1/32 Tornado ECR
August 23, 2015 in Aviation
This is a relatively old kit that I bought on eBay from Germany some years ago. I recently saw one updated to ARC and thought that I should drag mine out and finish it. It was a pretty beat-up box when I retrieved it and so it needed a fair bit of work to get it back into shape.
I used some Aires products to improve things as the kit lacked detail in areas. Had to modify the cockpit a bit though as the Aires one is for an IDS not an ECR so I borrowed from the spare parts box. Most of the underside of the aircraft had no panel lines left but merely the ghosting of where they might possibly be so that had to be rescribed. I found that I needed to reinforce a lot of the internal structure with steel rod and epoxy as the model is basically build like an Easter egg. I actually added internal intake trunking which of course you cannot see. The decals where fun to put on! I actually chopped them up into smaller more manageable pieces and they actually responded very well to Mr Mark Softer so that was surprising. I was seriously intimidated by the decaling scheme but if you take your time and work at it systematically and piecemeal then it is quite achievable. Otherwise the fit of the kit was excellent. Painted entirely in Mr Color lacquers except for the Lufthansa Yellow for which I used sealed in Xtracylix Satin Varnish (for favourite satin finish for Gloss in scale effect).
There where lots of other little things that I did to it such as shortening the front oleo by about 3-4 mm so the aircraft would not sit up. Added the requisite weight to the front fuselage so she wouldn’t tail sit. Order in a SAC undercarriage set which was a complete waste of time and I didn’t end up using it instead chose to reinforce the legs with steel rods and epoxy. Anyway, I really wanted this scheme so now I have it. If you want more pics and in formation then I added some to my website and if you want more info on the actual ‘Tigerjet’ itself then this is more at the 321 Lechfeld website – which is conveniently located on the tail.
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