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  1. Hello all, This is my entry with a kit re-acquired from my son for whom it was bought as a Christmas gift at least 10 years ago just before he decided that he didn't like model making as much as Dad does!......ok got that of my chest.....he'll be back!!...guaranteed!!! Anyway the obligatory: Typical Revell box modified iaw standard modelling practice, I'm sure this keeps me under the 25% rule. I've chosen 'Grogs the Shot' from the two choices in the kit. Decals look good. General plastic contents; some nicely molded parts (the clear parts do look quite nice) and some outright poor renditions of others such as the wheels/tyres so some replacement details are ready and waiting and some more on the way. I will be addressing the outer wing dihedral using the, take your life in your hand as well as a razor saw to the top wing section approach a 'la Brett Green. I'll also see about a minor adjustment to the engine air intake shape/profile but haven't decided on which way to go yet. Hopefully I will be able to display it along with the Airfix RAF Bomber resupply set or at least some of it using the same display base as I did for my B17 build. Still a week to go... Cheers, Mark.
  2. Finally finished my Hunter T7 in 1/72. It's the well-known Revell FGA9 mated to a PJ Productions nose and tailpipe. Not an inconsiderable amount of work but enjoyable for the most part. A moment of slight frustration came when I dropped it whilst priming, and the port wing came off as well as the tailpipe. But no harm done and it went back together OK. I thought that the PJ Productions nose was a tad short so I lenghthened it a by about 1.5mm, which added to the workload. The hardest bit was getting the windscreen to fit but it looks OK I think. This was helped by raising the sill line around the cockpit a touch as I felt it looked too low in profile. Other chores included changing the vents in the fuselage to F4/T7 standard, and doing the same with the airbrake. One error that you might see in the photos: the script below the cockpit canopy "cut here for emergency rescue" was a three line stencil on the single seaters but only two lines for the T-bird. So I sliced up the Revell decal and reassembled it. I was quite proud of that, but only after it had dried did I notice that the word "emergency" is upside down. My eyesight must be failing...! I wanted to depict a Brawdy T7 from the early 1980s as I have fond memories of spending a week on the base in the last summer of Hunter operations, 1984. XL595 had the 79 Sqn markings which I remember well from that time, so I chose that as my reference. Some nice photos of the original can be found at: https://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=19868 Hope you like it: And here she is with her sister, my recently completed FR10: Justin
  3. This is Revell's 1/72 F/A18c Hornet. Built with no extras, though I did describe the panel lines. Painted with Vallejo Model Air. The kit went together really well with very little filler needed. I really enjoyed this build and would recommend it to anyone wanting a nice easy build of this particular aircraft. Look out for a Border Collie in one of the pictures.
  4. I wasn’t planning on doing this until after Christmas but it seemed to be calling me from it’s box under my desk! Indeed, I seem to have something of an aircraft factory going on with a 1/390 747 and a 1/72 Spitfire also at various stages of construction, although I will go straight to an RFI with those. So far I have filled the windows with Superfine Milliput, installed the cockpit window, glued the two fuselage halves, the wings and a few other tedious things such as the usual filling, sanding, priming... so, what do we have: Generated from my Apple iPad using tools.rackonly.com Two main sprues and a clear sprue containing the cockpit glazing and lights. Absolute ton of flash. Some of it so bad it’s hard to see where the flash ends and the molded part begins. With a lot of tedious cleanup I was ready to begin. Windows filled with Milliput. I rolled up some sausages and pushed them through from the inside. Once cured for an hour I sliced them flush and then sanded further once the Milliput had dried fully overnight. Generated from my Apple iPad using tools.rackonly.com With that done it was all glued together with some weight in the front courtesy of some bolts. There was a bit of misalignment in the top part of the fuselage but with a bit of manipulation and gluing in parts with Tamiya Extra Thin I got it close. Scraping and sanding and a touch of filler has got it nearly right but I’ll need to do a bit more work including rescribing. Thankfully, I now have a tool for that! Next post will show how she is so far...
  5. Some nearly finished kits that I had lying around for ages, waiting for those final details to be added. I call them completed, for now.. Enjoy! Cheers, Luka
  6. 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, and I was mighty disappointed, but I had been advised that this was a good kit (and fell within budget) and looking through the boxes, I was nicely impressed with the detail and mould quality  Starting with the seats, as you do. I was quite happy until I'd finished and looked into the Warpaint book (and the GR4 at Duxford) Great Reference - Working on the cockpit, going to be the kit one. and only the one done on day 1 (as I was off to play with the Southend Vulcan) I sanded down all the raised controls on the sides and screens, because I wanted the decals provided to sit flat. Sadly, I'm not great on the fine detail, so rather than muck it up. I decided onto a flat part would be better. Hopefully its not too bad;  I then couldn't resist adding the seats for a quick idea of how it would look (Still need to be de-blacked)
  7. This will be my second build, it has been started with only interior painting and cockpit assembly commenced.
  8. This will be my entry for the Lancaster STGB. I have a very personal link to the Lancaster and this aircraft in particular. My grandfather Thomas Benzie Forbes was the captain on this aircraft for one operation to Mulheim on 22 June 1943. LM321 went on to amass at least 69 operations (to my knowledge). My grandfather wasn't so lucky and tragically died on the return from an operation to Turin on 13 July 1943. My research is here - many thanks Tom.
  9. This is not the first kit I build. There were kit before this one. There are kits I build with my father, kits of Sukhois, airliners and flying boats of east german origin. I recall a mighty Tu-2 on my shelf. I reach back in my memory and remember a silver J-35 as the first kit I ever got in touch with I remember Polish Łoś bombers, Czapla reconaissance aircraft and badly designed Yak fighter kits. I remember a Matchbox Hawker Fury, the fist "western" kit i came in touch with. I am not even sure if I build all those kits or I let my father build them for me for the better part. I remember the first kits I build on my own during a stay in Canada : the Monogram SR-71, the Italeri F-15. I would love to rebuild them both, however these are not the stories to be told here. The story told here is that of Lady Jessie and the Rhino. Lady Jessie was the kit my dad got me as a gift after our familiy got reunited after a year of separation due to work assignments of my parents. This coincided with relocation to Germany where I could at last pursue the hobby "properly" and paint the aircraft using paints from the whole Revell range. Lady Jessie an A-4F Skyhawk from Revell was the kit I decided would be my first serious build. I was actually quite proud of the build at that time brushed with shiny enamel colours fully decaled it was my whole pride. And while the front wheel broke of several time and the strut got shorter and shorter each time the model is still with me (found not so long ago in the attic). Sice the tooth of time nagged on the build, with fading decals, and apparent shortcomings of my build at the age of ca. 14/15 I intended to rebuild Lady Jessie as soon as I returned to the hobby. Sadly I could not find any modern kits in this livery in my 1:72 scale. And then this GB comes along. With the sipulation to use the same, or closest kit. I knew what I had to do. Take a trip to the e-bay, and lo and behold there was ONE auction where my Lady Jessie was offered. Boxed as I rememberd it from 1990. I shall build a new Lady Jessie as I did then OOB. However I shall improve the build as best as I can I want to give the Lady the attention he deserves and let her beauty shine. And then there is the Rhino, the Phantom the second model i build after Lady Jessie As far as I remember (I was fixated on carrier borne aircraft then) This one I also found in the attic in a surprisingly good shape and while I didn't find the exact same kit I found something even better from Revell (Isn't it funny most British modellers started out with Airfix kits, German modellers with Revell, french Heller I guess and italian probably with Italeri). They recently reissued the same mold, but with an even more striking livery. So this will make my shelf. I hold this kit in the highest regards, as it allows a myriad of options not found on most of the other kits in this scale: Lowered flaps, open cockpit, extended (well, slightly) speed brakes. And while the panel lines are raised (and I am NOT rescribing), this is still the best 1:72 Phantom for me. And here a group picture of the beauty and the beast.
  10. Hey everyone In conjunction with my Gladiator build and hot on the heals of my 1/48 Eduard Spitfire (with a bit of resin thrown in) I will make a start on this... I have wanted to build a Phantom since I came back to modelling 10 years ago. Its aggressive lines are awesome and painted as an RAF bird I think they look particularly cool. I have a little AM in the way of quick boost Martin Baker Mk.7's and some resin rear view mirrors for the canopy's. I'll make a start on her a little later on today. Cheers Iain
  11. "WINTER 1983 - RECON" MiG-21F-13, Finnish Air Force, TiedLLv Kit: Revell MiG-21F-13 Fishbed C (#04346) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot, Kuivalainen photo etch, Aires wheels, Quickboost nose intake, Galdecal recce pods, unknown decals (FaF roundels) Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products Decent kit with some flaws & problem areas. Most can be corrected/improved but replacement wheels are a must, kit wheels don't even look like wheels. Scratch built display base. Built for Nordic GB. Build thread: Thanks for looking! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  12. Hello All, My next project is a Privateer. I'm using the Revell re-pop of the Matchbox kit. It's for a friend whose dad flew in one for the US Coastguard back in the 40s/50s, so there will be some light conversion to remove the armament. This will be a wheels-down desktop model (gonna need a bigger desk...), so I'm hoping to keep it simple and avoid AMS. For this post I'll kick off with the box, followed by the parts: Thanks for looking, Adrian
  13. As part of my effort to clear my backlog of started kits I have dug out my Matchbox Spitfire. I started this literaly decades ago, but didn’t get far. I have looked at it occasionally, but no action. Then I bought some Xtradecal decals for it, SAC MkIX undercarriage legs, MasterCasters interior, Master gun barrels. Finally I found out about the Grey Matter correction set for the nose, which of course I immediately ordered on a wim. Having now spent about ten times what the original kit cost, guilt has led me to this, my first WIP. It will not be a tutorial, I am not that good, it will not be a guide to the ultimate accurate Matchbox Spitfire, but posting about it will serve to prod me to get it built. With a little luck, at about the halfway point, somebody will announce a new accurate Mk 22/24 for you guys waiting for one. We will start with the nose, the Grey Matter nose is one seriously large accurate lump of resin. I may scratchbuild the u/c legs out of brass because even the SAC legs might fold under the weight! It also might be the first Spitfire build to need weight in the tail to prevent it becoming a nose sitter. You can see the difference with the kit item. The panel lines look much more to scale than the Matchbox lines-lol.
  14. Iron Maiden Aces High Spitfire Mk.II (07047) 1:32 Revell The Spitfire II was created when the early mark I Spitfire was fitted with the new 1,175 HP Merlin XII engine, but enough about that! In 1984 Iron Maiden released their fifth studio album "Powerslave". Track one on this album was "Aces High" with the lyrics being written from the view point of an RAF Battle Of Britain Pilot. The art work for this song features the bands mascot "Eddie the Head" in the cockpit of a Spitfire. Aces High would go on to be one of the bands most popular songs and would often feature as the opening song for concerts. The Kit This is a re-release of Revell's 2014 new tool kit with a new spure containing two "Eddie" figures and a new decal sheet. If building the kit with the seated "Eddie" at the controls then the first thing for the modeller to do is build that figure. Next up the cockpit for him to sit in is built up. and said Eddie can be placed in. After a few extra parts are included in the fuselage sides, and the tail wheel is added; the cockpit can be placed inside the fuselage and it closed up. Next up the wing are made up. There is one single lower, and left/right uppers. The main wheel wells must be placed inside the wings before the go together. They can now be added to the fuselage. The tailplanes and their control surfaces are now made up, and along with the rudder can be added to the fuselage. The ailerons are also added to the wings at this time., with the wing tips going on also. On the underside of the fuselage the underside part of the engine cowling completes that. Flaps can then be added either in the open or closed positions. On the underside of the wings the oil cooler and main radiator are added along with the centre line carb intake. The engine exhausts can then go on as well. Next up the main landing gear is constructed and added to the aircraft. The cockpit door goes on either open, or closed and the canopy is attached. Last up the prop is made up and placed on the front. Revell have also supplied a standing Eddie figure if you don't want to use the sitting one, or if you want to use both! Markings There are markings for the aircraft in the video and the aircraft for the stage show. These are printing in Italy by Cartograf so should pose no problems. Conclusion It's always good to see a Spitfire kit, even more so this one. Very Highly recommended if you are an Iron Maiden fan. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  15. Evening All My track record for finishing models in recent years and especially in group builds hasn't been good, in fact I've done very little modelling for various reasons for the last couple of years. So now being cooped up for the next few weeks theres a small chance I might actually get some modelling done, and hopefully finish one. To assist in achieving this goal I've looked at my modelling habits and picked all the traits that are most likely to hinder progress in this aim and adopted all of them. 1) Instead of finishing off one of the many part completed projects I'm starting a new build 2) To prevent enthusiasm levels getting too high I've picked a subject area that I'm not particularly interested 3) As I've got a rather large stash I thought it best to purchase another model for the group build 4) To prevent AMS setting in too soon I didn't bother researching the kit and proceeded to buy the wrong mark 5) This wasn't too much of an issue as I got it at a bargain price due to a crushed box 6) Once I actually realised I'd got the wrong mark some research was inevitable, most changes needed should be easy to scratch, but I did need some different wheels 7) Looking for the different wheels inevitably lead to finding other aftermarket essentials costing 4 times the price of the half price kit I'd bought. 8 ) To justify the cost of all the extras more research was required to ensure this was all correctly applied as well 9) To ensure reduced available building time I put off starting the process above until after the group build start date 10) Amazingly after completing the above there's still a fair bit of the Group build time available (the Mustang group build followed a similar trajectory and got as far as 9) by the mid march end date) 11) To ensure I'm not lonely in isolation I've picked an identical subject with 2 stalled builds already in this group build @Whirly and @Hockeyboy76 (Just sayin, don't be offended, I rarely finish GB's anyway!) So, what am I building? My main interest is in RAF and RN subjects so the obvious group builds would have been the current Lancaster or In the Navy GB's. The chosen subject has a tenuous link to the RAF through the ETPS, but is firmly in the subject matter for this GB, being built and operated in or by Sweden. I already had the decals in the stash which I'd bought for some of the other subjects (unsurprisingly still unbuilt) So I then found a Revell Gripen D with a damaged box going for half price after the sale had been flagged up by someone here in the Bargains section, it found it's way into my basket and shortly thereafter into my model room. The box was crushed and torn But the contents were in excellent shape The clear sprue was lurking inside the box when the photo was taken in case you're looking for it. Shortly after getting the kit and digging out the decals it became obvious to me that I'd bought a D and the decal subject was a B What to do? The Italeri kit is a B, but judging by photo's of the kit on line it didn't quite have the finess of the Revell kit. The differences between B and D are relatively minor, so couold possibly ignored? No, not a chance, once seen they'd bug me. Most of them looked relatively straightforward to deal with but the early style wheels would be more difficult. I could beg a spare set from a Britmodeller that had upgraded an Italeri kit, or I could go aftermarket. No brainer really, blow the money you've saved on buying the wrong kit cheap on a nice set of aftermarket wheels And whilst you're shopping on the internet, you may as well save some more money on postage by spending a load on some more aftermarket, the ubiquitous Eduard set for the kit Which includes parts to detail the kit exhaust nozzle, so you don't really need an Aires resin exhaust, do you? And whilst looking at the kit parts the pitots look rather overscale and vulnerable so theyre best replaced with something in scale and relatively expensive (and probalby sitl vulnerable! So that's the intro, I was going to get into describing the modifications required to backdate the D to a B and a couple of others that seem to be unique to this airframe, but let's not rush things, I can do that tomorrow instead of doing some actual modelling...
  16. Well with the KGV nearly done thought I would make a space ready for this one just received my Big ED set for this today courtesy of Starling Models but I have had the kit as loft insulation for a while beefy
  17. Hi guys, Fairey's oddball Rotodyne is all finished. I tried to build the type of model that possibly would have been seen at Fairey's trade shows. Adding the electric motors really presented no problems and gives a bit of realism to the model when it's powered up. I hope you all like this aeronautical trip down memory lane.
  18. I decided to join on the 11th hour, and since there is not so much time left I will be doing a double build of a Czech JAS-39 C and D with some interesting livery.
  19. On display in the Revell stand at the Nurnberg Toy Fair 2020. Revell is to release a new tool 1/48th Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird kit in 2021 (or later as Revell is not famous for the respect of such deadlines). Source: http://www.greenmats.club/forums/topic/6758-revell-1-sr-71-засветился-в-нюрнберге/ Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2805402012855804&set=pb.100001580974587.-2207520000..&type=3&theater V.P.
  20. I've decided to take stock and finish some of the long term projects that I never got around to finishing. This will be the first, as it's almost there. It didn't work out quite the way I intended, because I had some paint mixed from the 1969 paint reference, which was supposed to be T5 Copper. I think it's a bit dark and closer to T7 Bronze, but I decided to stick with it. It was shelved when I came to apply the foil and the scalpel slipped, at which point I lost heart and put it away. Where it all went wrong. Those are the old pictures, from something like 15 years ago. I'll dig it out tomorrow and see how bad it looks.
  21. This is a genuine blast from the past and as CP30 in the first Star Wars film said, "I have a feeling I am going to regret this!" A Revell 2009 rebox of a very old kit, I plan to build it in flight with the rotor and props motorised to give that real prop blur look. I am going to keep it fairly simple, tinting out the windows and front glazing, so that I can concentrate and fitting the power system. Battery will be housed in the fuselage and will be accessed via the rear opening clam shell doors. I will be using brushless rc micro helicopter motors to power the beast, installation will be "make it up as I go along" sort of plan. So I will not be following the instructions which means I don't have to paint those crappy passenger figures! Wish me luck on this one guys I am going to need it.
  22. I'd been modelling for about 5 years When i built the revell shuttle with boosters ,a christmas present in 1980 or 1981 ,i loved sci-fi and space back then and it was a temporary distraction from aircraft ,it wasn't my best or one of my most favourite builds but i remember it lasted amongst the longest on my shelf ,and i was always moving it around to accommodate the next best model,usually a ww2 fighter or a light bomber in 72nd scale, i always wanted to have a go at refurbishing it,but its long gone now ,broken down for a kit bash i remember(badly). So I'll have another go at building it now around 40 years later,
  23. Tornado GR.1 "Gulf War" (03892) 1:32 Revell After the debacle that was the cancellation of the TSR.2, the European nations aligned (for once) in the common need for a new Multi-Role fighter, and partnerships began forming an dissolving, resulting in the joining of British Aerospace (now BAe), Aeritalia and MBB of Italy and Germany, who formed the Panavia company with a view to creating a Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA). The basic design was a swing-wing airframe to provide good handling at high and low speeds, but with the usual problem of goal-posts being moved, layering additional requirements upon the project that resulted in a larger airframe. The MRCA first flew in the early 70s, powered by two Rolls Royce RB199 engines, and looking very much like a Tornado, replete with the two seats that were a bone of contention at one point. By the late 70s there were initial airframes with the British and German air forces, and training was undertaken at a joint base at Cottesmore, which stayed open until the beginning of the end of the Tornado in British service. During service in the RAF it fought in almost all conflicts, except for the Falklands, where the tried and trusted Vulcans were dragged from the brink of retirement, rather than use an as-yet untested airframe so far away from home. The Gulf War, the Kosovo war and subsequent peace-keeping duties, and Kuwait were amongst the most well-known operations the GR.1 was present for. In the 1990s the original GR.1s and 1As were upgraded to GR.4/4A standard, which involved many changes to the avionics and a broadening of the weapons it could carry. The GR.4 saw the RAF to the end of service, with the EF2000 Typhoon, another collaboration with European companies taking its place. The Kit This is of course a reboxing of the pre-millennial tooling from Revell with new decals for the Gulf War aircraft, which are probably the most popular options for a Tonka with many folks for their own reasons. The original kit is around 20 years old now, and is a very good product of its day, with engraved panel lines, a decent level of detail, and a wide range of aftermarket now available. Where it does suffer is the intakes, which are hollow, but have no internal trunking, leaving interior and the wing-swing mechanism visible if you don't cover them with FOD guards. The kit arrives in one of Revell's preferred top opening boxes with seven large sprues in light blue-grey styrene (one cut in half), two of clear parts, the instruction booklet and a colourful decal sheet. It's been a while since I've perused the sprues of this kit, and I was pleasantly surprised at how modern it looks, with fine engraved panel lines and raised details, a full set of fuel tanks and weaponry, and some good interior detail that will suffice for many, or act as a jumping-off point for detail hounds. This boxing has the additional parts for the GR.1, which also includes the small clear additional sprue, and while not new it does give the modeller a more accurate finished result. Construction begins with the two Martin-Baker seats, which are provided with slightly anaemic moulded-in seatbelts that could do with replacing after being scraped off with a sharp blade. The instrument panels are decent, and with the addition of the rather nice instrument panel decals, they should please a lot of builders. This carries over to the side consoles that are moulded into the cockpit tub, which is topped and tailed with bulkheads, panels, control columns and rudder pedals before the seats are added, and the single-part nose gear bay is attached underneath. This part suffers a little from mould-damage inside, with some scuffing in between the ribbing on the bay roof. Whether this will ever be seen is moot, but it is worth knowing about in advance. The completed assembly is then trapped between the two nose halves, the extra equipment and coaming between the two crew is added, and the HUD on the pilot's coaming is also constructed from two half ramps and a clear part. The nose cone is separate, and a basic representation of the radar is provided, with nose-weight of 55g suggested to prevent having a tail-sitter on your hands. Leaving the nose cone closed gives you a lot more space further toward the front of the airframe, losing out on only a little detail and preserving the lines of the aircraft. The nose cone is moulded as a single part, with an additional ring that attaches to the rear, and either hinges open to reveal the radar, or is fitted shut as already mentioned. The Tornado is a variable-geometry fighter, with wings that can swing back and forth, requiring the weapons pylons to also be able to rotate to follow the line of flight. Revell's engineers have managed to mimic the wing swing in styrene, but you will need to be careful with the glue and paint if you want to retain that past the build stage. The pylons are built up first, and have pivots and cams moulded into the tops, which will allow you to move the pylons manually later, while the wings have a sector cog on their roots, which mesh together, and permit their synchronised pivoting once they are in the fuselage. They are formed into an assembly by the addition of a rail top and bottom, and are then set to the side while the elevators and main fuselage are made up. The lower fuselage has the main gear bays fitted to the apertures, the wing-root gloves added to the sides, and a bulkhead with simple engine faces moulded into the front. The inflatable bags that seal the wing against the fuselage during pivoting are simple plastic, which might not suit modellers looking for accuracy, as their shape changes with the angle of the wing. There are aftermarket parts to help out here if you don't feel up to the task of adapting them yourself, but if you want to leave the wings able to pivot, you'll have to leave the parts as standard. The wings and elevators are then fitted into the lower half and the upper section is dropped on top, with a pair of holes drilled in the spine for the later fitting of a couple of blade antennae. One of the Tornado's nicknames (of unknown origin) is the Fin, due to the massive tail fin that makes it easy to see across a busy airfield. It has two main parts, plus an electronics lump on the leading edge, a hollow intake at the root, and a pen-nib fairing at the bottom of the moulded-in rudder. The twin exhausts are moulded with their trunking integrally, and these two parts drop into the rear fairing, which has much of the thrust-reversing bucket structure moulded-in, with two small parts between the exhausts added to depict the mechanism, and a pair of exhaust petals that finish off the area. With this last subassembly completed, the nose, fuselage, tail and exhausts are brought together, and joined by the two substantial intake ramps that fix to the fuselage sides via two pegs, and should stand proud of the upper fuselage by a fraction by design. The internal ramps inside the intake are separate to the main parts, but the trunking finishes there, which is why you'll see a lot of Tornados with FOD guards in place at model shows. At the rear the two air-brakes are separate, with an actuator jack each to set them to the correct angle, but they are equally at home flush with the fuselage to retain the clean lines of the aircraft. The tricycle landing gear of the Tonka is well-depicted, with a single strut at the nose, with twin wheels that have a flat-spot to depict weight. The bay doors all attach to the edges by small tabs, which are cut off if you plan on modelling your Tornado wheels up. The main gear struts are similarly detailed, with the forest of hoses moulded-in and the retraction mechanism shown in detail. Each leg has one larger tyre, which are also weighted for realism, and the same bay doors can be used in-flight as well as with the gear down. The nose of the Tornado is festooned with aerials and the distinctive FLIR pod with its clear window are supplied, plus various other aerials around the airframe. The rather "scabbed-on" refuelling probe runs down the cockpit side, and can be posed opened or closed next to the canopy, which is moulded in windscreen and canopy parts, with a support included to prop the canopy open. Apart from some small parts on the tail, the airframe is now complete, and it's a case of choosing a weapons load-out, which Revell have been proactive about, and have supplied three different options for you to choose from. You can of course go your own way too, but having three actual loads to choose from is a good start. The first item are the centreline rails, which need some holes drilling according to a diagram. They are detailed with cleats and shackles, then all three are glued to the flat underside of the fuselage ready for your chosen load. Included in the box are the following: 2 x 1,500L tank 1 x BOZ 101 chaff and flare pod AIM-7L Sidewinder A2A missile 1 x Sky Shadow ECM pod 2 x 2,250L tank 2 x 1,000lb LGB 4 x 1,000lb iron bomb Markings There are two options in the box, and you'd be right if you guessed that they were both painted in desert pink. From the box you can build one of the following: "Foxy Killer" RAF detatchment, Tabuk AB, Saudi Arabia 1991 "Nikki" RAF detatchment, Muharraq AB, Bahrain 1991 The decals are printed in Italy for Revell by Zannetti, in good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt/gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The weapons are shown on the last page of the markings guide, with stencils provided on the sheet. Conclusion If you want a 1:32 Tornado, then this is the one. It's an older model, but it checks out with a few caveats mentioned above. It's still a good kit, decent value, and boy does it look smart once built up. Highly recommended. 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  24. This is the Revell F-14D Super Tomcat 1/72 kit. I've been waiting to do an F-14 since I got back into modelling a few years ago. The last one I built was the Airfix one in the late 1970's, I remember it was white plastic and was one of the first models I actually painted with the intentions of it being a model for displaying rather than a toy. This kit had a lot to live up to as it was competing with fond childhood memories of a kit that by todays standards, would probably not be nearly as good as I remember it being. Revell have nothing to worry about as far as the build goes. It went together very nicely, and although I'm not an F-14 expert, it was accurate enough for my liking. It was completed straight from the box using the kit decals and painted with Vallejo Model Air paints (which I'm now used to after the switch from Humbrol enamels and love). I managed to get some outside photo's the other day, hope you enjoy.
  25. Hi Folks, this is my first completed Lockdown Build. Nothing remarkable about it, built straight out of the box. painted with Velejo and Tamiya acrylics and thereby hangs a tail. has anybody else noticed that many of the online model and modelling suppliers have hiked up their prices, nearly doubling them in some cases on the basis that they want to discourage people ordering and overwhelming them. I live in Stafford and I want to do a shout out for 'Salter Street Toys and Models', they have had to close to comply with Government instructions but on a Wednesday a sales assistant goes in for a few hours, takes orders and then delivers them at a minimal cost, not only that everything they are sending out is discounted by 15%. Well done them, i know where I will be going in the future for my modelling supplies! Anyway rant over, here's my Flanker, not sure I got the colours quite right and I have used a little bit of artistic licence. As usual all comments and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking, stay safe.
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