Tornado ADV model in 1/32 scale
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KIT STEP 25
The jet pipe assembly was completed 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
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 nose gear.
... uncorrected... .... corrected leg
KIT STEP 52 (RAF kit 04705 step 51)
KIT STEPS 55 - 56 (RAF kit 04705 steps
KIT STEPS 60 - 61 (RAF kit 04705 steps
The nicely 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.
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.
I sanded away their moulded
stubs from my casted parts and installed them. They are aft of the heat
exchange ducts, on the engine bay
doors and slightly offset.
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 fuel tanks
were also finished and detailed with the kit stripes and stencilling. (if
you want large Hindenburg tanks, find these elsewhere).
For all the missile rails, decals
were used with tiny pieces of card and metal:
KIT STEP 73 (RAF kit 04705 step 74)
Fit the probes as indicated.
Views of the completed model but still without armament....
Inside the intake a flow guiding plate is located (is in the Revell kit), also note the canopy details.
Details on the lower aft fuselage with the Vicon chaff dispensers fitted
Upper view with the peculiar white dotted striped walkways.
Some armament was added....
- Do not use the strike variant bomb pylons on the Tornado ADV.
- The special pods ECM and BOZ may be used and fitted on the Tornado ADV. You may slightly modify the BOZ pod to get the Ariel Towed Radar decoy fitted on operational F.mk.3 planes.
- The Harm missile is not used on the Tornado ADV.
- The Sidewinder missiles were usually seen on Tornado ADV in their older days when put into service, these are in the kit.
Skyflash Air to Air missiles are also used on ADV's but are not in the kit. They look like Sparrow missiles deployed on F-4 Phantoms and F-15 Eagles. So look for some spare 1/32 missiles in other kits or your spares' box. Remove their upper fins and fit two flat sanded missiles below the forward fuselage to fit them in the forward recesses. The two rear missiles can be put simply in place within upper fins.
After 2005, all ADV F-3 aircraft had an systems upgrade that enabled the armament with AIM-120B AMRAAM and after mid 2005 AIM-132 ASRAAM missiles. The AMRAAM was to replace the Skyflash and the ASRAAM the Sidewinder missiles.
In 1/32 scale, the Tamiya
F-16 has AMRAAM missiles; I have a few left, so will use these, leaving
off the (recessed) fins to fit below the fuselage.
ASRAAM missile bodies, small fins to be added from card
Missiles were painted light grey
and some simple stripes added with a pencil. For the ASRAAM I used the
new resin outboard pylons.
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August 23, 2008