Sheet:

Model Alliance MA-72128: Tornado GR.4 - Anniversary Tonkas

Units: See review

Price

Reviewer:

Scott Van Aken

Just received is one of the new sheets from The Aviation Workshop. This one is on the Tornado GR.4 and the covers five 90th anniversary schemes from 2005. All of these aircraft are in the current greys scheme of Dark Sea Grey over Dark Camouflage Grey.

This is the 1/72 sheet and since it is identical in every way to the 1/48 version, I'm showing the 1/48 material to save a bit of hard drive space. For kits, there are quite a few that will work. Most will choose the Hasegawa  or Revell kit, though there are kits by Airfix, Italeri and even Monogram that you could use. Model Alliance lists and provides some of the various aftermarket goodies that can be used if your kit needs to be brought up to full GR.4 specs.

There are five schemes provided with this sheet and they cover 31 Squadron, 14 Squadron, 13 Squadron, 12 Squadron, and 9 Squadron.

The builder will have to do some painting and masking for most of these as two of them have black canopy areas/spines, one has a Roundel Blue fin and the other needs both Emerald Green and Roundel Blue painted prior to applying the decals.

Included with the sheets (and there are two of them) is an excellent, full color instruction booklet that devotes a full page to upper and lower markings placements. Each of the units gets a full page of side views and on each page are details of applying decals to the various pods and pylons. Complete color information is given for each scheme with references to not only BS381C standards, but also Humbrol, Xtracolor, Xtracrylix Lifecolor and Model Master paints, as are appropriate for each shade.

This huge sheet also includes a nearly full sheet of stencils and other data markings as are applied to the GR.4.  There are enough markings on this sheet to allow one aircraft to be built with the full stencil suite. Others that you may wish to build can use the stencils gleaned from the kit sheet as there are enough roundels and fin flashes provided for four aircraft. The decals themselves are superbly printed and appear to be in perfect registration. They are also quite thin and to that end spare segments of decal color are provided in case any touch-up is needed.

Overall, this is an exemplary sheet that fans of 'the fin' will have to have.

May 2006

Review sheet courtesy of The Aviation Workshop

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