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Brundledonk

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With the paint barely dry on my Ju-88 I have decided to start another build.
I really should finish off the outstanding builds that I have part started but I have got a bit of a Tornado itch that has been hanging around for a while and seeing Nigel's builds really kicked up my enthusiasm.
This won't be a quick build as next week I am going to strip the guts out of my old Mancave in the spare room and turn it into a dressing room for Mrs Brundledonk then after that I'm going to start on my kitchen.

But I'll do my best to keep plugging away at this, and after it's done I will return to my neglected builds

I have 2 kits to choose from

A German ECR in tiger meet markings



And an RAF Gr-1 with a choice of markings for either a green/grey camo or markings for an operation Granby (desert Storm for those in the USA) in desert pink


I'm leaning toward building the desert scheme and displaying it in flight over a desert terrain base.


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One of the reasons I'm favouring the RAF jet is the fear of the decals on the German one

They are lovely


But the sheet is massive


The sheet for the RAF bird is just as nicely printed


And almost as big but there are options for 3 different aircraft on this one and the bulk of the markings are small stencils
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I haven't checked yet but I'm pretty sure that there are all parts for a GR1 in the ECR box (minus the british fuel tanks and ordinance) so it may be possible for me to make 2 British jets using the markings in the GR-1 sheet so I may be able to build a desert one now and a Green/grey camo one in the future (I do love the green/grey scheme)

But I'll make my mind up tomorrow when I've had a bit more time to look through the boxes

I'm planning to make a start on this project tomorrow morning and I'll have the rest of the week plus the weekend to make a dent in the build before I crack on with the house.

I'm going to stick pretty much out of the box with this, I just have some resin seats that I might try and use. I will also need to try and find a couple of pilots to stick in the pit if I'm going to make an in flight display so I will need to look through the kits in my stash and try to poach some, or if any of you guys have got a couple of spare 1/32 pilots that didn't get used in a build I'm happy to take them off your hands and give them a new home in a nice cosy Tonka

Cheers me dears

Pete

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Both kits are the same mold I built the  German navy IDS version years ago but that tiger meet will be a pain with all the decals.
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Those are big birds Pete.

Good luck on your choice [wink]
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Those are big birds Pete.


Good luck on your choice [wink]


Dessert Pink.....yummy..strawberry angel delight...drool.....

.....must learn how to spel...doh!
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Yes, another Tornado build to follow! Good luck with either... The Tiger meet will be interesting and the decals should take you a bit to complete. An in flight one would great also. Tough choice but you win either way.

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Both kits are the same mold I built the  German navy IDS version years ago but that tiger meet will be a pain with all the decals.


Hi Joe,

I had a look in both boxes and it seems that all I've the main spruces are identical in both kits and the differences are supplied in separate sprues.

Looks like different IPs and tanks/weapons mainly

It's the decals that are putting me off the German version, I'm going with a Gulf war bird in this one

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Those are big birds Pete.


Good luck on your choice [wink]


Dessert Pink.....yummy..strawberry angel delight...drool.....

.....must learn how to spel...doh!


Dessert Pink lol ! What are you like !

As I mentioned to Joe I'm going with the strawberry angel delight version (after the bomber I want a reasonably easy build)

And it's a fair size but I was surprised that for a jet it's smaller than I thought it would be

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Yes, another Tornado build to follow! Good luck with either... The Tiger meet will be interesting and the decals should take you a bit to complete. An in flight one would great also. Tough choice but you win either way.

Ron.


Cheers Ron,

The Tigermeet would definitely make for a more interesting looking model on the shelf.
But I'm going to do the RAF desert bird in flight, this way I can avoid the possible decal nervous breakdown and also having the wheels up will save a little bit of work and also the worry of having to try and reinforce the flimsy undercarriage.

In flight I can have the wigs swept too and this should mean I'll be able to fit in in my cabinet

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Right Then, as mentioned Iabove 've decided To with an in flight RAF desert bird

The first stage in the instructions is as always seems to be the way the cockpit, this suits me as I am going to need to spend a bit of time messing around in this area if I want to get some crew in the pit.

I have some resin seats kicking around (2 sets in fact) but these are SJU 5/6 seats designed for an F/a-18 and the Tonka uses Martin baker mk10a seats

These days I don't allow myself to get hung up on small details but I would like to at least get the right seats, a little past research showed me that the f-18 seats are a derivative of the Mark 10a, I'm not at this point exactly sure what all the differences are, but the main shape is very similar (t maybe that the head box is slightly different)
I'm hoping that a few scratched details will make them look ok under the canopy.

Anyways I'm waffling on like a loon, here's what I've got

A pair of Blackbox/Avionix seats (the price tag says £11.99, but these were bargain at Telford only 3 quid)


And these Verlinden ones I bought ages ago and were in the box with my Academy hornet


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Let's have a looksy in the boxes shall we ?

Verlinden on the left Blackbox on the right




They are very similar to each other and almost exactly the same size, I think the Blackbox ones have a slight edge in terms of fidelity but the Verlinden seats have a head box shape that looks more like the pics I have of the one on the Mk10a

And last but not least the kit seat


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The kit seat isn't too bad, the details are a little soft though and there are a couple of parts yet to go on (firing pull handle and survival pack) but I'm hoping to be able to use these on the resin seats

I an going to use the Verlinden seats and when you compare them to the kit ones in the pics above the difference in detail becomes clear.

Although around the back where things won't be seen the difference isn't so great



But it's the top of the seats that will be most visible through the canopy and the resin wins hands down here


I had a bit of a butchers at the sprues and the detail isn't bad at all, this kit was half price at Telford (£25) and for the money I think it's great value for what you get


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Some nice detail on the landing gear too, but alas I won't need them on this build



Crispy crisp in the exhausts too, but a paint to get in to paint


Everything looks to be present on the side consoles but the moulded detail is very shallow

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I did a quick dry fit of the main fuselage and it seems like it should go together ok but it does feel a bit flimsy as the plastic is very thin, so I'll need to add some support I think

It's not as big as I thought it would be
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