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Alternate source for Tornado Strike Fighter 
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Does anyone know an alternate source for a 1/100 scale Tornado Strike Fighter kit? I'm interested in running them, but it's almost $100 retail for four!


Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:05 pm
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I think the Tornado is 1/144 - so there are several 1/144 Tornado model kits out there (Academy, DML, Revell, Aoshima, etc.)

... problem is you're going to need four of the tall flight stands, which I think will set you back $9 total ($6 for the stand, $3 for the long stem) and your own supply of RE magnets to do them...

I'm doing "Fitters" in East German markings as my "Frogfoots" (Frogfeet???) for my force... so I've been there done that... :D

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Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:57 pm
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I have way more planes than flight stands. Can't use all my planes at once.


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Iron-Tom wrote:
I have way more planes than flight stands. Can't use all my planes at once.


I'm not there yet on the large stands... ultimately I'll go that direction as well...

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Doing a lot of Vietnam Helos got me got there quick! ;)


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I went with Dragon models' offering: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H ... UTF8&psc=1

Its a good kit, sweep wings, and I don't have to set it up with the ECR equipment, I can load it out with the bomblet dispenser, which comes with.
Also, the box has two models in it.


Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:04 pm
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Match box makes some cheep ones that I bought and that are ok. I bought a BUNCH of their Blackhawk choppers to proxy for transports for my Brit Air Mobile.


Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:05 am
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If the BF models are already 1/144 then that works our perfectly.

On another note, I was interested in the variable wing configuration a plastic model kit will likely offer. When doing a bombing run, would a swept wing craft like the Tornado have it's wings spread our or swept back as the BF models do?


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The wings are swept back for higher speeds, i.e. Supersonic.

My "guess" is that ground attacks would be made a lower speeds and thus the wings might be spread out for a "bomb run."


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Spread out to generate more lift at lower speeds.


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"My "guess" is that ground attacks would be made a lower speeds and thus the wings might be spread out for a "bomb run."

The swept wings in almost every single case would be in high speed mode (swept back) for a bombing run, on every plane that has swept wings, even the larger aircraft like a B-1 or Tu-160 and Tu-22M. The variable-sweep swing-wing design allows for a decent high speed configuration without the insane low-speed handling qualities on take-off or landing. The two main ground attack aircraft are slow (SU-25 and A-10) while the hybrid/ multirole strike aircraft would have a much higher speed, but less ordinance (Su-17/22, Tornado / F-111)

More modern fly-by-wire capabilities have made this less useful, as a computer can fly something that looks like a triangle (F-117) then it can probably handle a smaller wing!

The last word in ground attack right now seems to be the Su-34 'Fullback' which has the great wing design of the Su-27 Flanker, and thus has great manoueverability and speed combined with a crazy-amount of ordinance. side by side seating (Putin has been in one) and they even got a shitter and small galley in the back:
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TL/DR, your Tornados should never ever have the wings in wide angle unless landing or taking off :)

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Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:05 am
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One more question about flight stands. Are strike aircraft required to be mounted on the taller stand or is the short one fine?


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