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  1. Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 00: General considerations I am a proud rivet counter distinctly affected by Advanced Modeler Syndrome (AMS). At 57, I am chronic. Given that AMS is not a life threatening disease, I refuse every therapy, keeping digging deeper into this hobby in the utmost contempt for the “out of the box” approach. So far, I refused from posting my work here or on any other forum. Doing that requires additional time and challenging abilities, like photography. In addition, English is not my mother language. In other words, this is going to be my first In-Progress thread and this is going to be the first time that I post here by my name and not by a nickname. The Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat is well over thirty years old and very much has been said and written about it. Since when opening the box for the first time, I strong had the feeling that this kit was rushed up from the few years older 1:72 Tomcat, by any account relatively more accurate and detailed. Maybe this is the reason why fit is quite below Hasegawa standards in 1:48. Actually, I always believed this as the worst modern jet kit in this scale by this firm, but no other Tomcat was a better choice for a rivet counter like me. As a result, the Tamiya Tomcat was a very good news, but suddenly it left me with a bunch of obsolete Hasegawa Tomcats. I managed to sell them all my Hasegawa but one, a second hand kit missing the original box, instructions, and decals, but full of many spare parts and additional sprues that make possible a build of any version of the Tomcat. This kit is now on my workbench. In an attempt to please my AMS, my plan is to improve my Hasegawa Tomcat using only a few of the many aftermarket items produced for this kit over the years. For one reason or another, I often ignore Hasegawa's instructions sequence. In general, after studying the sprues long enough to get bored, I am used to writing my construction order, trying to break down the construction process into many different subsets. This time makes for six subset: Forward Fuselage Main Fuselage Tails, Stabilizers, and Strakes Cockpit and Wheel Wells Wings Undercarriage Legs, Wheels, Seats, and Canopy Unless I change my mind on the way (quite possible), my intention is to build one of the first boat tailed Tomcat with the rear air brakes open and the wings swept forward, to take advantage of the options offered by this old kit. As for the aftermarket, I am planning to use nothing more than an Aires cockpit and some Royale Resin wheels, but I'm not really sure. About the markings, I have no idea yet. More from me soon.
  2. PE4828 R-77 (RVV-AE) Grid Fins PE4829 F-14D and A-late Detail Set for Tamiya PE4831 Su-33 Exterior for Kinetic All made of steel with a thickness of 0.05 mm.
  3. Hello! One of my many Tamiya Tomcats will be carrying a TARPS pod. When flying recce, the F-14 frequently carried the ALQ-167 "Bullwinkle" pod, as well as the Expanded Chaff Adapter [ECA], which allowed the aircraft to carry more chaff and flare cartridges and was fitted into one of the Phoenix rails. So here are my questions: Does anyone know where a decent photo of the ECA would be? Google gives me some low-res drawings and a few views of the underside of the Tomcat in flight, but nothing good enough to go by when converting a bomb rack to an ECA. I'm trying to determine when the ALQ-167/ECA kit came into use in the fleet. It is likely that my TARPS bird will be from the mid-80's, so I may not need the extra kit anyway. Thanks for any and all help!
  4. Geoff at Furball certainly has been busy this last several weeks! 1/48 Legacy Bug Bandits: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=48-070 1/48 Colors and Markings of US Navy F-14s Part I: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FDS-4808 1/48 Colors and Markings of US Navy F-14s Part VI: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FDS-4814 1/48 Colors and Markings of US Navy F-14s Part VII: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FDS-4815 I know what I'm getting myself for Valentine's Day! 😂
  5. Hi, Someting is hanging from the rear of the F-14 strakes. I have no good pics to understand what. Can you help ?
  6. For those interested in modeling their Tamiya Tomcat with a "down & dirty" wing, here ya go: http://www.redstarscalemodels.com/product-p/k48088.htm
  7. Hey all, Looking for Fightertown Decals VF-213 "Last Roar" in 1/48...anyone have one out there at a fair price?
  8. Hi all! Here is my latest completed project, the Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat in NSAWC "Flanker" adversary scheme, NAS Fallon 1999. As you know, this is the notorious Hasegawa Tomcat. This is my second one, and I learned quite a bit from my first try. I deviated from the directions in three key places: 1. Intake Assembly 2. Fuselage Join 3. Beaver Tail Attachment Basically what I did was to install the intake trunking BEFORE putting the inner ducting in. This allowed me to get a fantastic join of the intake trunking, which gave me fits last time. For the fuselage join, I cut out the rear bulkhead of the forward fuselage, and attached the completed forward fuselage to only the upper portion of the rear fusleage pancake. Also gave me a much better fit than last time. Third, attach the upper portion of the beaver tail to the upper portion of the fuselage pancake, and attach the lower beaver tail to the lower fuselage pancake. This was a HUGE improvement from the last time. The fit was almost perfect doing it this way. I used quite a mix of paints on this. Both grays are Gunze Aqueous, the light blue and white are Mr Paint, and the dark blue is Model Master. I am a bit disappointed as I used too light of a light blue, but I think it still looks pretty cool. Just a bit too light. :-) Decals are Fightertown Decals, and they are really fantastic. The fact that this aircraft is devoid of almost all stencils was a nice plus. LOL Other aftermarket additions are the Verlinden Cockpit Set, Steel Beach Naca Vent, and Master Pitot, and the Hasegawa Weapons Sets C and D for the probe and sidewinder. Anyway, I hope you like! Kit: 1/48 Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat PT46 Decals: Fightertown Decals "Top Gun, Best of the Best" 48077 Aftermarket: Master Model Pitot, Verlinden Cockpit Set, Steel Beach NACA Vent, Hasegawa Weapons Set C and D Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (primer base), Tamiya Liquid White Primer (for marble coat), Gunze Aqueous FS 36375 Light Ghost Gray, and FS 36320 Dark Ghost Gray , Mr Paint FS 35450 Air Superiority Blue and FS 17875 Insignia White, ModelMaster FS 35109 Aggressor Blue, Tamiya Rubber Black, Clear Red, Clear Green, Clear Yellow, and Smoke, and Alclad II Gloss Black Primer, Hot Metal Violet, Hot Metal Blue, Airframe Aluminum, and Burnt Iron. Future Gloss coat for decals and Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 6:1 ratio for final matte coat. Mig Ammo Deep Gray panel wash.
  9. This is something I have been trying to put my finger on. It isn't like a Spitfire or a Mustang or perhaps a Phantom II that got their credentials in combat not to mention they are great looking aircraft. . Correct me if I am wrong but the F-14 has 4 shoot-downs to its credit. Hardly an ace-maker. However the kit makers keep making new kits of this aircraft. I don't have anything against it myself. I like the Tomcat a lot, and I have the kits to prove it but I don't know why I am attracted to it. It does present a multitude of colorful markings. It was a ground breaking aircraft in its day. There is "Top Gun" the movie. Maybe Hollywood helped its image. What draws you to the F-14? Geoff M
  10. FS Hasegawa 1/72 package, includes Aries F-14A cockpit and Aries open exhausts. $40.00 Box open parts sealed, resin sealed. I can also include a partial Detail and Scale decals sheet for VF-41. Buyer pay shipping from 13790. Paypal preferred. 20170623_191732 by James Bryan, on Flickr
  11. Hey all,Anyone happen to have a set of 1/72 Decals for VF-24 F-14 "Thief of Baghdad"? Two bobs did a set and I believe Fujimi released the decals in one of the Kits. Any help would be appreciated.Thanks,Dave
  12. I was browsing the web and found this image of the VF-84 on Cloud9 (http://www.cloud9photography.us/keyword/VF84 pictures / i-hcLfMLT / A). I've never seen a Jolly with a tan and white nose. The edge of the glass is gray, not black. I did not find any other image with that white stripe on the nose. And I would like to know BuNo of this bird! Can someone help me?
  13. Hi all, Had a bit of a clear out from the loft and came across a couple of plastic beauties, the ERTL KC-135A and Real KC-10 with Tornado IDS. Also getting rid of the die-cast Century Wings F-14 Jolly Rogers AJ203 and Corgi RAF Phantom F.MK.3. KC-135A http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252752144051?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 KC-10 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252752163221?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 F-14 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252752173322?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 F-4J (UK) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252752179215?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  14. I need your help. I remember a thread about the three different styles of Tomcat main wheels but I cannot locate it despite having searched through all F-14 threads since last fall. Last weekend I tried modifying a set of Tamiya main wheels with half of the white metal hubs from a Hasegawa F-14, but now I have my doubts as to whether or not I used the correct wheel hubs. Can someone help me out here? Thanks in advance, Jens
  15. I am assembling this bird on 1/144, using Rose-ridge decals. I need a help: what are the colors of this Tomcat?
  16. Hello all, revell's 1/72 F-14D as vf-101 Grim Reapers 164. kit is built oob, enjoy
  17. Okay it seems that starting a topic like this inevitably gets Zactoman going so here goes: How long do we have to wait for correctly shaped INTAKES for the Trumpeter 1/32 F-14? Hey, it worked for Rafael Winter with the Flanker. Seriously, I'll buy you the donor kit plus guarantee at least my order plus pay whatever else you want if you'll take this one on.
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