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  1. Thanks for the comments guys 🙂 Yes its the new mold. I actually used the wrong tail fins on this one,realised after painting when it was too late!
  2. Hi, Have finished this Academy F-14. Done as BuNo 161417, VF-142 "Ghostriders", USS Dwight D Eisenhower, US Navy, circa 1985. Finished using a mix of in box decals and squadron ones from the old Italeri kit. Kit went together nicely in most parts, and gives you a good variety of options. Annoyingly, i noticed (after a couple coats of clear) that the left hand wing "205" is in the wrong location. Not sure how i manged that one!! Also, on removing the canopy masking the canopy lifted off (never had that happen before) so the lines don't match up perfectly any more on the black paint around the canopy on the left side 🥵 It should also have a thin yellow line along the edge of lack lines, but thats a bit too much for my poor eyes 🤣 Anyway, until someone brings out some new decals for the Ghostriders, this'll have to do!! Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-9 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-13 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-11 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-1 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-3 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-18 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-4 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-16 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr My growing collection, also a Revell, Hobbyboss and Hasegawa one...... maybe ill get one right one day???!!!! Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-17 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Thanks for looking Jon
  3. Calling this one done, will put some more pics, and explanations of mistakes in the finished area!!! Academy 1.72 F-14A 161417-9 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Jon
  4. Hi, managed to get the decals on over the weekend, mix of the original Academy/Cartograf ones and the old Italeri ones, which went on surprisingly well!! Academy 1.72 F-14A 12.07.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Bit of weathering and hopefully should be finished in the next day or 2 🙂 Jon
  5. Managed to get the front/canopy area masked up and sprayed earlier, also tape off the tail fins, a few little bits to do then will be giving it a gloss coat, then decals weathering etc 🙂 Academy 1.72 F-14A 09.07.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Jon
  6. oooh, that does look good!! looking forward to seeing what youre gonna be putting on those!!!
  7. Bit of grey on, and under-carriage etc attached. Definitely should have done that beforehand!!! Academy 1.72 F-14A 07.07.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Cheers jon
  8. landing gear will go on last as id sprayed it white earlier in the process!! Its odd that they only offer the one option for the gear as the Hasegawa one gives you compressed and de-compressed options. Managed to get it sprayed with Mr Finishing surfacer 1500 Black a couple days ago, hopefully main coat to go on today Academy 1.72 F-14A 05.07.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Jon
  9. Looks fantastic, good work with the undercarriage leg 😃
  10. First one i did took 15 years to complete so this one definitely moving a tad quicker!!! ad 2 weeks off so i did quite well.... tanks, sidewinders and sparrows attached, Phoenix part sprayed and masked.... Academy 1.72 F-14A 01.07.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr jon
  11. Realised i hadnt posted anything for a few days..... Painted the wheels Academy 1.72 F-14A 29.06.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Pylon for the wing mounted missiles is 3 parts that go together nicely Academy 1.72 F-14A 29.06.20-1 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr ECM sensor fitted and Pheonix rails fitted Academy 1.72 F-14A 29.06.20-2 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Canopy masked and test fitted, nice and snug Academy 1.72 F-14A 29.06.20-3 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Fins of rear tails sprayed yellow Academy 1.72 F-14A 29.06.20-4 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr started weapons construction Academy 1.72 F-14A 30.06.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Sensor probes fitted, or holes filled where not needed Academy 1.72 F-14A 30.06.20-1 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Cheers for looking jon
  12. Right, i'll try this again!! Wings fully forward: Academy 1.72 F-14A 27.06.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr and swept back: Academy 1.72 F-14A 27.06.20-1 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Jon
  13. Sorry, I've just seen I put completely the wrong pics on!! First the same shot twice, but also that was a test shot and the wings are upside down!!! Will put the proper ones on tomorrow!!!
  14. They are OOB, just applied with a little Micro-sol to get them to conform to the cockpit 🙂 More progress.... Engines constructed and placed inside the casing, then into the lower fuselage, holes drilled for weapons etc Academy 1.72 F-14A 25.06.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 25.06.20-1 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Upper fuselage Academy 1.72 F-14A 25.06.20-2 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr and wings put together. It says they shouldnt swing, but if you either use the deflated wing bladder parts, or cut a small part out of the "cog" they will do 😉 Academy 1.72 F-14A 25.06.20-3 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 26.06.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 26.06.20[-1/url] by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr A little filling and sanded needed now 😞 Thanks for looking Jon
  15. Have managed to get the cockpit/front section done: Academy 1.72 F-14A 24.06.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 24.06.20-5 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 24.06.20-7 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Although the kit only has instructions for the F-14A, they've very clearly included parts for a B or D 🙂 Academy 1.72 F-14A 24.06.20-1 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 24.06.20-4 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Lantirn Pod 🙂 Academy 1.72 F-14A 24.06.20-3 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Academy 1.72 F-14A 24.06.20-2 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Bible for Tomcat details 🙂 Daco F-14 Book 24.06.20 by Jonathan Francis, on Flickr Thanks for looking Jon
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