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Tony Oliver

Low Visibility Sundowner! 1/72 F-14A Tomcat Hobbyboss VF 111

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Now 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. 

 

 

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Love this one! 
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PILOTS IN DETAIL (Hand painted helmets)


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UNDERSIDES:


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Some weathering effects close ups:


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In comparison to a gull grey bird and the tps scheme - makes it look really light now! 
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The most recent 'line' pair together:
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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:

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Actual Plane:

 

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Thanks for looking! 

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Just mouth-watering...

And 7 of these beauties... (would probably take me seven years to build all of them!)

Hobby Boss seems to be a good alternative to the Hasegawa Kit? It sure does look good!

 

Cheers

 

Benoît

 

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These are magnificent 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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Just stunning! Great skills and that weathering looks spot on

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Exeptional build. Very clean work that completely transformed the HB kit. As a Hasegawa fan this kit never drew my attention. But i will certainly give it a try!

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Amazing work, I said it in your WIP thread and I'll say it here, the weathering on display is just top notch with a subtle build-up of realistic effects. Nothing looks out of place there.

 

Also great work on the pilots and the helmets!

 

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That is really nice, great modelling and great finishing..

 

Back in the day I did a bit of a study on Sundowners from VF11 through to VF111 and dis-establishment.  I also started to build a series of VF11 & VF111 aircraft in 1/72.  Wildcat, Hellcat, Bearcat, Panther Couger, Tiger, Crusader, Phantom and Tomcat unfortunately all gone now....

 

Anyway great theme, great models - thank you..

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Well Tony, I am almost lost for words on just how good that is.  If that was sitting on an actual carrier deck you would be none the wiser, absolutely flawless, eye porn of the highest order!!  Absolutely love what you have done with the pilots and the details for the ordnance panels - fantastic stuff.

 

100% correct decision to change the paint shade as well.

 

Thanks for taking the time to upload so many photos too.

 

Phil

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You made a masterpiece.

In 1/72   almost unbelievable level of details. Not to mention weathering..hard to achieve-ably in greater scales.....simply fantastic work

Best regards Djordje 

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Another stunner from your HB Tomcat production line, Tony.  The weathering is fantastic and the detail painting on the crew helmets is a great touch.

 

The line-up of different schemes is great too.  Looking forward to the next addition!

 

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2 hours ago, Vultures1 said:

Another stunner from your HB Tomcat production line, Tony.  The weathering is fantastic and the detail painting on the crew helmets is a great touch.

 

The line-up of different schemes is great too.  Looking forward to the next addition!

 

 

4 hours ago, djos said:

You made a masterpiece.

In 1/72   almost unbelievable level of details. Not to mention weathering..hard to achieve-ably in greater scales.....simply fantastic work

Best regards Djordje 

 

10 hours ago, Booty003 said:

Well Tony, I am almost lost for words on just how good that is.  If that was sitting on an actual carrier deck you would be none the wiser, absolutely flawless, eye porn of the highest order!!  Absolutely love what you have done with the pilots and the details for the ordnance panels - fantastic stuff.

 

100% correct decision to change the paint shade as well.

 

Thanks for taking the time to upload so many photos too.

 

Phil

 

13 hours ago, Grey Beema said:

That is really nice, great modelling and great finishing..

 

14 hours ago, Squibby said:

Amazing work, I said it in your WIP thread and I'll say it here, the weathering on display is just top notch with a subtle build-up of realistic effects. Nothing looks out of place there.

 

Also great work on the pilots and the helmets!

 

 

14 hours ago, sandros said:

Exeptional build. Very clean work that completely transformed the HB kit. As a Hasegawa fan this kit never drew my attention. But i will certainly give it a try!

 

15 hours ago, billn53 said:

Great job all around. Excellent detailing and very believable weathering!

 

15 hours ago, Ridgeline said:

Damn, that's cool. Makes me want to try and build one myself!

 

16 hours ago, Simon382 said:

Just stunning! Great skills and that weathering looks spot on

 

21 hours ago, Shelliecool said:

Absolutely fantastic! 

 

21 hours ago, boffin said:

wonderful!

 

23 hours ago, phildagreek said:

That's really very nice!

 

23 hours ago, LostCosmonauts said:

This is just sickeningly good. 

 

23 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Very nice tomcat :pilot:

 

23 hours ago, Valkyrie said:

These are magnificent 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

 

On 12/09/2017 at 20:41, bearmatt said:

Just mouth-watering...

And 7 of these beauties... (would probably take me seven years to build all of them!)

Hobby Boss seems to be a good alternative to the Hasegawa Kit? It sure does look good!

 

Cheers

 

Benoît

 

 

Wow thanks so much guys, I'm a bit taken aback by all the positive comments! Didn't think it would go down this well because its a boring drab scheme with no colour...

 

I am very happy with this one but the photos (same for most of my RFI's) could be better as only done with an iPhone. Some in this thread looked stretched to me when I saw them on a computer monitor earlier. Seem more in proportion when viewed on an i-device type thing. 

I am going round to a mate's in a couple weekends to use his set up for better pics. I will be taking this bird and a few others :) 

 

@bearmatt and @sandros  these hobbyboss cats are quite an easy build, only need a few basic tweaks as per my mod list if you can live without the hasegawa upgrade parts and extra AM resin. Give one a go! 

 

Cheers, Tony

 

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19 minutes ago, Tony Oliver said:

I am going round to a mate's in a couple weekends to use his set up for better pics. I will be taking this bird and a few others :) 

Tony, if you can, go for all of them and take a group picture :-) !

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38 minutes ago, bearmatt said:

Tony, if you can, go for all of them and take a group picture :-) !

 

Ok I will see what I can do. Will chat to him and confirm size of booth. But I suppose if its a nice day then a pic could be taken outside I suppose because its a proper camera. Transportation of them all to his place may prove challenging however... 

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Tony,

You made the hard but right choice of stripping that model and going with the Mr. Color  338👍

I like the subtle weathering you employed on this cat 😎

The family "Cat Den" picture was a nice comparison too. 

Also would like to applaud you on your fastidious research on the 1980's transitional phase concerning the Winders & Sparrows 👏

Very nice job all the way around✅

 

Cheers,

 

Mr.Happy(In name only)

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Well, there you go!

Just when I started to think I was a half-decent modeller, along comes this family of Tomcats!!

Simply awesome.

Absolutely love the crew and the subtle rendering of their faces.

Top notch. :yikes:

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2 hours ago, kapam said:

Absolutely love the crew and the subtle rendering of their faces.

 

Thanks pal, can't take much credit though. Probably because the faces are so crisply cast - 

they were painted akan beige and then given a brown wash. Thats it! 

 

Cheers, Tony

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Excellent work Tony!! Very very nice Tomcat and realistic painting at the exhausts!!

 

Regards,

 

Nontas

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