Tornado F3?

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  1. kgambit

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    Anyone have any experience with any of the available kits in 1/72 scale for the Tornado F3? I believe Revell and Hasegawa both have a kit for the F3 but there are some questions on the accuracy of the Hasegawa kit. I believe Revell also has a Tornado ADV F.MK.3 as well a relatively new Gr1 which is supposed to be superb.

    I know this is a bit out of place for a WW2 forum but I hoped someone here might have some answers. :D
     
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    I'm afraid the only experience I have , in 1/72nd scale, is of the Airfix Tornado F3. To me, it seemed rather plain, but then I am used to larger scales, but it went togther easily enough, without any major problems that I recall. I have to admit though, at the time, I was building it to use for poses for one of my paintings, so wasn't really going into detail. I actually bough two, one of which I gave to rochie recently, but whether this kit is still available, I don't know. I believe the Revell kit is rather good, and I think might be re-boxed Italeri.
     
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    Thanks Terry. :D

    You're right about the Revell F3 - it's a reboxed Italeri mold. The Revell GR1 is a new casting. The Airfix kits are definitely not up to the Revell level, and from one posting over at Britmodeller.com, the Revell Gr1 is a cut above the Revell F3 as well.

    Hasegawa has an Operation Telic F.Mk3 as well as a 25th Squadron F.Mk3 and a Gr1 from Desert Storm.

    I found both the Revell Gr1 and F3 on line for 11$ each, and the Hasegawa kits are going for around 23$ each. I was hoping that someone would know whether the Hasegawa kits are worth twice the price, especially over the Revell Gr1.
     
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    From what I've read, I'd say no. Bear in mind this is not 'my' scale, but I have seen comments about the Hasegawa kit not being as good, or as accurate in outline, as even some of the older kits, including the Airfix one. I know the latter is not up to the Revell standard, being first issued around the mid 1980's, but it did look accurate. The Rvell (ex-Italeri) F3 comes out over Hasegawa, and the Revell GR3 above both, regarding accuracy etc, according to the bulk of the reviews or articles I've seen.l
     
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    Well that pretty well tears it. Sounds like revell gets the cash and I save 12 bucks which I will go ahead and spend on another kit anyway. :lol:
     
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    Surprising, you have more than a closet-full of kits but no Tornado? That's blasphemy!!
     
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    Looking into your thread I came across this site that may give you some pointers. Like Terry I'm a 1:48 man and am just completing an Italeri F.3 Tornado kit which is being followed up by a couple of the same in a very inferior Airfix kit.

    Tornado page 2 Gal_Fea Archives

    Hope it's of help
    :hotsun: :hotsun:
     
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    No. The fact that I don't have a Spitfire, and probably won't ever buy one either, is probably blasphemy.

    :twisted:
     
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    Useful stuff there Vic, thanks. Now that I've seen decent pics of the Airfix 1/48th F3, and know it's shortcomings, I think I might go with it for the 56 Sqn build, seeing as I can't get anything else until the Hobby Boss kit is released. I reckon I can do a reasonable job on it, and as I can obtain it at half price, I think it's worth the risk!
     
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    Thanks Vic. The review by Patrick Vossenberg will help a lot. Especially since I wanted to do the Gr1 in the Opeartion Granby scheme. :D Now to see if i can find the right decals for it. :D
     
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    I'm not sure, but I think I saw 1/72nd scale decals for Op Granby, covering Tornados, Buccaneers and Jaguars, at Hannant's web-site. I think they might be Xtradecal sheets.
     
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    #12 kgambit, Sep 25, 2009
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    Checking Hannants out now. :D

    Bugger ..... found one set and it's not really what I want. Still looking
     
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    Here's a quick shot to be going on with.I'll post a couple more here, and e-mail the rest - there's a lot!
    This is a GR1 (GR4 update I believe), in the later grey scheme, taken at Duxford a month ago. The ordnance and some of the details might be useful for now.
     

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    Awesome pic. :D

    Decals aren't looking good ..... Xtradecal did a TON of them for Op. Granby and I couldn't find any at Hannants, the only one I could find was a Hi Decal sheet.
     
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    Kgambit , I have a revell Tornado , no idea what one it is ( Luftwaffe Tigermeet boxing)

    Its a great kit by the looks of it though , real nice recessed detail

    Want some pics? I'm proberly gonna build it soon
     
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    Dwight, I might be wrong about the decals being Xtradecal, but I've definitely seen some advertised recently, either on Hannants weekly e-mail newsletter, or maybe in the TAHS catalogue. Leave it with me and I'll see what I can find. BTW, I think I might have some colour pics of Tornados in Gulf 1 somewhere, probably in a RAF Year Book Special from the time. I might have some from Gulf 2, The Sequel as well!
     
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    I'll take another look. I think Xtradecal did make a whole bunch of them for the Tornado, and for the GR1 and Granby in particular but Hannants didn't seem to have them.

    I did find another review on that link Vic listed.

    1/72 Revell Tornado Gr.1 by Dave Poff

    THAT's the bird I want to make! It's the "Mig Eater" and I'm pretty sure Xtadecals does make a set of decals for it. :D

    Also found this link for a complete list of everything for the 1/72 Tornados:

    The Definitive 1/72 Scale Model Census. Aircraft, Panavia Tornado.
     
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    Thanks Vic. The Hi-decal sheet might be the one I end up using.

    The Model Alliance sheet is for Operation Telic I believe and the markings are for Gr4s. I have no clue how close the Gr1 and Gr4 are in terms of equipment etc.
     
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    Now that 'Mig eater' rings a bell ! Sure I saw that one advertised.
     
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