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jimd

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I'm going to enter this one here. I'm not confident I can do it by the deadline with my schedule, but I'll die trying.

I realize I need a sprue shot, so please bear with me....I'll take on when I can get to the cave tonight.

Otherwise:

I'll be doing a Hasegawa F-14B in VF-143 markings from Operation Iraqi Freedom. She'll look something like this:

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Operational Tomcats got pretty dirty, so this is a weathering build for me, but first you have to build it!

Aftermarket:

Fightertown decals
Aires Cocpit
Wolfpack F-14 B/D OIF Update Set
Wolfpack F-14 Bombcat Update Set
Master Pitot and AOA tubes

Still need to source BOL racks and likely some FOD covers.

First is getting the Aires pit to fit. I know it can be done since I've seen plenty of completed builds using it, but it's not easy.

You need to do some major thinning of the forward tub (under the coaming) for the fuselage halves to close all the way.

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There are gaps at either side of the rear decking, but shims will solve this.

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Otherwise things fit well.

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Just lots of work cleaning and removing plastic from the kit sidewalls. If you want more detail in the pit the work is well worth it.

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Welcome to the GB Jim! Gotta love the Tomcat. Good luck with the build, I'll be watching with interest. [smile]
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Good Luck Jim!

Dave

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Great to see you here in the group build Jim and nice to see another Tomcat too.

The Aires pits seem to either fall in place or need serious work ( Fabians Phantom springs to mind) but you are right on top of it by the looks of it mate and the detail in there is outstanding

I had to look twice at the nose wheel in the picture of the real bird, I had no idea that they could turn that much lol

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jimd

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Thank you, folks. Glad to be aboard.

Pete, you're right Aires is all over the map. I used 3 in a row that were practically drop in: 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190, 1/32 Hasegawa Bf-109F, and 1/48 Hasegawa AV-8B+...the Harriers fit so well I didn't even have to remove any of the pour block....

They I bought one for my Academy F-4C/D and it didn't fit at all..not remotely. $35 down the drain....I know this one fits, because I've seen it done...lol...but it ain't easy.

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Started cockpit paint!


Black basing isn't just for the main body. Cockpit was finished up in Mr. Surfacer 1500


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Next, I get out my trusty Mr. Color. C317 for modern cockpits. Allow the black base to act in a manner that creates shadow and variation.

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After initial paint build up the base color was lightened with white and some highlighting was added. Things will really come together with detail painting which from here on out will involve a brush.

Stay tuned.

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Jim, welcome to the GB and looks like you have a GREAT start. nice thread and pictures that tell and teach. thanks!
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Thanks, Ted. Excited to be in on this one!

Bit of a small update here.

I got to painting the black consoles. They aren't done by any means. I still need to do the sidewalls and some other details. Then I'll move on to picking out all the dials....yay.

I did want to go ahead and shim the rear decking and get the fit situated there. I also wanted to test the gear bay. First, the decking was shimmed with some strip styrene. I then slowly thinned it down until I had a good fit. It is a flush fit when closed with some pressure at the back.



It fits! It wasn't easy...it was work but it's very rewarding. I'll have the kit cockpit for comparison later..The resin is light years ahead.



Since I'm working with two kits I assembled and unpainted nose bay to check fit. The one I use I'll paint and then assemble for ease. Stupid Hasegawa didn't give any sort of alignment for the three walls...so be wary there (more on that as I deal with them later).

However, I was able to slip the bay in with no issue from the resin pit at all. I ALMOST decided to pull the plug on some resin bays, but honestly, that's wasted work and money for me since it's going to be unseen. No need to risk fit issues there either.

The little plate that completes the rear half of the nose section fits nicely enough too.



Finally, I needed to handle the Wolfpack gun vents from the update set. These don't fit well at all, so work will be needed and I don't want to bang around the whole assembly later.



Compared to the kit fuselage (bottom) you can see that two inserts "fit" into the open bay cutout. The other vent insert's location needs to be cut out. It's not pretty now but I've got it shaped flush with the fuse side, so now I just need to do the filling and re-scribing.

Yay me because old me would have said screw it and left it inaccurate for the time period I'm depicting. I'm really liking the new me who is wanting to be more and more accurate when the only obsticle is my own laziness.

As always, comments and critiques are encouraged!

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Looks good so far. Cant wait to see the cockpit painted and detailed.
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P-47 "Dottie Mae" GB 1/32 or larger

Revell 1/48 Boeing Stearman on hold

Hobby Boss F-84f (Honoring my Dad) on hold


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Yeah same, nice going Jim, and as I have an Airies F-14 cockpit sitting here waiting to be painted am watching this one very closely. [smile]
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Tamiya 1:32 F-4J Phantom "Marines"
Tamiya 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe

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unang43

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Nice build Jim. I know what you mean about the evolving modeller. No longer can you build the kit for what it is, accuracy becomes the goal even if it can become a slippery slope.

Really looking forward to your Has build. I've never built one, only the HB kit, but have plenty in the stash that will get on the bench soon (ish).

Cheers!

Sean

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1/48 Revell F-15E Strike Eagle
1/35 Meng T-90A
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wimve1960

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Nice going, that cockpit looks really good. Nice details, should be eyecandy once detailed up completely.

Wim.

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Matt^329

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Jim...Very nice start.  I am interested in seeing how the build proceeds and the final reveal.
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