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About cathasatail

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  1. Well, to keep to my promise, here's the state of play after some work last night: (There's a small bit of coaming that goes over the top left "box" next to the radar scope(?) ). (Only test fits- they're not glued in yet!) -Naturally there are bits and pieces to touch up (an example being the warning indicator panel at the bottom right of the rear cockpit panel) and these will be done in-between work on the cockpit "tub" itself. Also of note is the throttle quadrant and wing-sweep lever that I've scratchbuilt for the rear cockpit- lying under a base coat of grey. Best wishes, Sam
  2. Another small update for today (I'll use a knife blade to finely trim the edges of each instrument to be in alignment with each other) Hopefully I'll have this panel finished and painted by tomorrow! In the meantime I've given some more thought to the panels that will be open, and as a result I have decided to open a section or two of the "spine" of the aircraft as well- having seen some of the fantastic reference images here, courtesy of the Panavia Tornado SIG. Kind regards, Sam
  3. Slow updates, but I finally got some fresh plasticard today so I've been cracking on with the rear cockpit panel: Best wishes, Sam
  4. After the Cosford airshow, and a day to recover, work begins once more! I noticed that in the few images of ZA326 with her nose hinged open, it would appear that the radar has been removed (seen in the 7th image on this website) Also of note was the location of the electronics racks seen in the same photo. This necessitated the removal of a chunk off of the front of the cockpit/nose pieces, gluing them together and attaching them to the nose cone and hinged section that would otherwise have had the radar affixed to it. (The newly trimmed nose pieces can be seen glued below the hinged section for the radar) -Meanwhile, slow and frustrating progress is being made in removing a plethora of panels on the fuselage From reference photos it became apparent that the rear cockpit's instruments (on the left hand side) have been shifted back to make way for the throttle and flap levers. Instead of scraping off the detail and cobbling together a replacement, why not cut and splice? And so that's exactly what I did And finally, the rear cockpit panel is slowly coming together- starting with the coaming. Talking of Cosford, here are few pics I took: Best wishes, Sam
  5. Right, after some time in the labs, it's time for an update! And now to the rear cockpit panel, which it seems is rather different compared to a standard GR.1 rear cockpit. (Photo courtesy of "Tornado ZA326" Flickr account) (LINK HERE) More photos (and panels!) to come soon. Best wishes, Sam
  6. cathasatail

    A question to all

    For me, in the past i have hung up quite a few aircraft from the ceiling, and I currently have 3 or 4 up there at the moment. There are two particular reasons as to why I model most of mine "gear-down". -Firstly, dusting can be a nightmare and I shudder when I remember the days of standing on my bed brushing off dust into a bin held underneath (not the wisest decision an asthmatic has ever made!) -And secondly, as I now tend to display them on shelves i just think that often they would look out of place with their year up. Adding to that is the real possibility of breaking many under-fuselage antennas and details of displayed gear-up (cases in point being there Airfix defiant and the Airfix Nimrod (modelled as an R1)) Best wishes, Sam
  7. As promised, the pictures: -The first job was to drill (using a modelling knife) out the hole for the "break glass" emergency canopy release. I'll add a representation of the handle, paint the insides and then add a piece of clear plastic which will be scribed in the pattern seen in this photo: (Photo courtesy of Nigel Heath- Posted by Britmodeller's Julien as part of a Tornado walkaround on this forum (LINK HERE) In addition I have started very early work on the avionics bay: (Without clear photos of certain parts of the interior of this and other bays I'm going to have to rely on a bit of creative license (eg: rivets along the back wall of the avionics bay- not that they'll be seen!)) -A mock-up of the panel door, which has been thinned down considerably from the rather thick plastic that makes up the kit. And here's one I finished earlier: (An OOB Hobbyboss 1:48 F-14B- which I'll add to the RFI section at some point) In the meantime, here are some resources that I've come across that might be beneficial for other Tornado builders: http://www.tornado-data.com/Tid/systems/common.htm http://www.tornadosig.com/gr1p-za326.html https://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2014/08/preserving-rasberry-ripple-tornado-za326-bruntingthorpe/ http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=59768 http://www.za326.com/ Best wishes, Sam
  8. Good afternoon everyone! I think it's time I stepped into the breach and had a crack at this group build that I had promised to get involved with quite a while ago. So, what will I be building? I'll be having a go at the 1:32 Revell Tornado GR.1 kit that I picked up from Telford last year, hopefully in a raspberry ripple scheme used by the Royal Aircraft Establishment (the Tornado in question being ZA326 currently at Bruntingthorpe). Hang on a minute, you might be thinking, RAE is not part of the RAF and therefore ineligible for this group build! Well, I fully admit that this would ordinarily be the case, this build will be dedicated to JARTS (JARTS standing for the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron) which "assisted with the dismantling and reassembling of the aircraft for road transportation" of ZA326. (Source) To further reflect the relation to JARTS, I'll be building ZA326 in a similar state to its current situation with multiple panels removed and/or left open. And finally to distance the aircraft from RAE, I will be painting/decalling ZA326 in its current scheme at Bruntinghthorpe (IE: without the RAE lettering and crest seen during service). -Pictures will soon follow as I commence the build. Thanks for dropping by! Best wishes, Sam
  9. cathasatail

    RAF 100- Eurofighter and Spitfire

    Thanks, I think it's a case of loving the subject as well as the kit (and I've been through 3 Eurofighters (one "new" tool, two old)) so I have become used to some of its flaws I suppose- which could have inadvertently led to a bit of bias on my part. I'll add a short note underneath the comment to clarify
  10. RAF 100- Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa and Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 Hi everyone, With the exam season drawing to a close, it's almost time to jump back into a bit of modelling! (note that I said "almost time"!- these kits were completed before the exams began). So, what about the kits? Spitfire: This model came from the Airfix 1:72 BBMF gift set (Lancaster and two Spitfires). I haven't previously done many Spitfires as I have always preferred fast jets (I'm sorry! ) but I can admit that there is a certain elegance to the aircraft that some modern aircraft are certainly lacking. As for the kit; despite its deep-ish panel lines and its one-piece canopy I think the Airfix kit holds it own. I had to resort to cutting the front section of the canopy off and using a bit of clear plastic packaging to create the sliding portion, in addition to that I cut away the cockpit door and added a few bits of plasticard to spruce up the cockpit a little bit. A smidgen of filler later, a lick of paint and a touch of paint later and here she is. Weathering for the Spit (as used on the Typhoon too) primarily consisted of a wash with Ultimate Modelling Product's dark grey wash and a mix of pastel paints (silver paint was used on the Spit to add a little bit more weathering. Now, onto the next one: Typhoon: Not much needs to be said about this kit- apart from a bit more filler was required (particularly around the wing-fuselage join and on the fuel tanks). The cockpit details on this kit (when one cleans up the small amount of flash) are quite nice indeed, and more than adequate for a 1:72 kit. -The decals used for this kit were from an Xtradecal "RAF and RN Update 2014-2015 Pt.1" sheet; some of the finest decals that I have ever had the pleasure of using, they settle down onto the plastic surface exceptionally well. Edit: I completely forgot- I added the rivets (?) by hand using a metal compass point, just to add a bit more detail. Conclusion Overall, these two kits spanning the majority of the RAF's history were a pleasure* to build and I can highly recommend both. *(Pleasure= I have had some prior experience with Revell Typhoons before, so my use of the word "pleasure" is subjective: there are a few shortfalls in the kit (flash, some minor fuselage join issues and panel lines of varying depth but I can't recall these standing out as major problems. It is quite possible that having been through a few of these, I have just gotten used to its flaws? Or maybe it is a case of my positive view of the aircraft overshadowing the problems with the kit?) Thanks for having a look! Best wishes, Sam
  11. *Thud* What's that? -oh, only the sound of my jaw hitting the floor.... Outstanding. No amount of adjectives can convey the sheer beauty of your build- cracking job sir!
  12. cathasatail

    Airfix 1:72 Phantom FG.1

    Thank you everyone for your very kind comments! Ah, strewth.... definitely.... didn't... forget... about.... it..... Honest. I'll post an update over the weekend with the Phantom (and an F-35 build too!) Sam
  13. Evening all, Here's my attempt at the relatively new Airfix Phantom FG.1 1:72 kit- by far the most enjoyable kit I have ever had the pleasure to build! Combining superb surface detail with a pleasurable building process and a unique subject, the Airfix kit is certainly one of the finest new-tooled kits that they have produced so far (in my opinion). Enough with the superlatives- on with the build! Kit: Airfix McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 Paints: Vallejo "Model Air" (a variety; mainly black primer, a custom mix for the DSG, white, red) Weathering: Ultimate Weathering Wash: Dark Dirt and some brown chalk pastels (I found these recently and thought it might be worth trying them out) Time for some pictures: Thanks for having a look Best wishes, Sam
  14. cathasatail

    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    I make no apologies for the following: Usually it's a mix of Taylor Swift, Jess Glynne, HAIM and Echosmith. It's a good combination to ease my mood after hours of revision (first year Uni exams coming up in May) (and I'm going to a Taylor Swift concert in June.... ) Best wishes, Sam
  15. cathasatail

    The Royal Air Force Centenary GB Chat

    I personally vote for both of them to be allowed- for me, I would say that the fuselage-closed stage is the point at which a model starts to "come together"/ be over 25% completed Best wishes, Sam