As many other collectors, I´m considering adding this Tornado to the collection, especially when HM said that this (3rd) Tornado release should have finally corrected that bulky canopy. So lets only hope HM will want to keep their promises / sayings...
With corrected canopy, the worst issue will be hopefully fixed. Another well known issue - not sloped tail top - apparently doesn´t be of HM concern, unfortunately. And looking at the HA6703 artwork I see at least 6 new issues on this release that are about to happen unless they will be addressed.
(Yes, its "only an artwork" at this stage, but still its the best time to inform HM before its too late, before HM starts to prepare tampoprint plates and printing pads).
Starting with the most striking:
On top of the fuselage, behind the canopy on the spine, there is LARGE BLACK CIRCLE
missing on HM HA6703 artwork
(in fact its not circle, but slight oval).
Here´s this black tampo even on 1/200 (!) Herpa HE-558266
On the photos above, including Herpa model, also note there are black wingtips
. These black wingtip antenna fairings are apparently missing on HM HA6703 artwork
Hoping with this new release will be HM able to make the black leading edge on top of the tail correctly curved:
HM HA6703 artwork
Where HM took only a shortcut with HA6701
(in 1/72 scale), Herpa weren´t lazy to make this stripe correctly, even in 1/200 scale!
This mistake would be even more apparent on light-grey HA6703 release.
Behind the sweeping wings there are missing some of the biggest stencils that are on Luftwaffe Tornados:
Grey "LUFTWAFFE - TORNADO 4325"
on the tail
On the tail, under the German flag, there is missing tampo with "LUFTWAFFE - TORNADO 4325" on HM artwork:
No need every tiny stencil to be present on the model, but would be nice if the same-size Warning tringles as those under the canopy are present everywhere where they are on real aircraft:
On top of all already known HM Tornado flaws, several more is HM going to add if the final HA6703 model will remain unchanged from current artwork...