I want it painted black, and some figure painting.

I needed to check for seams that need more attention, and painted the entire Lightning black.

Bottom side painted black
Bottom side painted black
Topside painted black
Topside painted black

As can be seen in the pics, there are a few issues, at least on the underside. Everything else looks pretty good. One of the reasons to use black is that the underside should be in silver.
I’ll go over the seams with putty and carefully sand them down to look smooth and nice.
On the topside i think I’ll try some black basin.

The second part of this post will be about the russian soldiers for the M3A1 Scout car.

One thing I really did like about the figures in this kit is those tabs that help the parts to fit properly. Tamiya has done this very well I think.

Nice with locator tabs
Nice with locator tabs

Two more figures built.

Gunner and soldier
Gunner and soldier

Pretty soon all soldiers were built and some even got a little paint.

All five soldiers built
All five soldiers built

I started to paint their faces and hands with different skin tones. Some I painted and some I dry brushed. I think it turned out ok. I also started painting the uniform on one figure, but realized that I had to check if I used the right colour. It seems like I did. So now I only need to paint all the other figures except the driver who is dressed in black.

Painting started.
Painting started.

I also think I need to drill holes in the bottom of their boots and put them on sticks to make painting a bit easier.

Tornado cockpit almost done!

The cockpit is more or less done and can be fitted into the fuselage halves.

Cockpit rear view.
Cockpit rear view.
Cockpit right angle view.
Cockpit right angle rear view.

As the plane is standing on the ground with engine off, I decided to omit the instrument decals and instead have blank screens.

A few decals for the seats still needs to be added. Other than that the cockpit is ready for the next step.

Panavia Tornado – build start.

The instructions starts with the seats, which are pretty nice for a kit seat. There seams to be different colours on the different versions, but I’ll stick to the information I found and will paint the main part of the seats and cockpit in Dk gull grey and have black/green anti skid floor.

Cockpit parts ready for paint.
Seats, instrument panels and cockpit parts, ready for paint.
Cockpit tub.
Cockpit tub
Front fuselage halves.
Front fuselage halves.

The cockpit parts are assembled and the front gear bay glued to the bottom of the cockpit tub. Next will be some paint.

Panavia Tornado GR. Mk.1 RAF – Revell 1/32

I must be a bit crazy to start a new build now, with the intent on finishing it before the end of this month. The reason is that I won’t be able to finish the Eurofighter, due to serious problems with the wings and lack of proper decals.
This kit is a lot newer and have a lot nicer details and decals, but might still be doable. What worries me is painting it and adding all the decals, as there are plenty of stencils to go on both the plane and the weapons.

Anyway here’s a first look at the contents.

Box art.
Box art.
Instruction sheet.
Instruction sheet.
Glas parts sprue 1.
Glas parts sprue 1.
Glas parts sprue 2.
Glas parts sprue 2.
tanks and weapons.
Tanks and weapons.
More tanks and weapons.
More tanks and weapons.
Cockpit and other small parts.
Cockpit and other small parts.
Fuselage parts.
Fuselage parts.
Pylons and more cockpit parts.
Pylons and more cockpit parts.
Wing parts.
Wing parts.
Large decal sheet.
Large decal sheet.

If I have the colours I need I’ll do the Desert storm version with sharkmouth.