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Tamiya's 1/48 F-14A Tomcat COMPLETED

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Tamiya's 1/48 F-14A Tomcat COMPLETED
Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 9:09 AM

After much deliberation I decided I was due for a break from the putty, sand, prime, repeat nonsense.  Which the go to for that is a Tamiya kit.  Of which I have 3.  The deciding factor there was the other 2 are prop kits, and the last several kits I've done were prop planes, so time to do a jet.  I started working on the cockpit on Friday, and spent all day yesterday working on it.  I had to miss out on a musuem Saturday due to weather.  I would prefer not to put my trucuk in a ditch driving through white conditions at 7am, lol.

Don't have a lot done so far.  Pit isn't even done yet, have yet to start on the seats which come in later.  Pit isn't perfect, but I tried my hardest to paint those tiny little buttons using my maginfiers and the smallest paint brushes I have, still made a little bit of a mess in spots.

Where I left off last night.  I won't be able to get back to it until at least this afternoon.  I have some errands to run.  Not that I want to go outside.  It's cold, lol.  I'm over winter.  It can go away any time now.

 

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Posted by wpwar11 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 9:24 AM

I just got the D version a couple weeks ago.  Several modelers tell me this thing builds like a dream.  Really looking forward to the day I start mine.  
'The cockpit looks good.  To bring out the dials have you ever considered dry brushing?  I like to dry brush the panel in grey and pick out a few dials in red, green, or yellow.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:08 PM

wpwar11

I just got the D version a couple weeks ago.  Several modelers tell me this thing builds like a dream.  Really looking forward to the day I start mine.  
'The cockpit looks good.  To bring out the dials have you ever considered dry brushing?  I like to dry brush the panel in grey and pick out a few dials in red, green, or yellow.

 

I did do some dry brushing.  The flash on the camera tends to wash it out. 

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Posted by hogfanfs on Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:43 PM

Actually, the cockpit looks quite good. I've had luck with using tooth picks for the fine detail in a cockpit. Looking forward to more progress.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, February 8, 2021 9:36 AM

hogfanfs

Actually, the cockpit looks quite good. I've had luck with using tooth picks for the fine detail in a cockpit. Looking forward to more progress.

 

Thank you.  My hands just aren't as steady as they used to be.  I still can't get used to looking through magnifiers either, lol. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7:45 PM

Not a whole ton of progress over the last few days.  A lot of nipping parts off the sprue, cleaning up the attachment points, and glueing pieces together.

Got primer on the fuselage and other main parts.  Showed me where I needed some work.  Mostly from my own glue marks, but some seams needed a bit of sanding and a little bit of putty.  Not much though.

Laid down some white paint today, and a lot of it.  I had previously painted the landing gear on the sprue.  I'll glue everything together and do touch ups later.  I ran out of my Tamiya flat white.  Fortunately I had ordered some before I started this project, knowing I was going to need it, but it's still a few days out.  Bummer.  Really makes me miss my local hobby store.  Owner passed away a little over a year ago. 

So I can't do any touch ups to the white until I get more paint.  I'll have to work on other things in the mean time.  No matter, I have some stuff to do tomorrow afternoon that will keep me away from it for now anyway.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:14 PM

This is looking pretty sweet, Keyda. 

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:25 PM

Coming along nicely.  I have this one in the stash so I'll be following along.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, February 12, 2021 7:43 AM

Thanks Mike!

Thanks keavdog!

Hopefully I can get back to working on this at some point today.  Fingers crossed my paint shows up! 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, February 12, 2021 9:26 AM

I have one in the stash and am intrested how it goes together. Pit looks good Yes

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:10 PM

modelcrazy

I have one in the stash and am intrested how it goes together. Pit looks good Yes

 

Thanks!

I had to wait for my white paint to come in the mail, which was finally Saturday.....of course the day I'm in Geneseo all day, lol. 

Got some bad news yesterday.  Long story short I had a Husky that I had to rehome due to his behavior issues, and not wanting to run the risk of him biting anyone in my home.  He has bitten in the past.  My brother in law was nice enough to take him into an adult only home, and they all knew his entire past.  Well he had landed up having a tumor on his spine burst, that no one even knew he had, and he was bleeding internally.  So there was nothing to do but let him go.  He was only 8 1/2 years old.  He was my dog for 7 years.

So I opted to bury myself in the F-14 today in order to avoid dwelling on the situation all day, and got the bulk of the major painting out of the way. 

I did do some post shading, but as usual my cell phone camera just washes it out.  Oh well.

I have to touch up the vertical fins, I seemed to have forgotten how Metalizer paint goes EVERYWHERE!

Got some stuff going on tomorrow, so I might not get back to this until Tuesday.  Best rest assured I will get quite a bit done during the week.  We are slated for yet more freaking snow.  So I prefer to stay indoors if I can help it. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 8:34 PM

Been a bit slow going with decals the last couple of days.  I'm still not done.  Seems every time I get going on them life gets in the way.  I should be able to finish them up tomorrow. 

All the little NO STEP.  I find stencils either annoying or theraputic.  Depends on my mood. 

Markings on either side of the nose done.  Still need to do from the nose back though.

Some of the armament.

Exhaust cans, and a few more fiddly bits.

Landing gear, fins, and ejection seats decaled and ready for clear coat.

Everything takes up quite the amount of real estate on my bench.  I've still got a few more parts on sprues!

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  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye2 on Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:06 AM

That's looking really good!  I have the same kit in my stash, now I'm getting the bug to get it started.

Mike

 

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Posted by wpwar11 on Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:13 AM

Looks awesome.  like other guys on here I'm anxious now to start mine.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, February 18, 2021 10:55 AM

Looks great Keyda

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, February 18, 2021 2:26 PM

Buckeye2, Thank you!  If you do start it be prepared for it to take a while, lol.  There are a lot of parts.

wpwar11, Thanks! 

Thanks modelcrazy!

Hope to have some progress to report later on tonight!

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, February 18, 2021 2:58 PM
Looks great, I just love the way that kit broke down made it so easy to paint,and then it fit together like a glove.Again,fantastic work.

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Posted by DiscoStu on Thursday, February 18, 2021 3:02 PM

Nice work!  How were the decals?  Tamiya's aren't always known as the best decals out there.

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

  

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:56 PM

Thanks Tojo!  It probably should of been easier than I made it, but that is how I do things, lol.  It has gone together really well.

DiscoStu, Thank you!  The decals have actually been really good.  I did manage to tear a couple, but that was my own fault.  I attempted to move a couple of them after they had been on there a few minutes.  They have all laid down nicely, and didn't really give me any trouble.  Certainly not the hair pulling experience I had with the F-16 Thunderbird decals.

Visually it doesn't look like I did much today, lol.  I finished up the decals, worked on some detail painting, and some fiddly bits.  I was hoping to get a bit more done today, but such is life.  Next steps will be weathering, finishing up the detail painting, and final assembly.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:53 PM

That has always been one of my favorite schemes on a Navy fighter and you're making look really sweet.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, February 19, 2021 5:55 PM

M. Brindos

That has always been one of my favorite schemes on a Navy fighter and you're making look really sweet.

 

Thanks Mike!  I intend to do the Phantom and Hornet as well!

Spent the afternoon working away at the Tomcat, and finally got it finished!  Not perfect, and not entirely accurate.  I know the load out isn't accurate, but I really wanted to play around with some armament.  Most kits don't come with much for a load out, so I had picked up three of Hasegawa's weapons sets, and decided to crack into one of those.  I actually had a lot of fun putting all the weapons together and applying the decals. 

Hanging up on the wall.  The two on either side of it will eventually be replaced with an F/A-18 and a Phantom.

Thanks for looking!

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 19, 2021 8:29 PM

Well done!  Your builds get better and better - love this one.  And that was quick.  Congrats on this one.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, February 20, 2021 5:39 AM

keavdog

Well done!  Your builds get better and better - love this one.  And that was quick.  Congrats on this one.

 

Ditto

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:35 PM

I'll make it unanimous from the three Johns, Ditto

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:33 PM

Yes a very clean Tomcat, job well done .

 .Nick

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Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:43 PM

Nice work on your Tomcat!  I've always loved those markings, and that prompted me to add this same kit to my stash when it was released.  Gonna have to get to it soon, as my modern jet collection (F-15, -16, -18, -22) is missing their big brother.

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Posted by Shipwreck on Saturday, February 20, 2021 2:59 PM
YES Keyda81, another great job. Now if you could only bless us by sharing your build experience. Will you ever build another Revelgram?

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

Monogram M48A2 Patton Tank

Revell 1/48 B-1B Lancer Prep & Reasearch

 

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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:34 PM

That's a beautiful job - very nicely done!

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 6:33 PM

Thanks keavdog, tempest johnny, and jeaton01!  Lol. 

Thanks crown r n7!

Aggieman, Thank you.  I've done a 15, 16, and 18, have the 22 in the stash.  Been a bit leary of the paint job on that one.  Not entirely sure how I would tackle it yet.

Shipwreck, Thanks!  It's a great kit, lots of parts, a lot more than I'm used to.  The only thing that didn't quite fit right was the canopy in the closed position.  It had a bit of see saw effect.  Rather than mess with it I just put it in the open position.  Decals were pretty good, not the normal iffy Tamiya ones.  Yes I will still build Revell and Monogram kits.  I've got plenty more of them in the stash than Tamiya.  Sometimes they do need a lot of work, but honestly it's those kits that I have most enjoyed.  If I'm just not in the mood to be all kinds of time an effort into it I don't feel guilty about that cause I didn't spend a ton of money on the kit!Big Smile

Thanks Hutch6390!

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