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TOPIC: Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011

Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 5 months 2 weeks ago #1

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www.warfare.today/2018/04/16/raf-31-squa...os-in-syrian-attack/

April 2018 - 31 Sqn Tornado's used Storm Shadow stand-off missiles against Syrian Government targets.

Revell 1:48 kit with many extra's, not colourful in any way at all, but a 'shoe-in' for this GB. Official start-up pics in a couple of weeks after the Messerschmitt is off the bench and I've made sure that I have everything that I need.


All change - now Operation Ellamy, Libya 2011... Carry-on, chaps.

Stay tuned.



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Tornado GR4 - Operation Shader 2018 5 months 2 weeks ago #2

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Tornado with Storm Shadow - deja vu. What's not to like?! ;)
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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 5 months 1 week ago #3

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Slight change in plan:

Going to use the Italeri GR1 / IDS kit, with GR4 parts donated from the RoG kit, and changing from Operation Shader to Operation Ellamy (Libya 2011) - but only because I found the decals going cheap !!






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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 5 months 1 week ago #4

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Great stuff. Have not seen one with 4x Pave way IV.

Looking forward to your build.

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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 5 months 1 week ago #5

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Cool Ian, looking forward to it. Ive seen lots about the Revell kit but nothing about the Italeri one.

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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 5 months 1 week ago #6

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grover wrote: Cool Ian, looking forward to it. Ive seen lots about the Revell kit but nothing about the Italeri one.


It's not great, been around about fifteen years, maybe longer, some well-known fit issues and woefully inaccurate drop-tanks... BUT, it's cheap as h*ll, easily available and all the issues with the fit are easily sorted with filler, sanding and a bit of experience.


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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 5 months 1 week ago #7

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Whose decals did you find?

There does seem to be only a very limited selection of GR4 decals on the market.

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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 5 months 1 week ago #8

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Marcus, Xtradecal in UK (Hannants own brand) do lots of sheets for the GR4 most are for anniversary schemes, however I picked-up their 617 Sqn historic sheet which has a Lancaster (no surprise), a Mosquito and four Tornado options including the one in the photo.



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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 4 months 3 weeks ago #9

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Got back from the family road trip to the South Island about three hours ago and pleased to find the last extras I needed for my Ellamy Tornado had arrived. Hopefully I can get a start over the next couple of days.

Stand-by, folks and thanks for your patience.



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Cleared for take-off, runway 2-3, left hand departure, contact Lossiemouth tower on 118 decimal 9










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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 4 months 2 weeks ago #11

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Three sessions in, and I've built (but not filled) the rear fuselage, Finished the pit and sandwiched it into the forward fuselage and built-up all of the sub-assemblies.

Knew it would be a quick build ! - filling and blending it all together is another story tho':








All Tamiya acrylics here, none of my usual Eduard pre-painted etch. Not bad for a middle aged bloke with sausage fingers and less-then-perfect vision, eh ?. Not sure about all the colours of the switches, but the canopy will be closed anyways, so won't be too obvious if there's an error or two.










Radome in the kit is about .75mm too big all around the circumference so I added a couple of spreaders from plastic strip, filler will take care of anything more.

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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 2011 4 months 2 weeks ago #12

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Nice! Tearing into it!

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Yep more building has occurred !







Some of the fit is frustrating to say the least. A lot of the details are questionable, but, man, Italeri know how to mold a crystal clear canopy !





Getting close to joining-up the two fuselage sections now. Am I looking forward to the filler-fest to follow - no, no I'm absolutely not. :java



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Ready for primer:

















More soon...

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Paint on:









Not a lot of interest in this GB, but I'll keep posting...

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Jeez yer fast! Looking good!
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Wow looking nice Ian! Big fan of the Tornado's. Sad to think the will be retired soon :(
Just glad I have been lucky enough to see them.
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Tornado GR4 - Operation Ellamy 4 months 6 days ago #18

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Nice, you have a great build going there
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That is coming along great guns, like the panel colour modulation

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