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blackasdf

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Hello, i'm gonna start with a quick introduction about myself, my name is Luca, i'm 31 and i live in Turin, Italy. (told you it was going to be quick!)

The first kit i've ever made was an A10 from hobbyboss, that came out decent but with lots of mistakes. Then i moved to a Tamiya kit, an F16CJ block 50, hoping to get a little help from the almost "perfect fitting" that i've read about. It came out pretty good, not flawless of course, but i'm very satisfied with it. I'm currently waiting for some ground crew figures to set up a small diorama and i'll post some pics.

Moving to the current build, the third one in my "modeling career".

The kit is from Eduard and it's the Bunny Fighter Mig 21, since i dream about building the "good evening da nang" F4 Phantom i thought this was a great way to practice with resin and photo-etc parts, also it's a good permanent small discount for future purchases on Eduard and let's face it, this paint scheme looks like fun!



I started with the gorgeous resin cockpit and coloured photo-etc that come with the kit, i had some trouble with two photo-etc levers that had to be bent, the instructions were not helpful at all to understand exactly how to do it and after struggling i damaged the parts and decided to leave them out. The cockpit came out awesome nonetheless. 

The instructions also wants you to mix 3 non-acrylic colours from Mr.Hobby to achieve the so called "INTERIOR" colour that matches with the photo-etc parts. Well, the mix turned out to be wrong, maybe because i'm using Aqueous colors, but i managed to add more light blue and white to the dark green mixture and i ended up with a pretty close match.

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As you can see the details provided by the photo-etc and the resin cockpit are stunning, a dark oil wash and some dry brushing with mr.metal aluminium were used to achieve the aged look i wanted for this old russian fighter.




Then i had to sand and fill with mr surfacer the inside of the afterburner to get rid of the seam line, the exhaust is pretty far back in the fuselage but i didnt want to risk it. Also since this plane carries carrots and the sprues comes in different funky colours, i didnt paint the raised surfaces of the inside of the nozzle  to give it a "carrot look". You can barely see it from the picture, sorry about that.
Green, aluminium and dark iron were used to pain the exhaust, dark pigments on the inside to get it nice and dirty.



After some test fitting, and mainly thanks to the Genessis Model mig21 step by step video guide, i sanded away the first plastic guide from the back of the fuselage, to be able to fit the afterburner after the fuselage is glued and seamless on the inside.




closeup of the sanding job



Mr metal buffable aluminium was then sprayed inside the fuselage were the nosecone will be glued, some scratches from the test fitting are visible but will disappear after the nosecone is in place.



For the last step of the day, i'm really satisfied and proud to show you the back of the cockpit. This resin part was so beautiful and detailed that it was just screaming to be painted with care. The instructions don't have any indication for the colours to use for cables and hoses, i managed to find a picture of it as reference. A couple of copper wires were painted just to give it a little more colour contrast. Mr. metal iron, aluminium and dark iron were used, as well as some drybrushing of the sides to achieve a worn look.



This is the first time i paint such small parts and i'm very very pleased with the result, the camera resolution isn't giving this piece justice. It looks really stunning! Credit for this paintjob goes to Tamiya and this great teeny tiny brush, very very expensive but totally worth it!



This is it for today, i'm hoping to post more updates soon!

Thank you very much for watching!

Luca









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Great work Luca ! And really nice that you are documenting the steps of the build as you go along.

I agree with you about Eduards instructions for the etch, sometimes I think it would be easier to translate ancient Egyptian Hyroglyphics lol.

The bunny fighter is a really neat project and makes a nice change to military schemes, I'm looking forward to seeing you build this mate

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blackasdf

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Thank you Pete! Bending the seatbelts will be fun, i'm sure! Can't wait to push the build forward but work is holding me back, damnit!

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Hey Luca, this is looking great! The cockpit and for sure the back wall are very nicely painted and your mix of blue looks just right. Thanks for sharing :-)
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blackasdf

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Thanks Fabian! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

The following is a two (brief) nights of progress.

First, i want to share with you a little trick i've picked up on a forum but i can't remember where and from whom. Before starting the build i pick up some paper tape, attach it to every sprue sheet and write down the proper label, this is very useful especially with eduard's sprue since the labels are super small.



I sprayed the nosecone with Mr.Metal buffable Iron, the final colour will be orange but i'm hoping this metal base combined with very thin orange will give the cone a better metal look.



Small lead spheres from an old pen holder were used to give the nosecone some weight, then i poured in some canopy glue to hold everything in place.



With the glue in the nosecone drying, i started glueing the cockpit and the nose gear bay to the fuselage using some medium CA. The gear bay is plastic that has to be cut in order to fit with the resin cockpit. To my surprise a brief testfit showed that the cut was perfect and didnt need any trim.



Then i started glueing the fuselage together, first came the nose that was clamped to avoid bad alignment problems during the rest of the glueing process. The entire fuselage was then secured with masking tape and left to dry.




Same process for the tail, this time a small peg was used to ensure a correct alignment.



Joint lines along the nose and bottom side of the fuselage were then sanded, painted black to check for imperfections. Some lines required a couple of applications of mr. surfacer and more sanding. The top section of the fuselags is going to be hidden by a nice seamless "cover" so the joint lines were ignored.





I started to rescribe where needed, and as this is my first attempt to rescribe panel lines i found out some very important things.

1 - The trumpeter rescriber is useless and wasted money, it isnt nearly sharp and thin enough to succesfully rescribe these fine lines.
2 - the method of using a mini razor saw that i learned from genessis model videos is great, it's just a matter of getting used to the grip showed in the videos
3 - NEVER ever try to scribe a circle without a template, the result is just bad as you can see in the following picture.

Maybe i'm going to fill the circle and sand it down, dunno yet... Any suggestion on how to overcome this will be greatly appreciated.



Every sanded joint was then polished with Tamiya compounds to get rid of the scratches.



Same process was repeated for the exhaust bay since the nozzle will be 1 cm inside the fuselage.



After getting it seamless i sprayed Alclad2 Gloss black base to improve the metal finish of the mr.metal aluminium that i'm gonna use.



That's it for now, again thanks for taking the time to look at my project and please help me fix the rescribing mess that i did!

Luca
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blackasdf

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Hey! I managed to injure my left index finger so the project came to a halt for a while, but as the finger is getting better i did some progress, here it is!

The exhaust was fitted inside the painted fuselage, the pictures show the completed assembly before polishing the metal finish.




The bottom fuselage and the wings were then sprayed with interior green, a mix i made with tamiya colours. Holes for the opened air brakes were also cut.



Then i painted and glued the oxygen tanks, and attached the wings to the main fuselage.



Top wings covers were then scribed using the awesome template provided with the kit, and extra thin cement was applied to soft the edges of the new panel.




I glued the "top" wings and secured it with pegs.

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After the glue dried up, i filled the (small) gaps with some vallejo plastic putty and sprayed the whole model with grey vallejo surface primer.

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Moving onto the gorgeous resin wheels by eduard.

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Landing gears were then painted using the included masks and photo-etched details were bent and applied. The result is great!

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Then i started working on the stunning eduard's resin seat (yes, this kit is full of goodies), painted with two tones of mr.hobby aqueous grey. I'm still waiting for the delivery of a big package of mig productions oils, so i decided to use flory models dark dirt wash to give the seat some shadows.

Photo-etched seatbelts were also applied and then bent once superglue had dried.

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I'm also waiting for model master's pitot tube and i'm ready to start the blue/orange paintjob, more updates soon i hope!

Luca
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blackasdf

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Hey! A quick update, preshading of the model is complete!

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I'm quite happy with the result, i'm slowly getting better with the airbrush and this came out almost exactly how i wanted it.

Can't wait to start the paintjob tonight! 
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That is some EXCELLENT work. can't wait to see more. I also hate it when "life" gets in the way of modeling!
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I will second that! This is EXCELLENT.
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Great work mate, wish my third model looked like that
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Very nice work Luca. Detail painting is fantastic. Will follow with interest too.
And third model? You!re a natural mate. [smile]

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