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Tony Oliver

Finemolds 1/72 F-14D Tomcat Sunset Commemoration Jet VF-31

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Hi gents, another F-14 finished this week...
 

Been on and off this kit for about a year and a half. One of those you want to do but are scared to do it justice... 
 

This was the Executive officers jet from the Tomcatters final cruise. After landing back at NAS Oceana this jet 102 and another 103 were done up in some commemorative markings for the Tomcat sunset ceremony in September 2006. AJ103 had a full retro repaint in gloss gull grey over white with full colour markings and special tail art. 
AJ102 had the tails repainted to remove Felix and the AJ - they were replaced by the same artwork as 103 but done but in a low viz style. Also the vf-31 on the ventrals and the crew names were painted out as the jet was about being Grumman’s last fighter. Some jets like this one from the squadron also had their ‘Date of birth’ added to the nose gear doors.  
Sadly on the day of the parade, 102  taxied past the crowd but didn’t fly in the ceremony due to a technical issue. 
Before she and the others finally went the bone yard, vf-31 was re-added to ventrals and the names of the crew who flew her there for her last flight were put on as well. 
 

How I have tried to depict her is of the days leading up to said ceremony, so fresher tails and canopy sides and patches on ventrals to suggest overpainting. 
Panels all open for maintenance. Lantirn pod, fuel tanks and pallets/bombracks still fitted. These were stripped off by the ceremony. 
 

The kit - the Finemolds is supposedly the holy grail of F-14’s, yes it is nice but there are some bits that could be better. Still no perfect kit yet...  I improved it with a few bits-  from Finemolds themselves - Nano series injection seatbelts, Lantirn pod and brass pitot. Then some parts from my resin project - GE nozzles/tubes and AB faces, modded hasegawa bombracks to fit FM pallets and ‘empty’ bol rails and sparrow adapter. 
Details added/scratched - true details wheels, a brass rod strut to support open radome, u/c RBF tags, mirrors and handle inside open canopy, added rivet holes around edges of all open panels, drilled out sides of boarding ladder. 

 

Finishing - I used decals from a hasegawa boxing that contained the markings for both 102 & 103. (Box art features 103)

The decals were quite light so lighter shades of Mr Paint were used for the tps scheme to maintain the correct contrast with the markings. Lantrin painted and numbered to match one it carried on return from last cruise. Post shade maskol technique for corrosion control effect. 
Metals all Alclad. All brushed areas like pit and open panels were detailed with mission models. 
Weathering done with mig ammo washes and oilbrushers. 
 

That’s about it. Sorry it’s pic heavy but there is alot to see on this! Also some are quite close in to show said details in kit and/or are overexposed so bear warts and all! 
 

Tony 


Main paints used for scale.

 

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B5-C38848-DC73-4-CA5-9686-95-E729-E82314


General views.

 

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A84-B7-A6-D-CA25-4-EC2-9-ACF-401126-E4-F

 

64759571-CA76-4453-8-A26-450-C085-BC213.

 


071988-C4-B63-E-44-E2-ACA8-D5783-EF169-C

0-C73-D175-1-CF5-452-E-90-D3-BFB5-C041-B


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2-FFEEADC-1-A02-4-C2-B-9017-39964-AD9-B6


D10-E7-F4-C-E502-41-A9-A4-D1-1-AE8497148


8-C0-DEDEA-DFC4-4-C2-E-B71-A-780-B12-CE3

9-ACD1-CF6-0597-48-C3-B2-C0-097747-EE26-

 

A83644-B7-1481-46-E2-8066-50200-BBEF18-C


BB3608-F2-C4-FE-46-A6-A5-EC-9-E3-AFE8759

 

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Pit area. 


012-AB90-E-E882-4947-9497-D4-E39606488-C


57-A919-F6-BD16-4402-8-C7-E-7-F6-E36-FAC


6-B71-FD1-A-F558-4-F8-A-8916-D3326-DCD07


F3-AC9163-055-B-431-E-99-E4-8-E721-A5-CB


In detail.


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A6-E0-E8-E9-1807-408-B-A5-EA-C1-B85-D65-


C109-B837-8-FD9-43-D5-BCB6-2999-F7-A9080

 

CF19-B104-8-BB4-43-B7-BE83-3-C04-F2-FF35

 

Super close ups


013-A5-BC7-5319-402-A-BFF3-016689-B2-F15

 


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51-E75715-3188-47-FC-A786-4-C75-C15-A458


861-D7-C91-08-EB-4-EC2-BBDA-D33-E965-AED


86-E33-E3-C-A650-4-A3-D-A9-F7-A7-F73-B31


F48-FA3-A4-094-D-4603-AD98-27-C34-AD729-

 

General undersides. 
 
A2598905-4-DE2-4205-90-F2-4-E829-FCAE9-B

 

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C3733-E6-F-EA80-429-B-A6-BB-B82-BCB609-A
 

Internals 


68-E5604-C-C105-412-A-B484-0952-F9743845
 

1-AB34268-4101-448-B-B5-D7-E30-CF4-A230-


C13-FCCD5-9-F91-4246-A72-D-54-B8278-BE8-


 


Again as always, thanks for looking. 


 

 

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Great stuff, along with all your other Tomcats, a seriously impressive collection 👏

Having just acquired the new Academy kit I've been reading through your  excellent threads for research, you make it very difficult not to push it to the top of my to-do pile!

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Another superb Tomcat, Tony.   Great finish and weathering, along with the 'everything open' look - well done

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29 minutes ago, Unfinished project said:

Tony you are a Grumman God. I think you are producing these beautiful birds quicker than Grumman did 👏👏👏

Cheers mate, thats quite a complement 😳

It’s just I had several on the go recently which have all finished at the same time. 
 

The ‘ironworks’ pipeline is pretty empty at the minute. Need to start a new batch 😎

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50 minutes ago, Tony Oliver said:

Cheers mate, thats quite a complement 😳

It’s just I had several on the go recently which have all finished at the same time. 
 

The ‘ironworks’ pipeline is pretty empty at the minute. Need to start a new batch 😎

I’ve got quite a few sitting on the shelf if you want to give me a hand😛

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1 hour ago, Unfinished project said:

I’ve got quite a few sitting on the shelf if you want to give me a hand😛

Of doom or stash type shelf? 
Whats stopping you? 😝

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Very Nice work mate, Question are the panel parts come opened or are they after market stuff. I always wanted to get myself a one after looking this will surely get a one in future for sure.

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6 hours ago, tomthounaojam said:

Very Nice work mate, Question are the panel parts come opened or are they after market stuff. I always wanted to get myself a one after looking this will surely get a one in future for sure.


No mate all the open panels and interior bits all come in the kit. 
 

It’s pretty much as it comes, I just added new nozzles, wheels and seatbelts really. 
 

Cheers

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22 hours ago, Tony Oliver said:

Of doom or stash type shelf? 
Whats stopping you? 😝

Stash! Tony just don’t have the time or the inclination at the moment. A new job and 16 hour days I can’t really justify indulging myself in some much needed plastic therapy 

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Wonderful work Tony. Glad to see this completed. Mine arrived from Japan on Friday; a good mate has bought one too so we're going to see how we get on with them. Got the Eduard big ed set too. Your work is inspiring ... and a great reference to show what can be done.

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Fantastic work and amazing collection. Cheers

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7 hours ago, Jon020 said:

Wonderful work Tony. Glad to see this completed. Mine arrived from Japan on Friday; a good mate has bought one too so we're going to see how we get on with them. Got the Eduard big ed set too. Your work is inspiring ... and a great reference to show what can be done.

 

4 hours ago, ArmouredSprue said:

Fantastic work and amazing collection. Cheers


Thanks guys 👌🏽

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Outrageously good model Tony.  Superb attention to detail - can a model be too good....?

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17 hours ago, Booty003 said:

can a model be too good....?

I don’t think so. This has a few rough areas I conveniently left out of focus or the shot. 
 

We all have those bits on ours builds that only we know... 

 

Thanks for the compliment anyways mate 👌🏽

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On 2/26/2020 at 4:13 PM, Unfinished project said:

Tony you are a Grumman God. I think you are producing these beautiful birds quicker than Grumman did 👏👏👏

I agree, Tomcat master 😎

 

cheers

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Fantastic model!

I long coveted the Fine Molds F-14 but finally settled for a 2nd-hand Hasegawa kit (the slightly more recent tooling, not the old one).

You've done a fine job!

👍

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15 hours ago, Gremlin said:

I agree, Tomcat master 😎

 

cheers

 

9 hours ago, kapam said:

Fantastic model!

I long coveted the Fine Molds F-14 but finally settled for a 2nd-hand Hasegawa kit (the slightly more recent tooling, not the old one).

You've done a fine job!

👍


Cheers guys 👌🏽

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Excellent work, haven´t seen a better looking Tomcat in that scale yet.👍

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