First Model, Big Problems? in Modelling Tips Posted December 3, 2021 17 minutes ago, gingerbob said: And anyway, much as I hate to admit it, the F-14 is a 'Cold War', not a 'Modern' aircraft. Even if nobody has made anything cooler since, with the possible exception of the F-20, and that's a "next year's model" version of an older Cold War lineage anyway. Maybe get a cheap, used Monogram F-14 to do a test run with- you'll learn about things like smoothing seams, and then when you look at a Tamiya kit you'll understand the hallowed glow emanating from within the box! (I built a 1/72 Hasegawa F-14 a long time ago, and while it is a complex airframe, it went together remarkably quickly.) I'd agree with that distinction... product of Vietnam, canceled by Cheney after the wall came down. Shame that the Tigershark didn't happen, the F-5 is really underrated, it would have been interesting to see what it could do with a capable radar and updated payload. I know this sounds dumb, but could you please elaborate on how second hand kits might work... is it supposed to be a complete kit that someone just bought and didn't build, or is it more like garage sale rules, where someone might just have found it in the corner and there are no promises made or asked?