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Tornado ADV

February 19, 2014 in Aviation

This is the Hobbyboss 1/48 kit of the BAe (Panavia) Tornado F3, Air Defence Version (ADV), 111 Squadron, RAF Leuchars 2010, marking the 70th Anniversary Battle of Britain (Fin coded JU-L for Hurricane pilot WL Dymond DFM, shot down September 1940).

A nice kit straight from the box. I only bought the kit because I happened to see it on sale a couple of years ago, at the time when there was a lot of discussion about standing-down the Tornados stationed at RAF Marham here in Norfolk, and because that week, one went low over my house absolutely like a scalded cat. I took it as a sign.

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16 responses to Tornado ADV

  1. That looks great Rob.
    With all flaps and canopy open showing the detail off well.
    A very nice job all round.

  2. Rob, beautiful job, and interesting story. Many thanks for showing!

  3. Beautiful. Well executed. Just working my way into the jet era, and this is a must have.

  4. Stunning build and paint there Rob, also love the weathering you have nailed the thrust reverser bucket staining 😉

  5. Few aircraft beat the Tornado F.3 when it comes to overall appeal with me! I have several 1/72-kits in the stash but have yet to get around to building them!

    Good work!



  6. Outstanding effort Rob. Overall finish looks great. I also have two or three 1/72nd scale in the stash that I have never built. The wing boot has stopped me and yours looks great. Was it in the kit?

  7. Cracking work Rob. The weathering is awesome! I particularly love these jets. You have to though or else they would just be a nuisance, I don’t think I will get bored of them with them flying over my house! You’ve definitely done it justice mate.

  8. Rob,
    I can’t think of enough adjectives to describe what a marvelous job you did on this. I can see why the low fly over inspired you to build this. That would be exciting. Living by SFO is somewhat mundane unless your an airline enthusiast. Occasionally an F-16 or two and once a year the “Blues” fly off and that brightens the day. Another of your excellent builds.

  9. The wing sealing boots are a nice touch!

  10. I have a later Airfix one that I was going to donate to the raffle at our IPMS show next month but I think Ill keep it now even though your HB one kick the c**p out of it.

  11. More photo’s please. It looks like a lot of time and effort went into this build …and its deserving of more exposure,,,given the talent.

    • I tried to take photos of the principal lines of the aircraft. I did a few other shots but they seemed just to replicate so I left it at that. Re build-time, it was only a couple of weeks, I think.

  12. Smart looking model, Rob, it really shows off your skills and interest in the prototype.

  13. Nice clean build, beautiful cockpit detail.

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