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1:32 Tornado F Mk.3 Conversion (Revell base)


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Was wondering how long it would take for people to mention the forthcoming GR Mk.4 kit from Italeri... ;)

 

Flaps and slats - F Mk.3s were generally parked with these retracted.

 

They *may* do an F3 eventually - but I quite like the second generation Revell Tornadoes - shape is mostly pretty good - and, going by the two Italeri Mirages I’ve built - the quality of surface detail may actually be better on the Revell kit.

 

Also - given that I have at least 8 Revell Tornadoes in the pile that have been waiting on an F3 conversion - I may as well use those.

 

I don’t think I’m alone in having Revell kits stashed away?

 

When the new GR4 arrives I’ll have one - then work out best route for the mud movers from there...  :)

 

Tied up with vehicles just now - but will try and take some photos later this afternoon.

 

Iain

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 Hi Iain

 

2 hours ago, Iain said:

Was wondering how long it would take for people to mention the forthcoming GR Mk.4 kit from Italeri... ;)

 

 
Having just finished my second Revell Tornado and busy with an Italeri F-104 after completing two Italeri Mirages I will not get rid of Revell Tornados. I for one am not holding my breath for the Italeri release. For the Tornado fans sake I hope I am wrong in my assessment.

Nick

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OK - some images...

 

Nose cone - printed in HIPS using an FDM printer - so a little surface prep required. As with some of the other parts printed using this process, there's a 'flash'-like wafer of excess material to be removed from around the print.

 

Not that Tim has designed each plug in section with an associated bulkhead/location section - more on this later:

 

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The forward underside insert - with Skyflash missile recesses. This will probably need the most tweaking to the surface as there is a noticeable 'stepping' in the print in the missile troughs - nothing a little spray can filler and some wet and dry can't fix:

 

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One on left - as printed. One on the right partially prepped and the Revell kit nose-gear well dry fitted in place.

 

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Plug behind cockpit:

 

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Intake trunking - something completely missing from the Revell Tornado kits. I suspect this will work just as well with any IDS Tornado build, so a wider application than just the F3.

 

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And the compressor blades - printed on an SLA printer, so resin, but very fine detail:

 

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Rear missile fairings:

 

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Late type Chaff/Flare dispensers:

 

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Engine extension plug:

 

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Lower tail/thrust-reverser insert:

 

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That's not exhaustive - and bear in mind these are prototype parts!

 

I have started cutting things up - so more photos to follow.

 

I would sign off with 'blue skies' - but we're in the middle of some serious Cumulonimbus activity just now!

 

Iain

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Those look superb , and a perfect starting point for a great F3 m but what about the wing Vanes they need to be larger on the F3 and of course a revised rear cockpit , but having done one , none of this is beyond the skills of a tightfisted  rwonk like me!

 

Now if we could get a decent set of Decals as well, but as I hoping for too much !

 

 

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Is the old Black Box F3 cockpit no longer available?,

 

I seem to recall that the WSO IP in the set was pretty goodbut since I bought it over 10 years ago  it's probably  long OOP, pity!

 

 

 

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