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Tim's Revell 1/72 F3 - COMPLETED


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A comparison build, simultaneous with an equivalent Airfix.

This kit bought at RIAT 2019 for the bargain price of £7.

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A kit which I built in 2016.  For this project I'll be using the leftover Airfix decals - undecided which way round.

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And my reference book, so I know EVERYTHING about Tornados.

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And bemoaning that there is no kit of this Tornado.

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Tim for a brew.

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Great to have you along. Many of the 1/72 builders will be interested in your comparison for the 2 kits.

The steam Tornado would be a great build. I'd not be surprised if some other part of Hornby makes one.

 

Colin W

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A quick look at the parts, as I unsealed the box first thing this morning.

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And the first thing I noticed is this Italeri canopy - with the incorrect frame.

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So much for the sealed box!   The rest does look OK though.

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A bit of cockpit paint and decal prep.   AND I've removed that erroneous canopy frame being dryfitted onto the upper fuselage.

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Most likely going for the 65 Sqdn/OCU option for this build - possibly with Airfix decals.

 

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Interesing issue this canopy. Unusual to start with the instrument panels while still on the sprue. You must be confident of the fit!!

 

Colin

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Cockpit coming together

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Then,   oh dear, I've just discovered that 167 Barley Grey is not longer in Humbrol's enamel range - so I bought it in acrylic.

Does acrylic paint airbrush?  I finished up brush painting the wing upper surfaces.

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What could I be doing wrong?

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Front cockpit bulkhead doesn't look like it's fully seated on the bottom of the fuselage.  When you're pressing the nose together, does it feel like the upper is making contact around that bulkhead?  Might need a little sanding/shaving for clearance.

I can't speak to Humbrol's acrylics, but the Tamiya acrylics spray a treat once you've got them thinned down.

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8 hours ago, theplasticsurgeon said:

Does acrylic paint airbrush?

Yes Tim, Humbrol acrylic paint will spray OK.  Have a practice first though :winkgrin:.

 

Cheers

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2 hours ago, helios16v said:

Front cockpit bulkhead doesn't look like it's fully seated on the bottom of the fuselage.  

Agreed and it also does not look to be fully on the cockpit flooring. I think that I can see the ridge on the bottom of the fuselage just about which that bulkhead is meant to be behind.

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2 hours ago, helios16v said:

Front cockpit bulkhead doesn't look like it's fully seated on the bottom of the fuselage.  When you're pressing the nose together, does it feel like the upper is making contact around that bulkhead?  Might need a little sanding/shaving for clearance.

That photo is actually still dryfitted,  but I am forewarned to be cautious when assembling the forward fuselage.

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Thanks everybody for the concerns about the cockpit fit.

Fuselage halves are now locked together - beuatifully.  Wings and tailerons are still mobile.

This is the current look, after a night of clamps and selotape.

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With the wings moveable, how are you going to address the pylons?

 

AW

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44 minutes ago, Andwil said:

With the wings moveable, how are you going to address the pylons?

 

AW

The Revell kit has actally a contraption to keeo the pylons movable, if you place them into the wings before the lower and upper half together.

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The inner pylons.   On my previous build I left them off until later.  Then heat-smashed the pin for a more interference fit.

Now the pylons are moveable, and removeable in avoidance of damage.

 

I'm not fitting outer pylons to either model, they're very rare in service.  Out of hundreds of F3 photos, I found just 2 with them fitted.

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Good work Tim! 
What is the technique for heat smashing pins for these, my Italeri has this coming up...heated screw driver, not sure what I’m doing

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3 hours ago, Valkyrie said:

Good work Tim! 
What is the technique for heat smashing pins for these, my Italeri has this coming up...heated screw driver, not sure what I’m doing

Actually,  if I'm on the cusp of ruining two models for the price of one, we'll do this another way.

Put a drop of Klear into the pylon hole, just before fitting the pylon.  This will bind but not adhere the plastics.

Giving enough flexibility for the pylons to move, until you take them off to store the model.

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Thanks Tim! That’s quite clever...I’m sure il botch it somehow.

Keep going with yours 

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9 hours ago, theplasticsurgeon said:

The inner pylons.   On my previous build I left them off until later.  Then heat-smashed the pin for a more interference fit.

Now the pylons are moveable, and removeable in avoidance of damage.

 

I'm not fitting outer pylons to either model, they're very rare in service.  Out of hundreds of F3 photos, I found just 2 with them fitted.

 

Tornado F3s mainly operated with the inner pylons only. They did use all 4 during Op Telic and I think a bit after that.

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Was it to carry a missile or something like the Terma self defence pod? But then again, I guess only from Ops Shader on, they were active using Terma pods wasn't it? Curious then to what extent these pylons were used. Please enlighten us @Jabba!

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According to the Warpaint volume on the Tornado ADV, the fitting of the outer pylons affected the handling of the aircraft such that it was referred to by the aircrew as the “pig fit”

 

AW

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What I'd really like to do is complete this model with the black tail option decals.

The difficult with that, is that the decal would need to go over the ILS aerials - therein the difficulty.

So for that reason, I removed the ILS, and conducted a side-by-side comparison.

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I'm now happy that I can complete this model with the black tail.

Fin fitted.

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On 9/11/2020 at 6:33 AM, CliffB said:

Yes Tim, Humbrol acrylic paint will spray OK.  Have a practice first though :winkgrin:.

 

Cheers

THanks for that reassurance.   

What should it be thinned with?  I'd guess to a semi-skimmed milk viscosity.

is there anything else that I need to know about it?

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