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Mi first build in decades

Hello mates.

Well, here we go. This is my first build in decades. Last time I built a kit I was a teenager. And you know how it goes: high-school, girls, college, more girls, job, wife, kids ... and so on.

Back then my budget was extremely low. I built airplanes from Revell and Italeri in 1:72 scale and I used Email colors from Revel. I could only dream about having an airbrush or using pe-parts. Today things are different. I equipped myself with a decent set of tools, with an airbrush (Evolution Silverline) and a nice compressor, and with plenty other small things I saw here and in countless YouTube vids I watched. And yes, I spent much time in research and learning how to build those kits in a serious manner.

The Tornado I chose because I thought I would not have many difficulties with brushing this my first camo. But by building this kit I learned that it is somewhat challenging. The fit is okay yet, but many of the tiny parts one must sandpaper. And I don't know yet how to sandpaper a small, thin hydraulic pipe from the gear without breaking it. Or how to sandpaper the part for the gear-lights. Yes, the kit is challenging. There is plenty of flash on the parts and there are everywhere injector-pin marks; where they can be seen and where they are disturbing a clean fit and have to be removed.

Well, I have much to learn. Maybe I will collect some hints how to do things better. I would be pleased. But please be forgiving. :) This is my first attempt of so many things. Never before used an airbrush, or used pe-parts, or applied weathering techniques, or - you name it.

Cheers
Pero

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Comments

4 | 19. June, 06:29
Sergej I
Bravo Pero, welcome back, I have the same life story and been modeling now for two years after the comeback. Word of advice, enjoy spending on stuff. What you need next is a stash ;)
Tornado progressing beautifully, I can't spot the decades missed. Taking a seat on this one with interest.
19. June, 06:51
Denis Stenko
Welcome back, Pero! I have the same life story ;)) I'm 38 years old, but my love for modeling still live deep in me :) Last plastic model was made 30 years ago (without any paint works)... Right now - I created work place and got a lot of different tools! :) next week I will try to use Paintbrush first time in my life! :)
19. July, 19:51
Michael Phillips
Welcome back mate! You really picked a challenging kit to come back to. When I built this kit I had all sorts of trouble LOL, but if you conquer this kit it really turns into a nice model. You are off to a fantastic start, that cockpit and those seats look fantastic!
20. July, 01:27
Denis Stenko
Hi, Michael! LOL!! But I love complexity :)) will start modeling it soon ;)
20. July, 08:26
Pero Sušić
Michael, I already have all sorts of trouble with this kit. :D The fit is not the best, I'm afraid. There is plenty of sand-papering, then graving and riveting. Right now I'm stuck with the wings. I want to build the wings with the flaps down, but I misjudged the changeover from part to the sprue and cut it too short. Now the struts are too short. I'm chewing over this problem since days. And finally I got to a solution. Give me some few more days and I will post new pictures to my album.

As if this wasn't enough the next challenge is on its way. I did some dry-fitting and it is already apparent that the back of the fuselage will not fit at all. It will not fit at the intakes and it will not fit at the point in the inner where the wings are fixed with the T-shaped part.

Yes, you are right, I picked quite a challenging kit to come back to. This wasn't the plan. I watched a sprue-review video on youtube and it seemed all OK. Well, I should have done better research. But it is how it is. I definitely will finish this kit; hopefully with a decent outcome. The good thing is that there is much to learn with this kit.
20. July, 18:09
David Taylor
As always never the master always the apprentice.Always learning.Still looks good.
20. July, 18:11
Spanjaard
We do not do things because they are easy, de do them because they are hardy... (JFK)
Wellcome back to the hobby. Cockpit is looking really good. Keep ar it, it will be a model you can be proud of. But above all, hace fun!!
20. July, 18:34
Slavo Hazucha
Pretty much the situation I found myself in something more than a year ago... :) I think you´ll find it really nice here, hardly ever saw a more positive & motivating environment than on this site...

The Tornado is looking pretty good and expect things to go much easier with every work-loop & build completed. When I finished my "comeback to the hobby" kit, I pretty much wanted to start over and redo all the things I did at the beginning... Check your next kits here for their history, protects you from finding out that a fancy new box contains some obscure molds from tools sold over 3-4 times over different brands... :D

Looking forward to the progress and more coming from you!
20. July, 18:50

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