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  1. 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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  2. 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
  3. Panavia Tornado GR.4/4a (ED-48117) 1:48 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop With the much loved Tornado now sadly in the rear-view mirror of the RAF, there's bound to be some nostalgia everywhere that the Fin, Tonka, call it what you will, gained fans. I'll always have a soft spot for it, as it was the frontline fighter/bomber of my youth, and it was always good fun at the airshows, especially the role demos that used to warm your eyebrows. The GR.4/a was the definitive variant that stayed in service to the end, and as such gets the lion's share of the attention, with the F.3 interceptor following behind as you might expect. For years we had the Italeri kit in 1:48, which needed a few bits of resin to make it more accurate, then Hobby Boss missed an opportunity when they produced a Panoovia Torando that bore a passing resemblance to a Tornado (seriously though, it does look quite like one from a lot of angles). Now we have the brand-new(ish) Revell kit in my favourite scale, which is up-to-date and builds nicely out of the box. This new sheet of decals from Euro Decals is for those with a 1:48 kit that doesn't necessarily want to build an example from the kit decals and instead diversify into other squadrons and eras, or you might just have seen their 1:32 scale (reviewed here) set last year and been a bit jealous. I'm happy, as I can copy and paste in the airframe details! Tornado GR.4 ZA461 crewed by Wing Commander Jon Nixon & Squadron Leader Conan Mullineaux of XV(R) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2015 Tornado GR.4A ZA405 crewed by Flt.Lt. S A Jenkins & Wg.Cdr. N A Thomas of 12 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, Nov 2015 Tornado GR.4 ZA542 "021" of 31 Squadron RAF during "Operation Ellamy" based at Gioia del Colle, Italy, 2011 Tornado GR.4 ZA560 "BE-Q" of 41(R) TES Squadron RAF Coningsby, 2017 Tornado GR.4 ZA412 crewed by Wg.Cdr. D S Arthurton & Fg.Off. R D Hartley of 617 Squadron The decals are printed in-house by Fantasy Printshop and are in good register, colour density and sharpness, with a close-cut glossy carrier film. The decals are closely packed on the sheet, but with room enough to cut each one free, and small numbers there to aid you in your choice by comparing them to the five page instructions, with four-view diagrams. Conclusion Perfect for going off-piste with your Tornado decal choices, and if you hook them up with the stencil set that is also available from Fantasy Printshop and we reviewed here. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Panavia Tornado GR.4/4A Pt.2 (ED-32120) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Revell have recently released their big Tornado in GR.4/4A guise, which we reviewed here. Euro Decals were johnny-on-the-spot and released Part 1 of this set late last year, which we also reviewed here, and now we have Part 2. Arriving in a large ziplok bag with a printed cover sheet and the decals behind, the instructions are found on the back of the cover page and on another sheet, with one side for each of the three options. The instructions show four views and the colours used to paint the model in BS, Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix and LifeColor codes, plus the colour names for those of us without those brands in our supplies. As well as the main sheet, there is a tiny addendum sheet that replaces one of the nose flashes of option B, which was originally printed the wrong way round. We're all only human, but it's far better for mistakes to be caught before release than after! From the sheet you can build any or all of the options, as they have thoughtfully supplied enough RAF roundels to complete three models. Wouldn't that look impressive in the cabinet? Fantasy Printshop do their own printing, and their sheets always have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Here are your options: GR.4 ZG756 of 14 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2005 GR.4 ZA401 crewed by Wing Commander Ian Wood & Squadron Leader Laurie Fisher of 13 Squadron, RAF Marham, 2005 GR.4 ZA543 of 15 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2005 Like most modern jets, the major colour is grey (two shades), but the Tornado's great big fin gives the RAF creatives plenty of scope for interesting schemes, with a smaller stylised version repeated on the nose. Option C also has a fetching black spine that extends around the cockpit and up the fin, as well as a cheeky fox on the tail. Conclusion Another great big sheet of colourful decals for the great big Tornado. Very nicely done. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Tornado GR.4 Stencils (ED-32118, ED-48118, ED-72118) 1:32, 1:48, 1:72 EuroDecals by Fantasy Printshop Accurate stencils aren't always provided with model kits, and even when they are you don't always get a full complement, as the research is time-consuming and stencils take up space on a sheet. Fantasy Printshop have taken the trouble to create this sheet in the major scales (don't take it personally, 1:144) so that if you're not satisfied with the kit stencils, or you have an older kit that sometimes don't have stencils (this was a big thing back in the day), you can detail the exterior of your model up to modern standards. It's also good news if you've messed up your kit decals or had the urge to repaint your model for whatever reason. Available in three scales, you get the same thing in each ziplok bag, only in a different scale. I know, shocking! The cover sheet is thick stock A4 paper folded in half, which has the stencil locations printed on the backside, and includes the stencils for the pylons and weapons too for good measure. They're printed by Fantasy Printshop of course, in good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The stencils are crisp and legible with all the relevant colours, including silver for panels on each side of the cockpit. There are sufficient stencils to make one model as you'd expect, and it includes walkways, no step markings and lift markings. 1:32 Stencils 1:48 Stencils 1:72 Stencils Review sample courtesy of
  6. Panavia Tornado GR.4/4A Decals (ED-32117) 1:32 Euro Decals via Fantasy Printshop The Tornado was Britain's main fighter-bomber from the 80s onward and still soldiers on in a reducing quantity at time of writing. It's main skill was as a bomb or missile truck, and although it was touted as a fighter in its Air Defence Variant (ADV), it wasn't the most manoeuvrable of aircraft. The F.3 has since been replaced by the Typhoon in British service, and the GR.4/4A is scheduled to be drawn down at the end of March 2019, thereby ending its career in British service. This new double A5 sheet of decals from Fantasy Printshop's Euro Decals range depicts a number of GR.4 airframes from this decade, with some nice colourful schemes on that great big tail fin. There are five schemes in all, and only one has a relatively drab tail, the backdrops will require painting, while the foreground is provided as a decal. As usual with Fantasy Printshop, registration, sharpness and colour density are all good, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas, although a few areas could be removed in places. There are a substantial number of colours used in the sheet, with the large fox head exhibiting some excellent detail for example, and a gold outline for the squadron crest, coincidentally for that same airframe. Most of the roundels are the more modern red/blue printed as a single decal, but the roundels with a white ring have separate red centre dots as a "just in case" measure to enable the modeller to centre them using their eye, which is surprisingly easy and is absolutely a good idea for roundels in general. The Dambusters option is evocative, with Lancs, Tornados and a broken dam in the background. The instructions are printed in colour with four views of each option and decal numbers called out with red lines. Colours for the airframe are also suggested with BS standard, FS standard, Humbrol, Xtracolour, Xtracrylix and Lifecolor codes supplied, which should give enough information to anyone without those brands to hunt down the correct shade without much trouble. Using this sheet you can build one of the following, unless you get hold of some additional standard roundels, but who has room for five 1:32 Tornados in their cabinet? Tornado GR.4 ZA461 crewed by Wing Commander Jon Nixon & Squadron Leader Conan Mullineaux of XV(R) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, 2015 Tornado GR.4A ZA405 crewed by Flt.Lt. S A Jenkins & Wg.Cdr. N A Thomas of 12 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, Nov 2015 Tornado GR.4 ZA542 "021" of 31 Squadron RAF during Operation Ellamy" based at Gioia del Colle, Italy, 2011 Tornado GR.4 ZA560 "BE-Q" of 41(R) TES Squadron RAF Coningsby, 2017 Tornado GR.4 ZA412 crewed by Wg.Cdr. D S Arthurton & Fg.Off. R D Hartley of 617 Squadron Conclusion There are a lot of 1:32 Revell Tornados out there with only a limited number of boxings, so it's nice to be able to go away from the kit decals and choose some interesting schemes, knowing that the decals won't let you down. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Well here is my first WIP. And I want to thank Frietag, Cheshiretauras and Shark65 for thier threads, which have seriously inspired me, so thanks guys! I have a feeling I may go a little A little background first...I'm an Ex-RAF Armourer who worked on Tornado's (GR1's, XV Sqn, and F3's, Tremblers) for 9 years. Love GR1's Despise F3's!! Work that out lol I've got 2 missions, the first is to build an XV Sqn Tonka in as many scales as possible, I have a 1:1 to play with as well at Bruntingthorpe ZA326. This is a 1/72, then I have the old Airfix 1:48 and Revel 1:144, both Xmas pressies, and I need to get the 1:32 model. They will all be Dio's, of the same aircraft. ZA446 'F' 'MacRoberts Reply' XV Sqn. But which one? A) Or My 2nd Mission is to build all the A/C that XV Sqn flew...Bar the period they were part of the Areoplane and Armament Experimental Establishment trial fleet, where they flew over 12,000 hours on over 70 different types!!!!! It will be an example of everyday life on the flightline, no loadouts, so GroundCrew, AirCrew, GSE and Bomb Trolley as well as all the bits that are there during a T/R (Turn Round) So here we go with pictures... The Kit Ground Crew and Aircrew A quick look at the Sprue's....as you do... I've got some AM Resin and PE kits coming from: Aires - AIRES7085 Eduard - 72297 ModelDecal - MD075 Verlinden - 517 Airwaves - AES72028 I know both of the bottom 2 are designed for use with the Hasegawa Kits...Apparently I'm great with my hands...Gotta love a loving Missus PP Areoparts 1/72 CBLS200 with 3Kg's, I'm going to have to make some 28lbers as well as the 3Kg nose cones! Lots of flattening on the 3Kgs as well... 3KG 28lber Also there will be some GSE - I've got the ladders from the Verlinden PE bits, but also I'm doing a Flightpath Nitrogen Trolley and a small walk round kit, a Bomb trolley towed behind a 'Wendy', Type W Weapons Loader, which I'll have to scratch build, but I have the plans for it XV Sqn Bomb Trolley prior to Op Granby departure 1990 Type W 'Wendy' Loader Well I've been working on it for a couple of weeks, and will post those pictures later as it's very nearly Gozzome time (Thats 'Goes Home' Time) Cheers for looking, and looking forward to the comments
  8. Tornado F.3 ADV Upgrades (for Revell) 1:48 Eduard Revell gave us a new Tornado IDS in 1:48 to knock the ageing Italeri and the dubious Hobby Boss kits off the top, and have now tooled an ADV that British aviation enthusiasts know as the F.3, which was our interceptor for quite some time until the Typhoon took over in recent years. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (49880) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; ejection seat details; coaming instrumentation; sills; rear-view mirrors, and canopy internal structure also supplied. Zoom! Set (FE880) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Seatbelts STEEL (FE881) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the two sets of crew belts, you also get a set of leg-restraints and the pull-handles between the pilot's knees that gets him out of there in case of an emergency. Exterior (48943) This larger bare brass set contains some important upgrades, such as delicate new afterburner rings; wing-seal details; reversing bucket ribs and mechanism details; spoiler and spoiler bay parts; aileron bay details; air-brake interior skins for bay and brakes; fuel tank fillers; a new set of vortex generators for the tail with an attachment template and a number of grilles for vents etc. Undercarriage (49881) Consisting of two frets, one of which is nickel-plated and painted, the other in bare brass, this set comprehensively details the gear bays, which are quite cavernous and boxy. The painted fret contains equipment boxes, while the bare fret is structural in nature. The main bay is skinned with details for the most part, with strips for in between each rib; boxes that fold up to add missing detail; gear leg parts including data placards and brake hoses. The nose gear bay is similarly bedecked, and the gear leg gets the same treatment, improving realism immensely. Masks (EX574) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a set of hub masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Masks Tface (EX575) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with everything above, but also give you another set of canopy masks tailored to fit the interior of the glazing so that you can paint the interior and give your model that extra bit of realism. I'm quite excited to try these out, as canopy interior detail makes a big difference to a model IMHO. I guess Tface stands for Two Face or something similar? Review sample courtesy of
  9. Hello Paul, i would like to commision this decal sheet for my 1/32nd Tornado. I have many pictures of the aircraft and its tail if they are needed. Best regards, Rob
  10. Hello, and for today yes it is me again. This Tonka has been started during the last Tonka Group Build, but because of work and other stuff it stayed on my workbench for quite a while. Like most of my Tonkas it built out of the box with decals from Mark 1 Publication and some others that have been found in my secret box. Hope you like it:
  11. Hello, it is me again and another Tonka that I want to show you. It is built completely out of the Box, painted with Revell Colors and Airbrush. The Decals are perfect and I really like the result. And here are the pics:
  12. Hello, this is my last topic for today, the black Tonka from Italy. I used the Revell Kit to creat this nice Aircraft. The decals are from Syhart. It was not the easiest to apply them to the Kit and I am not a 100% happy with the result. Another task was to paint it extremely black, almost like dust on it, but I think it looks good enough. And again here are some pics:
  13. Hello Guys, just another Tonka that I want to show you. Lucky me, and finally, I finished this one. Started that Tonka almost two years ago, but stopped working on it somehow. Now, motivated by this forum and the Special Interest group of Tonkas, I finished this one here. It is the good old Revell Kit, with a huge sheet of decals. I thought it will never end to apply them, but it did. Aircraft has been painted with Tamiya Colors and an Airbrush. I like the result, and here are some pictures for you:
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