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lgl007

Hasegawa 1/48 F-14B (VF-32)

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Hi guys... well, it's time for another project. This time for the Tomcat GB 2.0.

Gonna build the 'gawa 1/48 F-14B. I think I'm over my fear of this monster ;-) I'll be using Fightertown's excellent VF-32 sheet for the decals and stencils and Steel Beech's bomb racks which also come with the cockpit changes for the F-14B.

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Dry test fitting:

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Some needed enhancements to the ejection seats:

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Work on the pit done thus far:

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Thanks for looking. And as always, any advice or comments are most welcome.

Best,

-Greg

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nice start!! :bandhead2:

the seats look very good!

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"Fear of this monster"? :D Dude, you tackled the Heller/Edurad Miarge 2000 and made a fantastic job of it. :thumbsup: This ought to be smooth sailing, in comparison! :D

Nice to see pilots in the it! In-flight or still on the ground?

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Pilots we don't need no stinking pilots.

Just kidding. Nice job on that cockpit painting.

I just needed a laugh.

Greg you should join the Tomcat GB. If you haven't already.

Jim. I am going to get started sooner rather than later. I hope.

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Cheers guys...

Mortiz... haha ya that Mirage was a PITA for sure... but there is just something about the sheer number of bits in the box the scare the crap out of me when it comes to 'gawa F-14's.

Yup... I love to keep pilots in the pits... especially as the Fightertown decal sheet comes with shoulder, chest and helmet decals :-) And yes, it will be parked on the ground...

Jim: yes, I've already joined the GB... =)

-Greg

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hey dude, you made a graet job in cockpit, congratulations

see you soon

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Nice stripes on the ejection handles. How'd you get 'em so sharp?

Cheers,

-O

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What type of Black paint did you use for the IP and Seats? I'm always afraid to use pure black and yours looks perfect

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Hey guys... firstly thanks for the great comments...

ooritz10: Stripes on the ejection handles... just freehand with a fine brush... I have a pretty steady hand ;-P

Mist: For all my interior bits I use Citadel acrylics... they are just so easy to use... dry quickly and rock hard. So it makes painting such fine details like the ejection handles a real breeze...

I was going to add color to the control panels, but when i look at real pics and I squint my eyes, the various colors just don't show up. So I figure when you shrink the detail even further the color would wash out even more. So the panels are just black and gray drybrush really... except for the screen which are very dark gloss with future on top to give em some shine. I do take more time with the ejection seats (color wise) as they really do stand out and are really the first thing you see when you look into a pit... 'cept if you have pilots... the helmets will be the focal point ;-) Should be nice... I'm hoping they turn out as good as my A-7 driver ;-)

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I was lucky enough to get a couple of the new helmet heads for the pilots (thanks to Shawn 'Phantom' Weiler) since the ones that come with the kit are those worn up to about early or mid 1980's. So for the F-14B they will be like the one's I did on my F-4G project but in white...

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-Greg

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Hi all...

Got a small update to post. Haven't had too much time to work on the project over the last few weeks... but making slow progress none the less.

Needed to spruce up the back wall in the pilot's section of the tub. It was a bit bare...

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Made the panel covers to look more like leather using the usual tissue paper method...

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Also used the tissue paper method on the side walls and added a few details...

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Finished up the pilots...

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Here's what the pit looks like so far...

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Question: The Fightertown VF-32 Swordsmen sheet comes with these really great decals for the back of the helmets of the pilots. Does anyone have any pictures of the VF-32 helmets with these great grafics on them? I want to see how far the lines extend in either direction from the back where the squadron logo is...

Thanks for any help you guys can provide and thanks for looking. As always,comments and recommendations welcome :-)

Best,

-Greg

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Now there´s a great looking pit with dudes in!!! :)

No desert scheme...but I can live with that :blink: Nice enhancements btw :thumbsup:

Cheers!

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excellent work on the cockpit, can u tell me more about the tissue paper method?

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your paintjob is very nice!!! :bandhead2:

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Seems Greg is up and running with another beauty!!!!!

Love your work thus far

Keep it up dude

Cheers

:salute:

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Thanks for all the great comments gents.

Brian: thanks for the helmet photo - U ROK! You got any more? Looks like there is also a dark area on TOP of the helmet that I don't have on my pilots... got other angles of the helmet?

limyc: the 'tissue paper method' is quite simple to simulate folded leather/material in scale. Take some thin tissue paper... crunch it up alot, cut out a relative size for where you are going to place it. Then mix what glue with water (about 50/50), brush onto the area and apply the tissue paper. Then with the glue/water mixture apply some more with a brush on top.. make sure to keep the folds in all the 'right places' and such. The glue will harden. Trim off the excess tissue paper, paint and weather... looks the charm! Whoever came up with this idea was a genius... hehe... certainly wasn't me ;-) Certainly makes it look more like the real thing.

-Greg

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I think it´s an old armor modeller trick to make canvases and such....we have a lot to thank armor builders for :D

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You are off to another great start,Greg! The crew and the 'pit are looking great......I'm looking forwards to seeing how you tackle the mighty Hasecat! :thumbsup:

-Dave

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Looking great so far there Greg. I'm going to (eventually) get around to an F-14D, so I'm watching your progress here...speaking of which, we have not seen you in a while...got any more progress to show us?

Aaron

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Hi Greg,

Fantastic build an a very very very good paintjob on that cockpit.

I'm looking forwards t see some next progress of yuor model, but don't rush

Regards

Henk

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I followed your awesome A-7 built thread and i must say this is already looking like another masterpiece

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The black patch is a piece of Velcro so you can just paint the area black and it will work fine looking awesome Erick

Thanks for all the great comments gents.

Brian: thanks for the helmet photo - U ROK! You got any more? Looks like there is also a dark area on TOP of the helmet that I don't have on my pilots... got other angles of the helmet?

limyc: the 'tissue paper method' is quite simple to simulate folded leather/material in scale. Take some thin tissue paper... crunch it up alot, cut out a relative size for where you are going to place it. Then mix what glue with water (about 50/50), brush onto the area and apply the tissue paper. Then with the glue/water mixture apply some more with a brush on top.. make sure to keep the folds in all the 'right places' and such. The glue will harden. Trim off the excess tissue paper, paint and weather... looks the charm! Whoever came up with this idea was a genius... hehe... certainly wasn't me ;-) Certainly makes it look more like the real thing.

-Greg

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