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  • Member since
    January, 2018
  • From: Minnesota, USA
F-14 model
Posted by LC34 on Monday, January 29, 2018 6:51 PM

Hello all I am obviously new here, trying to get tips for getting back into a hobby that as a child over 20 years ago I loved.  Now I want to get back into it and I have building a Revell F-15E model and practicing with painting, weathering, etc.

Kit is looking good, but I want to build my best one yet with my next choice, my favorite aircraft ever, the F-14.  Looking around the net, amazon, ebay etc I was getting a lot of really nice pics of the Tamiya model, then looked at the price ...Surprise.....so my question, is the Tamiya kit that much better or just stick with the Revell?  

Also, when do you decide when its best to paint the craft?  For example, on the F-15 Im building I cleaned, sprayed primer, painted parts of cockpit before assembly, assembled the rest of plane ie wings, tail etc...now at the ordanence and thinking I should paint, then glue, then paint plane body?  This is where I am at a crossroads.

Thanks for everyones input.  My kids and I are having a blast with the build so far.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:30 AM

Think of the ordinance as a seperate model. Finish the paint on the model, then install the finished ordinance.

Another tip from your Unlce Jay;  completely finish painting the moveable wings (ie the F-14 ) before installing the wings on the model. it's dificult to paint the wing areas that move and are hidden into the fuselage after they are assembled.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Minnesota, USA
Posted by LC34 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:59 AM

Thank you!  Never crossed my mind of breaking it down to seperate models and painting them that way.  Makes perfect sense.

 

Also, is there a good website to purchase paints, acessories, etc that you guys know of?  Amazon doesnt have many of the aftermarket things you all add to your models and I have no hobby stores near me that carry much of anything other than paint for models.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:40 AM

AsJay said, good idea to treat them seperatly, i do the same with AFV tools and tracks only bringing them all together just before the final weathering stage. But everyone has their own way oif doing it and its somthing you will pick up as you do more builds and find waht suits you best.

As for paint, it largely depends on where you are and what paints you want. Some stores like Sprue Brothers will carry a selection of brands especialy the more common ones such as Tamiya. Other brands of paint may be harder to find.

I have one main website, Hannants, that i can order a wide range of stuff from, and then other sites for certain items. E-bay is also handy for some modelling tools.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:15 AM

Hobbylinc.com is a site I often order from.  They have a rewards point system, and quite the selection of stuff. 

As for which F-14 kit.  I've seen the price for the Tamiya kit, and wow.  I've built the Revell F-14 kit, and it does need a little work, but it still turns out to be a good looking display piece. 

The one I built.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:29 AM

Scalehobbyist is a

 good site.

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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:48 AM

The new Tamiya F-14 kit is the best I have ever built, in 50 years of modeling!  The engineering that went into it is truly state of the art, as is the quality and fit of all the parts.  This far surpasses any other F-14 kit on the market, and is worth saving up your coins to get one.  Watch for on-line discounts from Squadron.

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  • From: Earth
Posted by DiscoStu on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:58 AM

Cadet Chuck

The new Tamiya F-14 kit is the best I have ever built, in 50 years of modeling!  The engineering that went into it is truly state of the art, as is the quality and fit of all the parts.  This far surpasses any other F-14 kit on the market, and is worth saving up your coins to get one.  Watch for on-line discounts from Squadron.

 

 

That's a second on the Tamiya kit.  I was very, VERY, impressed at the Tamiya Tomcat.  The construction is well suited to painting, allowing you to add the swing wings after you paint the rest of the fuselage, eliminating an annoying step I've had with other Tomcats in the past.  Fit is near perfect and while I've seen some better details in areas like wheel wells on other kits, the Tamiya gets it mostly right.  For a big, complex kit it is about as worry free and painless as you can get.

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:07 PM
Guess it depends on your budget but the Tamiya is VERY good.

fox
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Posted by fox on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 6:33 PM

Squadron.com is my go to site for almost all my modelling needs.

Glad to have you aboard!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:20 PM

If you want to build an F-14, the monogram / Revell kit is a great deal. If you just want to assemble something fast and paint it . the Tamiya would be great

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  • From: Minnesota, USA
Posted by LC34 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:46 PM

cbaltrin

If you want to build an F-14, the monogram / Revell kit is a great deal. If you just want to assemble something fast and paint it . the Tamiya would be great

 

So the Revell kit seems to be cheaper, but from what I have understood on some reviews of it, its pieces seem...how do I say it kindly....fit like $#^%?

But the Tamiya spendy, gorgeous, but seems to almost snap together, flush; damn near waterproof lol

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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:17 PM

If you shake the box long enough, the Tamiya kit will assemble itself!

No kidding, this is a great kit!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, February 01, 2018 4:36 AM
The Revell kit is from a different generation. It's 30+ years old. The Tamiya kit is brand new with all the latest technology in design and molding.

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, February 01, 2018 9:26 AM

One of the biggest failings of instructions, especially on simple models, is telling the builder when to paint what.  Many kit mfgs also do not do a very good job of identifying colors, showing only color views of the assembled model.

One of our most frequent questions is, "should I wait and paint the model after assembly, or paint each part before assembly."  The answer usually is, depending on the model, neither. It is a paint a little, asssemble a little, repeat, etc.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Minnesota, USA
Posted by LC34 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:21 PM

Thanks everyone I really appriciate the help.  I'll probably save up for the Tamiya kit, and accessories for it.

Painting has always been my extreme achilies heel.  Well and glueing, and cutting, sanding, priming, basically I suck at modeling :)  but its kind of fun again now that the kids are helping me with it.  

I agree Don I wish the instructions were a bit better or had a few more tips in them when it comes time to do what, when etc...but I also suppose its to keep us having a bit more creativity too.  For me though, I wish it was all step by step.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 01, 2018 10:32 PM

Cadet Chuck

The new Tamiya F-14 kit is the best I have ever built, in 50 years of modeling!  The engineering that went into it is truly state of the art, as is the quality and fit of all the parts.  This far surpasses any other F-14 kit on the market, and is worth saving up your coins to get one.  Watch for on-line discounts from Squadron.

 

 

Ditto I have built Revell, Hasegawa and Tamiya F-14's and Tamiya's Cat is a JOY to build. Do yourself a favor and get the Tamiya Cat for a hasle free build.

IMO you can build one hell of a cat OOB. The included weapons surpass Hasegawa's details. The pit is just gorgeous OOB.

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a day.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, February 02, 2018 7:31 AM

Well;

 For my personal builds I have three of the old Monogram Kits and the Tamiya kit Gifted to me this year .Yeah , It's a beautiful box of plastic .Thank Goodness it was a gift ! .

 Definitely the Tamiya . O.O.B and treat each part like it's own kit . Assemble and paint then , assemble the small kits into the one large one . You won't regret it . Mine is inmarked as we speak .I haven't figured which air group to put it with .

 I am kind of figuring the Jolly Rogers or the Sundowners .

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Posted by laskdjn on Monday, February 05, 2018 10:10 AM

Why are the Jolly Rogers and the Sundowners so popular?  There's so many other noteable Navy Squadrons.  There's the TopHatters, the Grim Reapers, the Black Aces, the Tomcatters....so many others.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, February 05, 2018 10:57 AM

laskdjn

Why are the Jolly Rogers and the Sundowners so popular?  There's so many other noteable Navy Squadrons.  There's the TopHatters, the Grim Reapers, the Black Aces, the Tomcatters....so many others.

 

Feel the same way,bought some after market Grim Reapers decals for mine.

  • Member since
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Posted by gobobbie on Monday, February 05, 2018 11:57 AM
In my stash, patiently awaiting its turn is a Monogram F 14 A awaiting its becoming an Iranian Ali Cat. Bob Gregory Ruining one kit at a time

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