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Tony Oliver

1/72 Hobbyboss F-14A Tomcat VF 103 Sluggers Mission Models Paints

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Hello Guys,

 

This is the ninth completed cat from my WIP here, covered on pages 19-21 - 

 

This is just a bland line bird, the type that doesn’t get much love from modellers or decal companies. 

The markings are made up from all different sources and some had to be adjusted with a steady hand and some enamels...

 

 

This bird was finished in Mission models acrylics using a maskol postshade technique to get the corrosion control & overpainted markings look. The weathering was mainly done with Mig Ammo stuff. 

 

The build features resin & etch upgrades from either aftermarket parts or my own modified and/or mastered/scratched parts from several sources to improve the base kit. 

 

I tried to depict it similar as in this photo, where it appears it’s recently changed hands from vf143 to vf103. I took a bit of artistic license adding some extra ghost grey parts (eg one drop tank & lau-7) and ghost grey touch ups to add some more interest. 

What’s certainly visible in the picture is the overpainted tail griffins and then the ghost grey nose gear door and ventral fin patch. 

I added the overpainted look to the area of the where the modex and crew names would have been too. 

The weapons are inert/captive types as often seen when at NAS places, mainly to add a bit of colour (blue) to the buid. 

 

Reference picture used: 

 

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161164 in its previous life. 

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Overview and products used for scale:

 

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Now, the pictures were took in sequential walkaround style order, but when uploaded to postimage they have all been jumbled up, apologies! (And also for the excessive quantity)

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Thanks for looking!

 

As always any observations please feel free to comment. 

 

Now onto number ten...

 

Cheers, Tony

 

 

 

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Well Tony, yet another masterpiece in model making.  You have got the look of your Tomcats properly squared away now.  I reckon that you could build one with your eyes closed and one arm behind your back.....!!

 

Superb work mate - love seeing your work.

 

Phil

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Hello Tony,

Wonderfull ! I really enjoyed the paint job !

Great Tomcat for sure !

Sincerely.

Corsaircorp

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You did it again!

 

Well... I would say 9 out of 9 ;-)

 

Looking forward to number 10! Any idea what squadron / deco?

 

Cheers

 

Ben

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Uuuuuh! A Tony Oliver build AND a Tomcat! A perfect Friday night masterclass and jeez that detail...lovin these cats

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It cannot get much better than this I would say - top notch weathering & finish.

 

Cheers,

Michael

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11 hours ago, XL929 said:

That is absolutely gorgeous. Lovely Tomcat.

:wub:

 

10 hours ago, Booty003 said:

Well Tony, yet another masterpiece in model making.  You have got the look of your Tomcats properly squared away now.  I reckon that you could build one with your eyes closed and one arm behind your back.....!!

 

Superb work mate - love seeing your work.

 

Phil

 

10 hours ago, corsaircorp said:

Hello Tony,

Wonderfull ! I really enjoyed the paint job !

Great Tomcat for sure !

Sincerely.

Corsaircorp

 

3 hours ago, bearmatt said:

You did it again!

 

Well... I would say 9 out of 9 ;-)

 

Looking forward to number 10! Any idea what squadron / deco?

 

Cheers

 

Ben

 

1 hour ago, Valkyrie said:

Uuuuuh! A Tony Oliver build AND a Tomcat! A perfect Friday night masterclass and jeez that detail...lovin these cats

 

1 hour ago, WildeSau75 said:

It cannot get much better than this I would say - top notch weathering & finish.

 

Cheers,

Michael

 

Thanks guys you are all far too kind, glad you like it :) 

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Superior job! Love the large amount of photos, adds to the quality of your Tomcat. Really enjoy the detailed paint job and will definitely be saving this as a reference for the MM paints as well. 

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That's a great finish, Tony. I'm also grateful for the number of photos in your post - definitely worth it though, given the extent of your efforts to capture this particular jet's finish.

 

Very well done!

 

Andrew.

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Superb work. Scrolled through all the builds, assumed it was 1/48. Even better considering it's 1/72

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Wow! I had to check the scale of this, then double check on the WIP... the detail and finish doesn't belong on a 1/72!! I honestly thought this was much bigger, you must have seriously steady hands!

Great build, looks like its just come off a hard cruise, defiantly more interesting than a pristine jet!

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Outstanding work, Tony!  Another masterpiece of Tomcat building and fininshing

 

Lots of great photos too!

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1 hour ago, matt_w said:

Wow! I had to check the scale of this, then double check on the WIP... the detail and finish doesn't belong on a 1/72!! I honestly thought this was much bigger, you must have seriously steady hands!

Great build, looks like its just come off a hard cruise, defiantly more interesting than a pristine jet!

Thanks mate much appreciated!

 

Here she is in my palm to show there is no photo trickery going on... also why I try and take a picture with the paints used as the start of an RFI for scaling. 

 

(The vf 31 sunset cruise and a have glass F-16 are lurking behind) 

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Cheers, Tony

 

 

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Cracking job.  Normally, having grown up with Biggles and Battler Britton, I don't favour jets but in the case of the Tomcat (and the Tornado) I'm willing to make an exception.

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Another superb example of your work Tony. Getting modern US Navy birds to look 'right' is an artform in itself. You seem to have to start weathering from the beginning of painting !!

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Tony..

 

ever since I saw the TOMCATS  Fly from the Naval base in San Diego  as a youngster I have held them I  highest esteem.. :wub:  :heart:

 

Your TOMCAT is SO REAL in its looks that it reminds ME of the real one.:clap2:

 

you turned out a STUPENDOUS looking TOMCAT. .  .  . LOVE IT.:hypnotised:

 

 

KUDOS.....:mike:

 

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Superb job!!! An eye candy in each and every aspect!

 

May I ask how the MM paints behave? I don't seem to be able to get any of the brands to stop clogging the tip but then I heard of this line being different. 

 

Thanks for sharing!

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Yet aother great looking Cat!!!! How many more do you have on the go? Do you have a group shot of all thus far? If you're not a little jaded after so many awesome cats try the Tamiya effort in 1/48, it's an amazing kit

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Stunning finish Tony! :thumbsup:

 

9 down, how many more are you going to do?!

 

You've really knocked this one out of the park ;) 

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5 hours ago, armored76 said:

 

May I ask how the MM paints behave? I don't seem to be able to get any of the brands to stop clogging the tip but then I heard of this line being different. 

 

Hi mate thanks, the paints are great, really rate them. Practically zero tip dry, even when the ambient temp is up and none when using the polly mix, the self leveller/retarder additive. 

Used them on a few other builds here too:

 

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235028103-172-hobbyboss-tomcat-vf-21-freelancers-1991-mission-models-paint/

 

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235019716-172-f-16c-caracal-lonestar-gunfighters-mission-models-paint/

 

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235026658-172-mig-15-uti-mission-models-paint-acrylic-nmf/

 

 

4 hours ago, Simon382 said:

Yet aother great looking Cat!!!! How many more do you have on the go? Do you have a group shot of all thus far? If you're not a little jaded after so many awesome cats try the Tamiya effort in 1/48, it's an amazing kit

 

Cheers pal, hopefully a group shot tomorrow, one more on the go at the min, will update the wip with that one end of the week hopefully. 

Yes do have a tam 1/48 cat or two with all the brassin lurking in the stash for one day... Looking forward to them :D 

 

4 hours ago, DannyB said:

Stunning finish Tony! :thumbsup:

 

9 down, how many more are you going to do?!

 

 

Thanks mate. How many? Would like to do one from every squadron. What I can realistically achieve in this lifetime is another thing... :mellow:

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