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T0M4ever

Revell 1/144 Tornado IDS

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I have only just stumbled across this group build, and as there is not long left my entry will have to be a small one!

I will be using this kit straight from the box:

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The kit looks really nice, the detail is fantastic for the scale, lovely recessed panel lines and a great set of decals.

It's a shame I didn't join sooner as I finished a 1/48 Airfix GR1 in November! :shithappens:

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Welcome aboard & nice subject. :D

Personally,I cant do 1/144,fingers wayyyyyyy to fat & stumpy! :wicked::(

Welcome aboard & nice subject. :D

Personally,I cant do 1/144,fingers wayyyyyyy to fat & stumpy! :wicked::(

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I'm not normally a 1/144 person either. But this was a gift, and I don't have time to complete a 1/48 Airfix Tonka for this GB!

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Here is a shot of the sprues that came with the kit.

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The detail is really quite good, the cockpit detailling is just a few decals so I might add some wiring if I think it will make a difference (the canopy will have to be closed on this one).

I'll have my Jag finished tomorrow so I should start in the week :pray:

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I've completed all the sub-assemblies I can before I need to start painting anything. The fuselage went together really well, only a few spots where I will need some filler (where the fin meets the spine, front of the wing gloves and the 'Z' shape join just infront of the tailplane.

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The only area I might try to improve is the exhausts. Where the flame holder would be is just a flat, completely blank bit of plastic which is in contrast to the rest of the kit.

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The other bits I have managed to do:

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The cockpit parts:

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The underwing tanks are drying at the moment, there was a little bit of a seam where they joined together but that my just be my fault :banghead:

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Does anyone know what the FS numbers are for the paint scheme on this one? The Revell instructions want me to mix some colours together and don't give any FS numbers! <_<

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Watch out for the fit of the wings on this model - they droop too much giving an almost Harrier like anhedral. On mine I glue the wing to the top wing glove, then squeezed the bottom glove up. Nice kit apart from that.

Regards

David

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Does anyone know what the FS numbers are for the paint scheme on this one? The Revell instructions want me to mix some colours together and don't give any FS numbers! <_<

Don't worry! Using these websites I have sorted it out.

http://www.jpsmodell.de/dc/draw/n87d_tor.jpg

http://www.paint4models.com/paintchart/pai...rsionchart.html

Watch out for the fit of the wings on this model - they droop too much giving an almost Harrier like anhedral. On mine I glue the wing to the top wing glove, then squeezed the bottom glove up. Nice kit apart from that.

Regards

David

Good point, once I have decided how I want the wings I'll definitely do that.

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A quick shot of the seats and the cockpit before I join the two halves of the front fuselage together. The decal instruments don't look too bad in this scale, I added belts with some Tamiya tape and an ejection handle using a thin bit of wire. Getting it into a tiny loop was a pain :D

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Another little update, here are the two 'winders that came with the kit. Not sure if they were ever carried with this scheme but I thought I'd paint them up anyway!

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I have joined the two fuselage parts, just the intakes and IFR probe to go on and then I'll need to fill in a few seams before she will be ready for some paint!

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You can just about see the little loops of wire I added in the burner cans to add some interest.

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Progressing well; Those seats look ace! Don't know how you could build in 1/144

By making everything five times as I keep losing loads of little bits on the floor :analintruder:

I am used to 1/48 so this looks so tiny!

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She is now ready for some painting!

Seats are in, and the cockpit is on and masked (that had to be the hardest job so far! It's just so small). I also made wing seals using wine bottle foil.

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It's a welcome break from 1/48 actually. I don't feel the urge to detail every part as much as possible!

I have primed it, added the white stripe on the spine and the olive green has now gone on. I took a photo once the white was on, but the with the camera flash it just looked like a white Tornado outline!

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Before the Maskol comes off:

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and after:

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Some of the edges are a bit ragged because of the way the Maskol peels off, so I will have to sort them tomorrow. Then I just need some aircraft grey for the wing roots and black for the fin and nose, and we will nearly be ready for some decals! :partytime:

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Try using some micromesh if you have some, it really helps on those edges.

Using Maskol for camouflage is OK but you have to use very thin coats or it will crack and peel at the edges. Even in braille scale, i would advise using thin strips of masking tape for defining the edge of the camo - if you cut Tamiya tape into very thin strips it will easily conform to curved shapes and uneven surfaces without creasing. Then fill in the inner gap with Maskol, saves headaches like this one!

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True, I didn't think I'd be able to get the right shapes in this scale using tape. Luckily the areas that look really bad are on the tape i used to cover the spine so it should be ok.

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