1:48 Hasegawa F-14D Coming to a close.
Alright, so as well as building the 1:48 B-1B, ive been building the Hasegawa 1:48 F-14D also for the past few months. And im finally at the point where im bringing it to a close. Honestly this was a big learning experience with both basic modeling skills and learning what side of the Primer Divide im on. In the end, Im on the painting side (at least with this build i definitely was) I had heard many stories about how nicely detailed the Hasegawa kit was, but also how much of a nightmare it was to build, and let me just say, it was. My biggest gripe has to be fitting the cockpit to the fuselage. No locater pins or tabs at all to be spoken of, so mounting the cockpit is absolute guesswork. Then theres also the intakes outer tubes which were warped and didnt want to mount properly at all, and many other small things.
But enough gripeing, lets talk about some good things. First, I added the black box resin interior, holy crap that is detailed and just makes this kit even more of what it should be. I also added dream model PE set (i dont recomend it becuase i got no instructions and everything was guess work) which added some detail in ereas that the Eduard set doesnt and some areas that you wouldnt think of adding any for example the slime lights, those are PE, back inside the airbrakwes gets some. Just some interesting areas.
And finally i added the brass Pitot tube which i will definitely be looking into for every kit i build in the future as it looks absolutely amazing and is way easier to work with than the plastic one.
I used the kit decals for VF-2. Decals were OK but do to their age some started splitting when i was getting them off the carrier sheet so they look like crap when you see them in certain lighting. Painted using Tamiya Acrylics.
So there it is everyone. My 1:48 F-14D. Yes its not finished in these pictures but it should be within the week and I will have final pictures up soon.
Oh and as a finale note, I painted the slime lights with glow in the dark paint so they, well, glow in the dark.
Thanks for reading.