Joe's 1/72 Italeri Panavia Tornado ECR

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First Tornado I'll submit for this GB. Just the box top for this one, sprue shots etc to come later. I will do the Italian version, the aluminium underside and TORNADO fin marking appeals to me.

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Nice one Joe looking forward to it.
 

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My box (slightly different from the representative picture at the start of the build thread), and showing shelf wear:
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Contents. All parts are still in the factory sealed bag:
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Generic Italeri instruction sheet:
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My chosen version:
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And the decal sheet:
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Plastic has been cut.

Preparation for spraying the gull grey interior colour. Weights added to the forward fuselage and one in the nose cone. Instructions ask for 20g. Hasegawa asked for 10g, Revell 10g, so I gave it 14g.
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Italeri opted for the horizontal split of the fuselage. As you will see they failed and much realignment and filling will be required. The rear matches nicely. And then you get to the wing root area, forward of which is out of whack. Fun times ahead. On the positive side the large fin fits nicely on a dry run and shouldn't pose too many problems.
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The fin. I removed the ILS aerial marks which were there for the GR1 option and aren't required for the Italian IDS.
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The interior and instrument panels sprayed gull grey. No decal options for the interior, it's going to be hand painted with ye olde hairy stick.
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Tail fin small intake drilled out and dry fitted again:
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Nice start Joe, but like you said some work ahead of you on this one.
 

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Not much progress of note, but I had a play with the wings and tailplane. The mechanism for swinging the wings is simple and effective, and the same goes for the tailplane. This is all dry fitted so I can see what work I can do to clean the horrid fuselage joins up.

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I will be fixing the wings swept fully aft and the elevators in a neutral position. This hides the ugly wing gap behind the roots, and avoids the wing stores pylons from having issues. Fully loaded per Rick's instructions.
 

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There's always the gaps to fill Joe, that's the Tornado way I'm afraid. :confounded: Looking good though.
 

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Looks like a tornado. You just might want to re-visit your masking though........:smiling3:
 

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Good start Joe.
Italeri's choice of fuselage split seems a fairly straight forward one. Although there are gaps at least they're fairly easy to get to. The stabilisers section look the trickiest to sand around but I think, because they move, it shouldn't prove to taxing.

looking forward to the progress.
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No pics again, but this one is all filled, sanded and ready for the final cockpit pieces to go in. The wings and tail planes went on no problem, and are now fixed in place in the swept position. Lots of sink marks and filling of gaps has been conducted. Will update with pics when I get a chance...
 

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After a bit more sanding and some basic cockpit work to liven things up, the Tornado is now ready to receive it's canopy:

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That's looking loads better with a bit of filling and sanding Joe
 

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Thanks Ian. We're nearly ready for primer! Found some ref pics of the model depicted.

Hope it turns out more like:
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Rather than the 2014 removal from service and disposal state:
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For the main part the Tornado is ready for primer, but as you can see, the nose cone and probe will need some work first:

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Was hoping to have made more progress, but we're getting there.
 

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Still going to need more surgery on the nose, but I've got the weapons and under-wing stores ready for painting in the meantime
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