Tornado ADV model in 1/32 scale
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Let's look at the 1/32 Revell Tornado kits released (new moulds).
In general the
kit comments are:
Overall detail is very good, with
nice cockpit with raised details, 10 piece Martin Baker Mk.10 ejection
seats, a radar compartment, refuelling probe and very well detailed stores.
Stores are pylons are all supplied but depend on the particular kit purchased.
Intakes are also well done but no intake ducts although not a lot can be
seen of it. The kit is crampted with details and excellent parts.
What kits and boxes were issued by Revell?
IDS kit (German) (Revell kit no 04700):
Also, the same Revell-Monogram boxing is seen below with parts and decals:
A large sprue has bombs and as extra the large 2250 L Hindenburg tanks. A small sprue has transparant parts with lights etc.
Decals for three RAF aircraft:
No 31 Squadron in an 80 year Anniversary scheme at Bruggen ; No 617
‘Dambusters’ Lossiemouth; MiG Eater RAF Tornado Det. at Tabuk in Saudi
Arabia of Desert Storm of 1991. The first two in standard RAF green/grey
and last one in desert ‘pink’.
(3) ECR (Revell
to these kits, various other aftermarket Tornado
1/32 sets can be purchased from various sources
Some of these can be used for an ADV version as well. Decals are to be a combination of various 1/32 decals and possible some home made for squadron markings etc.
Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
1/32 scale Conversion
The Tornado ADV has a longer fuselage than the Tornado IDS / Gr.mk1, so a separate plug, a new radar nose, wing root gloves and the F.mk.3 jetpipe area extension are needed. Other details vary as well.
It was decided to cast a number of resin parts for use with the Revell Tornado gr.mk 1 or IDS kit. This is not easy. Cutting, trimming on both resin parts and kit parts is needed in addition to the usual filling and sanding work in conversions.
The conversion will be done in a logical sequence using the Revell kit instructions.
What are the 1/32 Tornado ADV resin parts?
- longer pointier radar ADV nose
and "nice to haves" as there are also
The parts are to be used for a Tornado F.mk3 or F.mk2. For the F.mk2 the rear jet pipe area extension is not needed. Total weight of resin parts is 120 grammes.
Interested? Look at the ordering page.... (SORRY, SET IS SOLD OUT AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE) ; I believe that many years later "HERITAGE" of the U.K issued a set.
The rubber moulds unfortunately don't last that long, so it is clearly limited run. Some parts may need more work than others like filling gaps, sanding and merging it in the Revell kit components. Some cutting and trimming on both resin parts and kit parts is needed. Here some of the silicone rubber moulds can be seen:
A. The forward
fuselage of the Tornado ADV has a refuelling probe is on the port side.
Inscribe the refuelling doors with a scriber, refer to drawing.
B. Remove the small inside stubs at the rear of the forward fuselage halves #18 + 18a to ease plug fitting later on.
C. In both fuselage halves #18 + 18a some plastic portions need to be removed. Use a razor saw to get straight cuts. Start sawing off the rear section of both halves #18+18a along the engraved kit vertical panelline and up to the two tiny holes. Than make a horizontal saw cut directly above the tiny intake locating holes. Cut on the outsides, so to have some margin left to sand for a perfect fit.
D. Tornado ADV variants have recesses for the two forward Skyflash missiles. A single bottom resin bottom panel for the forward fuselage is provided. It is moulded with quite some thickness to add strength and if the part is not perfectly flat, use hot water to get it flat.
Clean up missile recesses, but if you intend to fit Skyflash missiles only minor clean up is needed.
To fit resin bottom panel, remove of a large area on both lower fuselage halves. The cutting line from rear to front is indicated on both kit halves' bottom areas through a tiny panelline. The forward cutting line is aft of the forward nose bay gear well.
Note: the fitting
of the bottom resin panel is tricky and also moulding this resin part is
gear bay # 17 should fit and the resin part has moulded strips to get a
E. The large resin mid-fuselage plug is a complex part but in the end you get a strong joint. Clean up carefully the connecting edges of the resin part. It will fit to a modified forward fuselage and on the aft fuselage parts #48+54. Don't bother to clean up the insides of the plug, nothing can be seen of it.
the resin fuselage plug and the resin bottom part. Smoothen the glued edges.
F. The aft resin
jetpipe extension and resin fin base are needed only for the F.mk.3. Fit
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