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 .
The first couple of stages involve gluing the front wheel bay and then cockpit tub to the lower fuselage ...no problems here .
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing as bad as some Vallejo putty , a fine sander and about 5 minutes needed to make things good ! :thumb:
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.
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.
The small tab faces forward....thats Part B40 .
End of part one of the build....more soon .