In his first build for AMW, Matthew Porter takes his time to add aftermarket detail to Revell’s hefty 1/32 Tornado GR.1.

Revell 1/32 Tornado GR.1 RAF

Panavia’s Tornado was a swing-wing multi-role combat aircraft designed in the 1970s, with the first aircraft being delivered to the RAF in 1979.

After more than one million flying hours and having been employed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Kosovo the RAF finally retired the type in 2019. The Tornado remains in service with Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia.

While the RAF’s variable-geometry warrior is unfortunately gone from our skies, the memory of it isn’t easily forgotten for anyone who has enjoyed its earth-shattering performance at an airshow. It’s the same for those who have witnessed it in its natural habitat at low level, often streaking past – below the level of the observer – before quickly disappearing from sight, with the lingering rumble of its RB199 engines the only evidence it had been there at all.

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