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1/48 Hasegawa F-14B Tomcat, VF-103 Jolly Rogers, 1998

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Hi all!


Here is my latest completed project, the Hasegawa F-14B Tomcat of VF-103 Jolly Rogers aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower in 1998.  This project is the only one I have ever started that I did not finish straight through.  I finished the cockpit put then put the build on hold as a deadline for an IPMS club contest approached, so I moved on to another project that fit into the theme of that contest.  It stayed on hold for over a year before I decided to go back to it as part of an F-14 Group Build on Scalemates.


As you know, this is the notorious Hasegawa Tomcat.  This is my third one, and I learned quite a bit from my first two tries.  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.


Decals are Fightertown Decals Bone Supremacy Sheet, and they performed flawlessly as usual.  


Other aftermarket additions are the Black Box F-14B Cockpit Set, Master Pitot, AMK Weapons Set for the Sidewinders, and the Meng Weapons set for the Phoenix and Sparrow missiles.  The Black Box set really fits nicely with minor modification.  Really happy with how that turned out.


Anyway, I hope you like!


Kit: 1/48 Hasegawa F-14B Tomcat 09335

Decals: Fightertown Decals "Bone Supremacy" 48073

Aftermarket: Master Model Pitot, Black Box Cockpit Set,Meng US Long/Medium Range A2A Missiles Set, and AMK AMK US Ordnance Set 1

Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (primer base),  Tamiya Liquid White Primer (for marble coat), Gunze Aqueous H307 FS36320 Dark Ghost Gray and H318 Radome Tan, Mr Paint MRP-135 FS17875 Insignia White, Tamiya Rubber Black, Clear Red, Clear Green, Clear Yellow, and Smoke, and Alclad II Gloss Black Primer, Airframe Aluminum, Pale Burnt Metal, 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.


Now on to the pics!






















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On 9/19/2020 at 7:28 AM, Drake64 said:

Beautiful work :thumbsup:




Thank you Roberto, I appreciate the kind words~


On 9/20/2020 at 6:14 AM, caudleryan said:

Another incredible build! Stunning!


Thanks Ryan, I always appreciate you feedback!


On 9/21/2020 at 1:45 PM, GreyGhost said:

"Here there be Pirates!"

Excellent job on Victory 102, Michael !





Thanks Gregg!

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