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A Pair of Kittens - Revell 1/144 F-14A's ## One down, One to go. ##


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  • 2 weeks later...

Hi John,

 

great choice, although you are borderline cheating!

For 1/144, these kits are rather big... a lot more than your usual fare anyway!

 

Have a lot of fun!

JR

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Yesterday, in between working on a build for the High Wings GB, I decided to make a start on the black F-14A, so while waiting for filler to dry on the other build I got on with painting some of the cockpit details on this one, once that was dry I patched up the ejector pin mark in the nosewheel bay with some pieces of plastic strip then painted that area white. The decals were added to the I/P's and side consoles and the cockpit was closed up. 

 

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After the wings and fuselage had been assembled the cockpit sub-assembly was glued in place and by the end of play for the day, this what I had. 

 

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Next job will be to thin the intakes down a little before I paint the interiors.

 

John.

 

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Looking good so far. How big are they in this scale? I struggle sometimes with small parts in 1/72 never mind 1/144!

 

Cheers Allan 

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6 hours ago, almac said:

Looking good so far. How big are they in this scale? I struggle sometimes with small parts in 1/72 never mind 1/144!

 

Cheers Allan 

 

Thanks for your comment Allan. The small squares on my cutting mat are 1/2 inch so as you can see the cockpit sub assembly is around 2 inches (approx 50mm) in length. I have just checked the overall length by lining up the edge of the tailplane on one of the lines and it measures about 5 inches excluding the nose probe. HTH to give you some idea of the size.

 

Cheers

John. 

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A bit of assembly work and some more painting done on this one today. Having fixed the seats in place I glued the canopy on, and I painted the exhausts before adding the twin fins. Because I plan to add a few bells and whistles to the second of these, I am trying to build this one just as it comes, but I still could not resist removing the kit Alpha probe from the nose to replace it with a Master turned brass part.

 

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I know that it is not always easy to determine the size of these little kits and after @almac's question in his earlier post, I thought that I would post this photo in which I have included a 6" steel rule.

 

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  • nimrod54 changed the title to A Pair of Kittens - Revell 1/144 F-14A's

Revell have done a sterling job on these little kits. I've nearly finished the D model boxing, and it's amazing, despite my fumble fingered mistakes and the loss of a couple of bits (it's been a long term build). Decal sheet by DACO, with full stripes for the ordnance... I'm looking forward to doing the A model in grey and white. 

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Vandy 1 has had the black paint applied using Halfords Matt Black with a couple of gloss coats brushed on top, and I've also made a start on some of the detail painting. Once I have painted the wing leading edges and canopy framing I should be ready to make a start on the decals.

 

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Cheers.

John

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3 hours ago, FortyEighter said:

That looks great John, it appears to have gone together without any problems and certainly looks like a Tomcat.

 

Mike

 

Thanks Mike. As @Rob G mentioned in his previous post Revell made a decent job of this kit, it was a new tooling and this 'Black Tomcat' boxing was the first release, the joins tend to be around panel lines which means that little filling is needed. I have made the D version and that is just as good. I hope that they release them again at some point in the future with new decal options.

 

John

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After a couple of decaling sessions I have almost completed the first of the pair. I have some decals to add to the missiles and two for the nose doors once I have painted the red edges on all of the undercarriage doors. The smaller details like lights etc need painting in, and then I can add the dangly bits to wrap it up. 

 

The more observant of you will have noticed that the replacement Alpha Probe is about 1mm shorter than it was in the previous photos, that's because during the last decal session today I managed to stick it in my finger for the umpteenth time and it finally gave up the ghost as I attempted to straighten it out... Note to self: Remember to leave probe off until the end. :doh:

 

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Thanks for checking in.

John

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Hi John,

 

1/144 has never turned me on, but you have a knack to build really attractive models that make me wonder why I don't like this scale!!!

This one is no exception. I really like it!

Superb job!!!

 

JR

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2 hours ago, jean said:

Hi John,

 

1/144 has never turned me on, but you have a knack to build really attractive models that make me wonder why I don't like this scale!!!

This one is no exception. I really like it!

Superb job!!!

 

JR

 

Hi Jean,

 

Thanks for your kind comment. I have a few extras for the second of the pair along with set of decals for Adversary Schemes. I hope that it turns out as well as this one is doing.

 

Cheers

John

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Lovely work on the all-black scheme.

 

These are some lovely models; along with the F-5, Eurofighter, Alphajet and a selection of helicopters Revell made some lovely kits in scale - pity they stopped.

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After a coat of satin varnish and fixing the weapons pylons in place, I can now call the first of the pair done. 

 

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As stated previously, I have bigger plans for the second build with a few extra goodies that may take some time to sort out, time to crack on.

 

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