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1/72 Hasegawa F-14D What-If Ace Combat ISAF

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Motivation ended up kicking in later than expected, and I finally got on the wagon, so hopefully I'll be able to get this build cranked out by the time the group build ends.

Base kit is the Hasegawa F-14D "Ace Combat Cherry Blossom."  I absolutely loathe the scheme it comes with in the box, so instead will be a Tomcat in Mod Eagle with ISAF markings from Ace Combat 04, as below.


Decals will be partly custom printed, partly taken from the Ace Combat 04 F-22 Mobius 1 kit, partially from a CAM decals VF-11 set.  Other aftermarket will be Reedoak pilot figures.


I got started about a week or so ago, didn't bother much with cockpit because the pilots will cover most of the side panels.



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Made a decent bit of progress over the weekend, getting ready to get the fuselage together tonight or tomorrow.  This has made me remember the shortcomings of the Hase Tomcat, namely how fiddly parts like the flaps get.





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Got a decent amount done over the weekend and this morning, blackbasing and crew figures are done.  Build up of the paint was done with Tamiya NATO Black, Neutral Gray (XF-53), Light Gray (XF-66) and Deck Tan (XF-55) sprayed through Uschi stencils over Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black







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Some further progress, the Aggressor Gray (Hataka HTK-C157) is on (and highlighted a number of seams that need attention, unfortunately).  I'm pleased with the way it went on over the blackbasing, given it's my first time really using the technique.





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Been a busy week, but got the darker gray on.  Not as much contrast as I was expecting, but it matches faded Mod Eagle rather well (to my eye, anyway).  I used Ammo's masking putty for a little insurance against oopsies, but if I had to do it again I'd likely free-hand the scheme.





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