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TedUSA

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I have not used any of the metalizer paints for an entire fuselage. best wishes--hope everything comes out spot on!
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Right not done a update for awhile now so here she is.

Pretty much have her finished just a few little finishing touches to do then i'll do the final reveal.

So from the last update of the satin black base coat i finally managed to shoot the Aluminuim NMF.

I used the Mr Hobby range of buffable metalizer paints. Having seen the results of these i was pretty sure they would do the job nicely for me.

They spray fantastically straight from the pot but i thinned them down with a few drops of cellulose thinners and i managed to get them to bed down perfectly.

Here she is before i buffed her




next job was to buff her up. Out came the gloves and rags and this is where the paint really came to life. You can literally buff these paints to within a inch of their life. i didn't want a 100% perfect finish due to the fact that these lightnings were exposed to allsorts and the NMF wouldn't look 100% on a well used aircraft. There were a few patches where i did'nt buff that much and the result works really well.

I sealed the paint with Klear and moved onto the decal phase.

I used the Model Alliance ML48171 decal sheet and they were a joy to work with went down beautifully. I set them down using Humbrol decalfix and they sat nicely in the panel lines the i moved onto using the kit decals for the rest and i was shocked that these didn't conform so well, but took a little longer and a little reworking to get them to sit down right.
Here she is during the decaling phase.



Decalling finished and sealed under another coat of Klear and it was on to the weathering. I don't usually weather my models but i thought i'd have ago on this.

I started with making up a Sludge wash with Humbrol weathering powders Smoke and Rust. Then brushed 3 coats over the whole model, quite nasty when you look at it and its a good job it can just wipe off.



Next once it had dried i removed it with a paper towel. The result was great. All the vents and lumps and bumps on the bottom half of the fuselage really popped out and looked great. I added smoke and streaking on the upper and lower surfaces using a thinned down Humbrol 33 in the airbrush. Some might say its over weathered but i wanted this aircraft to look like its had a hard life.




With the weathering done another coat of Klear was put on to seal it all in.

Next i fitted the undercarriage and finally after 4 months got her sitting on her wheels and it almost brought a tear to my eye seeing this thing so close to the finish line. Using the Flightpath undercarriage and Aires Resin sets really gave the aircraft what it needed to shine.



I chose to fit the canopy open because she will be staged in a QRA situation.



Pitot Tube fitted 



Next on went the over wing tanks and the firestreak missiles. No weatheing on the tanks as i wanted these to look new same for the missiles. Also while i was loading her up a fitted the IFR probe just to add another angle to her



Next on went the Flightpath FOD cover. I measured in 10mm from the intake ring and drilled a .8mm hole and fitted some stretched sprue so could put the anchor cables on to hold the cables on. I used the thinnest lead wire i had to make the cables and fixed them in place with C/A glue. Painted in the obligatory Bright Red and a coat of Klear and she was fitted.



That is it for now and thats how she stands at the moment.

I'm in the process of building the crew ladder and missile trolley to finish off the staging then the final reveal will be done. 



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TedUSA

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I wasn't even thinking about you closing this build out that fast! I sat here in front of the computer with a silly grin on my face as I moved from one picture to the next.
I don't know how to describe the art that you have created. I just keep looking and nodding that bobble head motion and grinning. BRAVO! What a beauty. I think that the finish
and the weathering are totally smashing!

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eduardo

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Looks very good[thumb]
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MarkVX

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Got abit more done today in the form of a crew ladder.

From the flightpath set again this was pretty fiddly to do


Then i gave her a blast of yellow, added some hairspray in selected areas and then coated with camo green then chipped away to produce a worn and well used ladder



Next up is the missile trolley

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TedUSA

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these details are great. thank you so much for sharing ALL of the build. very nice!
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srp71

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love the detail. wonderful build. 
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MarkVX

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Final reveal is up
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