and the 60-70% completed seat Best wishes, Sam
  13. As promised, for any readers who want to continue following the build: Best wishes, Sam
  14. Good evening everyone, I thought it might be worth shifting my attempt at the RAF Centenary Groupbuild to the WIP area, seeing as I never had chance of meeting the deadline! (The build can be found by clicking here) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, To bring everyone up to speed: -I plan to build a representation of the Panavia Tornado ZA326 in its iconic raspberry ripple colours. I'll be using the 1:32 Tornado GR1 kit from Revell and an abundance of plasticard, to model her with a plethora of panels open (nose, side electronics bays, ground equipment connection points, the spine, and maybe even an open engine bay!) Here are a few select images which visually describe the process so far: (Note that the paintwork on bits and bobs has been tidied up since these images were taken) What's the plan of action going forward, then? -Nose electronics bay -Nose hinge and detailing -Cockpit wiring -Fuselage panels and internal gubbins -Fuselage rescribing (+rivets, should they be required) -Engine bay (there might be a bit of a surprise in that regard, stay tuned!) -Wings -Other (landing gear, etc) It will be a slow (I've got a summer placement in a research lab at my university) but hopefully steady project. As for references that I'll be using: The good General's own Tornado build The Tornado SIG The ZA326 group's Flickr Stay tuned for more! Best wishes, Sam
  15. cathasatail

    The Royal Air Force Centenary GB Chat

    Yeah, I've got no chance of completing mine (ZA326 in 1:32) to a satisfactory level of detail within the time period. It's been great though and the build shall continue in the WIP part of the forum Best wishes, Sam