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Tiny Tonkas - The Panavia Tornado In 1/144

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MerlinJones wrote:Ta-daaaaa...

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Celebration, with the first of a couple of glasses of Butch Sherry!
Ah! nice blitzbuild; and a face to a name to boot!

Nice to see (the kit, that is).

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Revell (ex-Dragon) Panavia Tornado F3 ADV, No.111 Squadron, 75th Anniversary Scheme, RAF Leuchers, (Kit Decals)

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Revell (ex-Dragon) 1/144 Panavia Tornado F3 ADV, No.56 (R) Squadron, "Firebirds", RAF Leuchers, July 2005. (Xtradecals)

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Now the worst Tonka kit of the lot has to be the Academy. In spite of fairly recent re-issues, I believe that this kit dates back to the time when Dinky issued their MRCA and nobody actually knew what Panavia was.
...And the Academy is an old Arii is an old LS kit!

That said, very basic modelling skills can rescue even this kit.

It might appear unfair to compare this with the new Revell, but that is the standard to which I am aiming and, as the best 1/144 Tonka kit there is, I know it's accurate.

This is the Academy, next to the Revell;

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Obviously, the lack of cockpit is an issue and those intakes are way off what is required.
That said, provide the Academy with crew and, if you can, better seating and things will already make a turn for the better;

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Lovely though that Revell detail is, you'll see very little of it, once the fuselage is closed up and the canopy cemented into place.
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Going to the rear end, more differences are apparent, with very soft detailing on the fin of the Academy and the afterburners look a little...naked!

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Some small pieces of plasticard can improve the look of those cans;

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Small pieces of plasticard can also sharpen up the intakes, especuially after a vigourous session with a file, to refine the sides;

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Still some work to do. Pylons and the fin ecm bar can be fixed by replacing the with plasticard. You will, however, need to dump those fuel tanks!

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Those elevons need replacing as well, but again, plasticard is your friend;

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Two Academy Tonka, destined to be Marineflieger and Desert Storm aircraft;

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Matchbox (ex-Academy) 1/144 Panavia Tornado GR1, "Desert Storm"

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Academy 1/144 Panavia Tornado IDS, Marineflieger

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Another outing for the later Revell tooling, this time depicting a spectacular 2011 Tigermeet scheme.

The build, as with previous, was trouble-free. The painting presented one challenge, in that I had to find a suitable grey, without resorting to the ridiculous Revell mixing.
I tried H127 at first, but that looked way too pale. In the end, H126 ticked my boxes. I used a stipple brush to apply thinned white acrylic and, whilst it all looks a little crude at the moment, I was aware that most will be hidden by the decals. H24 was my yellow and the rear of the fuel tanks was H15;

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NOTE that I've omitted adding the elevons, so as to facilitate decal placement.

Now then...the decals!

There are a lot of them and, to be fair to cartograph, they are truly beautiful. Excellent opacity and in perfect registeration and even with gradual changes in shade, as if airbrushed. For example, this allows the black of the decal to blend in seamlessly with the H15 of the fuel tank.

Each decal is also perfectly cut, with no excessive decal film whatsoever and, in the case of those for the fuel tanks, cut in such as way as to enable the decal to conform perfectly to the plastic.

The main issue I had with the decals was with the placement instructions, with many of the smaller tigerstripe decals not getting a mention. having applied the decals as per the instruction sheet, I was then left with a collection of bits and had to play at jigsaws to work out which bit went where.
Essentially, the stripes are broken up to accommodate various structural bits and pieces and to take into account the undercarriage doors being posed open. Once I'd sussed this out, I was able to complete the model, but still ended up with some tiny bits left over.

Ah well...what a pity...never mind!

(One other potential issue could also be a lack of direction as to which decals to apply first. Obviously, I understood that I'd have to apply all of the tiger markings before the stencils and national insignia, but as this isn't indicated in the instructions, some less-aware modellers may be caught out).
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Revell 1/144 Panavia Tornado ECR, 1 Staffel, JBG 32, Lechfeld AB, "Tigermeet 2011"
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