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  1. Hmmmm interesting... I might gonna give it a try in the future. Would be interesting to see if I can order one there... Anyway, next update will probably be up on Monday, since today I have to prepare for the launch of Aventador SVJ in Jakarta. Sooo... yeah. See you guys on Monday.
  2. Hi again, after trying to convince myself to start, here's how I started. Looking at the number of parts, it's kind of daunting for me. But I already made Hasegawa's great-but-notoriously-fiddly F-14Bs several times, so this might be easier. Probably. Didn;t take me long to realize that I was right. In no time at all I managed to build up the entire bodywork, no problem whatsoever. Might be a cliche, but this is that kind of kit where everything just falls together without even trying. Soon it's off to the painting booth... which is just my workshop table but with paint. Using Mr. Color Gold as basis (as well as for those stripes), I sprayed a thin layer of Mr. Color Red FS11136 with some gold flakes infused in, before finally spraying Clear Red (again, with infusion of gold flakes). Really hard to see here, but it's there in real life. Also, you might notice a little f-up on the stripe on the roof. My cackhandedness is to blame for that one... Anyway, that's all for today, next time you're here, it'll be chassis business...
  3. Pity I can't source Zero Paints on this side of the Earth. I heard they make the best colour to replicate the actual paint of the car. Oh well, guess I gotta resort to do metallic undercoat and layer it with some sort of red...
  4. When it comes to modelling, I'm mostly an aircraft person. But my first contact with model kit actually started with cars, way back when I was still a midget. My uncle used to make car kits, with Tamiya's R33 Skyline, Subaru Alcyone and Legacy Wagon to name a few. And my biggest interest was actually on cars, as expected from someone who can spell Lamborghini long before he can spell his dad's name properly. However, my experience with car model kits were few and far between, with successful attempt on MP4/4 and LaFerrari (and failed attempt at Huracan and Murcielago SV, both ruined by paint problems). Then came along Tamiya's Ford GT. When I heard the announcement last year, I immediately knew what I'm getting for my birthday last February. Took me 2 months, but the kit finally landed 2 days ago. First cut will have to wait though, for I'm still in process of moving all my stuffs to my new home. As for the idea, well... I know. I'm not creative. But I really dig Shmee150's spec for his Ford GT, what with the luscious Liquid Red paint and glorious gold stripe. Not getting the BBS FI-R wheels, though, since I can't reliably source any aftermarket parts from this side of the globe. Anyway, that's for the introductory bits, next time it will be the first cut
  5. My little brother might beg to differ because he always threaten to launch my Tomcats if I bought another Tomcat
  6. Probably because back then the moulding was still fresh and new. My previous experience with he newer boxing of Hase's F-14s has been a mixed bag of really good detail and shape, yet marred with warped parts, Greenland-sized flash, and misfits here and there. Oh, and the absolute lack of weapons. Plus a dreadful exhaust breakdowns on their F-14B and F-14D. But until someone came up with a more modern, accurate representation (come on, GWH, when will you release the F-14 damnit), Hasegawa's F-14 is still the one I'll be going for.
  7. TBH I didn't expect my build to progress up that fast either But no particularly new technique in dealing with poor fit. The horrible front-aft fuselage joints are taken care of by fitting the lower part first and allowing some gaps on top to be filled with thin plasticards and some putty. The rest is (much to my surprise) a good fit.
  8. In 2003 VF-154 along with the rest of Carrier Air Wing 5 was deployed to the Gulf of Persia for Close Air Support and Forward Air Controlling mission to support land-based aircrafts and Special Forces mission in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During that time, Black Knights scored the most numbers of explosive ordnance dropped of all squadrons in CVW-5, totaling 358 LGBs by the end of the 27-day mission. Yes, it's another F-14 from me, but since I really like F-14s, I can't see why wouldn't I make another one. This time, I decided to make VF-154's CO jet during OIF, which dropped about 45 bombs in total. Now, I don't really have the most information about what the particular aircraft was carrying back then, but sources said that back then the F-14s from VF-154 were armed with 1 2000-pounder LGBs on station 3 and/or station 5 with 1000-pounder mixed in during the early phase of the operation. Later operations saw them carrying 4 500-pounders. I decided to give this particular one a GBU-10 on station 3 (which is in front) and a GBU-16 1000-pounder at the back in staggered position (station 5), assuming that if they were put side-by-side, neither of them would be able to clear each other when dropped. As for the rest of the kit, it's a surprise that this time round, Hasegawa's kit didn't put up too much fight. Or so I thought, because it turned out the decals were a bit on the thick side, causing problems during clear coat. Oh well, learn something new everyday, I guess... Also something new, Hasegawa made a fatal flaw in their painting instruction. Instead of showing the proper 3-tone gray like all TPS F-14s, this one got only 2-tone gray. A little search confirmed my suspicion, so 3-tone it is, plus VF-154's characteristic FS36081 gray for the skunk stripes and vertical tails (not engine gray like what Hase wanted you to believe). The FS36081 itself is actually a home-brew, made by mixing flat black with several drops of FS35237. I decided not to glue the wings and the inflatable wing seals so that I can change the wing position anytime I want. As always, critics and suggestions are more than welcomed here
  9. Here's my entry, Hase's 1/72nd scale F-14A Tomcat representing VF-154's CO bird (BuNo 161276) during the Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  10. After thinking back and forth, I decided to go for asymmetric load of GBU-10 on station 3 and GBU-16 on station 5 with AIM-54C and AIM-9L on station 1B and 1A, respectively. And with this, I declare this project is done! More photos on the RFI and the Gallery, thank you for allowing me to join the GB. Will I make another entry? I don't know, watch this space
  11. My little research yields 4 GBU-12s and 1 or 2 AIM-9Ls during the mid- to late-stage of the operations. So I guess that's what I'm going, but not until I managed to find bombs from somewhere
  12. Went missing for the last few days, but it's getting closer to finish line... Decals are on... and turned out it was a little on the thick side, and proven to give me headache during flat coating... Oh well, learning something new everyday Currently the build has not progressed further, since I'm still looking to loot some ordnance before I can finish the kit. Hopefully I managed to secure some before the end of year...
  13. Ah, it's OK, thanks for the information. Greatly appreciated. So, the project has progressed on to the painting booth. But before the painting begin, I realized that Hasegawa's painting guide has one fatal mistake. They showed Nite 100 and Nite 101 to use 2-tone basic TPS camo (like F/A-18s), while they're actually using 3-tone TPS camo. So out comes Mr Hobby's FS36375 for base, FS36320 for mid-tone and FS35237 for countershading on top. Also, instead of using Engine Gray, I decided to mix my own FS36081 dark grey (I know Mr. Hobby should have the exact paint - No. 301, to be precise - but I like to do a little experiment ). Now, Hasegawa gave us the walkways as decals. I, for one, don't really like it. They lacked the gritty, worn-down feel of the actual walkways on the actual aircraft. What I did is to mask the section after putting down black primer before painting, and peeled the mask away only after I finished painting the whole airframe. To give it the gritty, worn-down effect, I sprayed FS35230 lightly, followed with my mixture of FS36081. Not really a pro work but I like the result. Those patchy paintwork is obtained from doing squiggles on top of the primer with the base FS36375 and some Wood Brown. Compared with my previous works, this yields a much better, worn-down result that most operational 'Cats suffered (proudly wore?) during their OIF/OEF tenures. Yeah, me likey. For the exhaust, Hasegawa told us to use Steel for the shroud and Burnt Iron for the petals. I thought this is a little boring so I decided to spray them with Silver first for undercoat, before masking some bits and sprayed them with light coat of Steel and a very light mist of German gray to give the shroud a duller look, then opened the mask and spray all with light misting of Burnt Iron, before applying watercolour wash of carbon black and burnt umber. So now that painting (plus installing landing gear covers and pylons) are done, it's decalling time! Hope I don't get bored in process...
  14. I've seen your thread, and you're definitely doing a better job than I can ever muster. Anyway, a little progress, and as expected, this kit kept trying to bite me back. One injured index finger is a proof. Yes, Hasegawa nailed the outline perfectly, and the fact that they provided so many different parts for different F-14s are a thing of joy, but boy does this kit shows its age. Give me my new Super Hornet and its ease-of-build back (but then again F-14s has always been my favourite subject so... yeah. Those regrets aren't really regrets, are they?) | As expected. the joint between the front and main fuselage is ungodly (in a derogatory way). Thanks to Brian Plescia's excellent guide, I decided to make sure the lower fuselage fits perfectly so I don't have to end up with a slightly upward-slanted nose and bent Phoenix pallets. The upper joints are taken care of with some putty and plasticard. Yes, I decided to fit the landing gear first. I hate dealing with gluing painted parts and I definitely loath using cyanoacrylates (which unfortunately I have to use for the cockpit), so I decided to make sure the legs are glued in place first. Will be slightly fiddly to mask but I would rather have fiddly masking than a horrible gloop of cement. Also, a question: Sources said that during OIF, VF-154 would usually carry 2-4 GBU-12s. If only 2 GBU-12s were used, do they still have the rear pallets installed?
  15. It's the 72nd scale. 48th scale Hasegawa Tomcat is nigh-on impossible to find here... Anyway, the Cat is progressing (relatively) nicely today, but I haven't had a chance to take photos. My camera is still charged for tomorrow's photo session.
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