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Hi all, Hope you're enjoying the bank holiday and incongruous good weather! Thanks to the days off and good conditions I was able to finish this beast of a conversion which had been sitting almost finished for about a month. This is the Revell 1/32 GR.1 kit (well, a mix of two or three Revell IDS/GR.1/ECR kits all donating various parts!) The F3 conversion was done using the Heritage conversion set plus a lot of scratchbuilding, extra details and plenty of filler and swearing! The build thread is here: The subject is ZE763/DG, one of two 11 Sqn F3s converted to EF3 status and capable of carrying ALARM anti-radiation missiles with chaff and decoy dispensers on the outer pylons. The fit was trialled for possible use as a SEAD platform for Op Telic, but although the aircraft was well-suited for the mission the mud-moving community threw a fit and the concept was shelved. The biggest headache with the build was finding decals - none of my kits had any, the Heritage set decals were good quality but limited, while the available aftermarket Tornado stencil decals didn't have the required pink stencils carried by the aircraft at the time. Basically everything but the white stencils came from donor kits and spares, with Xtradecal lettering and numbers from various sets. The Phimat pod was from the Revell/Italeri Mirage, the drop tanks and BOZ decoy launcher were modified from the Revell kit, the ALARMs were from Flightpath and the ASRAAMs were the excellent new releases by Eduard Brassin. The BOL rails were included in the Heritage set and looked very nice. The pilot figures were by PJ Productions, although they needed modifying to give them a bit of individual character! I intended to mount this in a dynamic pose and the job was made much easier by using a 5mm carbon fibre rod rather than the equivalent 14mm acrylic the weight of the kit would have needed. I would thoroughly recommend the carbon fibre mount, being stronger than plastic but easier to work than metal. Anyway - see the build thread for top tips on building an F3 conversion from the Heritage, or any similar set. It's not a straightforward cut'n'shut but a very satisfying result. Very difficult to photograph due to the size and the pose, but here's one in natural light. I reckon with a photoshopped background this would look pretty cool! Couple of extra shots from earlier in the build: How the conversion set was put together: An attempt at photoshop background, woeful effort but I'm no expert! I've built a lot of 1/32 jets in the 15 years since I took up modelling again, and I'm really proud of this one, It's the pinnacle of what I can produce at the moment and came out exactly as I'd hoped. All the best, Alan
Hi again, Soon after the Harrier comes this project that's been sitting gathering dust in the loft for many years now: Looks pretty familiar, the old Revell GR.1 kit which has now been not so much surpassed as smashed into the Stone Age by the new Italeri masterpiece. This will be a conversion to the F3 using Heritage Aviation's resin conversion set as a basis. Thought I'd better get on and do it before Italeri release an F3! (I hope!!) The set includes a limited decals set with those all-important walkway decals! Also using the white elephant Avionix/BlackBox cockpit set for the non-existent 1/32 F3... Planning to display this in flight so pilots are necessary - two PJ Productions RAF aircrew ready to go! The BlackBox set includes these two beautifully produced MB.10A seats with some of the nicest moulded seatbelts I've ever seen. However... They do appear to be very underscale! Possibly a couple of 1/48 seats managed to sneak into the box? Guess I won't be using these, so will save for a future project. At least I don't have to chop off those lovely seatbelts! Also have these @djparkins Flightpath ALARMs from an earlier Tornado build - they'll need a bit of work as they've been rattling around in a spares box for about ten years. But that gives you a clue what the finished aircraft will be representing...! One of 11(F)'s finest hours - a SEAD EF3 armed with ALARMs and ASRAAMs. The tanks are the 1500L standard type (from the kit), a BOZ pod on the left wing (also from the kit) and a Phimat on the right (sourced from the Revell/Italeri Mirage IIIE). The ASRAAMs come from Eduard Brassin. The 11(F) decals are sourced from an Xtradecal GR.1/F3 sheet from years ago, but I'll have to make the serial number somehow, along with the stencils as the kit has no decals The aircraft is interesting, being the old two-tone Light Aircraft Grey/Camouflage Grey with one Dk Camo Grey tank and one still in grey/green. I intend to pose it inflight at a steep bank angle so it should be an interesting build! Cheers, Alan