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33612TSP Corgi   Tornado IDS - ZK113, Royal Saudi AF, TSP. CODE 2 (300 ONLY) £
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  Corgi Aviation 1/72 scale AA33612TSP is this superb diecast model of Panavia Tornado IDS ZK113 of the Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado Sustainment Program (TSP). This is a Code 2 Modified Release 300 pce Limited Edition, complete with uniquely numbered certificate.

This model was produced in July 2009 and originally planned as a 500 piece run. It is a transfer-based modification of the Corgi AA33612 Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado. Production of the model was stopped at 300 pcs due to lack of donor models. The certificates show 500pcs but numbers above 300 were never issued.

The model depicts the Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado IDS while in the UK for upgrade as part of the Tornado Sustainment Program. The RSAF national markings were covered or replaced with UK roundels and fin flashes, plus it was given the UK Military registration ZK113.

To explain the "Code 2" Designation: A Branded model with modifications carried out with the knowledge and authorisation of the original manufacturer (i.e. Corgi)

The Tornado Interdictor Strike (IDS) is the export version equivalent to the RAF’s GR.Mk.1, designed by the three members of Panavia – the UK’s British Aerospace, Germany’s MBB, and Italy’s Aeritalia.

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing combat aircraft, which was jointly developed and manufactured by the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy. There are three primary variants of the Tornado; the Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike) fighter-bomber, the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (air defence variant) interceptor.

The Tornado was developed and built by Panavia Aircraft GmbH, a tri-national consortium consisting of British Aerospace (previously British Aircraft Corporation), MBB of West Germany, and Aeritalia of Italy. It first flew on 14 August 1974 and was introduced into service in 1979–1980. Due to its multirole nature, it was able to replace several different fleets of aircraft in the adopting air forces. The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) became an export operator of the Tornado in addition to the three original partner nations. A tri-nation training and evaluation unit operating from RAF Cottesmore, the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment, maintained a level of international cooperation beyond the production stage.

The Tornado was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF), Italian Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force during the 1991 Gulf War, in which the Tornado conducted many low-altitude penetrating strike missions. The Tornados of various operators were also used in conflicts in the former Yugoslavia during the Bosnian War and Kosovo War, the Iraq War, Libya during the Libyan civil war, as well as smaller roles in Afghanistan and Yemen. Including all variants, a total of 992 aircraft were built.

The Tornado is an exceptional performer and well-suited to low-level high-speed bombing missions, thanks to its advanced navigation/attack system. The system’s powerful radar can operate in search, ground-mapping, and terrain-following modes. This allowed British, Italian, and Saudi Tornados to engage in many low-level anti-runway bombing sorties early in the 1991 war against Iraq.

So successful was the Tornado IDS that nearly 1,000 examples were built, including 402 for the UK, 359 for Germany, 99 for Italy, and 96 for Saudi Arabia.

Features of the model include the meticulously reproduced Saudi ‘desert’ camouflage.
Picture of model:-

Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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