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  1. Bought this Tornado at a charity event. Thought I will build it out of the box, no pressure to detail, no PE, no fuss. Since my order for the pilots and decal are on the way from UK, I might as well start the build. The details of this old kit contrasted so much to newer ones like the Eduard desert babe in my stash. Building this kit brought back memories of those long long time ago days when I was still much younger. Simple cockpit assembly.
  2. After the German IDS boxing, Revell is to release in 2015 a 1/48th MRCA Tornado GR.Mk.4 kit - ref.04924 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234973128-revell-172-shackelton-aew-2/ V.P.
  3. Hiya I have my new aircraft to enjoy building and painting. I've been looking forward to this one. Any and all help and support regarding the build would be greatly appreciated. It's an italeri so I know it's gonna be a little shonky so any pre-warning would be appreciated. 🤓
  4. If I don’t build this one for the GB I probably won’t build it at all, so….
  5. I thought I might try a new challenge and go down from the big scale of 1/72 to 1/144. So I dug out this Dragon Tornado from the attic. They do a weird cockpit with Mr Blobby crew, so the whole cockpit and ejector seats had to be scratch built. I have to say 1/144 is a very unforgiving scale! Too tall nose wheel or skew whif pylons are all too easy errors to make. The canopy was not all that good so had to use filler to fair it into the spine. Anyhow tell me what you think? You might recognise the 56(F) Squadron markings It's an old scratch built RAF hanger in the background and an Oxford Diecast landrover Andrew
  6. Italeri is to release a new tool 1/32nd MRCA Tornado GR.4 kit in 2018-2020 - ref. 2513 Source: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015790-news-italeri-2017/ V.P.
  7. Eduard is to rebox with add ons the Revell 1/48th MRCA Tornado GR Mk.1 "Gulf War/Desert Babe" kit - ref. 11136 Expected in March 2020.Source: http://www.kitreviewsonline.de/eduard-pressekonferenz-in-nuernberg/ V.P.
  8. The RAF tactical training event -Exercise Cobra Warrior 2022 - centred at RAF Waddington, this year includes UK, Italian, German, United States of America and NATO involvement. Its aim is to develop and practice interoperability between NATO members and fine tuning of tactics, techniques and procedures. Cobra Warrior 2022 began on 5 September 2022. Wednesday September 7th saw Mission 2 of the 3-week exercise undertaken which coincided with a media day being held at RAF Waddington. RAF Waddington delivers the Cobra Warrior training package via the tenanted Air and Space Warfare Centre, and is playing host to the Italian detachment of six Eurofighter Typhoons and the German ECR Tornado of TLG-51. Cobra Warrior is routinely undertaken twice a year but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event is the first in several years, but will hopefully pave the way for larger exercises in future. In view of recent world events, the 2022 Exercise is particularly significant with regards to integration of RAF and NATO forces, and secondly is a key means by which interoperability and collective training can be practiced. The German detachment of six ECR Tornados at Waddington, which bring Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) capability to the exercise, is from TLG-51, led by Detachment Commander Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Köllner. The Italian contingent consists of six Eurofighter Typhoons from 4, 36, 37 and 51 Stormos, supported by a rare Gulfstream 550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) aircraft of 14 Stormo; this detachment led by Major Marco Setini of the AMI. In addition to the German and Italian aircraft, USAF F-16s from the 31st FW at Aviano AB in Italy are operating from the US base at RAF Lakenheath. These are joined by F-15Es and F-35As of the 48th Fighter Wing permanently based at RAF Lakenheath, and the USAF 56th Rescue Squadron HH-60Gs (Combat Search and Rescue) taking part from RAF Leeming. RAF Typhoons and F-35Bs are also taking part, supported by RAF Voyager and an Italian KC-767A conducting Air-to-Air Tanking operations, flying from RAF Brize Norton. In addition, a NATO E-3A Sentry aircraft is operating from RAF Waddington to support the exercise. At its peak, up to 75 aircraft from the Exercise partner nations are taking part with aircraft divided into Red (hostile) and Blue (friendly) forces. The exercise covers large areas over the North Sea together with the RAF’s Electronic Warfare training range at Spadeadam in Cumbria. The Air and Space Warfare Centre that hosts the exercise sets the challenging missions and threat environment that the Blue and Red Forces are expected to meet and operate in. In previous years the Exercise has been widened to include non-NATO partners including Israel, and the event that had been planned for March this year, was to have included Indian participation. Exercise Cobra Warrior is the RAF’s capstone tactical training event, and it is expected that it will continue to grow, prosper and widen to include further less commonly seen nations and their aircraft in UK skies. Certainly, for the hundreds of spotters and photographers gathered along the A15 watching the Exercise unfold, it has been a fantastic opportunity to witness NATO aircraft up close and training together in a very realistic scenario. Special thanks to RAF Waddington MCO Flt Lt Swift for facilitating access. On with the show... Ex Cobra Warrior patch as worn by the personnel from GAF TLG-51 'Tigers' 46+25, one of the six Tornado ECRs deployed to Waddington. 46+50 46+32 46+50 touching down on Rwy 20 and past the many spectators in the WAVE viewing enclosure off the A15. The TLG-51 squadron badge that adorns the fin. The line up of six AMI Eurofighter Typhoons. MM7317/4-43 of 4 Stormo MM7317 departing for the afternoon Cobra Warrior package. Hopp MM7345/37-45 of 37 Stormo MM7298/51-01 of 51 Stormo returning to Waddington after the morning mission on September 7th, day two of Cobra Warrior 2022. Gulfstream E550 MM62303/14-12 from 14 Stormo landing at Waddington with the majestic Lincoln Cathedral dominating the horizon. Hope these are of interesst, c&c always welcome. Mark
  9. Same airframe as the Typhoon but powered by the Vulture instead of the Sabre engine, sources agree three prototypes, all are mentioned in the RAF delivery logs. P5219 First Flight 6 October 1939, Delivered 13 September 1941, Taken on Charge 31 December 1942, P5224 First Flight 5 December 1940, Rolls Royce C.R.D. 26 August 1941, A&AEE C.R.D. 1 October 1941, HG641 first flight 23 October 1941, Taken on Charge 3 February 1943, fitted with a Centaurus engine. Most sources indicate one or two production versions, however the RAF delivery logs say three mark Ia all Taken on Charge on 13 September 1941, R7936 First Flight 28 August 1941, CRD AAEE, R7937 CRD Hawker. Some sources indicate that possibly R7937 became HG641. R7938 CRD Rolls Royce. There is an RAF history card for R7938 only. AIR 22/420 Aircraft Stocks and Movements reports three Tornado in possession of the Ministry of Aircraft Production as of 1 July 1942, the last report with Tornado listed is on 28 January 1943, entries under the Current Operational Types and Marks heading. Any additional information or corrections?
  10. (Yes, this one’s the 1/72 model too! 👇) Here's my attempt at ZA560, a late-model GR.4 in the special livery of 41 Sqn. Not up to the incredible standard of some builds on here, but looks convincing enough from a distance. (Especially in that first diorama shot, where it's partially in shadow!). Kit: Revell 1/72 GR.1 Tornado Paint: Hataka Red Line acrylics, mostly airbrushed but some brush painted bits. Mr Color gloss clear, then oil weathered, decals added, and a coat of Winsor & Newton matt varnish to seal. Decals: Xtradecal Tornado GR4 specials (plus some from the kit and some from Eduard's Tornado stencil sheet) Aftermarket mods: plenty! Wings with dropped flaps, wing gloves, replacement nose, Paveway IVs, BOL rails and the "Aircraft armed" sign decal all from Air-Graphic models. Aires resin cockpit set. The Sky Shadow, BOZ and Litening pods were Eduard Brassin. Eduard "Remove before flight" tags. Landing lights were some crystal gem-type decorative kids things from Hobbycraft, only because I dropped one of the kit ones on the carpet and never found it! These are a little bigger and better-looking anyway. Scratchbuilt various antenna from plasticard, and those intake covers from tissue paper and PVA glue - not perfect but they're removable! Thanks for looking.
  11. Eduard is to rebox in June 2021 the Revell's 1/72nd MRCA Tornado IDS/GR.1 - Gulf War RAF "Desert Babes" - kit - ref. 2137 Schemes: ZA452 - Gulf Killer, No. 20 Squadron, Tabuk AB, SaudiArabia, 1991 ZA465 - Foxy Killer, No. 16 Squadron, Tabuk AB, SaudiArabia, 1991 ZD715 - Luscious Lizzie!, No. 31 Squadron, Dhahran AB,Saudi Arabia, 1991 ZD719 - Check Six, No. 9 Squadron, Dhahran AB, SaudiArabia, 1991 ZD739 - Armoured Charmer, No. 9 Squadron, Tabuk AB, SaudiArabia, 1991 ZD809 - Awesome Annie, No. 617 Squadron, Muharraq AB, Bahrain,1991 ZD890 - No. 9 Squadron, Muharraq AB, Bahrain, 1991 ZD892 - Helen, No. 617 Squadron, Muharraq, Bahrain, 1991 Source: https://www.eduard.com/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2021/info-eduard-2021-05-enrr.pdf V.P.
  12. Tornado ASSTA 3.1 (03842) 1/72 Revell The Tornado came to be through the cooperation of a number of European nations, the make-up of which changed throughout the project, but finally settled on Great Britain, Germany and Italy, although early on France took their usual fleeting interest, then went their separate way seemingly unconvinced by variable geometry technology. Panavia was established specifically for the venture that became known as MRCA – Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, initially with the Netherlands involved until it pulled out to seek a simpler and less expensive solution of its own. Although the Germans preferred a single-seat arrangement, it was eventually agreed that a two-seat cockpit would be advantageous, and what became the Tornado finally began to take shape. The first production aircraft reached RAF hands on the cusp of the 1980s, with the Italians receiving theirs in 1981. Because of its "jack of all trades" requirement, it could be argued that it is a master of none, however to a great extent it silenced its critics by becoming a very capable aircraft, although it was never intended to be a dog-fighter. The IDS is operated by the RAF, Italy and the Luftwaffe, and in RAF service it goes by the GR.1 or GR.4 moniker with the GR.1A taking on the reconnaissance role, while the GR.1B was the anti-shipping variant. The GR.4 was a Mid Life Upgrade using lessons learned from the Gulf War, with the GR.4A being an upgraded reconnaissance bird. The ECR is used by Germany and Italy, and is stuffed with electronic countermeasures and AGM-88 HARM missiles to suppress enemy defences. The ADV is the interceptor, with an extended fuselage and nose, with plenty of weapons for taking down aggressors but wouldn't fare well in a dog-fight, sadly. The Tornado is slowing being replaced by Typhoons, thought they are still in use in Germany. The ASSTA or Avionics System Software Tornado Ada was an upgrade for the German Tornados involving mainly electronics and displays to enable modern combat and control systems to be used as well ad modern smart weapons. The Kit This is Revell's own kit again, it has been around since the late 1990s. Since then, it has earned itself a reputation as a first-class kit. Numerous versions have been released, including several boxings of the aircraft in special paint schemes, of which this is the latest. This kit has six sprues including a sprue for the HARM missiles, and a new sprue for the new fin and upgraded cockpit parts, plus a new targeting pod . A small clear sprue, decals and instructions complete the package. Although this kit has been around a while, the sprues are holding up well. There is a little flash in places, but most of this is on the sprue frames themselves rather than the kit parts. This is a nice kit with recessed panel lines and rivet details that are are beautifully restrained. The undercarriage legs feature hydraulic lines and the landing gear bays are just as nice. Construction begins with the four-part ejector seats. As is the case with the rest of the cockpit, these are excellent and make resin replacements a luxury. Revell provide decals for the instrument panels, but to be honest the raised detail on these parts is so nice that I would imagine many modellers will choose not to use them. The nose cone is one of the two (very) minor issues with this kit, as it doesn’t quite capture the shape of the real thing. It is slightly too pointed, although it looks convincing enough from most angles. As is the case with most kits of variable geometry aircraft, Revell have engineered the kit in such a way as to make the wings and horizontal stabilisers moveable once the kit is complete. Having built my Revell Tornado in this way, I can vouch that the system works well, although the moveable pylons are quite fiddly. Painting the model will certainly be easier with the wings fixed in place. Once the wings and tail planes are in place, the rear fuselage sub-assembly is complete and can be added to the forward fuselage. The rest of the build is fairly straightforward. The multi-part intakes are very nice, but will benefit from some blanking off otherwise it will be possible to see through to the back of the fuselage. Airbrakes can also be posed open or closed and, in keeping with the rest of the kit, are beautifully detailed. The undercarriage is also very nice, although the nose gear leg is a little too long (the second of the two minor issues with the kit) giving the aircraft a slight nose-up attitude. This can be fixed fairly easily though. Decals Decals are printed in Italy for Revell and should pose no problems. There is the option for the ASSTRA 3.1 Demonstration aircraft, and one aircraft 45+85from JaboG 31 with no additional marking over the national ones. Conclusion This is a great kit from Revell in an unusual scheme. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  13. Hello guys I would like to show you my model from revell 1/32 scale Royal saudi Air Force Tornado IDS camouflage with old 7 SQN Logo "Gulf War" 60% of the decal is custom made I hope you like it
  14. A few pics of my Revell F.3, finished in 11 Sqn livery and surrounded by assorted ground handling bits from etched/resin kits (Flightpath for the GPU and VideoAviation for the Schopf tug). Models very much a long way from perfect, in part as I've nowhere to run an airbrush! Backdrop is the Noy's Miniatures hangar, which just blew me away when I first saw it here a few months ago.
  15. Hi all, I've been working on this project for approximately 4 months now and have finally gotten round to finishing her off. Started back in October 20 and have had a 2 month deployment sandwiched in-between. Throughout the decalling process I noticed there were not enough 'NO STEP' decals so the drop tank fins haven't been marked up after all the fuselage decals were placed. I also need to work on my abilities not to snap off pylons, to that end, the model has to be displayed with the wings swept forward. I went with that position due to displaying the model with the airbrakes and AAR probe extended too. This is my first post so bear with me...
  16. Well I thought I'd best join now the #BoB80 build is drawing to a close. I over extended a bit on that with lockdown, working from home so no commute etc, a couple of builds not finished and I have 2 helicopter builds still to get done on the next KUTA build. So lesson learned, I will do 2 builds, starting with this, pretty much OOB with crew from elsewhere. I am looking at what subject, I may go out and get some aftermarket decals - I have some already, plus I could also kill 2 birds with 1 stone modelling a 617 Sqn airframe.... I did build a 13 Sqn GR1A airframe in winter cam in the last STGB. Did find the kit a bit over engineered and I do tend to stick to 1/48 and above now. I have the aftermarket resin to upgrade to a GR4 and some other decals, so any ideas welcome!
  17. Starting this tiny Tornado IDS, Revell 1/144. As other recent Revell kits in this scale, this one is beautiful, with enough parts to assemble a very decent cockpit, wheel wells and landing gear, fine negative scribing, moving elevators, swinging wings (although choosing that option, means not using any underwing ordnance...). Two marking options, I don´t really like the Tigermeet scheme, but I´ll assemble that same Tornado (43+46) in the Norm 87D scheme used when transferred from the Marinenflieger to the Luftwaffe (no Tiger stripes this time). I started with the cockpit, folllowing instructions. I used Light Gull Gray for interior color (real ones were Dark Gull gray, but compensating for scale effect). Decals for the instrument panels and consoles are really nice, some retouches here and there, corrected the ejection seats headrest, seat belts added, and the cockpit nice, This time, lot of the cockpit will be seen after the canopy gets installed. I thought necessary adding some detail to the jet exhausts. Notice that as provided in the kit (right exhaust), they are shallow and devoid of detail. I bored them open (left exhaust) And added some detail to make them more intersting. And started masking wings and elevators, will paint these before starting assembling, easier. Marco
  18. Evening All, Was debating whether or not to enter this GB as wasn't convinced I'd complete in time, I'm a leisurely modeller, especially at the beginning when its all the fiddly bits I'm not that good at! However, with a deadline into December, I ought to be OK. I got a Revell GR.1 for Christmas a couple of years ago just after they'd gone out of service so this GB was rather timely. I'm doing this pretty much OOB, although undecided on markings at this point. Might stick to the 9 sqn in the kit or go after market for something else. Also unsure about the weapons, but that decision can wait. One question that has occurred to me is the presence of the refuelling probe. I remember reading that the RAFG Tornados didn't do a lot of AAR, given that the baddies were on the doorstep. Did that equate to the IFR not being fitted on the whole? And if that was the case, did it change after Op Granby when their expected operations were a lot more widespread? Obligatory box photo: Lots of bits in here, probably the most complex kit I've built since restarting modelling a couple of years back. A fairly meaty instruction booklet too! And now the usual conundrum - how many pots of paints do I need to buy for the cockpit detailing? I reckon I need 4 or 5 for the cockpit and the exterior metallic bits. Added to the complication is the varied paint brands stocked by my local model shops, struggling to find one place that has all the ones I want. But an online order is going to incur (relatively) hefty postage costs 😞 Need to phone around tomorrow and see who's got what.. And that's it - stuck one of the seats together just to show some progress. Just hope I haven't made painting it a pain now! Al.
  19. The German air force has been looking for a Tornado replacement for some time and now it looks as if a decision has been made: https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/bundeswehr-deutschland-will-eurofighter-und-f-18-beschaffen-16697183.html https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/kramp-karrenbauer-ueber-tornardo-nachfolger-bis-ostern-entscheiden-16699549.html At the moment, it looks as if Germany is to buy 45 Super Hornets and 78-90 additional Typhoons (known as Eurofighter over here). The split purchase is explained by the fact that the Tornado serves in four roles in the Luftwaffe: Nuclear strike, SEAD, ground attack and reconnaissance. And as always, political and economic factors also play a role. The nuclear strike role depends on B61 bombs which are US controlled (Germany is no nuclear power). Most likely for political reasons, the integration of the B61 into the Eurofighter is difficult. This is why the American Super Hornet is chosen (30 F-18E or F?). For the SEAD role to replace the Tornado ECR it seems that 15 EA-18G Growler are to be ordered. I guess this was cheaper and faster than the development of a dedicated Typhoon variant. The additional 78-90 Typhoons (quiet a huge number! We will see...) will serve for ground attack and recce as well as to replace older Typhoons. The selection of the Super Hornet over the F-35 might sound surprising. My guess is that a purchase of the F-35 would call into question the development of the FCAS by France, Germany and Spain. The older and more conventional Super Hornet might be less threatening to the European industry. In addition, the Super Hornet by now is a proven, off-the-shelf product. This has certainly its advantages. The last time the Luftwaffe purchased a proven, if no longer cutting-edge-technology plane was the F-4F which represented only a half-generation step over the F-104. The Phantom certainly served the Luftwaffe well and much longer than expected.
  20. Hi I started this one during the Shark Mouth GB last year, but got to the part of trying to sort out the intakes an it ended up back in the box. In fact, until last weekend for various reasons I hadn't done any modelling since then. I am determined to get my mojo back and to get this one finished this time. Initial pictures from last time are here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057782-revell-148-tornado-gr-4-zg750-pinky/ Hopefully I'll have some progress to show in the next day or two. This one is intended to be ZG750 in the desert pink scheme. Steve
  21. Hi gents and gals, with the imminent release of Eduard Tornado Gr.1 in 1:48, I started a page of what to use, decals etc etc. Then, I decided, what the hell, I can make it for other scales too. So, long story short. Here is the ultimate How to on Gulf war Tornadoes. It is still in progress, mainly the F.3/ADV part. If you have any additions/corrections/ideas, please let me know. Thanks ! Gulf war Tornado How-to
  22. 617 "Dambusters" Squadron - A Tribute Morning all! I hope that you are all well and keeping cool in the stiflingly hot weather that we've been having recently! To cut a long story short, last year was my first time at RIAT (and wow, if you haven't been before then I absolutely recommend it), As part of the RAF100 celebrations a flypast was arranged to pay tribute to the legendary 617 "Dambusters" Squadron with a trio of aircraft that they have flown throughout the squadron's life: the BBMF's Lancaster, a Tornado GR4 (courtesy of 41 Sqn), and a brand-new F-35b Lightning II (courtesy of the recently reformed 617 Sqn). This year has been special for 2 of these aircraft, as I'm sure you are all aware. The F-35b fleet is starting to be built up and achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in January, and has recently been reported to have conducted their first operational missions over Iraq and Syria earlier this month. And as one aircraft enters the stage, another took its final bow. After almost 40 years in service and having stood guard during the Cold War, and after action in the Gulf War and over the Middle East, in recent years, it was withdrawn from RAF service in March. I saw the Tornado in flight for the first time in 2017 when I made my first trip to RAF Coningsby. After a morning of Typhoon takeoffs (including a practice QRA scramble) and lunchtime recoveries, we decided to walk to the opposite end and visit the BBMF hangar. And it was then, as we rounded the corner, that she appeared: A thing of beauty, for sure. Since then I've seen only a few more Tornadoes: one at a flypast at the 2018 Cosford airshow, another as part of the RIAT 617 Sqn flypast shown previously, and a trio of Tonkas at the National Memorial Arboretum as part of the farewell flypasts that took place in February. Enough of my rambling, time to have a peek at what I'll be building. So there we have it: 1x Airfix Lancaster 1:72 1x Hasegawa F35b 1:72 (with RAF decals from the Xtradecal sheet shown above) 1x Revell Tornado 1:72 (with extra bits: Xtradecal sheet for 41Sqn, Freightdog GR4 FLIR pod, and Master pitot and AoA probes. Right, that's all for now- more to come soon! Best wishes, Sam
  23. The beginning of an xmas present. 1/32 revell tornado gr1 gulf war. 10 hours in so far.
  24. Yeah, i'm a kind of "Tornadaholic"! I'm already building a Tonka for the "a kit you built as a kid" GB, now it's time to double the trouble. This is my new poject: a Saudi Gr.1 using the Hobby Boss kit. I know is not the best game in town, but i have this kit in my stash and it's time to build it. With a little help from sme resin bits: aires whell bays and airbrakes, master pitot tube, resim wheels. I'm waiting for eduard's Boz and Sky Shadow and a Print Scale decals sheet to make a saudi aircraft I will use also some parts from an aborted Revell building: in detail, the tailerons, the bulged under-belly pylons and the Hindemburg fuel tanks I would like to replicate this configurations, with eight bombs and the dual bomb racks: does anyone have this spare parts to sell me from an airfix kit? (especially the bomb dispenser). Obviously, due the bad times we're living, there is no rush. Source: d-storm.eu, Hope to start soon and post some updates ciao Ale
  25. On holiday at home relaxing watching railway drivers eye view video's on & spotted two aircraft parked on an industrial estate in Knutsford - Jet Provost & what appears to be a Hawk, further investigation via Google street view aso shows a Tornado at the same premesis. Anybody know the background? On the left at around 57 min 10s into the followng video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSr0EXGxpdE
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