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February 13 2018 at 4:16 PM
Mo  (Login IronChefMoFo)
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09175 is the kit number of Airfix's 1/48 Tornado F3
09176 is the kit number of Airfix's 1/48 Tornado GR1
Decal sheets should have kit numbers on them, which you can compare with the Scalemates listings to figure out which boxing they came from:

The plastic in the two kits is largely identical. The biggest difference being that Airfix tooled separate fuselages for the F3 (ADV) and Gr1 (IDS) versions. Presumably the sprue that says "Tornado F3" contains a fuselage half, and is for the Tornado F3.

There are significant differences between the F3 and Gr fuselages. The F3 has a different radome, which is longer and pointier, where the Gr- aircraft are shorter and stubbier. The F3 also has a 1.3m long plug installed aft of the cockpit - about 1" in 1/48. The length is most noticeable if you compare the front of the intake with the middle frame on the canopy: on the Gr aircraft, the intake lip is slightly in front of the canopy frame; on the F3, it's noticeably aft of the canopy frame. Both the radome and fuselage differences are quite obvious in profile photos:

As for other kits, Italeri, Hobby Boss and Revell have also released 1/48 Tornado F3 kits. It's fairly easy to tell the difference from the fuselage and wing breakdown.
Compared to the simple upper/lower fuselage halves of Airfix, Italeri has a complex, multi-part fuselage breakdown: (link shows the IDS, but the ADV is broadly similar). Hobby Boss has a similar breakdown but includes poseable control surfaces: Revell has a frankly ridiculous, but totally unique fuselage breakdown:

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  • Thanks Mo. - Alfie Sloanes on Feb 20, 2018, 2:15 PM

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