January 17th 2016 will mark 25 years since the US-led Coalition began airstrikes in a prelude to boots on the ground to force the withdrawal of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait. To mark the 25th Anniversary, we will be commencing a Kiwimodeller Group Build, beginning January 17th 2016, and finishing on the 15th of July 2016.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in Operation Desert Storm. This includes Iraqi forces. The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 15th of July, ending Midday the 22nd of July. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
And we're off again. with much sanding and filing I managed to get everything glued into the cockpit:
Here's some of the nice detail on the Aires set:
And then I weighted the nose with half a ton of lead and blue tac, and glued it on. Some gaps here that will need fixing.
And then I had a go at mixing the desert pink, this time using a number of Tamiya acrylic colours. The precise shade is still a mystery to me, so I have gone for a lightened tan with a bit of flesh and pink in the mix. It's not really pink but has a bit of a fleshy hue. Hopefully this will look right when it gets on the kit.
I also glue the wings together. The fit is superb on these.
When I eventually get around to making my Tornado I was planning on trying out a few things for the wing trailing edge curtains, lead foils etc as mentioned but also medical and/or elastic tapes. I might even raid my partners sewing box for various ribbons and tapes. Watching with interest as always.
Another idea. Silicon mould rubber in a thin layer over a scribed sheet to make the pattern and then cut into strips to suit. Maybe even multiple coats of Maskol over a scribed sheet might work. Embed a straight copper wire in the bottom edge of the maskol after a few coats and the wire will help conform the maskol to shape over the wing.