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At Sea

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  1. I've also added my intakes. I have a trick for these as well. I cut off the horizontal tab as shown: Next the intake ramps get fitted, I have posed mine in the down position which is incorrect but hides my unpainted intakes. I then fit the outer part and this allows me to do any sanding etc etc on the inside not the out side to get a fit. The outside then fits nicely. Lovely short shot there! You can see the dimple which corresponds to the horizontal tab on the other side. And lastly I can fit the first step of the intake ramp as a separate part, this will need a little filler but at least it central and not off to one side. Filler & sanding stick ahoy!
  2. Some real progress. I should have taken a picture of the 'collars' that go above & below the engine (parts R222 & R223) which I do my own thing with. I build the Stabilators and insert the stub parts before they go on the airframe. I then attach the stabs to the airframe and glue them in their intended position along their whole length. before adding R222 & R223. Then I put R223 on first. This is because it is the top part and needs to fit best. This then allows any sanding or finessing to happen to part R222 and this hides all of the seams and joints and any ill fitting underneath. I then added my 'Euro' nose weight. I love how 2 Euro Cents fits perfectly!
  3. It's on the long term list. I have 9 Revell Tornados at last count. But the camo scheme is a bit daunting so leaving that one till later. I also like the random beige-green and grey panels as well. It was the development airframe for the Saudi updates so loads of oddities to incorporate.
  4. Looks good from here! All to often the 'competition standard builds' get all the attention when just as much thought and effort goes into wrestling a kit like this into a viable model. Keep it up, looking forward to seeing it finished.
  5. Lovely. I really like Norm 83 on a Tornado. Got it spot on I think!
  6. Welcome to the ADV club! The black scheme appeals to me but as with building the Black Mike Phantom FG.1 it is such a hard scheme to build and not look to like a toy.
  7. Nicely done. I know the Revell kit gets some stick, but it looks more like a Tornado than anything else available and as some on here are proving can be built into a great looking model.
  8. Where we are tonight. Flaps built, wings built, fuselage together tomorrow!
  9. So researching 'my' Tornado F.3 it turns out she was built in 1990-1991. Build number at Warton was 859/AS130/3418 and taken on charge as ZG735. 1991 - 1994? as CO 5 Squadron RAF 1994? - 1997 as AZ 56 Squadron RAF 1997 - 2004 as 36-10 MM7232 Aeronautica Militaire 2004 Struck off charge at RAF St Athan and sadly scrapped. If anyone know any more of flew in her or worked on her I'd be interested to hear about it.
  10. This technique is very good. So far it has sorted out all of my normal fit issues.
  11. Normally my builds of this kit have ended up like this, then sliding the nose on: So it will be interesting to see how this improves on that. I will however be using my pylon technique: Slice the pylon 'bit inside the wing' off. Then sand excess away: And finally add to top of pylon, giving a good positive location for the Pylon.
  12. In the spirit of OOB building here is the cockpit using the kit decals. And I have started by following the 'Nathan' Technique. Very neat & fuss free so far...
  13. Italian ADV's with 36° Stromo. Useful to all for weathering of light grey schemes. https://theaviationist.com/2009/03/30/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-36-stormo-of-gioia-del-colle/
  14. Thanks Col. so far I am following the Nathan method on YouTube. Makes sense. https://www.florymodels.org/vlog/2020/6/10/revell-148-tornado-ids-video-build
  15. Better late than never, and thanks to the twin miracles of horrendous weather at sea and Amazon Prime I made it! I have decided on the Italian Airforce scheme for the Tornado ADV in my Mark 1 Dozen sheet. What better way to 'enjoy' this time of year than by thinking of sunnier climes! Lots of info here: https://theaviationist.com/2009/03/30/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-36-stormo-of-gioia-del-colle/ Should help me turn this: Into this: Credit for the photo to the Aviationist blog liked above.
  16. Wings on. It's defiantly not an Eduard kit, but nothing a little filler and a swipe with my old friend Sandy Stick won't sort out! This is as far as I'm going on-board. It'll have to be packed in bubble wrap and safely transported home to be finished. Will update later.
  17. STOP PRESS... I'm in! We are going to be weather bound on the South Coast for the best part of the next week, now I reckon if I get my skates on I can get this started & finished in time. The joy of Amazon Prime and an understanding wharf manager means I should have a 1/48 Revell Tornado ADV by tomorrow afternoon. Not sure what it will be yet, just going for an OOB build, then look through my decals and stencils at home. I have a choice of 11 Squadron, 25, Squadron, (already built 23 Squadron), 29 Squadron, 41 Squadron JSAOEU, 43 Squadron, 111 Squadron, 1435 Flight, OCU plus an Italian scheme for 36 Stormo. Very tempted to build an Italian bird as you don't see them modelled that often. Still not sure about the Japanese ADV with digital camo... My OCD struggles with WHIFF modelling!
  18. I like it... Build another 2 and a supply boat for the full 'North Sea Hijack' Diorama! As for weathering, I work in the North Sea and everything was new and shiny once. I'd be very proud if that was mine!
  19. Nice WiP & a great result. I have one of these to build so will refer to yours.
  20. Very interesting. So sad that the missing men have never been resolved, or that those that flew as bravely as any 'Ace' were sworn to secrecy and kept that secret. As a tragic aside there is a very harrowing book I read a few years back 'Stalin's Slave Ships, Kolyma and the Gulag fleet' by Martin J Bollinger. This details the appalling movement of men and women from the Eastern ports to the high Arctic, and the depravations and brutality therein. The ship's were Lend lease vessels, and on occasion actually dry docked by the USA in the USA as part of wartime agreements still in force post war. It is alleged in the book that US personnel, possibly Korean war POWs were moved via these vessels and worked to death in the Gulag. It is entirely probable that this could have included the above mentioned missing Americans. Another gruesome 'discovery' by the author is that the prisoners of the Gulag may be the last humans to have eaten Mammoth, given the meagreness of the rations and the occasional find of a frozen prehistoric beastie! So after my tangential wander into crimes against humanity and culinary oddities, great work on a tough kit!
  21. Hi CC. Was going to be RAF dark earth / dark green with just roundels as AG345. But it’s going to be the box top scheme of Capt. J.J. England’s No.75 of the 311th Fighter Group, 530th Squadron, Burma 1944. I’m going to play with some airbrushing techniques as it’s a mono-colour scheme.
  22. That's interesting, good to know and now my official excuse!
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