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Markie Smizzle

Airfix 1/72 Panavia Tornado GR4

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Hi all, I'm currently working through a 'what if' of the Airfix 1/72 Tornado. Needless to say, those who have built it will know just what it is like. I was going to build it Grey as it should be, but then I had an idea after I had primed it black, how good they look in black. I was going to give it a night fighter scheme, but then opted for a 'what if' of a bomber command special livery, as the Op Granby Tonka is at the moment. I'm going to use a mix of aftermarket Granby decals, and the kit decals. I thought this would be a good idea as I've never seen it done before.

'Primed' with a coat of Tamiya X-1

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Photographed beside my girlfriend's Airfix C47

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Masking for camo layed out. I tried to follow the examples set by the Halifax and Lancaster bomber styles.

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A couple of coats of Tamiya Flat Earth first.

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Followed by Tamiya RAF Dark Green 2

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First unveiling of the masking efforts, the black is still X-1 but I changed that to NATO Black.

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The Hindenburger fuel tanks from the Revell equivalent, and I wasn't aware until afterwards that I put the fins on wrong.

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The underside, having been painted with Tamiya NATO Black, and Pitot probe painted silver. The blu tac was holding the fuel tanks straight while drying

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Top down view of the paint job.

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As she is now. Exhausts fitted, still needs some minor touch ups, clear coated, and awaiting decals and weathering.

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I have either a Harrier GR9 or SU27 to keep me entertained until I'm ready to progess with this kit.

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