Thursday, October 28

Preview update: Italeri's new 32nd scale Tornado ECR test build with updated feature list...

The new 1/32nd scale Tornado ECR from Italeri is due to be released in days. We have more information on the feature set of the kit and photos of the test kit of the full version, winging its way to you soon. All in our updated preview...


Preview update: Italeri's new 32nd scale Tornado ECR test build with updated feature list...  

Tornado ECR  
1/32nd Scale 
Kit Number #2517
Length: 52.1cm
Over 350 parts including vinyl tyres & photo-etch.
The kit contains plastic parts, vinyl tyres & Photo-etch included in the kit
The Subject: Panavia Tornado ECR  
Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance) has the electronic warfare equipment and weapons for the suppression of enemy air defences and for electronic and tactical reconnaissance, whilst retaining all the capabilities of the Tornado IDS.

Tornado IT-ECR 50 ° Stormo AM
This specialised version of the Tornado is only operated within the Air Forces of Germany and Italy. It was developed specifically for reconnaissance and the location and suppression of enemy anti-aircraft systems. The formulation of the German requirement was dated in the early Eighties and resulted in a Luftwaffe order for 35 new build aircraft in 1986. Deliveries continued until 28th January 1992, when the 35th and final example was handed over, the aircraft also being the last of the 357 aircraft manufactured by MBB. 
The Italian ECR configuration was very close to the ECR German aircraft configuration, with Italy deciding to have 16 IDS aircraft converted to the ECR avionic and weapons fit. The first aircraft was delivered on 7th April 1998.
Fifty-one Tornado ECR aircraft were produced as follows:
35 - LUFTWAFFE
16 - AERONAUTICA MILITARE

Italeri's new 32nd scale Tornado ECR Kit 
First announced in the catalogue early this year, the new 32nd scale kit suits both Italian and German aircraft in service. From hints on the decal sheet, we can see that the weapons loadout in this kit is the AGM 88A, Aim-9L, Boz 107 pod and Cerberus pod along with large drop tanks.
Marking choices in this kit:
Three choices are included in this kit. As usual, Italeri never miss a chance to show off Italian aircraft, but also, a German Luftwaffe aircraft is featured in the selection.

 Panavia Tornado ECR, "46 + 54" German Air Force Serial #4354
Luftwaffe, Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51,
Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford AB, UK, 2017
Panavia Tornado ECR c/n 898, l/n GS287 / 4354 Operated by Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51 (TLG-51), German Air Force, based at Schleswig. Seen departing after taking part in the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo. RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK.

Panavia Tornado ECR "50-07" Serial #MM7053 Italian Air Force
EA-200B  ECR, Aeronautica Militare, 6o Stormo, 155mo Gruppo, Ghedi Montichiari Air Base, 2019.
Panavia Tornado ECR of the famous 155 Gruppo/50 Stormo seen here at the Florennes Air Base Airport, in Florennes Belgium in 2009.

Panavia Tornado ECR "6-0101" Serial #MM7053 Italian Air Force
EA-200B ECR, Aeronautica Militare, 50° Stormo, operation “Unified Protectors”, Trapani-Birgi Air Base, March 2011.
This marking is the same serial number, but different code of "6-0101". This Panavia EA-200CD Tornado ECR MM7053 from the 6-101 ItAF 6° Stormo is seen here at ETAD/SPM Spangdahlem AB in 2019.
Decal sheets:
Two decal sheets are provided in this kit, with the main sheet holding the main markings of the three aircraft on offer. Luftwaffe & Italian air Force national markings. Low & High viz markings for MM7053 and the large panther on the fin of the "51 Tigers" Luftwaffe markings are prominent. The walkway lines and marking for the weapons suite of AGM 88A, Aim-9L, Boz 107 pod and Cerberus pod are included.
The second decal sheet features the common markings of both aircraft, with the high-viz Italian roundel and several warning stencils included. Decals for the pylons, and droptanks on the German Tornado and common cockpit markings are included also.
Update on the 29/10/2021
Today we have more photos and information on the new kit that is due to be released this week. Some we had already ascertained and some we we unsure of. 
An updated feature list in bullet points:
-More than 350 parts
-Fine photo-etched details
Removable RB.199 engine with special support trolley
-Posable radome and fully detailed radar
-ECM antenna (version B )
-Open or closed thrust reversers
-Open or closed air brakes
-Rubber tyres
-Retracted or extracted flaps and slats
-Movable ailerons
-Movable wing with variable geometry
-Wings and pylons
-Rubber cover for wings re-entry point
-Color instruction sheet
-2 super decals sheet for 3 versions

There will be more information on this kit over the next few weeks so stand by we will keep you informed. You can get Italeri's kits from Italeri directly from their website or from their distributors worldwide.