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Hajo L.

F-14B VF-74 "Be Devilers", Hobbyboss 1/72

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Sorry for beeing a bit late to the party, but as promised, I join the GB with this kit:

 

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This will be my fourth Hobbyboss F-14, the kits are very nice in my opinion. The build will be nearly completely OOB, although I got a nice surprise when I bought a bundle of 1/72 aircraft weapons, pilots and other stuff: It also contained a Resin-cockpit for the Tomcat! I have no idea what brand it is, and it is most likely not designed for the Hobbyboss-kit, but I think at least the basic cockpit should work with the kit. This way I will also get around the problem with the Hobbyboss-cockpit, which has no features on the side-consoles and also doesn´t provide any decals for this. The F-14D-kit DOES have decals for the side consoles....

 

 

HAJO

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The resin cockpit fits quite well into the two front halves, at least while I was dry-fitting it:

 

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But first I started painting all the instruments. First a coat of grey (Revell 76), then light black for all panels and bigger instruments. Then I highlighted buttons and knobs with silver and finally gave it a touch with a white pencil.

 

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Green window color for the screens.

 

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Finally I had to sand off some parts of the sides to make it really fit, but now it sits good!

 

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HAJO

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Status of this afternoon:

 

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I just attached the front to the main fuselage and the bird is waiting for the glue to dry.

 


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Progress is fast and easy!

 

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Sitting on its own legs:

 

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And the Cat's belly in its full beauty:

 

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Next step I did yesterday and today was the crew. I used two figures of my first "real good" F-14, a Fujimi-kit I did in the early 90ies. First step was to check the combo of resin seats, figures and cockpit:

 

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I apologize for the slightly fuzzy pictures, but I think you´ll get the idea. I had to amputate their legs to make them fit into the cockpit.

 

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As a reminiscence to his former workplace (my "real good" Fujimi F-14 was a VF-41 "Black Aces" bird) the backseater is wearing a VF-41-logo on his helmet:

 

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Next project will be the canopy. The Hobbyboss-canopies have a nasty seam, but I was able to sand and polish it of on my previous three Tomcats, so I´m quite optimistic it will work out as well here.

 

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HAJO

 

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I commenced with cutting the offending seam off with an x-acto-knife and used the knife also to smooth the canopy further down.

 

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Then I started using various profiles of a nail-polishing-tool:

 

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Last step in this progress was a good rub with my fingers dipped into smokers-toothpaste. This stuff is good for polishing things like "yellow teeth"... 😉

 

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And then: a coat of Future!

 

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The crew already waits for the canopy:

 

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And the front windshield is attached!

 

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This is how the bird looks now, hopefully I can start painting tomorrow:

 

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HAJO

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Color on! Base was Revells Bright Grey 76:

 

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The darker camo-spots were done using Revells 57, darkened a bit with 79 so that they also got a bit "blueish" tone:

 

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Painted F-14-Model.................................Check!
Various decals.........................................Check!
Scissor and needle..................................Check!
Warm water..............................................Check!
Toilet paper..............................................Check!
Top Gun Soundtrack................................Check!
Amazon Account (for impulse shopping T-Shirt "Because I was inverted")....................Check!!  😁

 

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HAJO

 

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The bird is done!

 

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And his "D"-buddy in a classic scheme:

 

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I´ll do some more pictures soon, but I´ll have to spend a week on vacation first... 😉

 


HAJO

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Done!

 

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More pictures in the gallery!

 

 

HAJO

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