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Oh . . . My . . . This just got real. [eek]
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Truly amazing. Impressed with how you come up with this. 5 Stars
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Truly amazing. Impressed with how you come up with this. 5 Stars


I'd give this story ten stars if I were allowed. [biggrin]

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Oh . . . My . . . This just got real. [eek]

Yes it surely did get real DB. Funny thing is I'm not even sure how this one plays out. Multiple endings being considered right now! Thanks for commenting.
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Truly amazing. Impressed with how you come up with this. 5 Stars

Thanks for the continued support Mark. Yes I do love doing these and some stories/scenes like this are extra special
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As I have said before, one of THEE best threads on any forum. keep it up!!!!
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This has probably been mentioned but has slipped my mind. Might I ask what scale we're dealing with here?



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As I have said before, one of THEE best threads on any forum. keep it up!!!!

you really are too kind sir. Thanks Robert


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 I'd give this story ten stars if I were allowed

I'm almost blushing [redface]


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This has probably been mentioned but has slipped my mind. Might I ask what scale we're dealing with here?

Evie aircraft are 1/144 scale.


Thanks for all the encouraging comments guys. You lot are awesome!

In the last update, NATO jets from Evie, after persistent warning, had just fired an Air-to-Air missile at a Russian MiG...

Following that post I then I thought to myself...'well that was bloody clever'...now how the hell do I present what comes next without using graphic layering techniques or special photo rendering software (a cardinal rule I swore to myself never to break since I started doing these).
Well, you'll be surprised just how creative you can get when you're truly faced with a challenge. My personal vow remains intact and hopefully I achieved the right results. This one may well be my best, and most technical work so far! And as for those that start getting palpitations when they dont see a model airport in an update post, well I chucked in a couple of Evie airfield shots right at the end just for you.

The story concludes here:

Alarms and alerts increase in pitch and intensity within the cockpit of the MiG-25. The young pilot never anticipated to be actually fired upon as the air-to-air missile closes in
[PoW2I3D]

The MiG attempts several sharp banks and evasive roll manouveres...but to no avail. Under pressure and facing imminent danger...
[CzMZlw3]

...Deploy Flares...
[CMQ0LQC] 

[BmBhaQZ] 

...then more flares
[9ZcIM0o] 
[z1Iv1IR] 
As the missile is not infrared (IR) guided, flares are ineffective

(in-flight missile warning systems should have made this obvious to the pilot...but then I wouldn't have had the pleasure of showing off my flares deployment scenes now would I?...Lets just say this Pilot lacked experience [rolleyes] [biggrin])

The semi-active radar guided missile closes in on its target. The Russian Pilot puts the MiG into a full throttle, steep upward climb
[NvjmI5p] 

Chaff is immediately deployed as a radar countermeasure
[hI3raAL] 

Chaff releases multiple thin pieces of aluminium, metallic cloud clusters to disrupt and distract the missile's radar guidance. But in haste and without waiting to verify the outcome, this Pilot deployed a final Ace up his sleeve
[sVAL3yc] 

This MiG was equipped with a recently installed, Active Defence Munitions Protection System. This highly classified system, developed by engineers at Russia's Foundation for Advanced Research ( Фонд перспективных исследований) was still in Beta trials. It utilises 'hard kill' interceptor projectiles deployed from pods at the fore and aft of the fuselage to counter both forward and rearward missile attacks with a direct kinetic hit
[60ywIfF] 

Multiple projectiles launched make contact and neutralise the approaching threat...it's a direct hit    
[tGO7hEw] 

The MiG shudders in the wake of the huge initial blast and fireball that follows, as it continues its vertical climb
[oQgKFQY] 

[UkGDxJn] 
The blast proximity has caused some systems damage but the plane can still fly
[cAVXf8g] 

The Russian pilot, realising he was a hair's breath away from carnage, levels off and exits UK airspace at a high rate of knots (and most certainly in need of a pants change[eek])
[hSM4evn] 

The NATO jets, see him off, slightly astounded with the new Electronic Counter Measures Russian technology just demonstrated
[RW6aV4U] 

Satisfied that the threat has been countered and was not returning, the Evie pilots return to base
[NDKtLxj] 

The Typhoons touch down at Evie indifferent to the significant political fallout that was surely to follow
[KYaTua1] 

For these men, they simply had a job to do...and they did it
[rpICuXx] 

Until the next QRA Call....
[DP8rjTz]

...meanwhile...Moscow was already calling London...


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Great work again. Proud to be the home of Evie Air Base
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Thanks for the comment Mark and I'll always be proud to call ADF the 'Home' of Evie.
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I suspect Moscow is none too happy. I will gladly wager that 10 Downing Street feels equally perturbed. Excellent use of non-CGI. [thumb]
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I suspect Moscow is none too happy. I will gladly wager that 10 Downing Street feels equally perturbed. Excellent use of non-CGI. [thumb]

Diplomatic tensions abound DB. Thanks for commenting.

Yes, whilst not knocking the use of CGI/Photoshop for those that may like to use it, I have always tried to steer clear. all those hours of photo rendering and superimposing multiple images would take forever and not be practical for the number of shots I have to set up in one post. I'd be at it for weeks/months! What you see in mine is what I have created all by hand. I do however use simple techniques in Windows media to erase the gantry connector thread used to suspend the objects seen.

For this last post, I used mini pyrotechnics carefully attached to the MiG to create the initial blast. The cotton wool 'smoke' in that shot had to be water sprayed. Experience from previous stories (Commonwealth Games of Terror to be precise) taught me that dry cotton wool 'smoke' too close to mini pyro sparks and you're dealing with real uncontrolled fire! So lots of water spray to counter those flying sparks is always wise [redface].

For the ensuing fireball effect, I used copious amounts of paint sprayed cotton wool embedded with mini spherical lighting devices.  External lighting was also used to create a wall shadow behind it which provided me that darkened halo around the fireball.
I also used the same spherical lighting devices for those flares. Lots of hours setting up, positioning, finding the right camera angles. Out of over 170 shots the best 20 were selected.

I aim to create a 'How it was done' page on the Supermodelnation website with some revealing 'behind the scenes' images sometime in future. So do keep checking in there [biggrin].

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Thanks for the quick tutorial. I'll be certain to check-in at HQ as well, sir. 
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Following the recent aerial encounter, pictures have emerged. Media outlets splash these across their pages with troubling headlines that summarise the heightening tensions
[vcIoAL8] 

Amateur photographers had captured the actual dogfight as it occured over the UK coastline described by many in the UK as 'Russian recklessness'

   [Iuzjq2u]     

Video footage of the missile interception and fireball were also released. Threats from Moscow continue with rumours of a number of options being considered including long range, conventional missile strikes against UK
[xMUPG8c] 

In fact, one Russian media broadcaster even put forward the dreaded Nuclear option with Evie Air Base featured inset as a possible target
[8rwZph1] 

Diplomatic relations could not have been any worse at this point
[ua7JNmp] 

Evie Air Base is put on the highest threat level response. No chances were being taken
[kx7yNQo] 

To counter suggestions of a retaliatory conventional strike, Surface to Air missile batteries were brought onto the base
[X5XfquM] 

Radar detection and guidance systems that were delivered several months ago were also rolled out alongside
[m7mQCc4] 
[YkgTpXS] 
[h42OOyi] 

No one believed Putin would be crazy enough to actually order a strike but in today's increasingly unpredictable world nothing was beyond the realms of possibility
[63s7AVA] 

This was a precautionary response that was fuelling and being fueled by an already hyped media community.
[AqQlo5H] 

Meanwhile, leaked, classified Russian intelligence documents of the rearward firing air-to-air missile tests (with photos) had made their way to NATO HQ. 

[ZbEwHtj] 

Russian military capabilities and the ever increasing threat was clearly not going away anytime soon.

[5Pk28GQ] 

For now Evie remains on High alert


 
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This is an excellent episode. I love the propaganda, I mean media posts. [biggrin] I think it is a wise precaution that the brass at Evie is taking. 
 
I see that the intel community has been fast at works also. They waste no time, do they.




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