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DaveJL

F-14A Tomcat, 3-6020, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

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Hello all,

Here is my second entry for this GB. Hobbyboss 1/48 F-14A in IRIAF colours.

The kit:

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My first dive into the Hobbyboss 'cat so I'm looking forward to see how it compares to my old favourite- The Hasegawa F-14!

Decals:

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Using Hi-decal Line sheet 48-021. I'll also be adding quickboost seats and FOD inserts.

Serial 160318/ 3-6020 was the 20th F-14 supplied to Iran and was credited with 14 kills during the Iran-Iraq war. The jet was also involved in Iran's 'Bombcat' trials in 1986. The jet was then overhauled in Iran in the late 1990's and is still flying today in the standard two tone camouflage.

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References will be in the form of the internet, several magazine articles and the Osprey 'Iranian F-14 Tomcat units in combat' book.

Unsure as to wether i'll go for the new 2 tone paint scheme or the old 3 tone one.

Dave

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Very nice choice of Tomcat! I personally would go for the three tone, love that scheme.

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Thanks mate. Yeah, I like both schemes which is a problem :lol:

Dave

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Looking forward to this build ! I have the same decals and I'll have to build an Iranian cat myself one day...

I'm also curious to hear your opinion on the HB kit !!!

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Thanks Chaps, I'll do my best! Still a good old Hasegawa kit to build first though :lol:

Dave

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Will be watching this one, love the colours that the Iranians paint their planes in! :)

Will be insterested to hear about the HB kit as well. :)

Kind Regards

Dazz

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Will be watching this as well, interesting to see how the HB F-14A builds up and I cannot decide which colour scheme will be better either! The Osprey 'Iranian F-14 Tomcat units in combat' book is a superb source of information too.

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Thanks chaps. May be a while before I get started. Still got build #1 to do :lol:

Dave

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Yep, three tone would get my vote too!

Very nice choice of Tomcat! I personally would go for the three tone, love that scheme.

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Made a brief start on this today. Cockpit all assembled, ready for spraying:

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Had to replace the head plate with a Hasegawa one as the kit part broke. Cockpit is very nice out of the box. Also built up the weapons:

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Going for 2x AIM-54, 3x AIM-7 and 2x AIM-9P. The Iranian F-14's used AIM-9P's almost exclusively so I had to source some from the spares. It was also very rare to see one of these jets with 4x AIM-54s, so i'm going for 2 and a 3 Sparrow fit which seemed to be a bit more common during the Iran-Iraq war. (yes, i'm going for the 3 tone scheme :lol: )

Also have yet to see an Iranian 'cat with external fuel tanks so will be leaving these off too.

More to come.

Dave

Edited by DaveJL

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Looking good so far.

I think Parabat mentioned in Peter Marshall's thread, the raised bands around the AIM-54's should be sanded off as they aren't there on the real deal.

Sean

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Quite right Sean. The forward rings need to go, but the smaller ones between the triangular fins are correct.

Dave

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As Iran used the AIM-54A version, the Phoenix missiles should also have the 4 raised rectangular panels for the original proximity fuse system.

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As Iran used the AIM-54A version, the Phoenix missiles should also have the 4 raised rectangular panels for the original proximity fuse system.

Good shout mate. Looks like the HB AIM-54s are missing these.

Dave

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Thanks mate, should have more to show soon.

Dave

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Made some more progress today, mainly on the sub assemblies.

First up, I assembled the landing gear bays and sprayed them white, along with the refuelling probe bay, as the latter will be seen (All Iranian Tomcats were delivered without the refuelling probe cover)

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Engines assembled:

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Stabilisers and tail fins:

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Forward fuselage. The detail in here is nice of you want to display the model with all the panels open showing the Vulcan cannon, but, as I wanted to close them up, they are a bit of a pain and some sanding will be needed to even off all the joins:

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Wing glove pylons:

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Cockpit sprayed, ready for detailing:

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Intakes assembled and attached to the engines. This assembly is much nicer than the Hasegawa kits:

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Upper fuselage; the speed brake doesn't sit quite flush:

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Lower fuselage with ventral strakes attached and intake ramps inserted:

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Intakes and engines inserted:

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Intake trunks attached. I'm not convinced that they are the correct shape as they look a little short at the front to me:

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Next up is to finish the cockpit and build up both fuselage sections.

More to come.

Dave

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Looking good, can't wait to start my HB F-14D looking at this.

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Thanks mate. It's not bad so far, there are some nice features, but some not so good ones which i'll come to later :lol:

Dave

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A bit more to show. Cockpit painted and detailed:

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Next I moved on and closed the fuselage. Hobbyboss have you attach the wings before closing, but i think that would make it overly difficult to paint, so i'll keep them separate for now, and just cut off the solid locating points so I can slide them in. The main landing gear bays were a pain in the backside to get to fit and there is a bit of a gap between them and the intakes.

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Wings are proving quite tricky to assemble and to get to sit correctly:

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Having quite a tricky time with this one, nothing seems to fit as it should and the instructions aren't overly clear. Anyone else had issues with this? It's wearing me down slightly to the point where I might pack it in! Had the same story with the HB Tornado.

More to come.

Dave

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Very promising so far, Dave!


Going for 2x AIM-54, 3x AIM-7 and 2x AIM-9P. The Iranian F-14's used AIM-9P's almost exclusively so I had to source some from the spares. It was also very rare to see one of these jets with 4x AIM-54s, so i'm going for 2 and a 3 Sparrow fit which seemed to be a bit more common during the Iran-Iraq war. (yes, i'm going for the 3 tone scheme :lol: )

I like your decision regarding the camo: new camo is 'nice', but there is nothing like that 'old war colour' on my absolute favourite bird. :Tasty:

Your choice of weapons is also perfectly OK: this config was used for most of CAPs above Khark Island, and that's what IRIAF F-14s were doing nearly 70% of time during the war with Iraq.

BTW, how is the kit modelled in regards of the IFR-probe: i.e. is this cut out or will you have to cut it out?

Edited by Tom Cooper

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Thanks Tom.

The IFR bay is cut out which is very helpful! It's also the main reason I chose this kit for an IRIAF machine over a Hasegawa boxing.

Dave

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Not much to show today, just joined up the front and rear fuselage. Fit is ok.

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Will be going slowly with this one as it's draining me somewhat! :lol:

Dave

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K, here one 'tip' (since I think to have seen a 'trace' of something in this direction on one of photos showing your kit): don't forget to sand-out the two ECM-antennas on undersides of each wing-glove (right next to intakes).

These were installed on USN's Tomcats only - and then from around 1988 or so. Obviously, Iranian F-14As (Block 80s built in 1976-1978 period) have never got any.

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