Concept Thunderfighter

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by mcusanelli, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    I was really inspired by Rhaven Black's incredible work, so I picked the David Jones version to build this time, with the emphasis on making it as clean as possible, (for me anyway!) based on the previous builds/ mistakes I've done of this model. The most important thing is to take your time, with precise cuts, and precise placement of all the internal stuff, so that everything you add to the outside can go together right. The hardest part for me was rolling the 4 fuselage skins and getting them tightly assembled and lined up, so that the nose cones and engine parts would fit right. With that out of the way, the rest went together without a hitch, and I was sad to see this build end. Lots of fun, and now I want to build all the other versions! Thanks to Revell-Fan, RB, and for sharing these beautiful models with us. You guys Rock!
    Oh, I cheated by making the cannons out of toothpics, as well as the tips of the nosecones...easier for sausage fingers to do than the kit parts! Also, I cut the wings apart at the fold line to get a cleaner/ easier to do leading edge, and touched up with acrylic paints (Folk Art Goosefeather mixed w/ white)

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  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Looks good, actually, that looks fantastic!! Please watch the double posts though, that's the second one in as many days! :)
  3. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    My compliments to your skills. You did a FANTASTIC job on this. It looks better then the very first TF that I build (which so happens to be the first paper model kit that I have ever build).

    BTW, if you need any help (or have any qestions) with any part of the build, please PM me and I will do my best to answer your questions and help you out any way that I can.

    Good luck with the rest of your projects. I am really looking forward to seeing more of your work.
  4. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    Very clean!
  5. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    Hey, Sorry about that double post- I exited and thought I had forgotten to hit 'submit'! Duh.
    Thanks for your kind words, too! This is such a great series of models and are as enjoyable to build as they are challenging. They sit on my shelf next to the old Monogram kit, and in comparison, are so much better.
    Did anyone ever consider designing Buck's Ranger 1 shuttle? I always liked that ship - It wouldn't be that large, either, in the same scale. I think there's a resin model, but who wouldn't want to see a paper version? Ardala's shuttle or the Marauder would be cool too! Just dreamin'.....
  6. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    There has been interest in those models, but no one has picked up the ball with any of them yet.
    I know that Ravell-fan has a few other BRTC25 models in the pipeline at the moment, but I am not certain as to when he will be able to get to them.
  7. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Active Member

    Very crisp and clean build. Congrats!
  8. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    Thank you TC! By the way, I'm currently building your Normandy SR 2...I printed the model out at 'poster size', and wound up with a 12'' long's a gorgeous kit, I'll post pics soon.
    RB: Thanks for the info, I look forward to them!

  9. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

    Hard to believe it's paper - well done
  10. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    Thank you, sir!
  11. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Are going to build any of teh other variants?
    If so, I would like to see a build thread and see how you make it.
    I find it interesting how each person tackles a particular project and what techniques they use to get the finished product.
  12. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    Yes, I do want to build some of the others, I have the standard TF printed out so that's probably next. I don't know about the build thread, though....I get so little time to have fun doing this as it is, but I'll try. I'm a sculptor by trade and I have to photograph every step I take for clients, so I rarely think of shooting pics of models as I go. Maybe I'll do a quick thing on the nosecones, as they are the hardest part of the kit. As I've said before, the most important thing with this model, in all it's forms, is to cut out and align the parts as precisely as you can - that's what makes or breaks it. It's designed so beautifully, but you have to be exact to make it 'shine'. I would also suggest doing a test build first, because the second build will be worth the time and effort.
  13. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I fully understand not having the time to take photos during a build.

    I also have to agree with you about the first build should always be a test build. I am the same way. When I decide to build a model that I have not built yet. I will build it as the kit is to see how it goes together and find all of the "tricky" parts. After all of that, I will rebuild it and (more then likely) detail the model as much as I can think of at the time. There are times where I will go through the model a few more times before I have it just the way I like it (with all the detail that I can put into it).
    The Thunder Fighter is a prime example of that way of approaching a model. I have built it (and all available variants) a few times, and each time, I have found something new to try to make it even more detailed.
    I think that I am at the limits with the Thunder Fighter (in 1:32 scale that is).

    Once again, if you have any problems or concerns, please feel free to contact me and I will answer your questions and address your concerns the best that I can.

    I look forward to seeing more of your work.
  14. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    RB-Thanks again!
  15. F131

    F131 Member

    Very nice work!
  16. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    Thanks F131! Much appreciated.
  17. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    YES! Finally someone else is building the planes! :mrgreen:

    Wow, your build is breathtaking. Keep it up!!! :thumb::thumb::thumb:
  18. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    Thanks RF! Your work is absolutely incredible, I look forward to building all of your kits! Just finished the Raptor, I'll try to post pics this weekend.
  19. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    A display stand for the Raptor will be available shortly! I'm looking forward to seeing your bird! GOOD LUCK! :wave:
  20. fernandico

    fernandico New Member

    very nice congrats its so good the work and so clean you cant really tell if its paper or not.....nice work

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