Panavia Tornado F3 ADV (Air Defense)
1/32 scale conversion 
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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: 
It comes in a large box and parts are finely moulded with engraved panel lines. (NOTE: this kit is not to be confused with the very old Revell Gr.mk1 and ADV F2 kits issued in the nineteen eighties).

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.
The gears are well detailed but vulnerable and must carry considerable weight. The wing can be swivelled, but set them fixed. Improve the seal area aft of the wing. The jet pipes are also very good with good depth and detail. The front fuselage and the rear fuselage joint may need some filler but generally the parts fit well.. 

What kits and boxes were issued by Revell?

(1) Tornado IDS kit (German) (Revell kit no 04700):

Luftwaffe boxing of the IDS. 

Also, the same Revell-Monogram boxing is seen below with parts and decals:

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(2) RAF GR.1 ( Revell kit 04705):
The GR.1 kit has the RAF-unique features, including the laser rangefinder under the nose and air refueling system. The ejection seats are reasonable MB Mk.10 seats and the landing gear is nicely done. Stores are two Tornado-standard 1500 liter external fuel tanks,  two Paveway LGBs, two NATO 1000 lb bombs, 2 AIM-9L Sidewinders, one Sky Shadow and one BOZ self-defense pods, and all the pylons required. 

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’.


USA release:
This box is for the Revell/Germany 1/32 Tornado GR.1 kit issued in the USA. It features all of the RAF-unique features, including the laser rangefinder under the nose and air refueling system.
The kit is moulded in medium grey plastic, with the exception of one tree moulded in light grey and, of course, the clear parts. The kit includes thus two Tornado-standard 1500 liter external fuel tanks, two 2250 liter Hindenburg tanks and "ground" attack stores like two Paveway LGBs, two standard NATO 1000 lb bombs, 2 AIM-9L Sidewinders, one Sky Shadow and one BOZ self-defense pods.
Decals for two Desert Storm RAF aircraft in "tan colour" .

(3) ECR (Revell kit 04718)
Revell also released a 1/32 scale Tornado kit in the Luftwaffe ECR version (Electronic counter measures and reconnaisance). The kit is essentially the previous Luftwaffe IDS boxing (not the RAF GR.1 boxing) but with extra parts and new decals for a JaboG 32 Tiger Meet scheme. Extra parts are a pair of HARM missiles, missile rails, undernose IRLS fairing, undernose FLIR fairing, new instrument panels for the pilot and backseater, and a new instrument box to go on top of the rear-seater’s instrument panel. 

 

In addition to these kits, various other aftermarket Tornado 1/32 sets can be purchased from various sources like:
- Eduard etched metal Tornado detail set
- Flight Path sets for flaps, ladders etc
- Paragon set for flaps
- Various ejection seat resin sets
- Black Box / Avionix cockpit sets
etc. etc

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.


Preferably an RAF GR.mk1 kit is the best starting kit for the ADV conversion, but as an ECR kit was readily available at my shop, the main parts were used of this kit. There is however 100% commonality in the main airframe parts in all kits, only details and stores vary. So the conversion should work for all 1/32 Revell Tornado kits (of the new mould).
 


 
 
 
 

 



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
- mid-fuselage extension plug
- jet pipe area fuselage extension
- new bottom panel forward fuselage with missile recesses
- two small wing leading edge extensions
- longer tail fairing

and "nice to haves" as there are also alternatives:
- two types of mid CRT screen layouts (F3 trainer and F3) (alternative: buy resin cockpit sets)
- one pilot instrument panel (alternative: buy resin cockpit sets)
- aft navigator panel (alternative: buy resin cockpit sets)
- two detailed seat head rests (alternative: buy resin after market seats)
- bulkheads (alternative: buy resin cockpit sets)
- two outboard Sidewinder missile pylons (alternative: do not fit)
- two chaff/flare dispensers aft fuselage  (not initially fitted on the F3)
- larger radar disk (only needed for opened up radar nose)

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. 



The set has 20 limited run parts. 

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:


For resin glueing, Cyano Acrylate Superglue and 5-minute Epoxy for large joins is used as is a fine modelling razor saw. Putty/filler, superglue gell is also used to fill gaps and pin holes. To fill tiny pin holes in the small resin parts, white glue can be used. Putty is also needed to get a good result in the entire assembly in fitting the resin to the plastic kit parts. 

SAFETY first: when cutting and sanding resin parts, use hand gloves to avoid skin irritation and plenty of water and a face mask to avoid inhaling resin dust.
 


PREPARATIONS

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. 

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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 very difficult; 
an alternative is not to remove the lower fuselage section but to use a thick piece of plastic cart (46 x 40 mm) to fit below the fuselage plug. Forget about the missile recesses and put two sanded flat "missiles" in place (see missile suggestions later). 

The forward gear bay # 17 should fit and the resin part has moulded strips to get a stronger joint. 
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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.

Glue together the resin fuselage plug and the resin bottom part. Smoothen the glued edges. 

Do not fit it yet to the prepared kit fuselage!

F. The aft resin jetpipe extension and resin fin base are needed only for the F.mk.3. Fit as needed.
You may need to fill up some gaps in the parts.

 

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