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F-14D VF-31 "Last Cruise" - Tamiya 1/48 FINISHED!


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Hi there guys!

It's time for my third Tamiya's Cat! This time it will be a "D" with the iconic VF-31 markings. Two years ago i've finished the A model with this scheme (it's one of my fav Squadrons!), so now is the time to put alongside it the latest "brother", the D version.

This is my A

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And this what i'm planning to build:

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Photo credit: jetphotos.com

 

I will use the notorious Tamiya's kit (i have ordered it, i'm waiting for the mail call :D ). It will be built strictly OOB except for the decals, coming from a beautiful Fightertown set. 

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I think i will paint the red zones. That's all for now, hope to start soon this exciting Group Build.

ciao

Ale 

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Mail call for me today! I've received the kit. So tomorrow the fun can begin

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As I already said, it will a completely OOB build. But i tihnik some "friends" may be helpful in the process: Fine Molds belts and Fightertown's data and weapon decals.

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So let's start!

I start with some color, painting the fins with dark ghost grey (MRP paint) and then painting the red zones (X-7 Tamiya red). I have to fix some minor issues but i think could be ok. 

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For the loadout i choose the FLIR pod, 1x Sidewinder, 1x GBU-31 and 1x GBU-12

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Dry fit assembly for testing the parts and check dimensions. No surprises, it fits like a glove!

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that's all for now, hope you like it. 

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I did mine a few years back with the same load out. Interestingly just 2 stores was quite a common load out, either a pair of JDAMs or LGB's or even a pair for those small GBU-39's. Not too sure why, probably mission parameters.

 

I have a couple of photos of VF-31 birds with TER's fitted to the front stores pylons, none with stores loaded unfortunately.

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Some updates: this kit is stunning, and the build goes quickly. So, i completed the rear part of the fuselage. Minimum amount of putty needed, the parts fit each others like a gloves. Next step: cockpit and the front part of the fuselage.

 

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ciao

Ale

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7 hours ago, arfa1983 said:

It really does just fall together doesn't it? I am so impressed how the pieces can go together and you cannot even see the join, it just disappears. 

 

Yeah, absolutely impressive kit! And i read online that the Phantom is much better...

 

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A very very small update. Start working on landing gears: coat of XF-85 rubber black as base, then i used the Tamiya's laquer paint LP-2 for the gloss white. First time using this kind of paint and i'm happy of it! For the natural metal part i used the chrome by Molotow.

 

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ciao

Ale

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Let's go with the cockpit: oob with some decals from the Fightertown data sheet for the instruments. Also from the Fightertown's sheet came the green zone on the windshield

 

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That's all for now, hope you like it.

 

 

 

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Almost ready for the painting room! I was quite unhappy about the painted red zones on the fins so... i removed all and bought another decal sheet. I will use the decals for those red zones. And i have some spare decals in case something goes wrong

 

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ciao

Ale

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On 10/5/2021 at 12:54 PM, Ale85 said:

Also from the Fightertown's sheet came the green zone on the windshield

 I tried the same decal on my 'cat but it looked nothing like yours; it was much greener and almost opaque, so it was removed and I went back to a light coat of clear green instead.

 

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Let's paint! I used the MRP paint: they are mega but very very thin and several coats are needed to cover the preshading. (And i think there will be further coats in the future...)

Next step: painting the gloss black radome and canopy.

 

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I also painted the weapons 

 

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Hi guys i finished the painting phase on my cat. The black zones are made with Tamiya's X-1. After all, i give a coat of gloss clear (X-22 Tamiya) and now i'm rady to put the decals

 

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New update. Painting and decaling stages are done, so i think we are ready for the final assembly and the gallery

 

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That's all for now, hope to see you soon in the gallery!

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  • Ale85 changed the title to F-14D VF-31 "Last Cruise" - Tamiya 1/48 Ready for the final assembly

well done she's looking awesome!!!:thumbsup:

 

Yes that MRP paint s super thin, but the really nice part is can build layer upon layer to get the effect/finish you want and still not loose any detail. On my last F-14D build I had close to or maybe over 25 layers of paint on areas of the upper surface and the detail is was still nice and crisp.

 

Go Felix!! :D

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