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Revell 1/48 Tornado F.3 ADV (03925); "Buddy build" review
Topic Started: Oct 7 2017, 10:18 PM (506 Views)
DH764
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Revell 1/48 Tornado F.3 ADV

For a look back at the In box review ....click the link below :thumb:
In-Box Review

Part One

Trying something different with this review.....Jacksdad64 will also be adding his F.3 build too so lets see if the old saying of "two heads are better than one" rings true.
Should give another angle to construction and hints and tips too :thumb:
This wont be an in depth review as I would be repeating most of the Tornado IDS/GR4 build review. I will point out any build differences with this kit versus the other though .
So on with the build/builds.......


The first couple of stages involve gluing the front wheel bay and then cockpit tub to the lower fuselage ...no problems here .

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Cockpit tub , instrument panels and other cockpit parts were painted with Vallejo Model air Barley Grey which by a curious twist of fate is actually a bit too dark a shade for Barley Grey but matches the Tornado interior Grey very well :D
Once dry all parts were given a Gloss Varnish coat ready for decals to be added .

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While I was waiting for the varnish to dry I attached the main wheel bays , lower intake trunking and engine turbine faces to the fuselage .
I then added the upper part of the intake trunking. Fit is very positive.
You dont really have to paint the insides as it is difficult to see down the trunking once the model is complete......I gave it a quick blast of paint just in case.

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I now returned back to the cockpit and added the kit decals. I found that these are very good representations of the actual thing.
I normally paint my Tonka cockpits but after using these decals they may become my choice of finish from now on .
Bedded down well with Micro Sol.
I then added all parts and we now have a Tornado F3 cockpit ....minus seats which Ill complete towards the end of the build.

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Up to Stage 12 already .....here I added the front fuselage sections , parts R215 and R216.....I found these needed a bit of wriggling about to get into place but once in the correct place they just clicked together....Tamiya Extra Thin and capillary action made light work of the joins.

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In stage 13 dismiss the option to blank the gun port with part P248 ....this is only for applicable for the Tornado ECR variant (hopefully next reissue ).
Use part M27 and E29.
This turns out to be a poor fit .... its too short.

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Nothing as bad as some Vallejo putty , a fine sander and about 5 minutes needed to make things good ! :thumb:

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Next thing to be added are the rear fuselage sides ....be careful trying to get all surfaces lined up .....its a good fit but care needed to avoid steps along the seams.

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The last thing for part one of this build is the most important !!!
In stage 15 , just like previous releases of the Tornado kits , parts B39 and B40 are incorrectly numbered and fitting as such will cause a whole lot of trouble when trying to fit the wings so take note .....
Swap part B39 with B40 and vice versa .....thats B39 on the right and B40 on the left.

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The small tab faces forward....thats Part B40 .

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End of part one of the build....more soon .

Andy
Edited by DH764, Oct 8 2017, 09:43 AM.
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jacksdad64
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:pop: nice start there Mr. Walker.
I'll post some of my progress pics tomorrow as a comparison. :beer:


Steve

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CPNGROATS
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Andy, that's some great detailing... :thumb:

Cheers.

ggc
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So I'll be doing the box art option from Leuchars in England (?!) :whistle:

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I also got the this stage pretty quickly. I also gave the intakes a bit of a paint at this point.

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Having painted the cockpit grey and aslo used the kit IP decals I attached the front fuselage sides and the nose cone. Although the front canopy part is not on yet the front of the kit certainly does seem to have the proper F.3 profile with its particular nose pinch.

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Next jobs will be detail painting the cockpit and attaching the wings and front spine.


Steve


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Cool, thanks for the heads up on the mis-numbering of the wing parts. looks very good. The flaps etc put me off initially on the IDS, the wings looked a little complicated.
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Today's work was all about attaching the wings, tailerons and fin. Still no fit problems with this rather well engineered kit.
Now its starting to look like a Tornado.


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Been way to long since I had any free time !!

Wings fitted to the main body....no big issues here .

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Time to add the upper fuselage and spine.......and thats when I noticed a part on the sprue that shouldnt be on it....it should be on the kit !! :(

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Oh dear....Revell Instructions have caught me out once again !!
Heres the part.....

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Yes...the new rear instrument panel that is not mentioned on the instruction guide as it still points you to the GR/IDS rear panel :slap:

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Dont use the part A15.....use the part on Sprue S .

I fitted the upper fuselage and spine and lets just say a picture tells a thousand words !!

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I couldnt get a perfect fit and I knew that the worst part of the Revell Tornado kits are the intake fit so I half expected this would require a bit of filling and sanding to get an acceptable join.

Sides are not too bad....

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Undersides are nothing short of terrible and required a fair bit of filler to make good the joins.

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Lots of time spent correcting those nasty joins.
It seems to be a result of having the intake trunking that the intake assembly suffers. To be honest I much prefer the Italeri kits simpler intake construction.

Couple of sink marks either side of the front of the spine that need filling.

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I then added the wing nib fairings and once again I had to sand/shave bits of plastic to get a decent fit.
Forgot to say that Im doing mine with flaps up ........doing flaps down is another story I have to tell you about one day !!

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Before fitting the nose I added some nose weight and instead of using the kits plastic nose pitot , which would quite easily break off and isnt the correct size/shape , I replaced it with a metal one from Master...... LINK
Some sanding needed for a flush fit.

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I made up the fin ( some filler needed for the front fillet/ RWR receiver attachment to fit flush) and it suddenly looks like a Tonka :)

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Its took a lot more effort than I originally planned to get this far and the instructions have been unhelpful at times .....something Revell need to address before the next re-issue.

More soon....
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Looking good Andy. I might send Stefan a link to this build so he can have a word with the instruction bods.
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