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Dambusters 70th - 6 Years Late: Tornado 1/72 Airfix

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Some time ago I grabbed one of the 'Limited Edition' (2000) Airfix TORNADO 617 Squadron kit, Celebrating the 70th ANNIVERSARY of the DAMBUSTERS. As this month is the 75th anniversary it seemed like a good time to build this:

 

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(Image thanks to scalemates.com)

 

Scalemates tells me this is a rebox of the 1989 tooling. Old Airfix then. Oh dear.

 

Courage mon brave (that's French, that is) - it may not be that bad. Let's see how the fuselage goes together:

 

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Ah. Well. Press on chaps.

 

Quick pictures of the parts trees then…

 

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Bit weird these. They seem to have been chopped up to fit in the box:

 

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… and this bit seems warped and the seats don't look too hot:

 

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Lots (and lots) of dangly bits though…

 

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First job is to get the crew primed:

 

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Flashy little bu**ers eh?

 

Note that this is the first kit that I've used my new 'Samurai saw' on 'in anger'.

 

Show off :D 

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Posted (edited)

There we go! :popcorn:

 

This is gonna be quite a fight, uh? :frantic:

 

Ciao

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Front row again, next to Giorgio. Perhaps some of his “magic” will rub off on me.

Let battle commence.

 

John

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I'll slide in as well if I may? I take it this will be another fully loaded on the ceiling build?

 

     Roger

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Me too

At the front, over there

 

Good start Ceb, Ced ,Cel, Cad er yes

Ced

😁😁😁

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1 hour ago, giemme said:

There we go! :popcorn:

 

This is gonna quite a fight, uh? :frantic:

 

Ciao

A fight? I hope not, but I fear the worst (NO SAUSAGES!) Welcome Giorgio :) 

50 minutes ago, Biggles87 said:

Front row again, next to Giorgio. Perhaps some of his “magic” will rub off on me.

Let battle commence.

 

John

Welcome John :) No rubbing in the pews please…

45 minutes ago, Hamden said:

 

I'll slide in as well if I may? I take it this will be another fully loaded on the ceiling build?

 

     Roger

Welcome Roger - fully loaded is the plan :) 

35 minutes ago, perdu said:

Me too

At the front, over there

 

Good start Ceb, Ced ,Cel, Cad er yes

Ced

😁😁😁

Thanks Bill :D 

All those names… sounds like my Mother-in-Law, bless her. She usually goes down the list of family names and, often, stops at the right one.

 

It's been confirmed - nasty, hard Airfix plastic. I had to move up to the 'Medium' Molding Flash Sander:

 

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I think I'll leave that on the bench and go over the parts before I start. Bound to be more flash eh. Rats.

 

The boys have had their coat of Ratskin Flesh:

 

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Now I have to drive off to Leicestershire again. The Puppy is under the knife today to correct her bendy front legs, poor thing. We've volunteered to have her for the two weeks recovery. All we have to do is stop her jumping. A ha ha ha. This is the pup that one minute is across the room and next thing is on your chest. Should be fun.

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Watching along, just made a mess of the revell kit myself so at least Ill get to see a gr4 done....

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Yep, in here for that one Ced. Only seen this one built in my Airfix catalogue from 1989.

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Cheers

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Built one of these when it was just a GR1, many years ago in my teens. i remember the fuselage having the same fit issues way back then and the chunky sprues, but the swing wings worked great😀

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1 hour ago, CedB said:
2 hours ago, perdu said:

Good start Ceb, Ced ,Cel, Cad er yes

Ced

😁😁😁

Thanks Bill :D 

All those names…

Maybe just Celeb?:whistle:

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Good to see you went for that relaxing mojo restorer...

 

its a jet, and a big tornado @giemme must be over the moon. I joke, the tornado is and icon and in 70th dambusters livery, what’s not to like!

 

i’ll tag along if allowed 

 

Rob

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11 hours ago, bbudde said:

Yep, in here for that one Ced. Only seen this one built in my Airfix catalogue from 1989.

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Cheers

Love that image, every bit of the reflection is well thought out

 

Rob

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On 20/05/2019 at 11:53, PhantomBigStu said:

Watching along, just made a mess of the revell kit myself so at least Ill get to see a gr4 done....

Thanks Stu :) 

On 20/05/2019 at 12:22, bbudde said:

Yep, in here for that one Ced. Only seen this one built in my Airfix catalogue from 1989.

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Cheers

Great image Ben - thanks for that :) 

On 20/05/2019 at 12:37, MikeyJ said:

Built one of these when it was just a GR1, many years ago in my teens. i remember the fuselage having the same fit issues way back then and the chunky sprues, but the swing wings worked great😀

Swing wings? Worth a try, thanks Mikey :) 

On 20/05/2019 at 12:44, bbudde said:

Maybe just Celeb?:whistle:

:rofl2:

On 20/05/2019 at 23:24, rob85 said:

Good to see you went for that relaxing mojo restorer...

 

its a jet, and a big tornado @giemme must be over the moon. I joke, the tornado is and icon and in 70th dambusters livery, what’s not to like!

 

i’ll tag along if allowed 

 

Rob

Of course you're allowed Rob, great to have you here :) 

 

Well, things are going to be on hold for a while I'm afraid. Tilly's had her op and is now here for a week or so of recuperation:

 

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Poor pups. She had 'Quenn Anne Legs' so, to save problems later, has had both her thin 'forearm' bones chopped to correct it.

She doesn't know, of course, that she's not allowed to charge around for two weeks, at least.

She has to have, three times a day, a five minute walk around the garden followed by a massage, then joint exercise, then a cold compress and lots of TLC.

 

I've booked myself for the operation as soon as I can make it :D 

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Interesting build! :)

 

Wonder what Airfix did with that kit 1989? Doesn't look to different compared to the old kit from 1975. Those sprues are changed but the parts look much the same...

 

https://modelingmadness.com/review/mod/previews/airfix/04019.htm

 

Cheers / André

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Look at her! Hope she has a lovely time convalescing, and doesn’t jump around too much 😬

 

Rob  

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I was on the Lanc for the 617 RIAT flypast last year, with the Tonka and F35 - that was rather special. But nothing compared to the look of poor old Tilly, best of luck with trying to keep a pup quiet, been there myself, almost impossible!

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Looks like you're gonna be very busy with Tilly - I hope she recovers well.

This, of course, will allow us to catch a breath and be able to keep your pace once you restart with the Tonka... :whistle: :D

 

Ciao

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Page one!!!!! I need to post this as it never happens. I can catch up now. 😬

 

........time passes........

 

Ok all up to date. This looks like you’re going to have fun Mr B. Old Airfix for us both it seems. 🥳 I’ll tag along if that's ok. Hope Tilly gets better. Amazing how I seem to have picked dog names for both my kids.

Matilda. (Tilly) and Milo. 🐶🐶👫

 

Johnny

 

 

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On 5/20/2019 at 9:00 AM, CedB said:

 

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💆‍♂️💆‍♂️💆‍♂️💆‍♂️💆‍♂️💆‍♂️ Oh my💆‍♂️🤦‍♂️

 

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Every time on every build that you mention

On 5/20/2019 at 11:06 AM, CedB said:

Ratskin Flesh

it strikes me that should have been  a character in a Tom Waits song.

 

Hope the wee dog heals swiftly Ced. :thumbsup2:

On 5/20/2019 at 9:00 AM, CedB said:

Let's see how the fuselage goes together:

The Master Ironist at work... 😁

 

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Awww, poor pup, get well soon Tilly!

 

Don't think the moulding on that Tonka is going to get better any time soon though Ced!!

 

K

 

PS don't you think it's time you changed your 'interests' - when was the last time you did a "WW2 Europe 1/72 aircraft kit builds" ?! :)

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page 1?

 

*edit*  Yes !!!

 

It's not often I make it onto a Page 1 Cedbuild, but when I do...I take up an awful lot of space.

 

 

Looks like you have your work cut out there getting mating surfaces to mate, or even be in the same neighborhood judging by those photos

 

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On 5/22/2019 at 9:01 AM, CedB said:

I've booked myself for the operation as soon as I can make it :D 

Ah, which operation? Can you sit down afterwards?😥

 

Nice to find a @CedB on the first page. Hope the doggy gets well soon. Carry on!

 

DennisTheBear

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The OLD Airfix Tonka can make a reasonable model

 

I quite enjoyed it, but this was c.1985

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We built an in-branch diorama

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Unfortunately we all started with a different model Tornado and it never made it to the Nationals

 

As you can see I had to redo the wing box to make it sit higher than the fuselage but not a horridly out of shape model

 

Mind you, I looks at this and wonder if Id get away with so little interiors detail these days...

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