Mike J. Idacavage

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  • Birthday 07/15/1952

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  1. Hi Peter I have been using Model Master Euro Gray for my tire color but recently switched to Tamiya Acrylic NATO Black XF-69. I am very happy with the scale look this gives to tires as it is more of a very dark gray. I have found that Testors Rubber color to be too brown looking. Almost all modern (since WWI) tires have carbon black added for performance and these will cause to tires to look more black than brown. Have fun modeling! Mike
  2. Great build and super decal work! Have fun modeling Mike
  3. I now have an initial primer coat on the Tornado. Time to find all those missing seams and lost panel lines! I am starting to like the looks of the model at this stage. Here's what it looks like on my bench now: While this work is going on, I am also finishing up the landing gear and wheels, gun muzzles (from PE), ejection seats, etc. Have fun modeling! Mike
  4. Very Nice!!!!! Have fun modeling! Mike
  5. Now the model is starting to look like a Tornado! Here are photos that show the main fuselage subsections assembled. I had previously sprayed the wings with black Mr Surfacer to see if I had completely filled the pylon holes and had not bothered to spray them in my usual gray primer. I know I have a few seems that need to be filled not to mention some rescribing of lost panel lines so my next steps will be the usual series of putty/sand/rescribe/prime/repeat..... Have fun modeling! Mike
  6. Hi everyone I have been quiet for some time but several long business trips got in the way of my modeling this month. I am now back and should have more time to focus on my Tornado. While I am focused on getting the major subassemblies glued together this week so I can work on filling the usual seems, I looked at the options for the nose cone. One of the biggest complaints about the Revell kit is the poor nose cone. In the kit it is more like an even taper cone than the pinched nose on the real Tornado. I compared the kit nose with an aftermarket one from SBS. Here's the comparison with the kit nose in light gray and the SBS nose molded in black: The aftermarket nose is a definite improvement in my opinion! My next post should show the bits and pieces coming together to look like a Tornado. Have fun modeling Mike
  7. Hajo Your F-104 Starfighter looks great! Excellent finish! Have fun modeling Mike
  8. Captain, your paint and decal work looks great! Have fun modeling Mike
  9. I am back for a few days and managed to find my modeling bench. With the cockpit complete, I have the front part of the fuselage assembled. I also added some weight (copper balls) that I epoxied to the front of the cockpit section. Now its time to start bringing together the major subassemblies (front fuselage, main body, tail, etc.). Have fun modeling! Mike
  10. That pilot looks great!! A viewer would never know that you had to correct the resin castings as it looks perfect sitting in the ejection seat. Have fun modeling! Mike
  11. Glad to see that this decal is a "Go"! Here's some other photos of two of my Revell missile builds (Bomarc and Snark) for inspiration. Kursad, I'll be glad to help with any references if needed! Have fun modeling Mike
  12. My compliments to MoFo for his excellent post reviewing the situation regarding scale modeling and 3D Printing. I am in the 3D Printing business (at least part of my professional efforts) and I also teach a course at a University in UV Curable 3D Printing (an example of this technology is the last picture of a Formlabs printer in MoFo's post). 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing is a 2 Billion dollar business and growing with over 40+ different types of this technology available so it is much more complex than most people realize. Have fun modeling! Mike
  13. I have been working on the cockpit and I am happy to report that I am now ready to move on to assembling the fuselage. Here's how the cockpit looks before I enclose it inside the front fuselage halves: I finished the 'pit using kit parts, kit decals, Eduard PE and some detail painting and washes. I am still working on the ejection seats and I plan on adding them at the end. I have an almost 2 week business trip starting next week so I'll resume this build in early May when I get back. Have fun modeling! Mike
  14. Between paint and decal sessions on my cockpit, I have started to look ahead to other parts of this build. I was not a fan of the way that Revell designed the rear stabilizers with what looks to me to be a dodgy connecting piece which you must add before assembly of the rear fuselage sections. As I wanted to add the stabilizers late in the build to make things easier for sanding the seems, I modified this part of the build to allow adding the stabilizers at the end. I removed the small connecters on stabilizer and added a thin brass rod. I then found a corresponding aluminum tube that will allow the brass rod to have a tight fit. I plan on painting the stabilizers separately and just add them to the fuselage at the end of the build, Here's how my stabilizer mod looks before gluing the rear fuselage together: Next step, completion of the cockpit! Have fun modeling! Mike
  15. I have now started work on my slow motion build! Nothing much to report as the work starts on the cockpit and there is not much interesting to see at this point. I decided to do a mix of kit decals over the raised decals and some detail painting to highlight other areas of the cockpit. So far I am having mixed results as the decals (Revell 2000 vintage) do not seem to want to snuggle down after a few applications of strong decal setting solution. Hopefully, after some detail painting and a flat coat this will look ok. A few photos I can post is some work I have been doing on the fuselage and wing while my paint is drying on the cockpit. The Tornado that I am working on is a really clean airframe with no pylons seen in this configuration. I plugged al the holes on the bottom of the fuselage and wings with plastic rod and stretched sprue. I now have these sanded smooth and also the wheel bays added since I shot these photos. With a heavy travel schedule over the next 2 months, progress may creep but I hope to have more time on this project starting in June. Have fun modeling! Mike