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On 1/30/2020 at 4:37 PM, crackerjazz said:

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If I may point out a little know detail about the Tomcat.

 

If you look at the pics you will see a small white bar going perpendicular to the centerline missile trough, it is just aft of the two white rectangle panels. That bar is what was known as the "staple", it was a heavy, thick U shaped bar used to re-enforce the structural integrity of the aircraft. When I was in VF-101 (88-90) we had several jets with it (older block/high time aircraft) and it prevented the aft Sparrow to be loaded.

 

BTW, the white rectangle panels are where the Weapon Rails Umbilical Bridges go, they connected the aft Weapons Rails with the forward Weapon Rails and also provided electrical power to the wing station Phoenix's (if you have a Phoenix on the wing you will need an umbilical bridge on which ever side you have the wing Phoenix). This goes for the F-14A and B, the Delta's didn't need them.

 

Sorry, not trying to hijack the thread but wanted to point out the stable since this is the first photo I've seen that shows it.

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That's the kind of info we need so don't feel like you're hijacking the thread.    It's great having a real Tomcat Tweeker around : )

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Strangely, they take on a bluish hue when the background is green but gray when the background is blue..

 

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Those tanks look great !

 

Steve

"TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"

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Lovely gasbags! They really look handled 😄

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Janissary, Steve, Aigore, thanks guys!  : )  

 

I've ordered some TCS pods and L-shaped tail braces for the movie cats and started sanding down the early-type braces from the tailfins while waiting.  Was figuring out how other modelers sand theirs --- I didn't want to ruin any of the crisp details in the surrounding areas and wanted to make sure the sandpaper touches only what I needed to remove.   I remember I used to have this tool with a sandpaper band around it that your could rotate as it loads up.  Built a mini version and cut up a 1mm or so 400-grade sandpaper band.  

 

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You can do some nice precision sanding with this thing.  It loads up very quickly so the rotating band really helps.  I tried to just brush away the sanding dust from the tip but that doesn't seem to help a lot.   Nothing beats using a new clean section of the sandpaper.

 

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Will move on to finer grades, then will have to scribe those panel lines before the newer tail braces go on.

 

 

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Removing the braces from the starboard tail was trickier because of the bend.  

 

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Nice work, very clever solution. Whenever possible I try to wet sand because it gives you less scratches and, the paper doesn't load up with sanding dust.

 

Steve

"TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"

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Janissary, thanks!  Hey, I never thought about that, Steve --- will have to give that a try sometime.  The reinforcement plates arrived.   They look really great but a little too thick to my eyes 

 

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Opened up the top portion of the rudder...

 

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Dragged the braces across some sandpaper to thin them a little.

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Did the necessary rescribing of some of the panel lines and glued the braces on.  I forgot to take a photo but they still stood a little too proud from the surface  so I sanded them down some more -- from the outside -- but made sure I didnt go through the top layer, and that the three layers are still visible.  I may have to redo some rivets, though.

 

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What have I done  -- hopefully my having mangled them wouldn't show too well under paint.   I'm starting to think I don't like my Tomcats anymore.   I  wish Tamiya had just supplied extra F-14D tailfin sprues in the box.  Or next time I'll probably try those Furball braces or the Steel Beach vinyl ones.  Oh well,   I'll just soldier on and see how this turns out.

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9 hours ago, crackerjazz said:

I  wish Tamiya had just supplied extra F-14D tailfin sprues in the box.  Or next time I'll probably try those Furball braces or the Steel Beach vinyl ones.  Oh well,   I'll just soldier on and see how this turns out.

 

Those tails look great.

 

I tried the Furball etched ones, the Steel Beach resin ones, and the Crossdelta metal sticker-type. By far I liked the Crossdelta ones the best, despite having to stack three stickers up to make each brace. Where did you get the small plates close to the leading edge?

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Hey, Andrew, thanks!   I didn't know about the Crossdelta ones -- will have to check them out.  Are they thinner compared to the Furball braces?   The small plates I used are included in the Quickboost set.

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On 2/13/2020 at 10:30 AM, crackerjazz said:

Hey, Andrew, thanks!   I didn't know about the Crossdelta ones -- will have to check them out.  Are they thinner compared to the Furball braces?   The small plates I used are included in the Quickboost set.


The Furball set I have are photoetch with some fastener detail. I see that they also make a vinyl set, but I have not tried them and probably will not. I like the Crossdelta ones because they are thin, but they still have rivet detail and they are self-adhesive, so I’ll probably just keep using those. 

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