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Hi Guys,

 

Thank you for all the nice comment. This project has been on the back burner for a while but I made some progress: closing up the fuselage, scratch building the main landing gear and reshaping the turbines intake which are covered on the Tzira' by some kind of sand filter (or so I assume). I am pretty happy with my effort on the landing gear: I recycled the wheels and the lower part of the landing gear and the rest is scratchbuild from a brass tube and different diameter of plastic rods and styrene sheet. I need to add the brake line but otherwise it should look OK under a coat of paint. I am less pleased with my effort to reshape the turbines intake, it is a bit crude and I spent hours trying to get the right shape and a smooth finish but it eludes me. I will move on now with primer and the tri-tone camouflage. Thanks for following this build. Till next time.

 

David

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and the picture I used as reference:

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Had a first crack at the camo this evening using the Mr. Paint Israeli airforce paint set. I did it freehand and need to go back to it to sharpen the lines a bit more but I love to finally see some color on this bird. I also could not resist taking a picture with the rotor (work in progress). We are getting there.

 

Thanks for watching.

 

David

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Thank you for the kind words. Small update tonight: I have sharpened the camo definition and finished painting the two rotors. Lots of masking but it was worth it even if there are still some touch-ups to do. I have also shot a coat of future. Next steps: some metallic paint (alclad) on certain areas (exhaust) and some panels, decal and weathering plus some small details to paint and add (door handle, antennas, etc.) This one is getting close.

 

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Thank you for watching.

 

David

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I decaled the bird today. Very few decal actually since to my knowledge there is no stencils for a SA 321. The Magen David comes from a Sky's decals IAF helicopters set, which covers all recent IAF Helicopters: Cobra, Apache, Huey, Blackhawk and Defender, but of course not the SA 321. I will definitely reuse this sheet when I get to do my Revell Apache as an Israeli bird and some day a UH-60L. The Israeli Air Force  and winged sword decals come from Sky decals 1/48 C-130 Entebbe Raiders. Since these particular decals would not be used for modeling the C-130 in its Entebbe raid livery, I used them for my Tsir'a. At least I think it looks good. I also painted some panels and the exhausts with Alclad (iron and airframe aluminum). Getting there. Here are some pictures of where I stand

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Thanks for watching.

 

David

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And it is done. I just post a few pics now and hope to get my photo gear in order to post better pictures but here she is:

 

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I have kept weathering to a minimum with the exhausts shadowed with Tamyia smoke and Flory sand wash on the lower part of the fuselage. Overall it has been a very enjoyable build and I dare to say that this kit does not really show its age (40 years plus). I love the tri-tone camo and I see more Israeli birds in my future as I have stashed kits and aftermarket for a SUFA, a F-15I and a A-4 and I would love to do an IAF phantom. I hope we would do a IAF group build in the future or a middle east group build so as to get some Syrian and Egyptian migs in the mix.

 

Thank you for following this build.

 

David

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