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  1. A few months ago I posted some shots of the three blue/grey F-14s I was able to catch when I had the chance to sneak into the country with a small group two years ago. Should be weathered enough I think. Here you go (about to the middle of each thread):
  2. I am not entirely sure if this is really completely correct and I also don't necessarly think that Brian (FTD) made an error here. About ten years back I was able to talk to some of the former aircrew that served with VF-1 on the 1st F-14 cruise and also during the trials and work ups prior to the cruise and according to at least two of them 158627 did indeed go on board as NK-101 in what at that time after many changes evolved into their standard scheme until they lost the white belly after their second cruise till '77. 158627 received the shorter gun muzzle with the six grill vent too just p
  3. Well, at least for the moment I will refrain from the kit. I confess the panel lines do really look quite excessive - rather like trenches. Not really what one would expect nowadays but hey, in the end if that was the worst problem, so be it. A few layers of primer and color and it might not turn out so bad. I still do have two old Revell Tonis and the old but nice Paragorn flaps / slats. As long as I can do with these (those few missing panel lines on the intake sides and the belly are not really a huge issue to rescribe) I just don't see any reason to pay three-digit amounts for that kit. It
  4. Incorrect. I have old original slides that depict 158979, i.e. this very bird as NK-100 with USS ENTERPRISE on both, the vert. stabs as well as the wing gloves. It was not the only modex that had the carrier name placed on both spots. VF-1 went through a lot of design changes in the early stages before and around the first cruise. The carrier names in both places would be correct for this particular ship along other serials for the work up phase prior to the cruise. External tanks were very uncommon but there. It would have been the old versions that still had the fincaps on the bu
  5. You'll need a TCS chinpod, the ECM bumps on the beaver tail and on each side of the intake walls and the Alphas of the latter days esspecially those late VF-154 birds of 2003 you are interest in definitely had a PTID and FLIR controller for the RIO. Speaking of which, you may also get ahold of a LANTIRN plus respective pylon if you want to strap A/G loads on your bird (which would be more realistic thatn pure A/A combos for that squadron in that time). hence you may also try and get the BRU-93 racks for the Phoenix pallets. You already notd the NACA gun vents. A change of the wheels has occure
  6. Much appreciated, many thanks. Revell has the bird issued in 1/72 scale. There's a WIP and display thread of it in 1/48 here on the forum and I am currently in preparations for a 1/32 rendition.
  7. If it is for tailart, I am pretty much "forced" to vote for this ... (after all it's mine .... with a boatload of help from the mighty big boss up above! (thanks dad!)) If it is for tail shape nothing will beat the F-14 tail in my eyes (oh my, how I wish I could do a Tiger design for a Tomcat ... oooooooh the possibilities!)
  8. You misunderstood the issue about the hips. It is not that they are too broad; that wouldn't be such a big issue to resolve. it is rather that they are wrongly angled and thus creating the impression of being too round and broad. The way it is, it is pretty much impossible or well let's say, very very circumstancial to at least halfway correct that issue. For me personally the hip-issue is just the major tun-off but what actually bothers me even more about the kit by now are the way too fat LEX areas above the intakes. In Manuel J.'s Flickr gallery is a nice side b side shot of his Tamiya VF-2
  9. many thanks once again. Much appreciated. I'm still in preparation for the 1/32 iteration.
  10. I baught a set of both, the C and the A version and I must say, they are quite nice. The front conus is about 1mm short in comparison to Tamiyas iteration but that is compensated by an about 1mm longer backend with the short fins, i.e. length is just about the same as Tamiya or really unnoticably shorter than that, however it is abot 1mm smaller in diameter compared to Tamiya. I for one consider these differences in size practically unnoticable considering the large 1/32 scale.
  11. Many thanks for the nice feedback and please excuse my belated reply. I am sadly only able to surf the forum every few weeks. I'm happy it is so well received.
  12. I REALLY REALLY do like "Karel". She's going to be a beauty!
  13. Thehehehehehehe. hilarious. if it only wasn't so true.🤣
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