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KIT STEP 25
I found small shrinkages on the exhausts
so fill these first with putty. I actually discovered too late.. ;-(
Complete the jet pipe assembly as
indicated in the instructions. Note that the starboard engine #62 is wrongly
at the same angle as the port engine; remove the tiny locator and it will
KIT STEPS 31-51 (RAF kit 04705 steps
Assemble the airbrakes, gears, doors
and wheels. Some extra scratch details in the gear bays and adding brake
tubing from thin metal wire on the gear legs may be worthwhile.
Below left you see my original nose
leg and gear as initially modelled. With Michel I discovered that it seems
that this has changed on the Tornado; so the gear leg was too long and
aft there is no anti torque strut. The nose gear leg was shorted in length
4 mm and changed.
Also, a metal pin was used to connect
the two nose wheels with a metal core pin to add strength to the model
.... corrected leg
KIT STEP 52 (RAF kit 04705 step 51)
In most cases, the air intake scoop
is not seen on aircraft, but on some ADV aircraft it is seen far left on
I replaced the kit pitot tube #102
with a needle and fitted it to the resin nose.
KIT STEPS 55 - 56 (RAF kit 04705 steps
Assemble as shown. (In the RAF kit
the lights #163 are slightly different in the kit).
In the light transparant parts, small
holes were drilled to suggest a bulb as the hole "light bulb" was painted
red, and on the right side blue.
KIT STEPS 60 - 61 (RAF kit 04705 steps
Additional internal canopy details
were added from scratch like mirrors and de-misting ducts. I used some
parts from an EDUARD Tornado etched metal set.
The engraved "detonating chord" in
the Revell canopy was left as is.
Fit the canopy as indicated. At the
hinge area, small cylinders can be seen for raising and lowering the canopy;
these were made of metal pins 4 mm long.
The root seals behind the trailing
edge of the inner wing were made from thin metal foil from a wine bottle.
It was inscribed, cut and bend a bit to suggest the inflating rubber bags
as on a real Tornado. The seals were fitted with superglue and painted
The area at the trailing edge has
various colours, depending on the particular plane. So study photos.
Here, the inner flap has a drk grey
finish and the swivelling area light grey.
Resin parts for the two home made
Vicon resin chaff/flare dispensers on the lower rear fuselage were
added. Note that these are optional as they are not always fitted on Tornado
ADV F3 planes.
Sand away their moulded stub and
simply fit. They are aft of the heat exchange ducts, on the engine bay
doors and slightly offset.
Now on to the pylons. Fitting these
is obviously optional as often Tornado's also fly in "clean configuration".
For the model, the kit pylons were
detailed and a hole drilled on top of each pylon to accept a piece of rod.
This will match the corresponding hole on the lower wing surfaces and improve
adjustment and add strength one glued in place.
Here you see also the additional outboard
home made resin Air to Air missile rails. These are typical on the Tornado
The normal size kit Tornado fueltanks
were also finished and detailed with the kit stripes and stencilling. (if
you want large Hindenburg tanks, find these elswhere).
For all the missile rails, decals
were used with tiny pieces of card and metal:
(Pylons loosely set in place, will
be fixed later after armament fitting)
Pylons do not fit perfectly, you
will have to sand a bit and fill tiny gaps with white glue painted light
KIT STEP 73 (RAF kit 04705 step
Fit the probes as indicated.