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Tony Oliver

Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14D Tomcat VF 213 Black Lions

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So, firstly after a D almost out of the box in Vallejo model & metal color,

 

 

 

And secondly a B with some tweaks finished in AK Interactive products,

 

 

 

Here we have the third and the most intensive build (details & paintwise) so far....
 
May I present my latest finished build from the WIP thread. 
 
 
So we have another D, well used and weary end of tour cat from vf-213, finished in Mr Color laquers, some details with Mr Hobby Aq and the metal areas with alclad. The shades are all pretty much self explanatory, but any questions please feel free to ask, or check the WIP.
 
So build wise its had the following upgrades:
Dream model advanced etch set. 
Quickboost Resin front U/C doors.
Bombs, missiles and lantirn pylon all from Hasegawa weapon sets.
Aftermarket vf213 decals.
 
Tweaks to base kit:
To change the look I cut and repositioned the front gear leg. 
TCS lens hollowed out. 
Reworked empty 138 rail. 
Fuel dump drilled out 
 
And then from my resin casting project:
Bombracks
GE exhaust nozzles
Ventral fins
Wheels
Sidewinder nose cap. With a bit of stretched black sprue. 
Lantirn pod. 
 
Probably missed some small things...
 
Things on the build that could be better-
 
1: Front U/C doors warped/out of alignment. 
2: Decals - They gave alot of headaches, as they were cheap chinese. Only bits that got used in the end were the lion heads and the black bits - tail lions and 101 numbers. The rest was a strange shade of grey and out of register, so the Remainder (ie stencils etc) came from the kit boxtop low viz VF2 option. On Top of that the Carrier name had to be handpainted as decals were too light, and the vf213 on the ventral fins had to be made up from spares as wasn't included. 
3: Canopy. Nicked the clear gauzy dip coat during handling whilst working with the etch bits inside. Touched it up and polished/blended but still not perfect. 
4: Tail arrestor hook needed shortening. (Fault present on previous two builds, will correct for all future builds)
5: Resin exhaust tube one is warped/bubbled inside.
 
Good points -
 
1: Really happy with the paintjob. 
I did the 'touch ups' last after the decals to cover bits of them to make it more realistic. (Also helped to blend the hand painted carrier name)
I left them higher contrast, and then after all the varnishes and weathering they toned down to the right level. 
On the previous B/vf101, I did the 'touch ups' as part of the initial paint job to look 'right'. But then after varnishes/decals/weathering they pretty much disappeared.  
2: Errr, thats about it. 
 
Enjoy! 
 

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Update pics (RBF tag and nozzles dirtied inside more)

 

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Internals with flash:

 

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The pack so far and a few comparing the two 'replacement' nozzles used so far:

 

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Thanks for looking! 

 

 

 
 
 

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Stunningly beautiful Tony, very much enjoy seeing these finished results,

Sean

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47 minutes ago, colin said:

Cracking build and finish

 

Did you read the paragraph with all the build faults in it?  

 

:whistle:

 

B) 

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Hello,Tony - Like all your builds,thesecTomcats are absolute works of art.I love them. You are a fine modeller. :clap:All the best,Paul.

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They look fantastic, could you share how you did the finish on the inside of the nozzles?

 

Hang on, looking again at the WIP looks like it was white with a wash

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23 minutes ago, R159 said:

They look fantastic, could you share how you did the finish on the inside of the nozzles?

 

The nozzles interior? - the finish paint wise is just Mr color 316 insignia white paint base colour with a dark brown enamel wash. 

The fan bases are alclad steel with some pale burnt metal highlights, and then a black wash. 

 

Hope that helps 👍🏿

 

PS

They look quite 'clean' inside, but in real life they look suitably dirty and used. The flash used to get the pics has 'washed' the wash out 😂

 

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22 hours ago, R159 said:

.:thanks:

 

No problems mate 👍🏿

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Nicely done, it will be more better if you put more weathering such as color fading and oil stain etc.

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Great stuff Tony!! Love all the additional enhancements- especially the nose gear! The resin exhausts are spectacular as well. Worth all the time spent.

 

You've raised the bar quite a bit from the 1st to the 3rd build... I can only imaging where #9 will be at!

 

Cheers,

 

Alex.

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Cheers Alex! I can imagine they will stay good for a few more builds then start dipping off towards the end as I lose interest in them ha ha ha...

 

PS hows yours coming along? Your WIP has gone quite lately... 

 

 

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Nicely done, a great collection of Cats

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Very nice. I know you have listed some faults, but really they are just minor niggles. Love it. :clap2:

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Very nice, I feel more and more compelled to sell the Hasegawa versions and buy a few HB kits. Question; does the LERX/glove panel line end abruptly at the seam?

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Hi mate, 

I take it you mean as visible in the 4th picture? 

yeah regards this area the seams don't line up between the two 'pancake' halves. Not sure how it is on the real planes, need to do some research but cant find anything conclusive?

Here is what I reckon below - 

 

I suppose on A models there would be a 'slot' in this area where the glove vane would be, so the panel lines would not necessarily line up or meet and wouldn't matter?  On new builds and rebuilds they got rid of the glove vane (?) so a new build would have different panels from the start as no glove vane at all?

And what was the process of elimination on rebuilds? New panels in this area? So Potential different lines? Or filled in and painted or plated and painted over? 

 

As so so many questions and unless working from a direct picture of a plane, I took the safe option and just rescribed the lines as hobbyboss provided them on the upper & lower halves after sorting the seam... 

 

Hope that all makes sense! 

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Update! 

 

A couple of finishing touches, much happier with it now...

 

RBF tag added to winder nose cap.

Exhausts sooted up inside as they were too clean and white for a jet that looks this used on the outside... 

 

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Looks great Tony, thanks for the explanation! 😁

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What can an USN fan say !!! :partytime:

nice collection Tony,

and lots of tips that can be used on my cats, the day I'll start them...

Congratulations !

Sincerely.

Corsaircorp

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