Author Topic: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel  (Read 1532 times)

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USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« on: January 14, 2019, 03:08:15 AM »
The Tornado was considered twice by the USAF, one in the early 80s to meet the requirement eventually filled by the Strike Eagle, and again in the late 80s to replace the F-4G in the SEAD role.  The SEAD version was much more promising, with Rockwell chosen to assemble the aircraft at its Palmdale plant (with approximately 50% US built content) to keep it operating following closure of the B-1 line.  The USAF wanted a fuselage stretch to accommodate more fuel, so the F-24 would have been longer than a standard IDS Tornado. 

The competition was seen to be between the Tornado, and SEAD versions of the F-15 and F-16.  Desert Storm came along and a planned fly-off was cancelled, and as history shows the F-16 was eventually chosen without much consideration to other platforms. 

A few more details here...

https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1989/1989%20-%202321.PDF


My F-24 is based on the ADV airframe instead of the IDS.  The F.3 EW suite was already well suited to a SEAD role, as indicated by the RAF modifying the 11 San aircraft to carry ALARM as the (unofficial) EF.3, though it was short lived, and never performed the role in combat.

The kit is the Revell 1/48 F.3, which I must say is a little disappointing.  Detail is nice, but there is a TON of flash on the parts and to be honest it seems a bit over engineered.  The fuselage assembly takes about a million pieces and they all have to be lined up perfectly.  Seats are a bit inaccurate too, though not an issue here as resin ACES II seats are being used for the F-24. 

All artists impressions of the proposed F-24 have an ECM fairing on the top of the fin like the EF-111 and EA-6, but smaller.  This has been built up from Evergreen stock, final shape is still a work in progress though. 

The build so far...



Rear panel decal is a bit too low, so not aligned with the instrument outlines.  I swear it was right when I left it to dry, but it was late so apparently I was wrong.  Regardless, I'm not losing sleep over it. 



Intake ducting for the Allison TF-44 engines (license built RB.199s) sits on top of a flat fuselage base, along with the gear bays and cockpit. 



Weapons fit will be two AGM-88s, some mix of AMRAAM/Sidewinders and an ECM pod, either on an outboard pylon or in one of the F.3 Skyflash recesses, the same way the Phantom carried a pod in a Sparrow bay.

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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 03:21:02 AM »
I've always liked the Tornado - I'll be watching this develop.

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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 04:17:04 AM »
Looking good - here are some more images of the proposed bird:



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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 04:21:13 AM »
The top image is also in the 1989 Flight International article I posted a link to. 

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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 08:56:38 AM »
I've got a 1/144 Tornado fuselage in the pile that will become some poor starship's secondary hull.

Your Tornado is bound to come out heaps better.

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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 12:16:29 PM »
Fin-top ECM fairing is done.  It's just Evergreen styrene stock, Tamiya putty, and a lot of sanding.  It's not exactly the same shape as the marketing materials, but that is intentional.  Final products are always a bit different.  I gave it a bit of a swoop shape. 



To update on the overall build.  This is a very frustrating kit.  Incredibly over engineered.  Getting good model out of it relies on many, many pieces being fitted EXACTLY right.  Following the instructions step by step is a recipe for heartache.  No glue should be involved in the fuselage assembly unti all of the various sub assemblies are dry fitted.  It's taking a lot of work for a modern, expensive kit.  I can't wait to see my F-24 vision sitting on the shelf, but I think it will be a while before I tackle another Revell 1/48 Tornado. 

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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2019, 02:25:23 AM »
Looking good.
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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2019, 06:07:24 AM »
Some progress on this pig of a kit over the past few weeks.  The way this thing is ridiculously over engineered is very frustrating.  I can't see myself being in a hurry for another Revell 1/48 Tornado.  I'll be ready for a nice shake-n-bake Tamiya Corsair or something after this! 

Anyhoo...

Various RWR/EW bits n bobs fitted around the nose.  The right front Skyflash/AMRAAM bay has been replaced with an ECM fairing, with the fairing and missile bay containing the internal components of the AN/ALQ-131 pod. 

I was torn on the paint scheme, leaning from the start towards multi-tone grays for a late 90s example during the NATO Kosovo Campaign.  After toying with some of the F-4G and F-16 schemes, I went with my own three tone of Light Ghost Gray, Dark Ghost Gray, and Gunship Gray.  I wasn't too sure as I was spraying it, but the more I look at it, the more it's growing on me.  Still need to do some touchup on the horizontal tail, and paint the radome. 






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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2019, 06:19:24 AM »
I like that scheme a lot, AD and I'm glad you've overcome all the obstacles this kit has thrown at you.

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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2019, 05:41:01 PM »
The Twisting Ferret's looking good! :smiley: ;)
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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2019, 07:15:03 PM »
Yes and another yes.
Nicely done

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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2019, 05:03:32 AM »
Getting closer to finished.  The original plan was for a Spangdahlem Wild Weasel, but my lack of foresight means that the F-16 kit decals I'm using don't work too well on the Gunship Gray tail...so change of plan to something a little closer to home...using the Shaw based Tiger Meet scheme from the F-16 for a little more color. 

Still needs weathering and the flaps/slats, gear, weapons, tanks, reverser buckets, and various fiddly bits attached, but I see light at the end of the tunnel.





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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2019, 08:40:20 AM »
I like it a lot. Very smart!
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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2019, 09:09:17 AM »
Very sharp! 😍

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Re: USAF Rockwell/Panavia F-24A Tornado Wild Weasel
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2019, 09:22:11 AM »
That's a crackerjack scheme that!
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