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Peter Marshall

Hobbyboss F-14A Tomcat, VF-111 Sundowners

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Today's work on the Tomcat

First lightening some panels

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Then a coat of klear over the top

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Then on with the decals - did have to touch up the fins, as always seems to be the case with Sundowner's fins

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Peter

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Today's work on the kitty, first up some salt weathering - damped down, sprinkled with salt then allowed to dry

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Then lightened and darkened base coat sprayed randomly over the surface, then the salt washed off

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More masking, for the anti-glare panel then sprayed matt black

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Unmasked the central windscreen, then sprayed with Alclad Armoured Glass - it looks bettter now it's dried fully

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Finally made up all the landing gear and missiles ( 6 AIM-54's and 2 AIM-9L ), ready for spraying with gloss white tomorrow

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Peter

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Looking good, I'm too scared to try the salt weathering just yet! Good stuff. Not sure I'd you're aware or concerned by it, but the raised bands around the AIM-54's is spurious and ahould be sanded smooth.

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Thanks for the tip about the AIM-54's - if it was after paint I wouldn't bother, but it's just in time so i'll sand the bands off tomorrow.

Peter

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Looking good Peter. :popcorn:

The salt weathering is really effective! Might just have to give it go. :)

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nice... my F-14 has been started, just 1/72 but you are reminding me of salt weathering.... thank you

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Right, today's work - first lots of insignia white

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Then unmasked the gloves and the metal leading edges

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Fitted and weathered the landing gear

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On with the wheels

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Put all the decals on the missiles

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Finally fun with Alclad on the exhaust nozzles

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Peter

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Looks like a nice kit and you're doing a fine job of it!

I have the 1/72nd version but may well upgrade to the 1/48th kit going by this build.

Tom

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Well the last bit done today- first adding the Missiles

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Then painting the seats - first the basic painting

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Then weathered the seats

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Then it's finished - RFI available here

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Great... even more heavily loaded than mine will be...

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That is rather lovely - a thoroughly enjoyable build thread too. It looks like a nice kit and you've certainly done it justice.

Tom

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Gotta love a Sundowners F-14, very nicely done :clap2:

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The F-14 looks great. Any idea if VF-111 ever had grey/white Tomcats? Some more detail on the salt weathering would be great. Do you wet it with water or what?

Thanks,

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Superb, I am building Miss Molly at the moment, great inspiration..

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If mine ends up looking half as good as this then I'll be happy. I do like the Sundowners markings.

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