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Italeri 1/48 Panavia Tornado IDS in the markings of "Helen" from the "Desert Storm" conflict...

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Italeri 1/48 Panavia Tornado IDS in the markings of "Helen" from the "Desert Storm" conflict...
Posted by UKguyInUSA on Monday, July 31, 2017 8:35 AM

Hello Chaps,

 

I'm just playing catch up with posting my last few builds, since the issue with Photobucket preventing 3rd party sharing. Well, now that I've figured out an alternative solution, I'm happy to be back and able to share again.

 

This build I completed on May 15th of this year (2017), and it so happens that the Tornado is my most favorite British used strike aircraft of the modern era, but after 3 years of building models, I've only just gotten around to building one.

 

Because it's my favorite British used strike aircraft, I decided to do something completely new that I;ve never attempted before....build a base for it to sit on. I even decided to do some scratch-building, too, to enhance it a little.

Items that I scratch-built were:

1) Seatbelts- made from strips of wine bottle foil

2) Canopy jack- made from a length of round sprue with a hole drilled in one end and a piece of paperclip inserted into it to simulate the rod. then I glued sections of styrene sheet at each end to simulate the claws.

3) Air intake covers- again, these were made from wine bottle foil.

4) FOD covers- made from two layers of styrene card of different dimensions, then painted red

5) Red and white striped warning/remove before flight tags- again, my go to source for items like this...wine bottle foil

6) Sidewinder Missile Caps- these were made from a section of small diameter round sprue cut to length, with the grab bar made from a slither of styrene card, then painted yellow.

7) Front Wheel Chocks/Blocks- These were made from parts from my spare parts box, they were triangular section guns from a A-1J Skyraider, cut to length and painted yellow, then in one end of the two pieces a hole was drilled. Into the holes I inserted a length of stretched sprue, glued into location with CA glue; this simulated the rope for dragging the chocks away from the wheels.

 

The kit didn't come with any figures, so I borrowed a USAF pilot from my F-4C Phantom build and had him pose at the side of the aircraft; he was visiting from a USAF base to check out the allies jet and get a ride in it! Stick out tongue

 

Anyway, I had a ton of fun building this one and recommend the kit if you're a lover of the "Tonka".

 

So, enough waffling, here she is, I hope you like her....

 

 

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There she is guys...I was happy with my first attempt at a base and the scratch-built extras, even if they might not be accurate...at the end of day, I had a ton of fun with this one, and for me personally, that is why I chose to build models since retiring...as a way of relaxing, switching off from life and having fun.

 

If you'd like to watch my YouTube build updates and Final Reveal videos showing how I went from the beginning to the end of this build, here are the links to those 5 videos:

 

Build Update #1 Video Link:

 

https://youtu.be/sS8aGNAvdic

 

 

Build Update #2 Video Link:

 

https://youtu.be/THX9-01dyNM

 

 

Build Update #3 Video Link:

 

https://youtu.be/pofTlO3ZLuI

 

 

Build Update #4 Video Link:

 

https://youtu.be/YIc9GNPSBjE

 

 

Final Reveal Video Link:

 

https://youtu.be/e68A3-I1z2Y

 

 

Okay chaps, thanks in advance for taking a gander and leaving any comments, much appreciated, and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed building her!

 

Cheers,

Martin Smile Yes Beer Beer

 

 

 

 

Cheers :)

Martin

Link to my YouTube Modeling Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYsHdyW0iN5_YXCdLEhgFqA

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, July 31, 2017 9:03 AM

Well Martin, that is one spectacular build. Very well done and certainly one to be very proud of.

BK

On the bench: 2x Monogram 1/48 Kingfishers with cockpits and floats, full kit overhauls each

1/48 Pro Modeler P-47N

1/32 Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 31, 2017 12:31 PM

Very impressive - there's a lot going on and it's all well done. The photos are really good as well. What hosting site are you using?

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Posted by UKguyInUSA on Thursday, August 03, 2017 1:18 PM

BrandonK

Well Martin, that is one spectacular build. Very well done and certainly one to be very proud of.

BK

 

Thanks Brandon, greatly appreciated... I really enjoyed building it, I guess because it;s my most favorite British military jet aircraft Smile

 

Cheers.

Martin

Cheers :)

Martin

Link to my YouTube Modeling Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYsHdyW0iN5_YXCdLEhgFqA

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, August 03, 2017 1:46 PM

Sweet looking Tonka, really wel finished and looks great on that base.

I remember hearing the BBC radio reports when Op Granby started and the air strikes were going in. I was in training at the time and we were on excerises. Our instructors brought a radio into the harbour area so we could listen to the reports.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Pz II Ausf F

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, August 03, 2017 3:58 PM

An outright amazing build!

Toshi

From: Streetsboro, Ohio

Retired due to work related injury

married

 

On the bench:

Trumpeter 1/32 Corsair with Eduardo Big Ed Set

In the works:

Monogram Pro Modeler 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolt (OOB)

Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Friday, August 04, 2017 5:07 PM

A terrific build, a stunner! Yes

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, August 05, 2017 9:11 AM

OH MY !  Your Tornado build is incredible, very impressive and inspirational. i have stayed away from desert era aircraft because I always thought the paint scheme was kind of bland. not so with yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, August 06, 2017 7:45 PM
Martin, I'm not particularly in to modern stuff, but this thing is simply breath taking. Stunning work my friend. The base and figure are top notch too. Thanks for sharing.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by UKguyInUSA on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 5:28 PM

mrmike

Very impressive - there's a lot going on and it's all well done. The photos are really good as well. What hosting site are you using?

 

  Thanks Mike, much appreciated! Smile

 

I don't use a hosting site anymore, I tried something that worked...I create an album of my photos on my Facebook page, click on each photo one at a time, then copy and paste into a New Topic thread...easy peasy and doesn't cost money!

Cheers :)

Martin

Link to my YouTube Modeling Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYsHdyW0iN5_YXCdLEhgFqA

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, August 12, 2017 4:31 PM

OUTSTANDING job on that Tornado, Martin!! She looks real!! 

Two questions:

1. What is the canopy jack for? Does the Tornado not come already equipped with a canopy lift strut (I guess that's what it would be called)? I remember seeing a Luftwaffe Tornado at an airshow near Indianapolis a few years ago, and don't recall seeing the jack on that one;

2. They obviously don't cause an issue (or they would be redesigned by now), but do the air brakes cause the nose to pitch up when deployed? Seems that with them being that far back on the fuselage, they would act as "Up" elevators when used.

Again, great job on that Tornado!!

Gary Mason

 

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Academy Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion; 1/48th Hasegawa A-7 Corsair II; 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet; 1/48th Eduard Fokker Dr. 1 Triplane; 1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; 1/48th Monogram Douglas TBD-1 Devastator; 1/48th Monogram Pro-Modeler A-26B Invader

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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