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1:48 AMK F-14D Super Tomcat

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1:48 AMK F-14D Super Tomcat
Posted by Hasenpfeffer on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:20 PM

So... this is my first (serious) venture into building a modern day fighter jet. I have to say right off the bat that I have developed some mad respect for all that build these things. They are super complicated machines. I bought this kit because it was slightly cheaper than the Tmaiya kit and had some pretty glowing reviews. I'll have to admit that after building it, I wish I had just spent the extra cash and got the Tamiya kit. Even though I have never built it. At first glance, the AMK kit looks pretty decent. But I grew weary of ejection pin marks (deep ones at that) and seam lines. Even the 1-piece ordanance had 4 seam lines down each piece. And on top of that a lot of the JDAMs were warped to the point that they couldn't be used. I really wanted to include the LANTIRN pod, so bombs were gonna take the place of those AIM 54 Phoenix missiles. I have to admit that I really struggled with this kit, from the fit to all that sanding and filling. Maybe it was to big a bite? I also found the instructions to be quite confusing. A few wrong part numbers as well as ambiguousness that left you scratching your head. Especially if you are somewhat unfamiliar with the aircraft. Anyway, along with all of that, I made mistakes along the way that really cost me in the end result. It still turned out to be a decent looking aircraft IMO, but holy cow was it a struggle to get there. I think there were a couple instances where it alomost ended up in the bin. So, many lessons learned, many mistakes later, I present to you the finished product. I suppose that is part of hte journey of model making...

** Aftermarket = Quinta Studio 3D Color cockpit decals ($$$, but awesome) and Brassin SJU-17 Ejection Seats. Kit seats are ok, but these are better.

** I can't remember now if I used MRP or AK Real Color Paints for the main scheme.

** I accidentally used the hi-vis stencils on the upper wing(s). Doh!

** Somehow the clear coats I put on worked their way under the decals and "lightened" the paint beneath the carrier film - so now it's super visible. Also had some lifting of the decals during subsequent masking. Totally f-up the port upper marker. The clear parts straight up did not fit and are complex enough in shape that there was no way I could sand them down to fit, so I tried to fill with CA glue and of course touched the unset glue TWICE and had to fix that area. Sigh.

So, let me know if you have any specific questions about the build and I'll see if I can answer them. Enjoy!

So, just a shot to show how much bigger a modern jet is compared to an early WWII fighter...

Quinta Studio super-awesomeness...

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    September 2022
  • From: South Carolina
Posted by Omni Yomni on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:36 PM

Don't know much about these AMK Tomcats, other than that they're on the pricey side, but it looks like you got quite a nice result regardless of all the trouble the thing gave you. Great first effort (and you can never go wrong with a Grim Reapers bird). As far as the goofs, we all make them, even those of us who have been building for years. We live and learn and strive to make the next one just a little better. How's working with the Quinta decals? I have the set for the HB IAR.80 but haven't gotten around to the kit. Did you have to take any special precautions using them?

Like the Bf, too. I'm contemplating jumping into the Edward E-1 soon myself.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:54 PM

Looks like a good build to me. I was trained in that squadron before I went out to the fleet. That was a great time. 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, September 22, 2022 8:11 PM

Thst is really impressive,the Quinta stuff came out nice,great first effort.I love the markings,I did my Tamiya with Grim Reapers Livery,it had the bright red tails and strakes.

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    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Thursday, September 22, 2022 9:00 PM

My goodness from your description I was expecting to view a nightmare.  I say it's a hell of a build.  Nice going.  Despite the rough going it looks nice.  Here's the good news-the Tamiya F14 has a reputation for being one of the best 1/48 kits around.  So if you want to tackle another F14, and buy the Tamiya kit, it will be modeling bliss.  

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    July 2012
Posted by Hasenpfeffer on Friday, September 23, 2022 7:19 AM

Omni Yomni

Don't know much about these AMK Tomcats, other than that they're on the pricey side, but it looks like you got quite a nice result regardless of all the trouble the thing gave you. Great first effort (and you can never go wrong with a Grim Reapers bird). As far as the goofs, we all make them, even those of us who have been building for years. We live and learn and strive to make the next one just a little better. How's working with the Quinta decals? I have the set for the HB IAR.80 but haven't gotten around to the kit. Did you have to take any special precautions using them?

Like the Bf, too. I'm contemplating jumping into the Edward E-1 soon myself.

  

Hey Omni, thanks for the comments. Yep, that's the journey of model making. I suppose what I was really getting at here was this was a complicated kit with a lot of areas that took special attention, and maybe because of that it wasn't the "best" choice for a first jet.

As for the Quinta decals, I remember gluing them on with CA instead of relying comletely on the adhesive. So in the water to detach them from the carrier paper and then I dried them and glued them into place. The side walls intruded a tiny bit on some of the more vertical panels, so a little trimming took place. But other than that they look great IMO.

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    July 2012
Posted by Hasenpfeffer on Friday, September 23, 2022 7:25 AM

lurch

Looks like a good build to me. I was trained in that squadron before I went out to the fleet. That was a great time. 

 

Thanks Lurch. Of course I wanted to be a F-14 pilot back when I was graduating HS. you know, Top Gun and all. LOL! So, very cool that you served with them. Also cool that you at least know what aircraft were present on the deck. I've met a few carrier guys that swear they had F-16s or F-15s doing ops from their boat.

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    July 2012
Posted by Hasenpfeffer on Friday, September 23, 2022 7:29 AM

Tojo72

Thst is really impressive,the Quinta stuff came out nice,great first effort.I love the markings,I did my Tamiya with Grim Reapers Livery,it had the bright red tails and strakes.

 

Thanks Tojo! I appreciate the comments. I'll do another for sure sometime in the future. Probably an A or B with a hi-vis scheme. I have visions of making a diorama with one just above the deck/traps on landing... so, we'll see if that actually materializes. ;)

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    July 2012
Posted by Hasenpfeffer on Friday, September 23, 2022 7:39 AM

wpwar11

My goodness from your description I was expecting to view a nightmare.  I say it's a hell of a build.  Nice going.  Despite the rough going it looks nice.  Here's the good news-the Tamiya F14 has a reputation for being one of the best 1/48 kits around.  So if you want to tackle another F14, and buy the Tamiya kit, it will be modeling bliss.  

 

Yeah, I know, right? I was really torn between the 2 (AMK and Tamiya) because the price difference didn't really mean the  world to me. I ended up with this one because it had some cool features, like the extended flap wings that I didn't use (more for space reasons than anything else). So, with the great reviews I thought I'd give it a chance. It has a lot of great detail and then a lot of places where I was like WTH are they thinking here? I am pretty sure I have one of the initial runs. I know they have updated the instructions and the kit some since. So, maybe it is a bit better now. But my next Tomcat will probably be a Tamiya A. I'm in the middle of doing a triple comparo build of Pz III H/Js (Old Dragon Imperial, Smart Kit and RFM) and still have a few other planes I'd like to get to before I even contemplate that so who knows how far off that is.

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Friday, September 23, 2022 8:05 AM

Well, if there are mistakes on it, I sure as hell can't see them.  Nice work!  Since you mentioned lifting some decals with masking, just wanted to offer something I tried recently that prevents that.  What I do now is to just use a paintbrush and dab a little toothpaste on the decals that need protecting.  If you let that dry a couple of hours before masking, the toothpaste will protect them from the adhesive on the masking.  To clean that off afterward, just a little water and gentle wiping with a sponge will clean it off.  Had to use that method several times on the F-4B I'm working on right now.

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