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F14A Tomcat (VF-1 "Wolfpack")

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Heres a profile of the final scheme

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Kit is Hasegawas "Atlantic Fleet Squadrons", and decals will be from CAM #72021

I am sorting through the parts and removing the canopy seam will post pics later.

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27/02/2005

Whilst constructing the basics, I thought why not do at least one Tomcat in a cat launch postion (see above profile). So I have used the pilots from one of my Fujimi kits, and will be using the kit's seats, instead of replacing them with the True Details seats. I am also trying out using coloured plastic toothpicks as a replacement for the kits clear plastic ones.

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28/02/2005

After sanding down, the red toothpicks worked great, but the green looks a bit pale. I may have to touch up with some Tamiya Clear Green at the end.

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06/03/2005

As I have been busy with work this last week, I have not been able to get a lot done. Also I am following Brian Plescia's Construction Notes. Highly recommended.

Nearly ready for painting. Just got to mask the metal areas, canopy, and figure out how Im going to tackle this paint scheme. I am going to try pre-shading (again) as my attempts at weathering a dirty Cat still dont seem right to my eyes. We shall see.

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This is what I have just finished this afternoon. Masked the inside of the windshield, cut out the required area, then masked the outside. Sprayed multiple coats of thinned Tamiya Clear Green until I was happy. Just let them dry for an hour or so then start masking and fix to the Cat.

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Coming along nicely, i really like how your windscreens came out, wish Tamiya would come out with a clear paint that came out like from the bottle so us brush painters could handle it okay.

Great work. :bandhead2:

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Looking Schweet Andy !!! Nice use of toothpicks BTW !!!

Gregg

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Coming along nicely, i really like how your windscreens came out, wish Tamiya would come out with a clear paint that came out like from the bottle so us brush painters could handle it okay.

Great work. :worship:

Andy - looks awesome!

Bullet,

Being a brush-painter myself, I've got to agree with you. But, just out of curiosity, couldn't you thin the Clear green and brush it on?

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08/03/2005

Thanks for the words of encouragement Guys

Well take a good look at my workbench guys - Thats the cleanest you will see it for a long while. Ive spent most of today and tonight cleaning it up. We have clients visiting on Thursday (just who do these poeple think they are :worship: ). So it was suggested I tidy up a bit around the office. :angry:

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All I have managed to do so far is preshade her ready for the base colours. Wouldnt you know it I forgot to do the Horizontal Stabs. :thumbsup: I will just have to do them tomorrow night.

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Well Im off home now to rest and recuperate, after my gruelling cleanup :wacko:

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13/03/2005

Didnt take long for my bench to turn back to chaos ;)

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Heres the latest on my build.

Humbrol Flat White and Humbrol Insignia Red sprayed (I still dont like red. :wave: ). Nearly all masked and ready for the FS16440.

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I tried to brighten up the Pilot and Rio ;)

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Preshading didnt work out due to my screw-up with mixing of the white and thinners, so it will all be down to the wash again.

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15/03/2005

Masking was finally finished last night...

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and then the Lt Gull Gray (Humbrol 129) was sprayed, and left to dry overnight. A quick masking of the nose at lunch time and I sprayed the Radome Tam (Humbrol 148).

I removed all the masking expect for the exhausts, I just need to spray the Anti glare black in front of the windshield, a few touch ups, and she'll be ready for Future and then decalling.

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WOW :) :D :D

Great work on that one!! DO you happen to have the same scheme in 1/48? I am looking for someone with spare decals for this scheme that they would be willing to part with.

Keep up the goooooooood work. Can not wait to see it finished :)

Cheers :)

Jarda

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WOW :) :D :D

Great work on that one!! DO you happen to have the same scheme in 1/48? I am looking for someone with spare decals for this scheme that they would be willing to part with.

Keep up the goooooooood work. Can not wait to see it finished :)

Cheers :)

Jarda

Jarda Thanks.

At the moment I only have a few 1/48 decal sets of the JRs and Reapers (but no kits - yet B). I am concentrating on building at least one aircraft in 1/72 from each VF squadron.

Hannants have this same scheme from CAM >> Click Here <<

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damm you're a real factory.... :) endless production lines. i wonder.. where do you display all of them?

At the moment in this case but with the other 30 odd to go I may have to either get some more shelves or another case.

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Lookin good Andy. :cheers:

Really nice to see an old hi-viz bird!

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Wow Andy! I must have missed the last pics of your progress, coz having just seen them this cat looks beautiful! :cheers: :o :thumbsup:

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16/03/2005

Decalling halfway complete (nightmare tonight will be "NO STEP, NO STEP" :worship: )

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Will finish decals tomorrow, future, then try an oil wash

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Very very nicely done, the spoilers have come out a treat and she's really looking the part now with her decals on, apart from the endless 'no-steps'.....enjoy hehehehehehehe! :worship:

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One of the oldest, yet also perhaps one of the most attractive schemes ever carried by a Tomcat.

Keep on building them Andy I just love seeing them :thumbsup:

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damm you're a real factory.... :lol: endless production lines. i wonder.. where do you display all of them?

LOL, Andy, true, true! :thumbsup::cheers::wave:

One man´s a modelling club ;)

That´s really a HIGH OUTPUT!

István

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20/03/2005

All decalling finished, another Future coat added, then a Burnt Sienna Oil wash applied. Doesnt look too bad, but it has yellowed the white slightly. Just have to let the oil wash cure for a couple of days, then add all the fiddly bits and it should be finished.

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This is my 8th Hasegawa Tomcat and I still havent managed to sucessfully eliminate the body/fuselage seam :thumbsup:

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23/03/2005

Completed :P - A few piccies for your enjoyment

A BIG Thanks to Brian Plescia for your How to Article

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and theres more

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