Another outing for the later Revell tooling, this time depicting a spectacular 2011 Tigermeet scheme.
The build, as with previous, was trouble-free. The painting presented one challenge, in that I had to find a suitable grey, without resorting to the ridiculous Revell mixing.
I tried H127 at first, but that looked way too pale. In the end, H126 ticked my boxes. I used a stipple brush to apply thinned white acrylic and, whilst it all looks a little crude at the moment, I was aware that most will be hidden by the decals. H24 was my yellow and the rear of the fuel tanks was H15;
NOTE that I've omitted adding the elevons, so as to facilitate decal placement.
Now then...the decals!
There are a lot of them and, to be fair to cartograph, they are truly beautiful. Excellent opacity and in perfect registeration and even with gradual changes in shade, as if airbrushed. For example, this allows the black of the decal to blend in seamlessly with the H15 of the fuel tank.
Each decal is also perfectly cut, with no excessive decal film whatsoever and, in the case of those for the fuel tanks, cut in such as way as to enable the decal to conform perfectly to the plastic.
The main issue I had with the decals was with the placement instructions, with many of the smaller tigerstripe decals not getting a mention. having applied the decals as per the instruction sheet, I was then left with a collection of bits and had to play at jigsaws to work out which bit went where.
Essentially, the stripes are broken up to accommodate various structural bits and pieces and to take into account the undercarriage doors being posed open. Once I'd sussed this out, I was able to complete the model, but still ended up with some tiny bits left over.
Ah well...what a pity...never mind!
(One other potential issue could also be a lack of direction as to which decals to apply first. Obviously, I understood that I'd have to apply all of the tiger markings before the stencils and national insignia, but as this isn't indicated in the instructions, some less-aware modellers may be caught out).