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tomfomes

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  1. SAC metal landing gear arrived this week. The details are nice overall, basically a copy of Tamiya's original part. Some areas require additional work, but the top of the nose landing gear was just so bad (holes were filled with the metal) that I decided to do a small operation between the two. Also it is a very soft metal and some parts came bended, so you have to be careful manipulating it. The metal effect on the landing gear piston (after some polishing) is definitely worth the headaches.
  2. Amazing paintjob on that cockpit!!
  3. Productive weekend! The nose gear bay is done, here are few photos: I have also corrected the color of ejection seat straps. The original photo etched parts color seemed too light green compared to the real thing.
  4. Great! I chose the correct one. Here are few photos of finished nose gear bay and ready for painting.
  5. Thank you all for nice comments. I have another question, which I can't figure out: On some photos of the right side of nose gear bay I can see just these cables: And on some other photos, I can see these additional "instruments": Which one belongs to the F-14D version, i.e. which one should I go for? Thanks for help!
  6. Small progress on the nose gear bay..
  7. Hi Steve, thanks for info and also for the comment on ejection seat pull rings. I wasn't even thinking, just automatically went for yellow/black. I will fix this. I knew all the items are already in the kit, but the reason I have bought the aftermarket items was that I wanted more detailed ones. I love the extra detail these aftermarket resin items have. Now most of them will have to wait for another build 🙂 I assume with the ROVER antenna on the right front pylon, they were still able to carry any of the mentioned GBUs. I will probably go for the following two, which should be GBU-12 on the left and thermally coated GBU-38 on the right if I'm right?
  8. Sorry, I made a mistake! When I said AIM-120, I was actually thinking of the PHOENIX, which is AIM-54C. But looks like this one is also not realistic for the last cruise 😞 If I go for GBU-38, I see there are two types: thermally protected and non-thermally protected. I assume the thermally protected would be the choice for carrier use? Out of curiosity, what is this red "item" you can see them carrying sometimes? Thanks, Tomas
  9. Thanks for the answers! Looks like I will need to re-visit my list of items for this build. 🧐 I think I might go with 1x AN/ANQ-25, 1x AIM-9, 1x AIM-120, 1x GBU-12 & 1x GBU-38. That could be pretty realistic loadout? Here are few more photos of cockpit assembly and dry fitting: Thanks for watching. Tomas
  10. Hi all, I am starting a new build - Tamiya 1/48 F-14D Tomcat VF-213 Black Lions, AJ213 / 164602. CVW-8, USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 - Last Cruise, 2006. What I am planning to use for this build: Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F-14D Tomcat Eduard Brassin 1/48 F-14D Cockpit Eduard Brassin 1/48 F-14D Wheels Eduard Brassin 1/48 AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN pod Eduard Brassin 1/48 AIM-9M/L Sidewinder Eduard Brassin 1/48 AIM-54C Phoenix Eduard Brassin 1/48 GBU-16 Kasl 1/48 F-14D Exhausts Master 1/48 F-14 Pitot & AOA Fightertown Decals Grumman Tomcat F-14A/F-14B/F-14D Data and Weapons Before I start posting more progress I have few questions regarding this specific aircraft: 1. I would be interested if this F-14 color scheme was used on the whole last cruise in 2005? 2. What weapons would they use on this aircraft during this cruise? I was planning to equip this with 2x AIM-9L, 1xLANTIRN, 1xAIM-54C, 2x GBU-16 + ROVER system antenna on the right front pylon (saw a photo of this somewhere). Would this be a realistic loadout during this deployment? 3. Was this aircraft in any type of fight or deploying bombs during the last cruise? Or was it purely reconnaissance missions? Any information about this particular aircraft and this last cruise would be highly appreciated! Also any great photographs of this plane would be very useful. The cockpit and seats seem to be mostly done. Small mistakes here and there, but I guess I can live with that. I have to say I was quite impressed with the amount of detail the Eduard cockpit set has in this scale. Compared it to my previously done 1/32 F-14D cockpit, it is not that far off! Also the Fightertown Data & Weapons decals set provides lots of useful and detailed decals for the cockpit. Thanks for watching. Tomas
  11. Hi all, back to modelling after a long break. Hopefully now I will finish few things, starting with this Merkava that I kicked-off >5 years ago. What's in the package: 1/35 Academy Merkava IV LIC Fruilmodel metal tracks for Merkava IV Voyager antenna set DN Models chain and ball set Eduard BIG ED set (etching parts, armour shields, stowage basket) Eureka chain and rope BISON decals for Merkava IV Part II Legend IDF tank accessories + stuff for diorama.. Cheers, Tomas
  12. John, rom, youngtiger, Chuck, thank you all for nice comments. I have some progress on the Tomcat. First I had to remove increased edge for the stiffeners (not sure thats the name for the four 'things' on the upper fuselage). Again something what is not really correct on this kit. I finished the new lines and rivets on the front part of upper fuselage as I was showing few posts back. For the walkways I used same technique as I used for my Merkava's anti-slip surface (see http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=279409), hairspray and embossing powder. In case of walkways I did it litle bit more dense. That's it for now. Tomorrow I will (hopefully) prime this part with Mr. Surfacer to see whether there aren't left some unwanted scratches etc. Thanks for watching. Cheers, Tomas
  13. John, thank you very much for the info and link to your in-progress build. It is very helpful. Thank you Pat. So today I added details to the left heat exchanger according to reference from John. I have also finished the louvers on the left side. Here are some pictures of my progress: Tomorrow when the glue dryies properly I will sand the louvers to have more sharp edges. That's it for today. Thanks for watching. Cheers, Tomas
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