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Thoroughly fed up with handrails on the tower now.  New walkway deck made & simple rail on the front kind of done.  Trying to add a second Bharat and it’s a mess.  Still got stairs, tower top rail & assorted aantennes to do.

 

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so I put it to one side & started a kit.  Interesting starting with building the intakes & engines & wrapping the body around the internals

 

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I see what you mean about handrails being something you dislike most. LOL. Sorry.

 

The tower is nice to look at with the interior atop.  Nicely done.

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Cheers @RichO - ultimately it will just be scene dressing & it’s not an absolute model of anything, but handrails are a very prominent part of how it should look

 

However the new kit build is coming along pretty easily.  Nice part fit, lots of detail, and coming together easily despite the very large number of parts.  Dry fit of the cockpit with the kit seats roughly assembled & givensome quick paint

 

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Got some paint on the kit seats & cockpit decals on.  I know nice resin parts would be even better, but these kit parts are of a good modern standard & look the part to me

 

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Fitted the panels tonight & took a pic outside in daylight.  Must say the kit pit has turned out ok

 

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Each pit you make gets better and better. This looks fab. Are the side consoles really just decals?

 

Kirk

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Yes @Kirk they have settled nicely over the raised moulded parts.  The fit is really nice on this kit (Revell Tornado F.3) - far better than on the twenty something year old kits I normally do.  So nice that the body slotted around it an almost holds together with no tape.  Here test fitted with a GR.1 cousins from a much more crude kit

 

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Took the wings off the sprue and test fitted them today.  Looks like something found at Everett’s waiting rebuild to display standard! No disrespect to Everetts who have saved many an airframe from scraping

 

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This Tonka keeps getting longer.  Glued the cockpit sides in place & started putting together the engine exhausts & fairings.  Test fit of the top cover and tail to make sue everything is in the right place

 

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Nice trip to the Bentwaters Cold War Mseum today.  Nice people & a nice museum.  Lots of nice models too, especially the F-101 Voodoo, the A-10s and the F-16s.  Lots of inspiration too

 

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More about the museum

 

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So back to the modelling and some more bits together.  Rear part of the fuselage attached, fin surfaces together & more bits tacked on

 

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Love to get a model up 9n it’s wheels to check cog etc.  So this is the F3 up on its wheels with the aid of tape, blutac, etc.  Bit of paint too

 

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Gave the wings a pre-shade and a quick top coat.  Started with Tamiya light aircraft grey underneath and humbrol 64 on top.

 

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and now fitted to the airframe.  I think one of those bars inside the wing to move the pylons is shot though.

 

Top is glued on but some other bits (tail upright & horizontals, nose etc) still only on with blutac.

 

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You can see the length difference compared to the GR1

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Test fitting the slats & flaps on the wing today.  They built up relatively easily, now need to finish off painting them.  I don’t want to fit them until the decaling is done

 

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Realise late last night that I had the flaps fitted upside down.  So some painting on them has got them about done now

 

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with the aim of getting a look like this

 

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so test fitting them the right way up looks something like this

 

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Getting towards sorting out the identity of this Tonka. The 111 special tail was tempting, but I wanted something earlier than 2002.  The 23sqn option is also a special tail, ZE809

 

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i rather fancied building ZE809 with her standard tail, but the kit decals only come with a white disk behind the squadron red eagle.  Not right for her with a standard tail.

 

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So an appeal on the wanted section got a very helpful offer from @MADMUSKY I now have a pair of red eagles with no background

 

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so ZE809 she will be

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I was test fitting the fairings over the wing pivots & thought they sat a bit high & the joints stands slightly proud of the top of the body.  While trying to figure out how to smooth it out I spotted a couple of in action shots

 

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Turns out the the real ones sit proud too, so no need to modify

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Deep in main body paint on the F3 now.  Primer & preshading done,& some different primer colours used to get different panel shades.  Tail will now be grey so is just about done

 

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and this is the top of the body before dusting over the top coat

 

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the wings have already been done like this & top coated.  The bottom LAG top coat is on, next to do the sides, fix on the tail and paint the top

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After getting the light grey on the underside of the body yesterday I had a go at the  grey on the sides. Then got carried away, glued on the tail and sprayed the rest.  The tail horizontals are just pushed on, and the nose is still loose.  The cockpit needs more work now it is uncovered.  The reverse thrust things are still not there & neither is the undercarriage and the canopy is not at all painted.

 

but it’s progress I think

 

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Some undercarriage progress

 

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Up on her own wheels today.  Much like the F.2 Blue Circle radar, she needs some nose weight.  

 

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Not long now until decals.  Need some more work on the canopy and external antenna & probes.

 

The preshading seems to have come out ok, could still do with a wash over to bring out the panel joints.

 

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Last bits inside the cockpit together.  Looks good to me for detail.  Starting on the canopy painting now. 

 

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Not much more progress thanks to a trip on Fathers Day to see Ed Sheeran

 

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Good job with the cockpit.  I had to look up to see who Ed Sheeran was.  Not a clue.  Americans!

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16 minutes ago, RichO said:

Good job with the cockpit.  I had to look up to see who Ed Sheeran was.  Not a clue.  Americans!

It’s alright Rich, going to see an American band this weekend - Foo Fighters.  Ed is a local boy from just up the road in Suffolk.  Used to play the local pubs and now plays stadium gigs.  Done alright for himself

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16 minutes ago, bar side said:

Done alright for himself

 

Maybe, but I'm willing to bet he can't build a decent Tornado for toffee!

 

Kirk

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