1/48 F-14 Tomcat Triple Build Revell F-14A and D, & Academy Bombcat
Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:38 PM
First up is the Revell F-14A for which I will be using the VF-84 decals from the Fujimi kit that is waiting on the shelf for an AM cockpit.
Next is the Revell F-14D which will be using kit decals but I am not quite sure which ones. Maybe the TPS scheme?
Finally the Academy Bombcat with kit decals.
So far I have the cockpits and IPs painted grey and all the ejection seats put together.
I hope to keep up a good pace on these so watch for updates.
Posted 24 June 2011 - 06:41 PM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:54 PM
Thanks Ken. I'll probably need all the luck I can get!
Good luck to you.
Thanks Bigasshammm! This is crazy!!!
Thanks Catfan. You are right about the unique challenges. The Revell kits has lots of flash and a nasty moldline down the center of the upper fuselage, yuck! Plus the F-14D upper fuselage is warped giving it a slight twist. Don't know yet if I can just force it straight when I mate the lower fuselage or if I'll try to heat it up and twist it back.
As for decals, I am a huge fan of Jolly Rogers so I have no idea about what to use for an F-14D other than what comes with the kit. What decals do you have that might make it more different?
I almost have the cockpits finished and will get more progress pics up soon.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:33 PM
Yup, I remembered that Jolly Rogers never flew the F-14D thats why I had no idea really what decals to use. Hmmmm, Black Lions or VF-31, well VF-31 comes with the kit so unless it is from the final cruise I would lean more towards Black Lions. I'll PM you later to hammer out the details more.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:40 PM
In the meantime here are pics of the cockpits:
That's all for now. Happy Modelling!
Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:55 PM
Ejection seats are done for 2 of the 3 'cats, the F-14A and the Bombcat. All that is left to do is a wash but since I am going away for the long weekend I wanted to post my progress and get everyone's opinions.
Also, I have decided to make the F-14D into a B after realizing that the cockpit is nowhere near accurate. Plus, Catfan was generous enough to trade some VF-103 decals with me. For that model I have some True Details AM seats.
Anyway here are the seats I got done so far...
Thanks for looking and have a great holiday week-end!
Posted 02 July 2011 - 09:59 PM
Posted 06 July 2011 - 02:49 PM
Ha, Ha, interesting that you are getting an Academy A from DONG, all three kits in this WIP were from him. I will be getting the Hasegawa B from DONG in a little while too!
Small update on the kits. I pulled out the True Details GRU-7A seats and decided to try scratching some seat belts for the kit seats based on the resin one. Also made the "between the legs" ejection handle from wire. Then a quick pinwash with black to bring out the details. Pics coming soon.
Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:52 AM
As promised here are some pics of the ejection seats after adding some seatbelts and the crotch (?) ejection handle and a wash.
And the True Details Resin seats for the F-14B formerly the D.
For my first time scratching the belts and ejection handle I am pretty happy with the results. With some time off work coming up I hope to get more done in the next week or so.
Thanks for everyone's input so far.
Posted 01 September 2011 - 05:34 PM
I have a quick update. I got the fuselage for the Academy Bombcat together as well as the nose wheel well painted up. However there was a gap to deal with behin the wheel well and I filled it with some styrene card. Also, I had to shim the nose fuselage piece to align it with the rest of the fuselage. Here are some pics.
I just got putty on the seams and will be sanding for the next while. I don't have a lot of experience with filling and sanding so we'll see how that goes.
In the meantime I also have the VF-84 jet closed up and will post pics of that when I can.
More to follow.
Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:01 PM
Posted 08 September 2011 - 07:15 PM
And I really like how your cockpits turned out, especially the instrument panels!
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