British Panavia tornado GR-MK 1
February 28, 2013 in Aviation
MODEL: For this purpose this week will be the Italeri boxing of the British Panavia Tornado GR-M1,
AKA, model IDS, and boxed under the AMT label as well. Not the best kit of this Air plane but doable with a little help. Complaints from all the Arm Chair Experts,I.E. , not shaped correct, lacks cockpit detail, ( all kits do),- list goes on, – but- only you can, and will, make the decision to build one of these or other “harder to build” kits in lieu of the paste and paint kits.
This is not a suggestion for a new group posting like the Tiger teeth thing a couple of weeks ago but that was a good idea but seems to have been hi-jacked by some school room monitors of the other “site”. But my post this time will be of some “harder” and not so popular, kits, that need a lot more care to build and locate proper help to get it as a presentable product and catches the judges eye if you like to compete at your favorite Model show or club meeting(s), and will some times, send a thrill up your leg and be a down right aggravation for most of the build. BTW, we all have several of those.
If we need or want a “Theme” lets go with “Desert Storm War”, the model selection for that history is super great like all the World War II stuff. Which BTW, is a whole different subject as most model builders, er ah, I. E.., “scale modelers”, were not born until that was years over (I was a kid when it was over), and the only clues are what someone’s opinion is / was, and / or, pictures etc. tells them that, “maybe” this, or it, was a reasonable facsimile.
Ok, I am posting this as a little different input for some of the nice renditions of several ( bunches), of all the nice Timiygawa kits out there that have been posted lately. I guess just wondering if we did other postings of non-WWII stuff on here. All the great technology the past few years have given the Model Hobby, ( kit builders), (historians in Miniature), and the ever present (“ I am a scale modeler’ ),( makes us feel more manly)..I am just a “Kit Builder”, but I do talk to “Scale Model builders” sometimes, builds my ego so much and let me add, the P-47 has ruled the day for a while on this site, by far. What ever we choose to call ourselves these days, some basically easy building to some extent has been just a “paste and Paint” thing with minimum effort of scratch building or “correcting” efforts and all the really nice new painting artist with some super paint gun work and/ or some folks who insist they can do as good with “KRYLON” spray cans, paint brushes etc.. Truth be told, we all, at one time or the other, did that. This is a learn as we go Hobby and all our mothers, ( and others), are so proud of us and always will tell us the things we do, look so good. I. E. “ looks good baby, go play and make your little toy aeroplanes”!
One of the high profile aircraft during Desert Storm War, (were many other types as well), was the Brit Tornado, The British lost a number of these aircraft due mainly to the mission of low level targeting and easier targets for ground fire etc. This one is a model of one of the actual aircraft that was there and flew many missions.
Actual photos of this plane show it much more filthy, grungy, and paint peeling than my effort but the message is there.
This model needs a lot of help so the effort was on how to get some and find some better seats, found some good Paragon Designs MK 10s and some etch metal interior I think Eduard, found some “right color Paint” ( Desert Pink) ( “ExtraColor”) mades it, but actually, some Model Master “Wood” color with a drop or two of red for some “blush” will accomplish the same thing and good for fade or shading with adding lighter colors and weathering with Raw or Burnt Umber etc. Used Paragron resin Slats and Flaps, out of production now like a lot of stuff . I do not remember where I got the Decals but it was on a sheet that included more Brit Desert Storm birds for the Jaguar, Buccaneer etc. I know, a lot of stuff I used is out of production now but other companies are there and stuff could still be found.
I scratch made the FOD covers and RBF tags and also had to scratch build the “Gear box for the Engine reversing braking mech” in the rear.
The dive brake interiors is etch metal products. And yes, we Kit Builders, ( just like the Scale Modelers), had to to a lot of fitting, sanding and filling on this “inferior, low tech, off a few millimeters here and there” and a bunch more but that is the picture.. We just had to suffer through it.