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well I did the nose oleo leg and forget to take pics - so sorry , But I removed about 3 mm of oleo and the sit looks better. I'm now on final assembly so i'll post some pics later before we go to RFI for the final 'photo shoot" lol

One last think I 've discovered - the airbrake actuation pistons will make the brakes sit in an open postion that looks like they been lubed with a viagra based oil :) . Its a simple job to shorten them - I'm using pics from the ever handy airliners.net ( as usual with this build) to give me a guide.

I'll try and show you all the little bits that I've added in the next set of pics. But as its Saturaday and my dads staying, we are having a few drinks so it may not be till later , hic.

Jonners

PS cheers for the comment son the paintshcme. I can assure you the pics are flattering!

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Perversely after this one is done - if HB ever release a "GR4" version I might have another try, though the F3 does tempt too - didnt the Italians use them too for a while?

Is a GR4 a possibility?

Dan

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Is a GR4 a possibility?

Dan

This kit, and the forthcoming boxing of the ECR kit include exactly the same plastic - and include FLIR and LRMTS pods, however, the stores included aren't suitable for a GR4, but you can build a GR1 from the box.

I seem to recall that they will be doing a boxing of a GR4, though they will need to add a weapons/stores sprue, it would need new belly pylons, and a skyshadow at least (the kit has a BOZ107 but that needs amendment or replacement) and some cockpit amendments - though I doubt whther they would bother with the latter.

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Right ladies and gents, heres the last post on this here thread from me. First up I 'd like to thank everyone for being interested, and posting with opinions , tips, ideas and comments. I hope its been of use, and I hope that if you decide on a Hobby Boss Tornado, then this might be of some if you just cant live with it, as is.

After several days of looking at the completed model, I've come to the following conclusions (with the help of some posts on the RFI thread too), and these are the ones that warrant expression :)

First up: The wing pylons. I think that when they are applied, they make the stores angle up a bit. Easy to fix, just trim them a bit so they angle down.

Second - the nose: despite all my trimming, cutting and general butchery, I still think its not quite there. There are some subtle curves going on here that I cant quite capture. maybe another go would sort that out?

Third: the wing gloves - yes they are too thick , but hopefully Bill Clark has got a way to sort this - so I shall leave you in his capable hands. Were I to do another I'd have a bash.

Fourth: The lower forward fin area. Still a bit thick I beleive on reflection, when one compares it to Neils Paragon correction for ther Italeri model.

Nosewheels: Too big apparently. I must admit to not even checking, but several comments lead me to beleive this to be the case.

Overall: This was fun, I actually like building models, so cutting them up and sticking them back together is part of the fun for me. It may not be your bag, so if building this model and wanting to make it look more like a Tornado , be prepared to either curb your enthusiasm or expectations. I'd love to see one built from the box as a comparison as I suspect it will actually look pretty good, but not quite right.

Perhaps Hobby Boss might rework the tooling to make it look better shape wise, who knows? If you want a well fitting model with great detail, then the kit wont disappoint: Fit is good, even allowing for its modular style of build.

If you want a model with all of the above that looks like a Tornado, either wait for a while more, or have a go at what I did: Or go for the Italeri model with all the aftermarket bits and do what has become the accepted way to get yourself a good looking Tornado. Its your choice, and I wont say either is the best, or most right, (or cheaper:) )

Well thats its folks.

dedicated to Merv, and to all RAF personel, wherever they me be. Per Ardua Ad Astra.

Cheers

Jonners

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What a great thread! Really enjoyable. Got a question that seems to have been danced around just a touch. Will the Iterleri front fuslege section fit on the HB rear section? That is, between the intakes. That could solve a lot of problems with the shape and the messed up canopy.

Chuck

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Holy mother of god! I've just plowed through the thread and that must be the most innaccurate moulded kit I've ever seen.

Incredible work to sort it out and I admire you're patience. I'd have binned it as soon as I saw the tailplanes, let alone the rest of it...

Neil

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can anyone tell me does the lakeland quick shine set decals the same way klear did, as im running out gorgeous tornado too there, well done

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can anyone tell me does the lakeland quick shine set decals the same way klear did, as im running out gorgeous tornado too there, well done

Hi Rob - the answer is probably - I used it on a few small decals on my current Seafire 47 build and it seems to work OK. But as I've never really been a bif user of Klear for decal setting i dont know how it compares other than to say id di stick them down .

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Jonners

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hi there well thanks for that, soon ill buy a bottle or two and try it out and post on here for others maybe its down to me to find out for everyone, cheers dude.

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Great build.. Can I ask why you have the aux air doors open? Is it for showing off detail purposes?

Clarkey XV® Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth

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Yeh all this detail and adjustment to get the build so accurate and the aux doors are open!

This would never happen in the config displayed.

Jim

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I'll second that.

Yeh all this detail and adjustment to get the build so accurate and the aux doors are open!

This would never happen in the config displayed.

Jim

Hi Jim, and Clarkey, re the Aux doors: Naiveity. When I built the intakes originally I didnt know they should be shut, so they stayed open. I'll deduct a point from my "smug self-satisfied" score LOL :)

Hopefully the rest of the build has been of interest though?

PS on My Mk 3 "cut & shut" job I got this bit right. qv http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.p...&hl=tornado

edit: sorry chaps - realised that comes across as sarky. wasnt meant to be - just a long day at work. J

Cheers

Jonners

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Hi Jim, and Clarkey, re the Aux doors: Naiveity. When I built the intakes originally I didnt know they should be shut, so they stayed open. I'll deduct a point from my "smug self-satisfied" score LOL :)

Hopefully the rest of the build has been of interest though?

PS on My Mk 3 "cut & shut" job I got this bit right. qv http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.p...&hl=tornado

edit: sorry chaps - realised that comes across as sarky. wasnt meant to be - just a long day at work. J

Cheers

Jonners

Sarky's fine here Jonners! Saudi Jim hadn't read the critique rules by the look of it anyway! Personally I blame Hobbyboss - just another fault on the kit!!!

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I really liked your photos. What great dedication to complete such good work. Well done!

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Cheers Chaps. I hate to say this - but I have some very nice decals for an Italian ECR version form the 4+ combo decal sheet /ref book - so I am considering building another.

Will I ever learn?? :)

Cheers

Jonners

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Cheers Chaps. I hate to say this - but I have some very nice decals for an Italian ECR version form the 4+ combo decal sheet /ref book - so I am considering building another.

Will I ever learn?? :)

Cheers

Jonners

It'll be easy next time Jonners - you know all the wrinkles now....!!! :whistle::D

Keef

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Well iv'e read all the comments on this topic, and I think you have done a fabulous job. Very well done indeed. You should be proud. I admire anybody who can change a model and improve on it. :D

David

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