Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense)
1/32 scale conversion 
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Tornado ADV model in 1/32 scale

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Final Finishing

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 fit. 

KIT STEPS 31-51 (RAF kit 04705 steps 30-50)
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 nose gear.
 ... uncorrected...                        .... 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 the underside. 
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 54-55)
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 59-60)
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 grey.
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 Vinten 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 ADV.

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 grey.

 KIT STEP 73 (RAF kit 04705 step 74) 
Fit the probes as indicated.



The model is in fact completed now (besides the optional armament)

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February 20,  2009