F-14A model in 1/32 scale, TAMIYA kit
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After modelling the 1/32 Revell kit of the F-14 more than 10 years ago as model converted into a F-14D, my modelling friend Bas gave me an old Tamiya F-14A kit. This classic kit has kit.no 60301 and dates back from I guess 1982 so over 30 years old!! To my knowledge, it was the first 1/32 Tamiya kit of an aircraft and it was a spectacular release. The model has a good outline but it was in those days far too expensive for me to buy as a kid. But I always was excited seeing it in the famous Tamiya Catalogue and was very anxious to get one!
Later the kit was upgraded by Tamiya
(e.g. kit no 60303) and it got a couple of new parts, such as the "H sprue"
with the later style nosepod and ECM blisters on the airframe.
The common kit sprues are seen here
below (photographed from another Tamiya kit):
The old kit would be assembled further
and as I did not have old F-14A kit assembly instructions, those of the
later kit were used so obviously some tiny differences are there.
In the box of Bas I found also a very old Model technologies etched
metal set for the inside canopy frames with locking details as well as
no less than 3 Microscale 1/32 decals sets (although not complete). Also
an extra couple of old Tamiya decals were inside although very "yellowish".
Checking the spares box, I also had a spare Revell 1/32 F-14 decalsheet
(as on Revell page 1). So enough goodies
to make a nice model!
Some further putty and sanding was needed at the horizontal stabilizers and vertical tails. The intakes are nice and in STEP 9 the inside air intake airramps are very nice.
The kit seats are very simple, so I got a couple of QuickBoost resin seats (set no. 32033). I also bought an EDUARD cockpit instrument plackard set no. 32023 with self-adhesive pre-painted instruments.
The canopy had some irregularities
IN the plastic, there is not a lot that can be done about that. The canopy
scratches were removed with a nail polish set (in the Netherlands these
were found in ACTION stores). (The canopy will be dipped in Johnson Future
The model got all gaps and irregularities puttied and sanded and was ready for a first paint coat of light grey to check for any flaws. After correcting any appearing mishaps, the next paint was an overall White to all lower surfaces, gear doors and the upper wing flap areas, rudders and horizontal stabilizers. A spray can of white was used (such as from Halfords). Subsequent white areas of Fed.Std FS36875 got a coat of acrylic Revell Aqua 301 white with my Harder Steenbeck airbrush. Note that the Revell Aqua acrylic paint is better thinned with the original Revell Aqua Thinner , the "light blue" marked bottle (so not water).
When dry, the lower white demarcation line was masked off with low tack masking tape as well as the flaps, and rudders. On the top fuselage, some "black" stripes were airbrushed to suggest weathering undercoat ("pre-wash"). Next the Fed.Std FS36440 gull grey was airbrushed on top using Gunze Sangyo H325 Gull Grey acrylic paint.
On the clear canopy G4 also the tiny
frame on the edges was masked as well as the canopy support frame part
After drying, next steps of assembly were done.
STEP 11 shows the nose gear assembly
which is very nice. I only added a few hydraulics tubing/wires made from
stretched sprue. The nose gear bay got extra detail as well made from stretched
sprue and other bits and pieces. These parts also got a white paint.
The main gear of STEP 12 is also very nice with adequate detail. Again, only some added detail with hydraulics tubing/wires made from stretched sprue is needed. Airbrush the gear overall white and detail with some paint later on.
STEP 19 shows the arrestor hook. Note that first the arrestor hooks were white with black striping, later overall white.
In STEP 20 the vertical tails fit
very well. These were LEFT OFF until after further painting to ease handling
of this big and heavy 1/32 model.
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