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  1. Thanks for all the kind comments and likes Have a great long Easter Bank Holiday weekend!
  2. Hi all Finally finished this after about a year of on and off work on it. I'm not the quickest modeller and this is my first jet in 1:48, the F-14 is a big plane so I took my time with it as I can't see me getting many of these on the shelf at the moment This is the Hobbyboss F-14B in 1:48, bought for the bargain price of around £30 off a well known auction site a couple of years ago. Being a lifelong fan of the F-14 and Top Gun meant a man scale version needed adding to the collection. Its not a bad kit all in all, a lot of plastic in the box for the money, loads of weapons options and nice general detail, including a small sheet of PE for the seat belts and canopy rails (and radar if you want to leave the nose open). The general fit isn't too bad and a lot of dry fitting meant minimal filler was needed in the end. I closed up the gun access panels as I prefer the clean lines of what has to be the most beautiful airplane ever. I left the access ladder open, though with hindsight I think I would close it up or look for a PE replacement as it's a bit clunky. I did look at the great tips on here by @Parabat and dealt with a few of the areas that could be easily improved, like filling the wing rivets, shortening the arrestor hook. One of the main issues I head read about the kit was the intakes being too thick and parallel to the ground and dealt with this by sanding them thinner but also cutting a thin wedge out of the outside faces and clamping and glueing it all back up. I also used a thin strip of foil tape to create the ring that's missing before the intake petals which I found quite a noticeable omission. Paints used were Gunze numbers as per the instruction callouts for the TPS scheme grays, thinned with Tamiya thinners, sealed with Alclad aqua gloss and then an oil wash and Xtracrylics Matt to finish. Photos were taken from my phone as I am lacking any decent setup so hoping they come out OK. I realised when taking them the the old light blue pillow case I had used previously as a back drop is both far too small for a plane of this size and also in dire need of replacement Anyway, hope you like and on with the pics, hoping that they work as this is the first post I have attempted entirely from my mobile... Cheers for looking, Stu
  3. Cracking build and paintwork mate, the fading looks just right, one sleek beautiful machine
  4. Looking very nice mate, pulling up a seat and will enjoy seeing this one come together
  5. Superb work mate, been watching your group build thread and enjoyed seeing this one come together. That scheme must have been an absolute headache to mask to match the decal demarcations but well worth it, that and the twin seat configuration really suits her! Love the asymmetrical rocket pods too
  6. Lovely build and the weathering on the NMF looks superb. Brilliant suggestion by your wife, I look forward to seeing your second one!
  7. Agree with the other comments here, a superb trio and so well detailed its hard to believe they are 1:72, smashing work!
  8. Thanks for the kind comments Guys and sorry for my pitifully slow reply!! I can definitely recommend the kit for anyone wanting to give it a go, its the usual Tamiya great fit and whilst some of the decals are large they really did work well and had enough thickness in them to correct their positioning before the microsol took hold, it was quite satisfying seeing the whole kit come to life as the decals went on the plain white shell I look forwards to seeing yours in RFI Kevlar The Zero paints are really nice to work with and coverage is the best of any white I have tried yet. I usually spray in the kitchen with a dust mask on and the back door open which seems to work OK for Tamiya etc acrylics. With the Zero paints I managed to stick out the kitchen and add a white highlight to my nose hair so probably not the brightest idea, will definitely need more thought before I commit to spraying the MP4/4! Are you doing a WIP thread for the MP4/4 as that would be great to follow. I'm not sure I could budget £150 plus for the detail set but the results do look amazing! Dont need carbon templates for the Porsche but if you do any for the MP4/4 that would be useful as I bought some carbon decal sheet to try on this one. Cheers, Stu
  9. Thanks guys The decalling was definitely the bit I was dreading on this as some of them are quite large and tricky to get in position before they grab and don't want to move further, particularly the big gold splash on the rear as theres quite a few thin bits of splash that make the whole thing harder to position. But thankfully they werent too bad in the end so well done Tamiya for that! Cheers, Stu
  10. Amazing build mate, the conversion looks flawless and both your choice of wraparound camo and doing the twin seater are spot on, she is one beautiful looking machine. If you can get a result like this from the old Airfix kit I can't see why anyone would want to attempt the KH one, Cheers, Stu
  11. Hi all, Latest build for me and first completed of this year. I'm normally a builder of winged things but this is my third Tamiya car kit (1:24 DTM Calibra and 1:20 F189 previously) and they are quite addictive This is actually the second build of a kit for a colleague who likes the finished product but isn't yet ready to cross the line into the world of building and painting so hoping maybe third time lucky for him! The kit itself was a joy to build, with a nicely detailed engine bay out of the box, this took about half the build time itself and does look lovely at 1:1 scale, though sure more detail could be scratched to take it up a level! The kit also provides masks for the windows which was a bonus. Painting was mostly Tamiya colours with Mig metallics and Zero paints for the white, the latter of which was amazing to use, with great coverage which is something I usually hate about white (i bought it as a twin pack with Mclaren Red to complete an MP4/4 i have in the stash so looking forward to that now). The decals performed far better than I feared and went down without any mishaps, all finished with either Xtracylics matt or Alclad aqua gloss and rubbed with Carnauba wax on the shell. Hope you like and any questions/C&CC always welcomed, Thanks, Stu
  12. Looking really nice mate, love the wraparound camo and the conversion is looking seamless. Good job on scratching the decals together, they certainly all look the part!
  13. Stunning build, paint and weathering mate, very realistic - looks like you could jump right in and fly her! Interesting to read up a bit on the ASAT as well, I had never heard of this before, that must have been one hell of a flight to launch it
  14. Cracking build mate, lovely paint job and restrained in scale weathering Always liked the look of Foxy Killer and its on my to do list, if it turns out half as well as yours I'll be well happy!
  15. Thanks for all the kind comments guys, glad I finally got it finished and posted Thanks Joachim - I know the matchbox boxing.artwork you mention I'm glad you noticed the front opening on the exhaust sheaths, I completely forgot to add that to the list of tweaky bits in my main post! Thanks again all and have a great weekend!
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