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Grumman F-14A Tomcat - dio/ update 11/02/2019

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The interior compartments were give a coat of White paint.

 

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Afterwards the details were painted and a wash was applied to enhance the shadows.

 

 

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The right hand side was given the same treatment.

 

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With all the details painted and wings and pylons attached, it's time to gloss it up and finally start the decalling process!

 

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Hello there,

 

I like very much the outcome of this build.

Dear God...wish I had half of these skills...

 

Regards,Laz

Edited by Tripio

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Awesome!!! You know you want to make it dirty! 😄

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Thanks guys!

 

I've hit the builder's block with this build when it came to decals. The only company that did the decals for the scheme I'm building, were Airfix. They have included decals for one of the VF-41 line birds from the JFK's 1997 Med cruise as well as CO's bird of VF-14 Tophatters with really nice tailart. The latter however has two serious problems - one side of the decal sheet is pretty badly off register and Airfix managed to screw the pooch with Modex numbers - the real bird carried 214 while Airfix printed the 201.

Anyhow back to VF-41 option. While the decals are surprisingly thin and the tail art decals fit perfectly, almost all other decals are like 15% too big. The "NO STEP" decals, compared to the Microscale sheet I used in the end, looked like 1:48 compared to 1:72. So yeah, in the end, some scheme specific decals were used from Airfix, others were mostly Microscale and some from a Fujimi kit (which had quite bad adhesion).

 

Anyhow all the troubles behind, here she is, ready for the next level of weathering.

 

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Outstanding work on the decals!

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And here's a good view of Airfix decals problem - left wing Airfix, right wing Microscale

 

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