Caracal Models CD 72069: RB-45 Tornado

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Scott Van Aken

This particular Caracal Models sheet is for the Valom RB-45C Tornado. The recce version was the only Tornado variant to actually see combat, the type being used for photo recon during the Korean war.

There are three markings options on this sheet. The Tornado was not widely built so saw less unit service than many other planes of the 1950s. Most aircraft were overall unpainted metal with black  nose anti-glare panels with black engine nacelles and tip tank sections. The main reason for this sheet is because Valom kit markings have discrepancies and this cures them.

The first option is from the 91st SRW in 1952. This unit used a WW2 style tail marking.

Second is from the 84th BS in 1957. I have to assume this unit either had a recce flight or used it for training.

Finally, a nice all black aircraft as used in Korea. This one is also from the 91st SRW in 1952. Note that this plane carries no insignia.

There are sufficient insignia, data markings and walkway markings for one aircraft and if you wish to use more markings, the Valom decals can be gleaned for data markings. s and those from the kit for other options.

For photos that may help your build, you are directed to their web site. This set of markings is superbly printed by Microscale so you know you are getting the best.

January 2018

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