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Another Tamiya Tomcat; with a twist.

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Another Tamiya Tomcat; with a twist.
Posted by Straycat1911 on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:30 AM

Just started on the decals on my latest Tamiya F-14, this time their D model. 

Anyone notice anything “unusual“ about it? 

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:42 AM

I’ve looked twice now, can’t see a dam thing! it probably blatantly obvious to the casual observer... but I’m oblivious to it lol

In the pattern: Weird-Ohs Digger! F-84G Thunderbird in foil

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:48 AM

An Air Force type boom refueling receptacle marking on the upper left wing root?

 

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:32 PM

stikpusher

An Air Force type boom refueling receptacle marking on the upper left wing root?

 

 

Bingo! 

I’m building it as “The F-14 the Air Force SHOULD have bought.”

The F-14 was one of the top possibilities to replace F-106’s in Air Defense Command and General Chappie James, Commander of ADC fought very hard to get them. Said they were perfect for the ADC mission. 

Alas, inter service rivalry reared it’s ugly head. :-(

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:01 PM

I think the F-14 ‘s only advantage over the F-15 was the Phoenix weapon system. The long range capability is right up ADC’s alley. The F-15 is superior in most every other respect of performance and capability. And I suspect that ordering the Tomcat would have cut into the Air Force’s Eagle requirement numbers, which would have made the individual unit cost per aircraft go up and been a big no no for the service. Aside from ADC, the Eagle also had to serve with TAC, USAFE, and PACAF, as well as dual tasked AFRES and ANG squadrons. 

But this will be a great “what if?”... Do you have any particular ADC squadron markings in mind? 

 

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:24 PM

87th FIS, Red Bull’s out of K.I.Sawyer AFB. 

I already had the decals custom made.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 5:28 PM

I looked them up. That should look cool. Especially in overall ADC Gray

 

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Posted by Phil_H on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:39 PM

Also noticed that the catapult bar on the nose gear is not fitted. 

Trivia: They were not installed on the RAAF's Hornets because our aircraft are exclusively land based, but dummy versions were later fitted to reduce nosewheel shimmy.

 

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:43 AM

Phil_H

Also noticed that the catapult bar on the nose gear is not fitted. 

Trivia: They were not installed on the RAAF's Hornets because our aircraft are exclusively land based, but dummy versions were later fitted to reduce nosewheel shimmy.

 

 

Yup; I removed that and the approach lights. Not needed on a land based bird. 

I‘ve also got a hole drilled in the left nose for a spotlight. 

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Posted by LowFiveJoe on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:04 AM

Interesting build idea.  I've been thinking about building an F-14 as a USMC bird.  Apparently, there was a plan for the corps to acquire them... one of the first Red Eagles (shhh... it's a secret) was a MC pilot trained in the Tomcat.  Beyond that, I know nothing about the original plan.

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:23 AM

LowFiveJoe

Interesting build idea.  I've been thinking about building an F-14 as a USMC bird.  Apparently, there was a plan for the corps to acquire them... one of the first Red Eagles (shhh... it's a secret) was a MC pilot trained in the Tomcat.  Beyond that, I know nothing about the original plan.

 

Well, if you get the A model, I’ll be happy to send you the bomb mounts and ordnance from the D. The Marines were planning to use it as a ground support airplane(a stupid idea imho), so you’d be covered. 

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Thursday, December 20, 2018 2:15 PM
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Posted by Straycat1911 on Monday, January 07, 2019 5:56 PM

And the Air Forces newest interceptor is finished! 

Markings are for the 87th FIS stationed at K.I. Sawyer AFB. They actually flew F-106’s hence a little homage to them in the nose number. 

She’s loaded as a full up alert bird with four Phoenix, two each Sidewinder and Sparrow, and long range fuel tanks. 

 

 

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