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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The basic model of the F3 was now ready to receive its first markings through decals. (Most were home made as seen on previous pages). This was done to prevent damaging an otherwise outfitted model with all gears and stores that would make handling difficult.

Make sure that the surfaces are gloss to prevent silvering (air bubbles below the decals) later on. The gloss sheen was achieved by spraying on several coats of Johnson Future (called also Klear or Pledge) with an airbrush. 

Information was used from various sources and included also instructions from other Tornado kits, such as the Hasegawa 1/72 kit for the F3. Off course also the various reference books and Internet were used as noted on page 1

Some of the home made markings needed are printed on white decal sheet so needed a very carefull cutting to their edges. This is very difficult particularly for the winged sword on the tail and if you don't have a good mood for it, stop and wait for another day.

So the swords on the tail were vcarefully and tediously cut out with a very sharp scalp knife and scissors.

The blue numbers 1987-2004 . on top of the red vertical tail had to be hand painted. This was done on spare clear decalsheet. I made 6 examples and picked the "best ones" for use on the model.

The particular white Tornado ADV walkway stripes on upper wings, fuselage and intakes were added in white using the home made decals. These needed long cuts. 

The white serials from the home made decals were also cut out and added as needed for the particular picked plane desired. 

Some markings came also obviously from the kit like stencilling. The toned down roundels can be obtained from the home made sheet but better is to get some from other sources like the Revell Gr.mk1 kit of XTRADECAL roundel sets.

Lower airframe details, some markings were applied with a toothpick with some paint, others with kit decals. Main gear bay details and optional Vicon Chaff dispensers still to be added. 

Work was also started on cockpit finishing. A mix of decals and paint was used here. Weathering was limited in the cockpit as the "office" is kept clean. The upper resin parts for the CRT and seats still to be detailled with paint and decals. 
Note that the mid bulkhead is solid behind the front pilots seat (on a real Tornado its lower part should be open). This was noticed too late during construction and it will not really be noticeable once the seats are in place and cockpit fitted out. 

The various detail parts were also painted. The canopy was masked of inside and outside. Details like de-misting ducts still to be added.

The cockpit was detailed using the available pictures from references. Detailling was done with stretched sprue and plastic card.

.after painting the details........

Control sticks still to be added as well as the ejection seats



Now, the airframe and details were touched up in areas regarding some weathering and so on. With very thinned paint and the ProModeller weathering black wash very subtle panels were highlighted. Do not over do it as Tornado's are well maintained.

After 24 hours drying, a protective coat of Johnson Future / Pledge with a bit mixed in Tamiya matting agent was sprayed over the model. this will give an even shine and protect the decals.

The next step is now to add the various detailed airframe parts such as the undercarriage.



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