The Revell 1/32 Panavia Tornado is a nice kit, but now approaching 20 years old, it is somewhat lacking in detail. Various resin and PE detail sets have been created for it, but until now, no-one has tackled the complex exhaust area – Aires have come to the rescue with this new set.
The exhaust detail in the kit is not bad, but the jet pipes are a bit short and the detail overall is a bit soft. The Aires set solves both these issues and then some! Each exhaust comes in three parts – the burners, the jet pipe and the can and externals. Detail is excellent, even deep down in the internals of the afterburners. The jet pipes are at least half as long again, and the external detail is excellent.
Fitting these into the existing rear fuselage framework will require the trimming of a bit of detail from the kit part, as the mechanism for opening the thrust reverser clamshell doors is poorly moulded into it, and the new resin parts have included much better detail for this area. Otherwise, these are a drop-in fit and really jazz up this important area.
I was previously considering creating a pair of exhaust covers to hide the poor detail of the kit, but now I don’t have to. An excellent set I can thoroughly recommend!
My thanks to the good folks at Aires for the review sample; please visit their website at https://www.aires.cz/en/ for full details of this and other products.