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Posts posted by TomcatFanatic123

  1. That sounds like it's gonna be an awesome diorama! I can understand the build thread thing. This one is like yours, kinda a truncated build thread condensed and begun near the end of the build. It's funny, my very first build ever I tried to do a build thread, it was a Revell F-14D. After assembling the fuselage, I managed to sand away ALL of the forward fuselage detail, and tried to re-scribe. That. Did. Not. Go. Well. LOL so I trashed the kit, and didn't start another build for over 6 months after that. And this is my first build thread since, 12 models and a year later!

    Thanks for the kind words on the weathering, and I am glad you noticed the tails. I didn't want them to be just black. I tried to add a little subtle fading, dirt, and the spot paint covering up the previous "AJ" markings.

    Hmm, what squadron to do... I like both options, but if I had to pick one I would do the VF-101 "VF-142 Memorial scheme". But of course that is up to you...

    I really look forward to seeing your work! I will be keeping an eye out for it.

    Yeah, I'm leaning toward the Grim Reapers VF-142 tribute scheme. That airframe was painted in overall medium gray rather than the traditional TPS, and I thought was kind of unique.

  2. Thanks, I am glad to hear my work can give someone else motivation. Lord knows I have found lots of motivating builds here on ARC. Feels good to know I have made one for others.

    Do you have a build thread going? How far along are you on your build? You building an A,B, or D? Squadron? I would love to see it!

    Yes, your work is seriously motivating me! I got a few of the Hasegawa VX-9 Black Tomcat boxings really cheap a couple years ago (the reason they were really cheap? It's molded all in black and a royal pain to work with as far as seeing seams and such), and they've been sitting there in the stash ever since. It's a Delta out of the box, but I'm backdating it to a Bravo. Everything I need is there, and I didn't feel like springing for a Bravo boxing. I haven't done a build thread on it, because in the past build threads have been bad mojo. Every time I start an in-progress thread, I never finish the project, but if I don't do one, that's when I do end up finishing...LOL. I have been taking photos to document my progress, and will do a mini-build thread when all is said and done, though. Right now, I've got as far as mating the fuselage parts together. I'm doing a bit of scratchbuilding on it (adding a few antennas and such), so that's slowing the project down a little. I have a diorama scene planned for it...it's going to be in a hangar, undergoing some maintenance, with everything (pitot tubes, sensors, intakes, exhausts) all covered and buttoned up and the canopy will be closed and have a protective screen/tarp over it. The squadron I'm doing? Well, I've narrowed it down to VF-101 (their VF-142 "memorial" scheme) or a VF-74 Bedevilers scheme from Desert Storm.

    You really nailed the paint and weathering on this thing. I mean, it's absolutely perfect. Even the weathering on the black tails is noticeable, but doesn't jump out and bite you.

  3. Does anybody happen to have any really good views of the inboard side of the ventral fins? There's no shortage of views of the outboard side, and there's a few half-hearted views of the side I want, but that's it...in all my books AND online. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! :-)

  4. Shoot, only six in a row? Man, I haven't finished a model in over a year, and I can't begin to count the number of projects I've started and trashed since I finished my last kit. The reason? Exactly the same as yours...I'm a perfectionist. I'm trying my hardest to get past that, because I would never give up this hobby. It's difficult (as I'm learning now), but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and say "eh...it's not perfect, but it's good enough." Keep plugging away, my friend. You'll find your model-building mojo.

  5. I seem to remember reading somewhere that the arrestor hook on the Hase Tomcat is a bit too long. When I began researching my build, I think I read somewhere that it's 1/4" inch too long, but now I can't seem to find that info again.

    Thanks! :)/>

  6. Are those little intake tips (can't remember the part numbers) always a pain in the keester, or is it just me? I've never done so much damned sanding as I've done on these pieces. I've got them pretty much all blended, still some minor filling to do, but hot damn! They were NOT cooperative. And oddly enough, for the most part, with all the research I did on little workarounds I found on other folks' builds, everything else had actually been fairly cooperative so far (I'll admit I've had to have a few come to Jesus meetings with some areas of assembly, but for the most part it's worked out well...knocking on wood) and an enjoyment to build.

  7. For those of you that happen to have an instruction manual lying around for the Hase 1:48 F-14B (or a late A model will work, too), may I ask a big favor? If you could just take a snapshot of the spot that deals with the placement of the ECM antennas near the intakes and post it here or PM me with it, I would really appreciate it. I'm working on the D boxing but I'm trying to do a B, and while I think I could just eyeball it, I want to be 100% sure.

    And by the way...I would have just bought the F-14B and built it OOB, but I got the D model kit really cheapy-cheap, and all the parts for a Bravo are there, so I figured I could just backdate it.

    Thanks in advance :)

  8. As John said,

    Waldron is the one to get. If you're going to be punching decals, the Waldron clear plastic over its metal base method is the easiest way to work with, on the contrary to, for instance, the UMM-USA one.

    And if the Waldron set price spooks you, there's another choice marketed by Micro-Mark which is sold at more or less the same price.

    Waldron also offers a sub-miniature set.

    The Micro-Mark one is what I have. Never punched instrument dial decals, but it has worked like a charm for everything I've used it for since I got it.

  9. So I'm thinking of pre-ordering a couple of these. I have the old Aeromaster sheet with the Nimitz cruise and Fightertown Wolfpack decals I think will work and I'm also thinking about picking up the furball F-14a all star sheet as well. Forgive me for not knowing much about tomcats....how do I know if an early tomcat will work or not with these sheets? Is there an online reference somewhere?



    Was thinking of pulling the trigger on this sheet myself for this kit. The Sundowners and Aardvarks look *reeeeeally* tempting. :)

  10. You know what I firmly believe killed off a lot of the public's interest? Remember how it used to be every four years was an Olympic year, meaning winter and summer games in the same year? Felt special then. 4 years in between.

    Well, ever since they started staggering it, the result is every two years is an Olympic year, alternating summer and winter. Meaning every other year is an Olympic year. Meaning it's hardly very rare or special anymore.

    My $.02 but I really do think that's a big part of the general apathy.

    Agree with this.

  11. I picked up an original release of the 1:72 B-1B that I came across a few years back...got it home, opened the box and one of the fuselage halves was a damned short-shoot. I returned it to the hobby shop and just chose something else, since that was his last of that kit he had in stock.

    I would be interested in checking this kit out again though, and seeing if those resin goodies are nice and drop-in, or do they require a lot of skill (which I don't have...LOL.).

  12. 1981 VF-84 Jolly Rogers (yeah, yeah, I know...rolleyes.gif) would work for this kit OOB, correct? I know all the nuances and differences of the different iterations of the Tomcat if I see them, it's just difficult for me to put it all together...LOL.

  13. Any of the overall Light Gull Gray schemes. Don't want to have to paint the white bottom. There is an overall LGG Sundowners scheme or maybe Aardvarks scheme that I could pull off building this kit OOB, right?

  14. Any of the 1:48 P-51 Mustang kits by Tamiya.

    Any of the 1:48 F-16 Viper kits by Tamiya.

    1:48 F4U Corsair by Tamiya.

    The SkunkModels Reaper was a great kit as well, that just seemed to fall together for me. I don't know if SkunkModels is still around or who got those molds, but it is still available (I think? I hope?).

    Just my opinion smile.gif

  15. In no way do I mean to hijack this thread, but just out of curiosity, if one was doing a Raptor build, could exhaust nozzle plugs be made for these maybe with Styrofoam or some material similar cut to the size of the nozzle opening, covered with foil and painted?

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