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Fishbone

1/48 AMK USN VF-31 F-14D Super Tomcat "Tomcatters"

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Wow this looks incredible, I will be buying one, one question what did you use for the screens in the cockpit? Are those kit supplied decals or did you paint it and if so what paint did you use?

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Continue dealing with fitting problems LOL but they are easy to get rid if you take your time. I am using water-based putty and Madworks CG-001 Black CA Glue as putty to patch up those seam-lines. Can't avoid re-scribing and riveting after countless sanding. After everything is patched-up, I primed the whole thing with SF289 Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 Grey primer micro filler. 

Spent 3 hours just to prime the fuselage, wings, slats, flaps, tailplanes and tail fins...ahhh I hate 1/48.

After the primer surfacer dried, I wet-sand everything with 3M™ MicroFine Softback Sanding Sponge - I do this because there will be some rough surfaces caused by the primer particles due to humidity, angles of spraying or air-pressure. Thinner is one of the main reason - it's recommend to use Mr. Colour Levelling thinner instead of Mr. Colour Thinner.

After wet-sand, I will brush the whole thing again with a toothbrush which make the surface real smooth.

 

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As the tail fin of this F-14D is fully black so I decided to try the decals which produced by Furball Aero Design. I sprayed SF288 Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black onto both tail fins - I love the finishing so much, it's fully flat black! I begin the decal work after few layers of clear coat which will make the decals much more easier to slide. 

 

Decals are very good, thin and tough but please remember to put a little more water on the surface otherwise it'll very hard to slide it around. The decals are perfectly settled on the tail fins after 2-3 layers of Softener.

 

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Looks great. I looked up the price of this kit and expecting around £100 GBP, but it was £66. Very reasonable seeing as you need virtually no aftermarket.

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Looking good, those tail fins look resplendent in their finished scheme.

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Wow!

Tail looks nice!

Probably one of the first Tomcat schemes I wanted to do.. but decals in 48th only became available recently....

:thumbsup:

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AMK 1/48 F-14D updates:

Pre-shaded with SF288 & Gunze 40, this Felix is too big...my thumb is pain and tired, so that's all for the night.

 

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Posted (edited)

FINALLY, I've done all decals and stencil data, produced by Furball Aero-Design. The decals are one of the highest quality decals I have ever used - thin but tough with very minimum carrier films which you don't even have to worry about silvering problems.

  • Resin wheel from Def.Model, Korea.
  • Pitot & AoA from Master, pl.
  • Figures: ZLPLA 즐프라 & Reedoak (Not in photos)
  • Deck: HobbyWorld ESP / Phoenix Model (Not in photos)

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fantastic build thread!

 

like it a lot! :)

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On 10/3/2019 at 7:53 AM, Sarawakia said:

Great build… any reason for the aftermarket wheels? 

 

Nope it's just for fun. The owner of Def Model is my friend, he sent me the resin wheel when he know I am building a 1/48 F-14.

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W.I.P. 50%.
E.T.A. 16 days to the AMK F-14D Build-off Malaysia, wrap it up boys!

 

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Posted (edited)

You caught the comment elsewhere about the GPS dome on the spine correct? It should not be there for this aircraft in VF-31 as they did not have LANTIRN capability until 2000's.

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9 hours ago, whiskey said:

You caught the comment elsewhere about the GPS dome on the spine correct? It should not be there for this aircraft in VF-31 as they did not have LANTIRN capability until 2000's.

Is it possible that the date stated in the instructions might be incorrect?  The decal markings DO depict when the timeframe VF-31 had LANTIRN and the GPS incorporated on their F-14Ds.

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On 10/4/2019 at 3:09 PM, John B said:

Is it possible that the date stated in the instructions might be incorrect?  The decal markings DO depict when the timeframe VF-31 had LANTIRN and the GPS incorporated on their F-14Ds.

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Yes! It's entirely possible, but it's not incorrect. I highly doubt that decals made by Furball would've been wrong as Geoff highly researches his subjects. I did some double checking and the markings are correct. VF-31 DID have LANTIRN capability in '97. I found a photo of said aircraft with the label of being at Fallon in October of that year and if you look closely you can see the pod hanging off the pylon.

 

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