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Kit - Hobbyboss 1:72

Paint - Tamiya acrylics, Tamiya, Humbrol & Xtracolour enamels.

Decals - Kit

Extras - None

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

VF-41 'Black Aces'

Photocall, NAS Oceana mid 1978.






Not my best build by a long way, but very enjoyable none the less. IMHO a great little kit and well worth every penny. Good points - Price, excellent fit, good detail, you can build it as I have with the wings in the 'oversweep' position (not too many kits give you that option), very good decal choice and superbly packaged. Bad points, very soft plastic reminiscent of old Heller kits, panel lines so fine that they seem to disappear under two coats of paint !! - but that was probably 'user error'.

Right from the start I was looking to build it completely 'naked' no pylons, no tanks, all buttoned-up and immaculate - there's a few photos on t'interweb from the Photocall in '78 just before the squadron embarked on USS Nimitz for the first cruise with the brand new F-14's, and they are spotless !! Great wee project, highly recommended. Thanks for taking the time to look, as ever all comments, criticism, questions and suggestions are welcome.



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