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Took the Tamiya F-14A plunge...

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Took the Tamiya F-14A plunge...
Posted by LC34 on Thursday, October 18, 2018 11:04 AM

Ordered and out for delivery.  Should arrive by end of Oct.  Super excited for this and have watched about every youtube video build about it in anticipation.  Anyone who has done this kit, any trouble spots or areas to watch out for?  I'll post pictures of the build progress here as I work on it.  All tips and tricks are extremely welcome.

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Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:48 PM
I just finished mine this summer. If I built it again, I would paint the subassemblies separately to help keep masking simple. Great kit, you'll enjoy building it.
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Posted by LC34 on Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:25 PM

Thanks for the tip.  The wait for the mail to come is the hardest part now.  That and trying to find all the right colors for the bird.

The list of Tamiya colors for this is huge...painting mine in the VF-84 colors, is the 43 colors that Tamiya lists here http://www.mech9.com/2017/05/tamiya-148-grumman-f-14a-tomcat-english.html acurrate or are there some that can be skipped?

I have a lot of paints (none Tamiya brand) but if I have to go get all of these the price will be as much as the model kit Boo Hoo

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:56 PM

The only really specific color is the light gull grey. It's available in most all brands of paint. White is white, and the black for the tail is no special color. I had most everything(primarily Testors) in my box already, though I experimented with Gunze for the color scheme. You can find a paint set of Testors paints that will give you much of what you need at a reasonable cost.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:59 PM
Looking forward to seeing a nice kitty,I got one too,gonna do it in Grim Reapers finery.

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Friday, October 19, 2018 12:54 AM

LC34

Ordered and out for delivery.  Should arrive by end of Oct.  Super excited for this and have watched about every youtube video build about it in anticipation.  Anyone who has done this kit, any trouble spots or areas to watch out for?  I'll post pictures of the build progress here as I work on it.  All tips and tricks are extremely welcome.

 

 

Where the upper fuselage pieces B4 and B17 join, there will be a noticeable step up.

It’s SUPPOSED to be there, so put away the sandpaper! 

No other surprises I can think of. You’ll love this kit. It’s the closest thing to a “fall together” kit I’ve ever seen. I’m working on the new D model now, having done three of the A’s. 

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Posted by tomwatkins45 on Friday, October 19, 2018 7:36 AM

I've got to agree with everyone on this. The Tamiya Tomcats are just pure fun to build. They go together beautifully. I've built several Hasegawa F-14s, and they look good when they're done, but they will fight you along the way. The only "problem" with Tamiya's is deciding what color scheme to do.

Tom

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, October 19, 2018 10:25 AM

Saw one entered at a recent IPMS show. It is a big kit when finished. I love building F-14 Tomcats but never done one in 1/72 scale. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 19, 2018 1:46 PM

I have built a bunch of Hasegawa, Revell/Monogram but the Tamiya Tomcat has the best fit and was the easiest to build hands down. 

You do not need to use Tamiya colors if you have them by other manufacturers . Some are standard colors like black, white etc. The lt. gull grey is FS 36440 available from different model paint companies .

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 19, 2018 1:52 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

Saw one entered at a recent IPMS show. It is a big kit when finished. I love building F-14 Tomcats but never done one in 1/72 scale. 

 

The Hasegsea 1/72 Tomcat is about the same in detail as the 1/48 one. The newer ROG 1/72 ones are well detailed and build into a great looking Cat.

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Posted by DiscoStu on Friday, October 19, 2018 1:55 PM

The kit is a wonderful build.  Stress free and produces a great result.  The only thing I did was add Eduard fabric seatbelts and Fightertown decals.  I've had some nice Tamiya kits undone by their own decals, so my rule of thumb is to always go aftermarket decals for Tamiya

 

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by LC34 on Sunday, November 04, 2018 11:30 AM

Its here, sorry just the one pic on a very messy workstation.  Currently building a dio of a Panther with some infantry "Somewhere in Ukraine."

 

Tamiya F-14

 

Havent started anything else yet as I am checking on which paints I want to go with.  I have some Model Masters Dark Gull Grey but I think it may be too dark for the exterior.  Doing some tests now with it.  Otherwise I'll have to go the route of waiting for some more paints to come via mail.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, November 04, 2018 11:56 AM

Dark gull is too dark and the wrong color for that early scheme. You need FS 36440 Lt. Gull Gray over white.

This is a great ource of info:  http://www.anft.net/f-14/

 

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Posted by tomwatkins45 on Sunday, November 04, 2018 12:33 PM

Dark gull gray is the right color for the cockpit (except for the seats, they are black). The exterior gray is light gull gray FS. 36440. The inflatable bags on the upper fuselage behind the wings are frequently dark gull gray also, but they weather and fade a lot.

Tom

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, November 04, 2018 2:11 PM

Yea the pit is dark gull.

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Posted by LC34 on Sunday, November 04, 2018 3:59 PM

Thanks guys, looks like I'll have to wait just a bit longer to start the build as I have no where near here to go get the paints needed physically.  One of the crappy parts of being so far from a metro area.

 

On another topic, planning ahead to the carrier base I'll make for this once finished, is the texture of the carrier similar to something like a spray on truck bed liner?  I know its kind of rough but is the truck bed liner a bit too rough?

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 5:02 PM

DiscoStu

The kit is a wonderful build.  Stress free and produces a great result.  The only thing I did was add Eduard fabric seatbelts and Fightertown decals.  I've had some nice Tamiya kits undone by their own decals, so my rule of thumb is to always go aftermarket decals for Tamiya

 

 

This one is the exception, Stu. Only decal that gave me an issue(and my fumble fingers are the prime suspect) was the rear cockpit IP. 

The rest went down beautifully. 

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 5:04 PM

tomwatkins45

Dark gull gray is the right color for the cockpit (except for the seats, they are black). The exterior gray is light gull gray FS. 36440. The inflatable bags on the upper fuselage behind the wings are frequently dark gull gray also, but they weather and fade a lot.

Tom

 

The instructions give the option of buff/tan also. 

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 5:06 PM

LC34

Thanks guys, looks like I'll have to wait just a bit longer to start the build as I have no where near here to go get the paints needed physically.  One of the crappy parts of being so far from a metro area.

 

On another topic, planning ahead to the carrier base I'll make for this once finished, is the texture of the carrier similar to something like a spray on truck bed liner?  I know its kind of rough but is the truck bed liner a bit too rough?

 

nope that’s about perfect. Use Gunship Gray. 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 10:58 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

Saw one entered at a recent IPMS show. It is a big kit when finished. I love building F-14 Tomcats but never done one in 1/72 scale. 

 

 

Doh... I meant 1/48 scale. I've done Tomcats in 1/72 scale, not 1/48 scale.Embarrassed

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Posted by LC34 on Saturday, November 10, 2018 11:10 AM

Thanks for the help as always everyone.  A little update on progress so far, started on the cockpit and everyone is right...the fit is amazing so far.

 

Found a shop that sells paints and I quickly bought some, even saw they had mastermodel color number FS 36440 on the shelf.  Quickly scooped it up, got home to notice the bottle that I bought was in the wrong spot on the shelf.  DO'H!!  So instead of having a light gull grey I came home with Light Grey.  *sigh*  FS 36495.

 

So build is at least started and I will have to go return said paint for another which is about an hours drive away.  Will post pics when there is some decent progress if anyone is interested.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, November 12, 2018 8:29 PM

I just looked at a great base at the Cincinnati Scale Model show. It’s made from an 18” square piece of floor sandpaper, the ones for the big power sanders. Check it out...

 

 

On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, on hold 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build, and in the works a 1/32 kit bash F-18A Desert Storm Hornet.

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