1/32 Revell Tornado IDS converted to GR.1.
My name is Vinny Ibarra, I'm a lawyer by profession and I live in the Philippines. This is my rendition of Tornado ZA 447 "MiG Eater", perhaps the most famous Gulf War Tornado. "MiG Eater" destroyed an Iraqi MiG-29 on the ground during a runway denial attack on the first night of Desert Storm.
The kit began as a Revell 1/32 Tornado IDS. I added a TAC Scale (now CAM Resin) detail set, Paragon Flaps, Laser Rangefinder and Skyshadow ECM pods. The TAC Scale set also includes an Eduard PE set, which includes a fret for the boarding ladder. A few months into the project, a new Revell GR1 kit was released and I used this kit's 2250 gallon tanks. The pitot covers were scratchbuilt from plastic sheet and scraps while the RBF tags were made with a colored printer. The yellow-colored sidewinder covers were made from epoxy putty. The landing gears were strengthened with aluminum tubing.
I shot these photos using a Digital Camera in my garage--on a pingpong table. As an added bonus, the garage appears as a convincing aircraft shelter.
Vinny Ibarra (IPMS-Philippines)
Photos and text © by Vinny Ibarra