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    1/48 Tamiya F-14A VF-142

    A small update. As I mentioned before, I have decided to fully deepen the panel lines and rivets. This takes a lot of time, but I find it curiously relaxing. The original lines are in fact pretty good and in most of the builds I have seen, the wash seems to stay well. But, still, just in case... UMM-scriber #2 for the long straight lines, and a sewing pin for everything else. In this pic, you see the lines and rivets deepened, and the whole thing cleaned under water using a worn out MicroMesh 1500 and 1800: The black lines are for me to mark the lines that are already done: Rear half done, front half still WIP: Close up of how it looks before sanding: Now working on the details of the intakes and the lower fuselage half. Luckily the vertical and horizontal stabs, the wings, the front fuselage and the upper fuselage are now all done.
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I bet they are fixing the mistakes and decided to remain silent until all is ready. Though they still owe it to those who have pre-ordered and charged some update on what's going on. I am not one of them.
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    VA-65 A-6E Intruder

    Looks fantastic!
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    Group builds lacking participants?

    For those who don't do FB (I was one of you for a long time). I got the FB account to join SMCG and Tamiya Tomcat groups. I am now on Tamiya Tomcat only. If you join FB, just keep your profile lean. If you are concerned about disclosing too much to an untrustworthy company, you can make up pretty much all your entries. I have only one friend (father in-law, I am trying to drop him too as he's got tons of friends anyway), my birthday, year etc. are all made up. You can make up your name. If you need further disguise, browse the pages of people that you have nothing common with. I have worked it enough that FB's friend suggestions are old men from India and Southeast Asia. Good.
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    F-14D VF-2 Bounty Hunters HASEGAWA 1:48

    Simply gorgeous.
  6. A few walk around pics, all from the 2010 Pittsburgh airshow. Starting with the aggressor.
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    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Looking good, following with interest.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14A

    Great, convincing info all. Thank you.
  9. How about the Buy and Sell section at the bottom of the main page?
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14A

    That first pic is literally the pic I had a sticker of when I was in the middle school. I remember the tail flash! If the A can carry it (which looks to be the case) and Tamiya includes it, I am a little surprised why I haven't seen any builds with that config, even if it was just for fun. I guess A carrying them like that is rare, but you'd think there would be more builds? [Bracing myself for a barrage of those kit pics...🙂]
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14A

    Thank you. I have the kit, but have not looked carefully. But at least the instructions for the A do not give Aim-54 on the shoulders. But looking at your pics, the Phoenix pylons seem to be included if I am not mistaken. They are the ones pointing directly at the wheels in the first pic, I think... I am yet to see a 1/48 Tamiya F-14A build with the Phoenix on the shoulders. More confounding, all the real pics I managed to pull up with that config is either is a B or a D. So now I am questioning whether the A could even carry these on the shoulders. But, when I was in middle school, I distinctly remember having a sticker of a Tomcat pic with a fully-loaded Phoenix config including the shoulders. That must have been an A! Sorry, I am unnecessarily confused... The answer to my question is probably straightforward, but my laziness is getting in the way today.
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    1/48 Tamiya F-14A

    Didn't want to start a new thread for this question, but is it true that 1/48 Tamiya F-14A does not have the shoulder pylons for the Aim-54? The shoulders can only take the Sidewinder and Sparrow, correct?
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    Approach to installing large decals

    Depends on the decal thickness and whether the clear film of the other decals from the same sheet is visible after application, but if you are to trim around each digit, you could use Tamiya tape (tack lessened) as an upper or lower straight edge to aid in vertical alignment.