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Revell 1/48 Tornado IDS Marineflieger NORM87 scheme

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Hello all!

So this is my first WIP on Britmodeller. Thought it would be nice to contribute to the many fellow modellers around.
In this WIP thread I'll be building the new Revell Torando IDS on 1/48. I bought the kit pretty soon after it was release in 2014 because I really like the looks of the Tornado. Next to that I've seen many many Tonka's flying while I'm also a keen aviation photographer.

I already posted some WIP shots and stories on a dutch forum, and now I'm sharing this here too.

Many of you probably know the kit but here are some inbox shots.

The one I'll be building dates back in the 80's where the grey/white scheme was replaced by a three tone scheme, the so calles Norm87e scheme. This a three tone scheme. In the Revell box a EADS recce pod is supplied, I won't be using that. The typical 80's MarineFlieger (FAA) loadout was two fuel tanks together with Kormoran missles. Typically that would be fueltanks on the wing hard points and the kormoran on the belly hardpoint. But I found this image on © Airliners.net:

You can see the fueltanks are on the belly and the Kormorans on the wing. Well that's the loadout I'll be doing. First of all I (still) have to find good Kormorans. I know there is a resin AM one, but those are around €20 for two, which is quite expensive for two missles (IMHO).

I'll using Harald Hensel excellent decals to make this Tornado a Marineflieger Tornado.

Enough talking some photos of the build so far:

Cockpit is OOB here with a dryfit of the two side parts.

You can see the construction as made by Revell. First the wheelbay for the front suspension. On top of that the cockpit tub is put. Alignment is good.

Now on to the rear wheel bays. These have a few sinkmarks (visible on the photos), so sanding is required. The bays lack wiring, that's why I'll be adding some wiring to make it look a bit more realistic.

I recently purchased some lead wires on Ebay. Very nice stuff to bend and create a more realistic look. More on that later on.

Next step are the intakes. I glued them, and you can see some seems. A well known trick to solve this is to use some white latex and poor that in the intakes let it cure for a few minutes and then release the back to let remaining latex poor out. I'll be doing that.

You can see on this photo I have put some put in the seams and after that I've sanded it. (grid 600).
This gives a fairly good result

Now on to the Latex trick. Got some latex from my neighbour. I filled the intakes and let it for about 10min. After that I released the tape. I spilled a bit, but Latex is cheap so no worries.


The picture below shows the tape removed and with a little space between the latex was able to poor out.


After some comment on the dutch forum I decided to add the kit decals to the cockpit to make it a bit more realistic. I'm OK with te result.


After the Belgian Mirage that I built (many rescribing and other challenges) I wanted to build a nice 'new' kit OOB. That's why I picked the Revell Tornado. Now after building for about a month this build is getting difficult in some ways.

Main issue is the breakdown of the plane. This results is many parts for building up the plane. Especially the tub and the underside combined with the other parts making up the sides under the wing. But also a factor is that the plastic is quite soft, with my knife I sometimes remove to much simply because it's so soft. Next to that I started scribing the panellines. That's needed because they are really soft and far from deep. I tested that with a small part and some primer, but after the primer not much was left of the details. So that means that I'll be scribing the whole plane in order to be able to do a wash in the painting process.

Starting with the wheelbays combined with the main section of the intakes. The plastic is soft an despite carefull cutting and sanding sometimes you get some annoying cuts.

Seen here is the main section, cockpit attached, intakes glued and also the side panels for the rear part.

A lot and I mean a lot of dry fitting was needed in order to a descent alignment of the parts. Sometimes I needed to glue it in differten steps in order to get the result I wanted.

What you see here is the section of the intakes and the side panels. It took me an hour sanding, fitting and glueing to get this result. I even grabbed my girl friends hairdryer to get stiffness out of the plane in order not to put to much pressure on the glued parts.


You can see some cuts here, this shows how soft the plastic is.

So that's it for now, comments appreciated and hope you like the build!

Cheers, Evert

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Small update on this Tornado:

Been sanding a lot on the underside of the front the poort fit made a big sanding job but somebody has to do it :winkgrin: . The progress on that is slow, due to the shallow engraved lines I constantly loose detail when sanding. I think about 25% is done now.....



After with a light coat of primer on.



Further more a lot of dryfitting. So I'm not totally following Revell's instructions on what to do. Mainly because I encounter a lot of troubles when dry fitting which either need sanding filling or filling with styrene.

Now as for the wings and their pylons Revell came up with a smart idea, tiny moving pylon holders connected via small rail. This results in the pylons to point in the right direction when moving the wing (eventually)



This is the wing construction put in to place


Also a dry fit of what comes on top of what's shown above, the upper section together with the tail


Because I can't spray some parts of the wing when glued Istarted with the wings. Strange enough my Pritt buddies rolls left some marks on the paint.



That's it for now.


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It has been a while since my last update. Now some progress on this Tornado.

Construction of the airbrake bays.


The instructions point out that ithas to be aligned with the back part of the intake. So far so good.


Which looks like:


But first fit with upper and lower looks pretty bad......


The front near the intakes, mhmmmm


The saw comes in handy


Small bit removed


Much better


Some sanding needed in order to get the fit better, that's not a lot of work.


Thanks for looking,


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