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Tony Oliver posted a topic in Ready for Inspection - AircraftNow featuring on the FCM website, 4th from the bottom 👍🏿 http://www.fcm.eti.br/galery.html Hi guys, welcome to the RFI for the seventh completed hobbyboss tomcat from my WIP, link at the bottom. This one caused alot of headaches. Built semi-concurrently with the VF-14 Tophatters completed last month. This one started out planned to be a CAG vf114 plane, but then at the paint stage I decided to change to a lesser seen/modelled low viz sundowner. As I already had a CAG gull plane in the pack (vf32) Nothing was required to change build spec wise fortunately. So it stayed in the gull grey. Not for long... The major drama was working out the colourscheme as the gull grey reccomendatiom of the FCM decal sheet didn't work with the constrast of the decals. This build got to the point of having all the decals on, sealed and weathering started before I decided to rip them all off, sand back a touch and then repaint and apply a second set of decals. Original Gull grey pics at the bottom of this post. After studying reference pics and some help in the WIP from fellow BM'ers it was decided to go for Light grey FS36495. It seems to be from that transitional period in the early 80's when gull grey was being phased out and experimenting with other low viz schemes before TPS became the norm. Also gave me a chance to depict the time when missles changed over from white to light ghost grey and the L model sidewinders came in etc. So this build was to try out akan acrylics, all the main paints and metals are by them including when she was gull grey. However for the repaint I went with Mr Color 338 for the light grey as I didn't have that shade in akan and wanted a thin tough decal ready finish to avoid too much paint build up. The rest are all akan still. Quite a fan of the 'burnt metal grey-purple' So the spec: Modified kit parts- -drilled fuel dump. -nose pitot join corrected. -arrestor hook shortened. -first spine antenna made smaller. -3 light box on front gear leg drilled. -panel lines scribed in rear engine cowls and side fairings. -drop tank holes moved back and slightly outwards. -RIO boarding step renforcement plate sanded back. -RIO handhold ontop of IP coaming undercut to make it look more like a handle. Hasegawa parts - -afterburner faces and etch. -ventral fins. -canopy strut wedge. -cockpit decals. -main wheel hubs. -chinpod. AM parts - -Reskit wheels (mains drilled out for a hasegawa plastic early 'star' hub) -Brassin sparrows and winders. -Aires pilots in seats. -Aires nozzles and tubes. -Quickboost front U/C bay doors. -FCM decals. Quite a bit! Oh one last thing, couldn't be bothered to try and cut out and install the glove vane parts neatly, so made a decal rectangular decal to represent those panel lines. Products used and a scale reference: GENERAL VIEWS Love this one! PILOTS IN DETAIL (Hand painted helmets) UNDERSIDES: Some weathering effects close ups: In comparison to a gull grey bird and the tps scheme - makes it look really light now! The most recent 'line' pair together: Kit and brasssin from our own @Mikemx at mjwmodels, great prices and service 👍🏿 WIP - this build is around pages 13-17 The gull grey 1st attempt: Actual Plane: https://photos.smugmug.com/US-Squadrons-USN/US-Navy-Fighter-Squadrons/VF-111-SUNDOWNERS-pictures/i-m478ccc/2/e19385bd/S/F-14USN-VF-111 0045 A taxing Grumman F-14 Tomcat USN 160668 VF-111 SUNDOWNERS USS Carl Vinson 3-1984 NAS Fallon%2C by Michael Grove%2C Sr DONEwt copy-S.jpg Thanks for looking!
Since I came back to this wonderful hobby a few months ago, everything I've built has been "undercart down" (a couple of Spits & a couple of Hurricanes etc). I'm now wondering - why not "wheels up" (surely a spitfire was simply born to fly). Which way do you prefer???