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One that I only realised earlier today, and have consulted Dansk about.

At age about 15, I built the Airfix MRCA kit - making an absolute pig's ear of the paint job.

I hadn't mastered masking, trying to paint the white aircraft freehand.  What a mess, mine finishing up black - well over a decade before The Saint Tornado.

I have built an Airfix MRCA since then, for the 2017 Prototypes, Experimentals, Record -breakers, and Firsts GB.

 

This is the origin for future Airfix 1/72 Tornado GR kits, rendering this kit eligable for me.

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Costing me £9 an IPMS Avon show in 2014.

We might see a repeated paint botch, as I might not have all the correct shades.

This kit has just one decal option - which suits me.  That 617 Sqdn Dambuster 70th Anniversary.

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And here are the parts.

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So now my previous builds of this kit.   That original MRCA being long gone.

First this Airfix GR1 built in 1988.

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Next another MRCA, painted properly in 2017.

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And that first GR1 was repainted as a Gulf War plane in 2019 - and sold at Jet Age.

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Really looking forward to your build Tim. Love your other builds, this new one will make a fine end result with the anniversary tail.

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and showing you all my reference manual for this build.

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Working today on the cockpit, seats, pilots

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and a scratched HUD

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and wings.

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Now considering how to mask the wing gloves, prior to airbrushing the airframe.

 

 

 

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This is looking good and going together very fast Tim.

i love the black tailfin too!

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So, cleaned up all the seams in preparation for airbrushing - and

realised I've not got Humbrol 156 paint for the undersides. And can't just buy it . . .

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 . . . . so I used Revell Matt 57 instead

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Painting compromise No 1.  Should I scrap it now?

 

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10 minutes ago, theplasticsurgeon said:

Painting compromise No 1.  Should I scrap it now?

 

No! 

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Totally fits w/ the theme.  We frequently just used what was on hand for paints if it was close-ish.  And I do seem to recall that ish blur being quite large back in the day.  :lol:

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3 hours ago, helios16v said:

  We frequently just used what was on hand for paints if it was close-ish.  

Ssshhh dont tell anyone, I still do this.

looks good to me tim 👍

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So this morning I fitted the canopy.  Had to lower the pilot for a better fit.

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Then masked the ready for airbrushing upper surfaces,

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with Humbrol 164 Dark Sea Grey.

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On 6/12/2020 at 5:47 PM, modelling minion said:

Coming along very nicely Tim, I hope your masking doesn't take any of the decal with it when you remove it from the tail.

I was VERY careful with that masking, it was all VERY thought out.

AND a wave at the base of the fin was left 'til later, in avoidance of risk.

Very thin Tamiya for the lower edge, then an old railway timetable - to avoid any adhesive on the decals.

And ultimately successful 😀

Demasked.

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11 minutes ago, theplasticsurgeon said:

It was VERY careful with that masking, it was all VERY thought out, - and ultimately successful 😀

I am very pleased to hear and see that Tim!

Looking very nice.

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Decals - well some of them. Including that wave.

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I've just remembered, the dam on the tail must be the Mohne.  I visited there in 1978.  I was on ATC Camp at RAF Gutersloh at the time.

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4 hours ago, theplasticsurgeon said:

Decals - well some of them.

 

I've just remembered, the dam on the tail must be the Mohne.  I visited there in 1978.  I was on ATC Camp at RAF Gutersloh at the time.

An extra bonus nostagia feeling! 🤗

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