Special livery commemorating Luftwaffe’s 50 years RECCE celebration. Winner of the most fancy paintscheme at Tigermeet 09: Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 “Immelmann”!

1/32 Scale Revell Tornado ECR Part 1

This is possibly one of the most visually impressive colour schemes ever to see a combat aircraft and I immediately took a liking to it. The striking tiger stripes peeking through as the gray overcoat is peeled back just looks amazing. This aircraft was decorated this way in 2001 as a part of a ‘Tigermeet’ whereby members of the NATO Tiger Association get together with tiger themed aircraft.

Aircraft 44-64 (tail code) which was known as 'Tigerjet’ for obvious reasons was a Batch 7 airframe that was produced for the ECR (Electronic Combat.and Reconnaissance) mission.The basic idea of the ECR mission is to hunt down enemy radar threat emissions including Surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft Artillery and destroy them using anti-radiation missiles such as the AGM-88 HARM.

For this model I have armed it with two AGM-88 HARM missiles, a pair of AIM-9L sidewinders equipped for self-defence and it also has a pair of fuel tanks that are also decorated in the tiger scheme hanging under the swing wings. In order to complete its ECR mission it also includes a Bofors BOZ-101 chaff/flare dispenser on the starboard wing and a Cerberus C III jammer pod on the port wing.