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Tony Oliver

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  1. Pet hates.

    Very true. ‘Everybody's so infatuated, everybody's so completely sure of what we are. Everybody defamates from miles away but face to face they haven’t got a thing to say’ Slipknot, The Heretic Anthem.
  2. The pounce of the 8 completed cats so far - So I have become a tomcat fanatic recently (1/72) and have decided to embark on an epic saga starting with this load of hobbyboss kits before moving onto some Hasegawa ones. I got these from creative models and mjwmodels over various special offer weeks when they were knocking them out at around £12 a kit. I would like to try to do some lesser seen schemes but pretty limited with decals because most kits and AM sheets come with normally the colourful cag birds etc... The kit that started it all was an ebay bargain revell kit, see here - http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235005611-revell-172-f-14b-tomcat-vf-103/ This WIP will hopefully document all of them, most of them concurrently/in pairs, then as they are completed they will have individual RFI threads. I won't document every single thing, as most things will be duplicated (eg the polishing and dipping of several canopy mold seams - i'll just show one) but i will try to highlight any problem areas I encounter or things different to that particular machine. The plan is to try and do at least the following for each variant: - completely 'out of the box' - tweaked with a basic cockpit set and maybe weapon upgrades & AM decals - dressed up with an advanced etch set, resin bits & weapons, AM decals etc. I will also be trying out some different paints on each of the builds, with some of them having the corresponding metallics too. To play with I have collected: - Ak interactive air USN set and their xtreme metal. - Vallejo model air USN set and Vallejo metal color. - Mr color and mr super metallic. - Mr hobby aqueos and mr metal color. -Akan and their metals. -Mr Paint -xtracrylix -Tamiya -mission models and their metals -Hataka red and now the new orange line too. Some of these will be used with alclad metallics too. Also is the revell nato pilot set, one of the builds will have a pair in the cockpit with the nose gear in the squat position, and then maybe one or two may have a figure on the wing walks. And then for fun there is a hasegawa F14 eggplane and a felix mascot. (From Hannants) It says 90mm I guess thats how tall it is when finished? Tamiya 10ml clear for size/scale. So the planned planes are: (unless I discover/purchase some other decal options between now and starting them!) F-14 B's - planes 1, 2 & 3 1: B - V102 - hasegawa decals. bombcat configuration. Pilots in, nose down and nozzles closed getting ready for launch. COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235022364-hobbyboss-172-f-14b-tomcat-vf-102-diamondbacks/ 2 - vf101 grim reapers. Tacts Training loadout - COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235010536-hobbyboss-172-f14b-tomcat-vf101/ 3 - vf 74 adversary scheme from a hasegawa kit. Mr Paint colours F-14 D's - planes 4, 5 & 6. 4 - OOB vf 31. Plane 101 tomcat sunset. Empty bombcat configuration. COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235009559-hobbyboss-172-f-14d-tomcat-vf31/ 5 - A VF2 decal option. This build will have a dream model color cockpit etch and some Hasegawa upgrades from my little casting project. 6 - vf 213 101 nose art decals with advanced etch set (interior/exterior) Also Aires resin nose wheel doors for front u/c bay. Bombcat - gbu 24's and lantirn from the Hasegawa sets. Mr color paints - COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012670-hobbyboss-172-f-14d-tomcat-vf213/ F-14 A's - planes 7 onwards. 7 - Vf32 desert storm decals. Standard 4/2/2 missile loadout. Mr hobby paints - COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235018482-172-hobbyboss-f-14a-tomcat-vf32-swordsmen/ 8 - vf 103 sluggers 1983 in gull with tan nose and black anti glare. Mission paints - current build 9 - vf 111 low vis grey - fcm sheet. 4/4 loadout of brassin sparrows and winders. Quickboost pilots. Akan/mr color paints. COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235026681-low-visibility-sundowner-172-f-14a-tomcat-hobbyboss-vf-111/# 10 - vf 21 Freelancers 1991 Late A in TPS by Mission models paints. COMPLETED: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235028103-172-hobbyboss-tomcat-vf-21-freelancers-1991/# 11 - vf 14 Tophatters 1993 iron bomb cat. Late A in TPS by Mig Ammo. COMPLETED http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235025164-172-hobbyboss-f-14a-tomcat-vf-14-tophatters-1993/ Phew thats a lot of waffle! During this WIP I will refer to them as planes 1 to number whatever to reduce the amount of confusion/easy reference. If there are any super geeks out there who can spot any faults with the above then feel free to chime in, any help is greatly appreciated. I have done a bit of research but everyday is a school day! I started a couple weeks ago near the start of july so have lots to post already, so over coming weeks so the replies (hopefully) can spur me on as I anticipate I will start getting fed up towards the last couple builds. I have made a start on planes 2,4 & 6 Let the fun commence!
  3. Primer

    I don’t see any plus points spraying all parts when still on the sprues, sorry. Build and then prime/paint with one or two sub assemblies done first eg interiors if applicable before moving onto next step.
  4. Wow! However, for me, the moveable tracks and wheels puts it in grey area between static display model and a toy? Perhaps because its huge they won’t have to sacrifice detail for ‘playability’ as normally one area loses out...
  5. Eduard 1/72..my first Spitfire

    Go for it. Their 1/48 spits are awesome too.
  6. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    Hi Troops, update time. I managed to take some pictures of the sluggers bird over the weekend. So I now need to compose an RFI for it... In the meantime here are few teaser type comparison pics. Those that have seen some of the other RFI’s will know I like group shots to compare paint shades etc. So here is the mission gull flanked by so far the only other gull grey in my collection (mr hobby) vf32 cag and then the light grey FS36495 (mr color) sundowner for a tone comparison. All monitors & screens being equal: a point to note is that the mission gull has been darkened a bit by my postshade/maskol weathering. So in all its quite a pale and cold light gull grey, I do like the look of it and seems to match period photos of sun bleached cruise weary cats more compared to the mr hobby shade which is richer and browner. Opinions? Next, here the vf32 has been replaced by the vf21 bird which was finished in mission paint tps colours, which allows us to see their naval shades together. The contrast is quite strong, as in my opinion their tps ones are a touch darker than other brands of hobby paint available. What with the gull being a light one it just seems to emphasise this? In isolation they look fine but together here the tps plane looks too dark - again opinions? Cheers and thanks for looking!
  7. Brushing acrylics over gloss

    Answered your own question there mate 👍🏿
  8. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    More old obscure decals, this time from france via ebay. It was bought for the vf32 scheme with the twin tailed cat musketeer tail logo that was worn for a year or so around 83/84. Then they went back to the big sword only. Build spec very similar to the sluggers bird just finished. So the sheet says the low viz option was all gull as well as the high viz, but only found the low viz markings one in tps. If it were then it could be the holy grail of an all gull with all low viz subdued markings, apart from the white in the bands. A few variations about in the colour version of though, mainly with style and location of the stars and bars. Seem to have a black with possibly yellow as well edge to the ventral stakes too? Not mentioned on sheet though... Sheet- Pictures below are public on flicr. 211 with small colour stars and bars: 207 Higher and grey 212 as per the decal sheet- 205 but tps not gull with the low viz markings. Too many options to build, not enough time and space!
  9. Pet hates.

    Perhaps the only exposure they’ve had to english is from american tv programmes, well programs. So they copy that? Back on topic - something that makes my teeth itch is when idiots get into their diesel cars and hard start them for 10 seconds or so because they have no idea about glow plugs and the pre heat symbol on the dash
  10. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    Yeah looking forward to getting hands on one of those. Mine still haven’t turned up yet. Glad to hear that as it seems certain parts like the gun vents and tails with stiffners are still present on the main sprues to make a later A
  11. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    Thanks Andy. Gonna try and do one more Hboss cat to make it a round 10 for this project then have a break from it. Can return in the future as loads more hboss cats still in the stash... For a change perhaps do some finemolds or hasegawa tomcats Here’s a couple more pics for now as probably won’t get to photograph it properly until end of the month now... Also note I added a blue band captive training white 54A to go with the blue tube winder, as all the Phoenix missiles I’ve done so far on these builds are grey 54C’s Just canopy and tailplanes that needed attaching after this... Cheers! It might be standing on the box of the ‘break’ project...
  12. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    A few more last details and weathering being done. U/C legs that were mentioned in previous post. Nose gear at a jaunty angle to add interest. Only second time I have cut one of these in nine builds! I used the oilbrushers diluted down to get the salt stained look. This is what it looks like going on. Titled to light to catch it while wet. Don’t try and get even coverage like a filter, here we want the tide mark look. So the whole area does get covered, but by lots of dots that flow into each other and overlap. Here’s a finished area of that effect. The flat part between fins. Also visible are the little dots which were applied and then streaked back with a moist brush for grime. The gull grey was faded and stained with ‘yellow bone’ and then starship filth for grime on uppers, and dark mud for dirt streaks and leaks on lowers/engine nacelles. Light Flesh to fade radome. Seats and coamings going in. Probes and pitots etc on now too. Thanks for looking. Hopefully next post will be a link to the RFI!
  13. Your Plans for Modelling in 2018

    May try some large scale figures/busts now I’m away from home most of the time. Can hairystick those see...
  14. Three on the way
  15. Vallejo Model Color won't thin

    I have to disagree. Model colour sprays perfectly fine. Thin with their ab thinner or ultimate thinner for general use or for more extreme work/detail spraying with less tip dry use vallejo ab cleaner. Contents of cup needs stirring more with a paint bush every few minutes or so as the stronger ‘cleaner’ breaks the paint down more into is constituted parts faster it seems than the thinner because its more ‘hot’ This was spray painted with model color for its main scheme - RLM 70/02 over 76 with 04 details.
  16. Happy New Year

    I’m a glass half empty kinda guy if you hadn’t noticed...
  17. Andy's tally for 2017

    Inspiring stuff
  18. Happy New Year

    Yey! We all have one year less to live!
  19. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    Ok some of the little fiddly bits done past few evenings at the end of the build which always seem to take ages. Not got around yet to fading and streaking airframe yet as prefer to do that in natural light/daytime. Also done but not shown is all the nav lights were painted with a silver base first for their respective clear shades to go on at the end, and the U/C legs had some chips added using a 0.3mm dark brown gundam marker. Seats and bits were done in black stynylrez, then drybrushed and detail painted in various mission shades in keeping with this builds theme.... pics (why we are all here) - Formation lights done in akan Russian lemon grey primer. Used on the last few builds as its an ideal dirty yellow with a slight green tinge Canopy bits. Wedge is resin cast. Joined together as one so will be in perfect alignment with a closed canopy, rather than putting the wedge on the shelf behind seat and frame inside rear of canopy. Modern hobbies resin seats from Canada. A bit too wide for the hboss tub, but fit hasegawa fine. Had to sand sides lower down like when I put stock hase seats in the vf21 bird. Wont be seen with a closed pit though. Replaced the ejection handles with some airwaves etch as the resin handles that came with the seats were quite crude and you could blatantly see they were mastered from a piece of wire in a figure of 8 loop. The placards were painted rather than using decals as the little raised plates were present. Left. Right. IP’s/coamings. Instrument side shown before I think, but canvas parts detailed now. Again these are resin parts I mastered combining hboss and hase parts. For the hud projecter I used some bmf like I did on the other A builds with stock hboss coamings, but as this hase part is deeper to take a clear plastic disc, I filled it with pva to make a ‘lens’. Thanks for looking! Any comments/queries/questions please ask
  20. Any other electric guitarists on here?

    Lefty here checking in! Yeah I have dabbled in and out of guitar playing over the years. Never for show or to perform just for personal fun. Recently got back into it again. Had several over the years and sold on etc. Currently have 1. Cort G250 sunburst/white pick guard - A classic strat type but with humbucker at the bridge. Longest owned axe, was a wedding present a dozen or so years ago... 2. An 8 string Schecter Blackjack ATX. Only had a few months. Its a beast. 3. A homemade left hand seven string. Brewed up about 10 years ago when they weren’t readily available. It’s a scrap left hand tele body modded to take a 7 string neck (upside down) I bought from American ebay. Single emg 707 at the bridge and all the remaining holes filled in. Just recently refurbished after getting the bridge and thus the intonation in the correct place third time around... :/ Inspiration was Stef from the deftones with his 7 sting tele style esp when ‘Saturday Night Wrist’ came out. Pics wont be for a couple weeks though as all three are 250 miles away!
  21. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    Sorry for the sporadic updates of late but back home on leave now so will hopefully get this one done over the next couple of weeks. Anyways - A few other details from this build. First is the pylons - sparrow launchers are hasegawa, more detail than the hobbyboss parts, plus I mastered them with eduard etch to make them more interesting when empty. Also is the winder rails, was hboss one mastered with eduard etch too to depict empty rails - have long since been detail painted and panel lines washed with airframe, these pics are a few months old. A rail was painted ghost grey to make the scheme more varied, along with one of the drop tanks which is a bit of artistic license and expanding on the ghost grey bits already visible on the real plane. Too add some colour I have made a ‘blue tube’ captive training winder, by cutting and/or leaving the fins off of a brassin aim-9d. These are visible in alot of NAS pics from the 80’s and then I think in the 90’s they got paired up with the red tacts pod. This was painted in mission basic blue then had some different tones mixed up to add variety, same detail with the metal shades. More recently (boxing day) the plane had varnishes to seal in the washes before the next round of streaking and fading with oilbrushers. I started off with a flat all over to level it off, then went back over with a bit of satin on the lowers and sides to represent the gloss gull grey that wouldn’t be as bleached as the top. Blurry pic of flat coat - Bye for now
  22. Airbrushable primer