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Gulf War Tornado

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I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Now onto the build.

 

While waiting for the fuselage join to dry I started to do a few other items. The one thing that prevented me building this earlier was the lack of available markings for the F3. Fortunately the Sillouette Cutter enabled me to do some of the markings.

 

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The Revell kit is not too bad in external detail but a few things can be improved. The AIM-9L missiles are too long and I replaced them with items from the Tamiya F-15 kit. The LAU-7 launchers are correct in length but almost double the correct width. I sanded the launchers to a thinner profile by sanding the insides and then gluing it together. At the same time I detailed them a bit more by adding rails to the bottom. The launcher was then copied in resin to produce 3 copies.

 

The bottom one is the original Revell missile.

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Enjoy 

 

Nick

  

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I worked during the festive season and the little time spare I had was used for visiting family, so not too much progress. I did manage some building, so here it is.

 

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The Tornado has anhedral (downward droop) on the tail-plane, as can be seen on the photo above, which I can't get quite right with the kit parts. I fixed this by gluing a 3,2mm rivet into the tail-planes and then bending it to the right angle. (I just eyeballed it from the photo as I could not find clear plans).  I used a piece of 5mm plastic tube  which passes thru the fuselage to make sure the alignment is correct. The rivet  fits snugly into the tube making for a better fit and alignment.

 

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I also painted the missiles and turned a pitot tube on the Dremmel from brass rod using the kit part as a reference.

 

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Nick

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I had to cannibalize parts of the undercarriage to repair my ECR Tornado when it suffered a collapse two years ago. Now it was time to scratch the uc door actuator arms and some other parts. 

 

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Meanwhile I also painted some of the undercarriage parts and ejection seats and weapon pylons. I light weathering was done with pastels.

 

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Enjoy

 

Nick

 

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Thanks for all the replies gents.

 

On 1/9/2019 at 10:29 PM, Scale32 said:

That is some excellent work! Wish I could do that sort of stuff.

 

Cheers Bevan 

 

 Bevan it is easier than you think. Just get a set of strips, tubes and rods from Evergreen and start. Some of the members on this forum share  tips and techniques and I have learned so much here already.

 

Your Tornado looks great Phartycr0c. Yours is in one of the schemes I considered for my build, but then settled for a Gulf War version. I love the attention to detail such as the open aux air intakes on take off. Great!!

 

Nick

 

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3 hours ago, Cheetah11 said:

 

Thanks for all the replies gents.

 

 

 Bevan it is easier than you think. Just get a set of strips, tubes and rods from Evergreen and start. 

 

Nick

 

 

indeed !! that's F Verlinden said years ago about his builds :" this is only some styrène scraps .........."  but ........................not only :hmmm:

Alain

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Fuselage is now together and primed, ready for painting. 

 

 

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I had a bit of difficulty getting the right shade of Barley Grey. Humbrol makes the right color as a satin color , but try as I might I could not get a smooth finish with the types of thinners I used(I tried everything I could source including Humbrol.)

 

In the end I used Tamiya lacquer but had to mix the colors, using the Humbrol tin lid as a reference. I hope the color looks right but at least it is super smooth. I tested it by doing the stabs and it looks right to my eye. I also tested my preferred method of weathering by using pastels to create darker areas around panel lines. I know it is a personal preference but even black lines on real aircraft lose the sharpness when viewing them at typical modeling distances. The NO STEP stencil was as small as I could cut with the Sillouette, so I hope the size is not too big. The two colors on the stab is only shadow when photographing.

 

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Nick

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