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  1. Hi all, here is my entry. I've had this in the stash for a good few years now, might as well build it! When released this new kid on the block just about usurped the Hasegawa kit as the kit to build in 1/48. Of course it has now been bettered by the Tamiya kit. It's been a while since I built a 48 scale jet so be gentle.... Anyway the intention is straight from the box but with aftermarket decals for an Iranian bird in the greyish/blue camo (I've already done the Fujimi kit in 1/72 in the original classic scheme. Will try and post a few more pics of the contents later - work first!
  2. As this year marks 50 years from the first flight of F-14 Tomcat, I've decided to give it a special homage with triple build of Revell's nicely moulded Tomcats in "mini" braillescale: 1 - F-14A, VF-84 Jolly Rogers ("Final Countdown" movie) 2 - F-14A, VF-142 Ghostriders 3 - F-14D, VF-101 Grim Reapers I will keep whole of the build(s) in one topic, as I work on all 3 kits at the same time. For the beginning, I've sprayed Mr. Surfacer 1500 Grey on parts that will be painted in white and grey (cockpit and landing gear bits), and won't cut off parts fro
  3. Hey guys! I’m looking for good references on VF-102 F-14’s. Preferably B version (“A” one will do as well) for printing a decal, just as shown in the picture. http://www.v3wall.com/en/html/pic_down/1440_900/pic_down_5762_1440_900.html The problem is that there’s not enough high resolution pictures to see some of the stencils of the planes, such as pilot names or information shown on the right landing gear door. So far I managed to get enough information on F-14B BuNo. 163225 (according to Mark Styling), piloted by CDR Molidor and CDR Wralstad. There is also one more thi
  4. Hi all, Some advice needed. I was in the process of removing some maskol from the clear plastic canopy of the tomcat I am working on. Being a bit impatient I decided to use some Mr Tool cleaner to spedd up the process. Big mistake. Some sort of reaction took place and to cut a long story short, the canopy is FUBAR. No way to recover it, the plastic has just messed up completely. I have been working on this tomcat for months and so I am understandably freaking out! The model I am working on is a Hasegawa F-14A 1:48 tomcat, model number 51508, as seen here: ht
  5. Excuse the kitchen worktop. Nearly completed the Tamiya 1/48 F-14A, having used Eduard PE cockpit,Brassin jet exhaust and Furball Sundowners Anthology decals. Not happy with the gap between the nosewheels, I will work on that before completion. I’ve not posted for some time now, hope you like the work.
  6. My first F-14 kit, OOB with small corrections, some rivets, panels, hydraulic pipes added and signal lights made with MKK. Very good cartograf decals included. Vallejo acrylics.
  7. OK, here goes my version of the popular Tamiya F-14A Tomcat. I'm doing it in the markings of VF-142 Ghost Riders in their 1981 low-vis scheme from the old Microscale Decal sheet 48-217. Controversy and confusion kick off right from the get go! Microscale, with their usually vague painting instructions contradict each other in how the jet should be painted! I thought an ancient copy of Scale Aircraft Modelling June 1983 Vol. 5 Number 9 page 403 may have been of some help.................... ..........but the article seems to copy Microscale's instructions
  8. Some details of new PE set are installed on model. The set made of 0.05mm thick stainless steel and has many optional parts. ALM_3718 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3717 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3714 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3715 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3716 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3720 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3693 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3694 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3697 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr A
  9. Some random shots of VF-1 Tomcats during visits to NAS Miramar, a.k.a. Fightertown USA... Starting with standard markings for the time, Bu No 161296, NE 107, in 1983 Now the strange ones. SAM Volume 25 Number 1 has a profile of NE 105 in this scheme, stating that it was flown as an adversary aircraft. Anyone have any more on this scheme? BuNo unknown, NE 111, March 1983. Canopy and windscreen masked for painting. BuNo 161290, NE 104, March 1983 BuNo 161292, NE 105, March 1983 BuNo 162599, NE 101, August 1991 BuNo
  10. While the forum was flooded with beautiful Tamiya Tomcats I was finishing the Hobby Boss F-14A. Goal was to make a accurate Persian Tomcat, so the choice was the Hobby Boss one. Added with Eduard Sidewinder Niner Juliets to represent the Iranian operated Pappa's variant the job was done. Besides the Sidewinders some other Eduard add-ons were used, Aires exhausts, Wheelliant weighed wheels, and Hi-Decal, well, decals. Hope you like!
  11. When you say 1/32nd and Tomcat together most people think "Tamiya" but this project involves the new kid on the block - Trumpeter. You may have heard or read positive or negative things about this kit and to be fair it has a few peculiarities which are somewhat of a Trumpeter trademark. So many areas are damn good and then you discover areas where the usual designer must have gone for break and some crazy guy adds a few parts which do not match the rest of the kit. So let's get started by taking a peek at this rather large pudycat. This is no ordinary box, it is also a piec
  12. Decals are a mix of kit and Fightertown 48077, painted with Tamiya & Gunze. Eduard seatbelts
  13. For my entry, I will be building Hobby Boss's 1/48 F-14A as a line jet from VF-24 Renegades during their 'Last Rage'. I will be using a fair bit of AM for this one, the Steel Beach Late Life Upgrade being essential for the NACA gun panel. Other AM being Wolfpack Design resin fuel tanks, Hasegawa Mk.83 1,000lb iron bombs (kindly donated by Neilscrim), Wheeliant resin wheels, Fightertown decals, Master Brass pitot and AOA and I still need to find my Quickboost GRU-7 seats. Kit and AM; Reference Material; (The Air International is particularly handy as it has some pics of VF-24)
  14. Hi all! Well after over 2/3 months of work I can finally and proudly present my version of a VF-111 Sundowners F-14a. This is my first ever RFI and my second 1/48 model. As you will see if you haven't been following my WIP I have opened up a good few panels and decided to put a lot of the model out on show. The kit is out of the box but the Eduard kit does include a lot of goodies such as the cockpit, wheels, exhausts and some PE. All this combined with some scratch built details and you have the below. I hope you enjoy the photos...however I must apologies for the quality/angles/lighting. I
  15. Hello all, This is my first WIP thread but is my second 1/48 model to hit my workbench. I have been really looking forward to getting into this bad boy. I will be using the Eduard "Danger Zone" Hobby Boss F-14 reboxing. The kit is absolutely beautiful and even with some dry fitting everything just clicks together and even has a lack of release pin markers that plagued their F/a-18d. For this built I will be pulling out all the stops as well as all the ports that the kit comes with...and some! Still undecided as to weather I will fix the wings extended with all the flaps and slates showing
  16. Something new from me - Iranian F-14A in 1/72 scale. Built with Hasegawa SP14 kit, converted to Iranian with HDL decals and some scratch (opened refueling probe door and AIM-9Ps). Eduard`s PE ZOOM set, Rob Taurus` vacu canopy and Master`s pitot tube were used. AIM-7Es are Eduard`s Brassin and AIM-54A are from old Heller kit. Painted with acrylic Lifecolors. It was a hard work, but I hope it was worth it. Model shows my interpretation of F-14A number 160318/3-6020, TFB 8 IRIAF during Iran-Iraq War in 1986. This aircraft was one of the most successful "Alicat" in this war. It was still in
  17. Hello all, Here is my recently finished 'Top Gun' diorama, depicting the mighty F-14 piloted by 'Maverick' and 'Goose' chasing down the diminutive A-4 flown by 'Viper'. Both kits are from Hasegawa and are mainly OOP, the only additions being the Fightertown decals for the F-14, TACTS pods from a Hasegawa weapons set and Hobbydecal pitot tube for the F-14. I wanted the F-14 to be heavily weathered as shown in the movie. The process I used is on page three of the build thread. Build thread is here Thanks for looking, comments welcome. Dave
  18. Hello all, Started this project a few years ago, it kept stalling and has been sitting at the side of the bench ever since. Original thread So, this GB is the perfect excuse to get it done, finally! The reason i've decided to resurrect it is because my favourite decal maker has just released these….which of course i've ordered. So i'm able to do a proper 'Top Gun' jet! Plan is to make a dogfight diorama with the F-14 chasing down the A-4 Here's how the F-14 is at the minute: And the A-4, which is yet to be started: Hope that this qualifies even if the A-4 remains to be don
  19. Hello again, Now it’s time for my Tomcat. Similarly to Su-27SM, this is mostly out of the box. I added details in the landing gear bays, there are metal pitot tube and angle of attack probe. I also corrected the opening for the gun (it was closed) and IR sensor under the nose. Painted mostly with gunze H315 and model master metalizers. Overall it looks nice, there are some mistakes – with few decals in wrong places and canopy not fitting properly (I attached it once everything was painted so wasn’t any room for corrections – and the Academy set is far from great, decals are terrible). I a
  20. KA-Models is to rebox the Fujimi 1/72nd Grumman F-14A Tomcat kit- ref.???? F-14A 'Jolly Rogers 1978~1991' Sources: https://www.facebook.com/KAMODELS2007/photos/a.390320164315130.111612.185804791433336/1106701499343656/?type=1&theater https://www.facebook.com/KAMODELS2007/posts/1108277229186083 V.P.
  21. Hi all, I am calling this finished. It's the old Hasegawa kit that's been re-boxed umpteen times. Generally an ok build, just a few hiccups along the way. I used Hi Decal sheet for the decals which are quite delicate bur worked ok in the main. Seats are from Airwaves and the weapons from my spares box. Thanks for looking! FF
  22. Hi, here's a few pics of my current WIP. Nice kit but not without a few fit problems. Thanks for looking. FF
  23. Someone better get printing 1/48 VF-84 Jolly Rogers F-14A Decals things are getting ridiculous £95 for decals ! ... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181565823396?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  24. Just seen that Fightertown have just released their new super sheets for VF-101 and VF-103! They combine a lot of the older sheets coverage plus new decals. Get 'em while they're hot (and before they sell out!) Fightertown F-14 Decals
  25. Hi everyone, This is my entry for the GB, from Hobby Boss in 1/72. Some references....not all relevant to this build but good reads nonetheless. This will be a build of a VF-41 'Black Aces' Tomcat from the Gulf of Sidra incident in 1981. (Source: Wikipedia commons; public domain) It probably won't be the most colourful build on this GB (as she's mostly grey) but an eventful story and one that's worth remembering I think. Good luck with your own builds! Dermot
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