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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. The beginning of an xmas present. 1/32 revell tornado gr1 gulf war. 10 hours in so far.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Sanger has announced a family of 1/48th North American B-45 Tornado vacuform kits Source: https://www.sangereng.co.uk/index.htm#Available Kits V.P.
  19. I have read numerous build threads here and elsewhere on the Revell Tornado kits, but none of them seem to show how perfect (or at least reasonable) inner intake seams were achieved, nor do they explain how. Having started my F.3 I came to the conclusion that intake covers would best be fitted to it, but with another three GR.1/4s and an IDS in the stash I would like to know if - and how - it is possible to get rid of those nasty seams. So, did any of you guys ever succeed in eliminating the intake seams? TIA, Jens
  20. This is the first finish of 2020, a Revell 1/72 Tornado GR1 finished in 1998 17 Sqn colours from Bruggen. Built OOB except for the ubiquitous PJ Productions resin crew mates. Painted with Hataka modern RAF paints. The decals are the stock ones and didn't want to sit very well even on a very glossy surface and with lashings of microsol/microset. However not too displeased with the finished result Base is made from a beechwood kitchen draw front.
  21. So, after quite a few ups and down and some shocking fit issues and terrible instructions here is my tribute to the loss of a modern legend. The kit is the Revell 1/48 GR4 with Eduard cockpit and UK RBF tags, CMK seats, Master pitot tubes and Scratch built TARDIS display and AIM-132 asraams. Also a shout out to Pete Tasker who provided me with some stunning shots of her on her last low level sortie through the lakes as a reference! edit_C2A1086 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1079 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1064 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1065 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1066 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1074 by Rob Jones, on Flickr edit_C2A1076 by Rob Jones, on Flickr
  22. With apologies to Manfred Mann... 2019 is a sad year as the Tornado is being taken out of RAF service, with any luck they will struggle on in Luftwaffe and Aeronautica Militare service for a couple more years but I have decided to spend 2019 building as many Tornado's as I can keep enthusiasm for as a tribute to this marvellous aeroplane. Born out of the 20 years of procurement failures by all nations concerned, TSR.2, Lockheed Scandal etc etc the Italian, German and British governments set about the MRCA project. Unkindly referred to as 'Must Replace Canberra Again' the Multi Role Combat Aircraft was an attempt to build the love child of the F-111 & TSR.2 but made easier by the fact that Technology was catching up with the aspirations of service users and designers. Designed to be short field, line serviceable (note the very clever engine swap hoists), low running costs and high availability the Tornado has been a sight in European skies for 44 years and in front line service (in Cold and Hot wars) for 37 years. Derided at the time as over complex, over budget, obsolete it has matured and proven to be one of the cheapest per-hour aircraft of any equivalent type. The Eurofighter Typhoon was spawned as a direct result of Tornado and the controversy over the F-35 project seems nothing new when you look back. I will miss them. I have no 'road map' for this project other than to work my way through my stash of 10 1/48 Revell Tornado kits, and multiple decals sheets. I will try to build representatives of each nations versions in service, but probably won't duplicate later types as my appetite for a cabinet of grey jets is limited. As Christopher Lee says at the beginning of "To the Devil a Daughter" 'Perhaps you'd better start at the beginning...' So here we go, using the SyHart decal sheet for 44+61, a 2014 Luftwaffe jet masquerading as the prototype to celebrate 40 years of Tornado... Oh! Please feel free to join in, chip in ideas, point out mistakes etc etc.
  23. Hi All, I don't seem to recall ever posting a W.I.P. on BM, which is very remiss of me, so I thought I'd share my current build - Airfix's 1/48 Tornado GR.1 in the 'Desert Storm' Boxing. It's a kit that doesn't seem to have much of a good reputation. the fit is indeed awful, but so far I've enjoyed it - so much so that I've ordered another GR.1A, a GR.1B, a GR.4 and an F.3... It's been pretty much OOB, with the addition of a PE cockpit, and although I've kept the raised panel lines on this one I have rescribed the missing detail along the seams as I find it's the simplest way of replacing it. On the next build I plan to rescribe the whole lot (and add additional). So that's where I am thus far, I've recently added the guns to the nose and done a bit more filling - Most of this work I'll add, has been done in my car during my lunch breaks. Cheers!
  24. Any thoughts on how to replicate the 'swing wing boots' (I'm sure they have a more technical name) on a 1/48 Tornado? I was thinking of using foil or some such material - The Airfix kit has a rather nasty looking gap aft of the wing that I'd like to try and sort out - I'm not after Mega-accuracy but it's be good to have something.
  25. Hi, getting round to starting the GR4 that's been sitting round for ages. Going to be building Goldstar farewell scheme
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