Mike J. Idacavage

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  • Birthday 07/15/1952

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  1. Hi everyone! It is time for me to start my build for the GB by kicking off a new topic. I plan on building Tornado IDS 45+88 from JaBoG-33 that was painted up to commemorate the 100,000 flight hours by the Tornado. If anything, this scheme is colorful! I will be using the Revell Tornado ECR and build it as the IDS version. To help spice things up a bit, I will use the Eduard PE set for the Revell kit along with a Dr Pepper's resin correction nose along with a Master pitot tube. Here's what I am starting with: As usual for me , my build will be a bit slow as I have several other projects already underway. However, if I want to make the deadline for this GB, I need to get the work started now! Have fun modeling Mike
  2. Methinks it is time to formally commit to the cool GB! I am planning on building a 1/72 German Tornado IDS Using a Revell Tornado ECR kit that is already in my stash. (Thanks again Lancer512!) I usually like my models to have a bit of color so I am planning on building the kit as 45 + 88 in the markings it wore to celebrate the 100,000 Tornado flying hours in 1999. The aircraft was assigned to JaBoG-33 at the time. Here's what I am starting with: I plan to dress up the model a bit using some aftermarket parts (new nose, cockpit details, etc.) but I need to dig through my storage boxes and find the relevant goodies! I still need to finish a model that is already on my workbench which should happen in the next day or two before I can start this build. Have fun modeling! Mike
  3. Hi kparquette If you are looking for the Delta Widget scheme for your B-727, I have a spare decal for the various Delta Widget schemes that I can sell to you. I almost always buy extra copies of decal schemes that I particularly like as back-ups but usually don't build a second identical model if the first one comes out acceptable. Here's a Delta B737 in the Widget scheme that I built using another copy of these decals: The sheet comes with B727, B737 and MD80 Delta Widget decals. Have fun modeling Mike
  4. Thanks dn142! I have been going back and forth between adding them early and having to mask off the pitot tube then paint or painting it without losing the small piece and adding them later. It looks like a case by case basis on the best option. Have fun modeling Mike
  5. Hi Lancer512 Outstanding!!! Your information is perfect. I don't think I had realized that the ECR was not a true photo reconnaissance aircraft so I was thinking that there might be some exterior changes a bit like an RF-4C. Now I am good to go with this build! I'll post something as a starter in this folder when I can shoot some photos of the kit before I start. I'll then start a thread on my build and we will see how far I can take it! Thanks again for your great help! Have fun modeling Mike
  6. I have a question for those out there in Model Land who have used one of the Master (and other brand) aftermarket metal pitot tubes. I like the looks of these and have ordered a few for future builds. Most of the ones I received are in the original brass color. To make them look more like the original silver/steel color, they need to be painted. What is the best option? Should the pitot tube be painted separately and then added to the model in a final step or should they be added earlier, then masked and painted during the build? As these are usually rather small, I can see challenges in both methods. What have you found to be the best way to use the aftermarket pitot tubes? Have fun modeling Mike
  7. I believe the major problem with the resin dust is the actual small dust particles themselves rather than the base chemistry of the resin. I use a Dremel to grind out large sections of solid resin parts when needed. It really speeds up the process on the bench. I do use a dust mask when I grind but I do not do this under water. I tend to be safety conscious due to my day job and am comfortable with using my Dremel to speed up tasks like this. Have fun modeling! Mike
  8. Guten Tag! I have a question for those knowledgeable with Revell's 1/72 Tornado kits. I would like to join the GB and had originally thought of working on a Revell 1/72 F-4F. Looking at the builds in progress, there are already a few of these underway. As I really enjoy the variety in a GB and tend try to do something different for my fellow modelers to enjoy, I am now thinking of starting a Revell 1/72 Tornado as I have a few of them in my stash and have not built a Tornado yet. The decals that I want to use are for an IDS aircraft but the Revell kit that I have is for the ECR version. Is the plastic in the Revell 1/72 Tornado ECR the same as the plastic in the Revell Tornado IDS kit? I know that the ECR is the reconnaissance version of the IDS but I am not sure if Revell actually made any changes to their IDS kit. Any thoughts? Have fun modeling! Mike
  9. Outstanding Jake!!! Have fun modeling Mike
  10. I would be in for a few sheets even though it is not my preferred scale! Any chance you might be able to use that space for a "last flight" Phantom in 1/72???? Although a final flight Heritage Phantom in 1/32 would not be too shabby........ Have fun modeling! Mike
  11. About 30 minutes south of Pima is the Titan Missile museum. This is a fully restored underground silo with a deactivated missile. I spent an hour or so there and thought it was worth the short trip south of Tucson. Have fun modeling Mike
  12. Dang, I now work in Boulder so this would have been a great place to visit when I am in the area. Steve, what are your plans for decals? I am not sure if you know it but there are Cv 990 Port of Call decals available in at least 1/144. This may be close enough for you to use. I have a copy of these decals but they are buried in my stash and I can't recall right now who the decal company is. I can look them up if you need the tail markings for this scheme. I am planning on doing something similar but for a Tu 134. A model company (Fly) released a 1/144 Tu-134 kit that has the markings for a Tu-134 that was turned into a restaurant. I always thought that this would be something different so I picked up a copy of that kit. Have fun modeling Mike
  13. Outstanding, that Eagle is wearing one stylish Spook! Have fun modeling Mike
  14. Here's my completed model for this GB. It is a 1/72 Tu 143 REYS reconnaissance drone in Czech markings. The model was built from a resin kit by Decarli Model. The trailer is pretty much scratch built . Other mods can be seen in my extended build thread in the forum. Have fun modeling! Mike
  15. My Tu 143 Reys is finished! I just made the deadline for this GB. It took a bit longer than I originally expected but I a happy with the results. Here's my completed reconnaissance drone finished in Czech markings. I added a scratch built FOD cover for the jet intake as I had drilled a hole in the solid resin as a place to hold the model while painting. The cover does ad a little something extra to the finished model. I also added the red camera (optics) covers seen on almost all of the Tu 143 drones prior to launch. These appear to be ejected after launch. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun build. I appreciate the great comments to my posts throughout the build. Have a great New Year and have fun modeling! Mike