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  1. 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 Model Alliance Op Telic decals ( I was on the ground and never saw the RAF!) which give me a personal connection.
  2. Having just ordered Revell’s F3, I’m looking to go down the route of making a 1435 QRA example of the Tornado. To that end I have two questions for those more knowledgeable than myself. 1. Are there any decal sets for 1435 Tornados in 1/48? 2. What was the standard QRA weapons load for the F3? Many thanks
  3. Time to bite the bullet. Back in May I was asked by a friend of mine to build a Tonka for him. There was one on 56Sqn that he worked on regularly and that's the one he wants built, but could I actually do 2. 1 for him, 1 for someone else on the Sqn. "Not a problem" Said I. "What scale??" Errrrrrr. I'd like So big, Right, 1/48. Never having built that scale, this is going to be fun. I managed to track down 2 and was about to go extras shopping when the offer of the Eduard kit happened, so now, I have 3 - 1 for me! So, here we go! The last Revell I build was their 1/72 Lancaster,
  4. Hi all, Whilst my university dissertation looks at me disapprovingly for continuing to make models whilst there are a wealth of research papers on the enlightening topic of geological passive margins I will write this post as a brief introduction to the build. I bought the Revell Tornado F3 kit 3 years ago and started it around that time. Due to other commitments it has been an ongoing project for far longer than I would have liked, but in that time I've learnt a lot about airbrushing and the weathering processes primarily from YouTube when I ought to have been studying! I'm
  5. I was going to do the 1/48 Italeri Hunter next, I even splashed out on Xtradecals to do a 79 sqn one, but for some reason I just wasn't feeling it for my next kit. After much deliberation amongst the stash in the loft, this Tornado F3 appealed. Possibly because it'll be a break from grey/green camo and blu-tack snakes! Plus I need something fairly simple before I go to Taiwan for three weeks. So, out of the stash and into the light. Being another ebay bargain, it looks like the fuselage halves come from two different kits! I did offer them up though and they appear to fit well, so
  6. Well I did my best with this old kit, and despite my somewhat limited ability and the age of the plastic it hasn't turned out as bad as it could have done. Thanks to @At Sea for the 11 Sqn decals, superb! It fought me all the way this, ill-fitting parts, mismatched fuselage halves and big gaps around the tailfin root to name a few. Oh and terrible fitting intakes. To top it off I ruined the canopy with thinners when trying to clean off paint, so I'm waiting for Airfix's spares team to send me a replacement, hence I didn't bother adding the ejection warning triangles on
  7. Can anyone tell me what the store is in the photo please? Would it have been carried by the F3 in the late 1980s? If they did carry it, could they also have had an ACMI pod underwing at the same time or did this thing replace it?
  8. Ok so over the last couple of weeks I have been finishing off projects that I started some time ago and this is one I started over 2 years ago! It is the HobbyBoss 1:48 Tornado F3 which I had given up on as the fit was poor and I got bored of it. Anyway I decided to have another go at it and this is the result. Its not bad but far from perfect but 'in flight' it looks pretty good in the special scheme. It was largely out of the box with resin seats and Xtradecal decals. Paints were Gunze and Tamiya with some Alclad. I love the Tornado F3 and am eagerly awaiting build reviews o
  9. I'm currently attempting to build a selection of post-war RAF aircraft (Tornado F3, Lightning, Phantom FGR2, F4(UK), but due to a combination of events I am lacking stencilling, particularly for the Tornado. I don't really want to have to search for (non-existent) decal sheets with walkways / NO STEP / Funny upside-down hooks - or rely on well-known auction sites to overpay for stuff. Is there a way to cleanly produce white stencil markings in 1:72? I'd prefer if I could do this, whilst retaining some sort of calmness, though prepared to make a bit of effort if I can see the e
  10. So here it is, warts'n'all. WIP is there : Hope you like it, S.
  11. I'm keen to model the units that an individual aircraft (in this case a Tornado F3) has been in from inception to disposal. Is there a way of finding this information out? I've sent a couple of emails to the RAF Museum at Hendon, to their heritage section, and so far nothing.. Are there any other ways to collect this info?
  12. Hi, Despite reading how bad the Tamiya F3 is, i still found myself picking one up due to stupidity/pig-headedness/nothing else on offer! I should have listened!! It starts off quite nicely, the cockpit goes together well, the wings, tail and other bits all do likewise. Then It came to putting the 2 fuselage halves together......UGH. There was about a millimetre overlapping on the top half either side, which meant tonnes of filling and sanding, which, in the end i just got fed up of and decided to leave it before i put into "flight mode" Then comes the decals. "Basic" would prob
  13. I built a 92 Sqn Lightning in that STGB, and am building 92 Sqn Phantom in that STGB, so I thought I'd continue the theme with this one. However, there was a slight hiccup in that 92 Sqn didn't convert to the Tornado from the Phantom. So, this is going to be a bit of a whif: a special scheme for the inaugural Tornado F3 to enter service with 92 Sqn in the year of the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. I'll be using the 1/72 Hasegawa kit, which apparently fits nicely but has lots of shape issues. I started by reshaping the vertical tail, which is too square on top. It's not mu
  14. I built this back in Jan/Feb of this year but never took any photos, build thread or even and RFI up to now! So here are some photos from the IPMS Farnborough website... This is another entry in my project associated with my Father in the RAF, namely building the aircraft that were in 5 Sqn before and after he was attached to that squadron while in Burma in 1943-45 Previously I've built a Curtis Mohawk which was flown by 5 Sqn from 1941 to 43 and a F6 English Electric Lightning that was flown by 5 Sqn in the 70 up to the mid 80s. This brings the story further into the modern era as 5 Sqn fle
  15. Here are a few negative and slide scans from 20 years ago. These were taken on the 4th May during a large NATO Exercise 'Resolute Response'.
  16. "Italeri 1/48, resin, PE details, some srcatch" Hi below you will find some recent photos of my Tornado F3 from 43(F) squadron. I used quite some AM products, not all of them really made for this kit but with some work i could make them fit namely: Eduard interior set for the cockpit Paragon Seats Paragosn flap set Paragon wheels Decals are from now regrettably defunct Aviation Workshop/ Model Alliance I tried my skills on integrating Aires wheel bay for the Hobbyboss kit (no big hassle) and the definitely better detailed landing gear from SAC that perfectly fits the aires set. t
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