Eli Raphael at Zotz
Decals has been busy with his colourful schemes
and this Tornado is no exception to Eliís previous trend of colourful releases.
This particular Black Panther IDS Panavia Tornado is an Italian jet from
50 Stormo, 155 Gruppo E.T.S. (Electronic Warfare Tactical Suppression) based in
San Damiano, Piacenza. This plane was specially painted for the 60th
anniversary of the 155 Gruppo and appeared in this scheme at the NATO Tiger Meet
2002 in Beja, Portugal.
The paint scheme is rather colourful and includes light
blue on the forward third of the airframe, purple of the middle third of the
airframe and wings and pink for the rear third of the airframe.
If you have a daughterÖ..she will love to build this jet with you.
For markings you have a big angry black panther with ferocious claws
extended on both side of the tail doing a downward pounce.
On both sides of the fuselage below the canopy there is artwork of a
sunburned foot soldier or big game hunter carrying a rifle in a desert uniform
that appears to be of WW2 vintage
with palm trees in the background. There
is also a full set of stencils and national markings included on the 3 small
decal sheets. Eli has included 3
views of this jet (top, right and left side) as well as good detail about such
things as the droptank colours, pods and pylons used and colours for wing
leading edges etc. I canít think
of any question I might have that isnít covered in the instructions. The paints must be custom mixed, but Eli at Zotz Decals has
provided % mixtures using existing colours, so just use your eye droppers and
count the drops as you match Eliís paint % mixtures for airbrushing the
airframe. The decals are
beautifully printed with sharp detail and perfect registration.