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1/48 F-14B BuNo 163225, VF-102 'Diamondbacks', OEF, 2002.


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Hello all,

 

Here is my first of (hopefully) two entries for this GB - Tamiya's simply wonderful F-14D, which will be backdated and marked as an F-14B of VF-102 'Diamondbacks' during their Operation Enduring Freedom cruise from October 2001 to June 2002.

 

BuNo 163225 was built in early 1989 and delivered to VF-124, before being assigned to VF-101 and VF-103 before eventually serving with VF-102 from 1998 until May 2002, when it was transferred to VF-101 and finally disposed of in August 2004. During OEF, VF-102 would drop a total of 450,000lbs of ordnance while logging 5000+ hours of flight time over Afghanistan. Squadron aircrew were awarded a number of Distinguished Flying Crosses for their actions during the cruise.

 

The Tamiya kit doesn't need much introduction, so I'll summarise. It's the best kit ever :lol:

 

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Aftermarket:

 

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I'll be using the Phase Hangar Resin B conversion set (which includes seats, correct instrument panels, HUD etc), Master pitot tube, Quickboost TCS, New Ware masks and Fightertown decals.

 

Scheme:

 

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References:

 

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She'll be loaded up for the predominant Close Air Support (CAS) role with either 4x GBU-12 or 2x GBU-12 and 2x MK.83. To be decided!

 

Cheers and stay safe

 

Dave

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35 minutes ago, DaveJL said:

 

The Tamiya kit doesn't need much introduction, so I'll summarise. It's the best kit ever :lol:

 

 

.... until they made the Phantom, so 2nd best!!   :D

 

Gosh that AM stuff looks like what I have for mine, I even have that decals set too, though mine will be an A model.

 

looking forward to following this build.

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20 hours ago, trickyrich said:

 

.... until they made the Phantom, so 2nd best!!   :D

 

Gosh that AM stuff looks like what I have for mine, I even have that decals set too, though mine will be an A model.

 

looking forward to following this build.

:lol: I'll reserve my opinion until I build it!

 

7 hours ago, Christer A said:

That is one fancy CAS-machine!

I'd say go all in with LGB:s. It looks fancier 🙂

Probably will! Though later on in the cruise when less ordnance was dropped the jets regularly carried to 'dumb' bombs along with the LGBs as they were cheaper to ditch prior to landing!

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You're certainly not holding back on the aftermarket in this one Dave! Although I think you need at least a couple more examples of the kit to get full value from that decal sheet ;) 

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16 hours ago, Col. said:

You're certainly not holding back on the aftermarket in this one Dave! Although I think you need at least a couple more examples of the kit to get full value from that decal sheet ;) 

Have another 3 Ds and 2 A's in the stash and will be ordering one of the new A models when it's released! Plan for the D models would be VF-2 (Iraqi Freedom cruise) and VF-31 x2 (Iraqi Freedom and last cruise) and a VF-154 A model then Maverick's jet. Not sure what I'll mark the newest boxing up as though. Plus that plan could all change :lol:

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23 minutes ago, DaveJL said:

Too many choices! 

 

I just wish Tamiya would release a full blown B model :lol:

..for even more choice :lol:

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I "need" 3 more.  2 more As and a B.  I almost had a 2nd AMK D at 50% off...but I took too long trying to decide if I wanted to update an A, or backdate a D and ended up missing out.  I still have a couple in the stash, so I'm not in any hurry.

 

What we really need are more low-viz non-CAG schemes.  I want workhorse markings...not gaudy CAG birds.....and yes, I know I'm in a minority.

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5 minutes ago, helios16v said:

I "need" 3 more.  2 more As and a B.  I almost had a 2nd AMK D at 50% off...but I took too long trying to decide if I wanted to update an A, or backdate a D and ended up missing out.  I still have a couple in the stash, so I'm not in any hurry.

 

What we really need are more low-viz non-CAG schemes.  I want workhorse markings...not gaudy CAG birds.....and yes, I know I'm in a minority.

The upcoming A boxing (the one with the wings swept forward only with everything dropped) has all the bits for a B minus the engines and interior bits. The Phase Hangar set is worth the few $ as it's comprehensive and very nicely detailed to get a D right back to a B!

 

I do like the low-viz but hard to knock a colourful cat! Strange thing is, I much prefer the low-viz on the F/A-18E/F 😄

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