So these are the detailing packs I bought: F-14A exterior for Tamiya, Eduard, No. F-14A Tomcat. They also fail to mention that the ventral fins are painted orange to match the rest of the airframe details. As seen in these pictures, I still needed to do a little silver dry brush on the floor. Everything from small detail differences between the three schemes available through ordnance configurations to if you want to have the kit flying or standing on the ground. Take note of this and get the right pieces for the missiles you need. I caught and fixed my "miss" before the glue set up, but it was a close call. Finishing off with a coat of matt varnish. As with other parts of the kit, the fit was tight enough that I can invert the model and the seats and canopy stay in place. Post Jun 16, 2017 #1 2017-06-16T08:06. The later sheet is huge and provides greatly expanded options on the markings, but still is aimed at later Tomcats as seen in the 1990s and later. When this dried, I liberally applied a black wash with Xylene. In no time, I was ready for paint and decals across the main fuselage. I am basically modeling a Tomcat that is powered and ready to taxi out for takeoff. The instructions are available in 3 formats: Standard Binding (publisher = Amazon in Grayscale) Spiral (or Coil) binding (publisher = Lulu in Grayscale) The place resin will help the seats is to make better looking seat harnesses. When people view models, many times the thing that makes one model stand out over another is the small details. And, since I had decided to have the pilots in the cockpit, I decided to add the Tamiya CRT decals that make them look lit up. What I am planning to use for this build: Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F-14D Tomcat Eduard Brassin 1/48 F-14D Cockpit Eduard Brassin 1/48 F-14D Wheels Eduard Brassin 1/48 AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN pod I liked the effect, and it was simple to do. Hi all, Here's a pic of my Tamiya Tomcat as it will appear in a full build article in this summer's issue of French mag Wingmasters. The air intakes and a plate underneath between them can be hard to get in place correctly. I needed to straighten it out, then drill and pin it back on. I managed to crush the nose tip pitot into the edge of my modeling desk (don't ask). Had I not been so excited, you would have seen the steps where I start with the landing gear, first. Tamiya's 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat is available online from Squadron for only $91.99! I have long been an admirer of the venerable, now retired F-14 Tomcat. The Furball weapons data sheet provided the rocket motor caps for the rears of the missiles. 136 Figures. So, I never neglect to add as many as I can when I build a model. IPMS/USA: F-14D Tomcat, Part 2 - Airframe and Weapon Construction. I’ll be reading your F-16 log to see what you’re doing on it. I am starting a new build - Tamiya 1/48 F-14D Tomcat VF-213 Black Lions, AJ213 / 164602. Aardvark Tomcat. I am working on all the various detail parts at the same time as the main airframe, so by this time, the project is mostly an excursion in attaching the detail parts. The blade antennae on the spine, the pitots and temperature sensors on the forward fuselage side and tip of the nose, and the arresting hook under the rear section - all were finished and added to the model. I started with the white bottom color, then applied the gray topside color. Of note on the wheel well doors - Tamiya engineering again amazed me. So, I took a Sharpie marker and marked the outside for the 1 inch distance. After painting the major colors, it took about two hours of studying pictures of real Tomcat cockpits and detail painting to get to this point. It bent into a "U" shape, then snapped. Tamiya provides pieces for early and late versions of all the missiles. I have not bought every new kit to come out in the last few years, but this is easily one of the finest model kits I have ever built and feel "kit of the century" may not be an exaggeration. I was not happy with the shades of yellow or brown they used on the stripes, so I went off and used after-market decals on my missiles. The engine intakes, the wheel wells, the cockpit - all are engineered to simplify construction without really losing any detailing. Down to the very last day of this project, Tamiya engineering was still amazing. First, the Tamiya kit decals provide lots and lots of airframe data. I used multiple decal sheets to come up with all the data for this model. There is no resin needed for this kit, except possibly for the ejection seats. The wings are then mounted on the swinging roots visible in picture three and four on the left. Tamiya has engineered the kit to eliminate all these pain points found in the Hasegawa kit. F-14A Tomcat Model Build Instructions. 43. I am hoping for an early F-14A, but the parts breakdown does not seem to indicate that, but time will tell as I do not know what Tamiya has up their sleeve. Reassembling the pieces will be a no-brainer. I opted for the latter with three Sparrow, two Sidewinder and two Phoenix missiles. 1105 steps. It was just a matter of picking and choosing the right markings. The parts called out in the instructions build AIM-45A Phoenix missiles, AIM-7E Sparrows, and AIM-9G/H Sidewinders. New Tamiya 1/48 Tomcat !!! Hasegawa released their 1/48th scale Tomcat kits a very long time ago. The decals provide only enough black edging for the ventral fins to do the outsides of the fins. Options of the weapons allude to the earmarks I mentioned before. With some care it can be done but if you're not careful you'll end up with gaps that needs handling. Using the Tamiya decals for the CRT screens make them look like they are powered. 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