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As this year marks 50 years from the first flight of F-14 Tomcat, I've decided to give it a special homage with triple build of Revell's nicely moulded Tomcats in "mini" braillescale:

 

1 - F-14A, VF-84 Jolly Rogers ("Final Countdown" movie)

2 - F-14A, VF-142 Ghostriders

3 - F-14D, VF-101 Grim Reapers

 

I will keep whole of the build(s) in one topic, as I work on all 3 kits at the same time.

 

For the beginning, I've sprayed Mr. Surfacer 1500 Grey on parts that will be painted in white and grey (cockpit and landing gear bits), and won't cut off parts from sprue yet.. I think it will save me some time during this initial phase...

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-001.jpg

 

Cheers,

S.

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Working slowly on these 3 kit(ten)s - cockpits were painted in Light Ghost Grey, and decals of instrument panels were positioned.

Assembling of cockpits andfront fuselage halves is next step...

 

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Fuselages are assembled - front (cockpit) and rear (with wings) sections.

Seams are to be sanded a bit, and then I will glue them together.

So far so good - wings are of course workable...

 

F-14A "Jolly Rogers"

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-003.jpg

 

F-14A "Ghostriders"

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-003.jpg

 

F-14D "Grim Reapers"

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-003.jpg

 

Family photo :)

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-004.jpg

 

Cheers,

S.

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A little update - kittens are primered (Mr. Surfacer 1500) and preshaded (RLM 66).

Tails and fins on F-14A "Final Countdown" and F-14D are painted in black...

 

F-14A, VF-84 Jolly Rogers ("Final Countdown" movie)

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-007.jpg

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-008.jpg

 

F-14A, VF-142 Ghostriders

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-007.jpg

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-008.jpg

 

F-14D, VF-101 Grim Reapers

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-007.jpg

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-008.jpg

 

Cheers,

S.

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After a while I've continued painting on "kittens".

 

F-14As received white color on undersides and on flapses

 

F-14A, VF-84 Jolly Rogers ("Final Countdown" movie)

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-009.jpg

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-010.jpg

 

F-14A, VF-142 Ghostriders

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-009.jpg

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-010.jpg

 

Next one for paintjob is F-14D, lightest of three shades of grey...

 

Cheers,

S.

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I've managed to put some more colors on kittens :)

 

F-14D, VF-101 Grim Reapers - painted undersides in Light Ghost Grey

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-009.jpg

 

F-14A, VF-142 Ghostriders - painted yellow tips on underside fins

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-011.jpg

 

Few more shades of grey to follow soon... :)

 

Cheers,

S.

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F-14D received two other camouflage greys - Dark Ghost Grey on front fuselage part and on intake sides, and Blue Grey on upper surfaces and rear fuselage.

On photos these two are very similar and unrecognisable, but in real life there are some differences...

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-010.jpg

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-011.jpg

 

Next step on this one is black area around cockpit - from nose to rear back...

 

Cheers,

S.

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New year, and new steps... on old kits :)

 

Today I've sprayed Light Gull Grey on two F-14As...

 

F-14A, VF-84 Jolly Rogers ("Final Countdown" movie)

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-011.jpg

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-012.jpg

 

F-14A, VF-142 Ghostriders

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-012.jpg

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-013.jpg

 

And "the family" at the current state...

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-013.jpg

 

Cheers,

S.

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All 3 kittens received black antiglare surfaces...

 

F-14A, VF-84 Jolly Rogers ("Final Countdown" movie)

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-014.jpg

 

F-14A, VF-142 Ghostriders

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-014.jpg

 

F-14D, VF-101 Grim Reapers

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-012.jpg

 

Cheers,

S.

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Today I've started with decaling.

First one is finished, two other kittens will be more colorful too in following days :) 

 

F-14A, VF-84 Jolly Rogers ("Final Countdown" movie)

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-015.jpg

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-016.jpg

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-017.jpg

 

f-14a-vf84-final-countdown-018.jpg

 

Cheers,

S.

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Second one is finished with decals - I had problems with them as they were very prone to breaking so I gave up decals on missiles - I will paint those stripes with thin brush...

 

F-14A, VF-142 Ghostriders

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-015.jpg

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-016.jpg

 

f-14a-vf142-ghostriders-017.jpg

 

Cheers,

S.

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And finally the end of decaling saga!

Revell missed two decals for vertical tails - red tops - they gave only 2 decals and you need 4. Oh well, paintbrush is always at the disposal :)

Also, accidentally I broke off pitot tube, but it will be replaced with thin wire.

 

F-14D, VF-101 Grim Reapers

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-013.jpg

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-014.jpg

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-015.jpg

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-016.jpg

 

f-14d-vf101-grim-reapers-017.jpg

 

Cheers,

S.

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