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Eduard 1/48 Tornado IDS Limited Edition (11165)

This review is dedicated to Eduard 1/48 Tornado IDS Limited Edition (11165). Fresh release combines Revell plastic together with some accessories from the famous Czech manufacturer. We somehow missed previous releases with Tornado, so it will be interesting to see what is supplied inside. As you can guess, whole kit copies German aircraft and gives you a chance to copy one out of seven markings. Packaging is typical here, all frames come in plastic bags. Let's open them and take a closer look together.
By the way, here you can read review with another unusual limited release from Eduard.
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We are going to start with large frame which carries wing parts. As you can notice, each side should be glued out of two halves. Moreover, you can place wings in folded or unfolded positions.


Tail fin should be glued out of two halves. There are guiding elements inside which would help you with alignment. Overall molding quality seems to be fine.


Air intakes are composed from several parts, those are large ducts which will be placed in the fuselage. Note also the special hinge for the wings.


Overall parts division is quite interesting due to boxy design of the fuselage. Such thing might be easier to work with, but will definitely require your attention in terms of alignment.


There are several types of pylons supplied in the kit. I would recommend to read a bit more on the possible loadout of your aircraft.


It is nice to see that Revell molded nose cone as single-piece part. Such design would make whole assembly easier, and you won't have to deal with unnecessary gaps in visible spots.


Kit features some armament, but I would recommend to check Eduard Big Sin set. You will find even better details there and it should be a worthy addition to such big model.


Clear frame looks great. Of course, you should be able to open the cockpit on your model. On the photo below you can see pre-cut masks.


Note that stickers will come handy not only for the clear parts, but also for landing gear wheels which you can see on the next photo.


Resin add-ons from Eduard include resin wheels and pilot seats. Both will come handy for improved details in your model.


Two PE frets come in the separate plastic bag. One is pre-painted and will be useful for the cockpit, while another one will be also installed on the external panels.


Kit features several large decals sheets. All of them are printed in Eduard, so you don't have to worry about quality problems.


Stencils have segmentation, which should be handy during application process. You can see all markings on the photo below.


Assembly manual is typical for this brand. It is a bit strange that there is no history note included. I show all pages in the video-review.


New release should be already available. Don't forget that it comes as Limited Edition and has all the chances to be sold out quickly. Previous Tornado boxings were going out very fast. Well, it is easy to understand as one box will bring you nice plastic together with all necessary add-ons for detailed build. Moreover, you can invest a bit more and get additional accessories from Eduard for even more impressive look. Here I should note that such project is definitely for more experienced modelers, who know what to do with big jet models. :)
Get this and other kits on official Eduard website.

Pros

  • Nice Revell plastic
  • Clever parts division
  • Resin parts included
  • PE and masks included
  • Great decals

Cons

  • Might be tricky for beginners

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