F-14 model in 1/32 scale
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The cockpit section with painted instruments; the kit instrument parts have nice raised details (contrary tro the 1/32 Tamiya kit..)
The painted instruments...
The scratch made F-14D nosepod (with
double chins, such as an Infrared seaker)
with putty and ... sanded in shape...
Panel lines of the entire outher airframe
were rescribed where needed.
The undercarriage legs being detailed
with rods, strip and sprue... The nose leg's central rod to attach the
wheel aisle if far to wide, so reduce the "track"
.... and overall view with legs fitted.
Tails were still left off to enable further detailling as they need no
further gap filling/putty because they fit perfectly.
The cockpit canopy was detailed with strips, hooks made cut from a photo negative and rod; more than 50 parts went in. Mirrors were cut from metal sheet. The aft rods are of a paperclip for getting a removable canopy hinge with two corresponding holes drilled in the fuselage spine.
The view of the completed cockpit section with the canopy attached in such a way through metal rods that it can always be removed for clean-up or transport. A Head Up Display as fitted to the F-14D was also added on top on the forward instrument coaming, made from rod and piece of transparant sheet.
The F-14D is powered by two F110-GE-400
engines which was converted from the kits parts (see page
2....). .The detailed GE engine exhaust area; detailling was done with
metal housefoil sheet; inner engine was given a treat of mixed white paint,
metal and "stains added..."
The gap at the wing sealbags was also
closed with some white glue
Left side lower forward panels were
opened, showing the gun area, ammo drum and foldable ladder. The panels
were detailed with fasteners etc and note the weight saving holes in the
Stores also add colour and "life"
to this F-14D model. So fitted are:
The F-14D LANTIRN pod made from an
old bomb with the pattern as seen in the Tamiya F-15E kit, seen below and
Kit's PHOENIX missile was fitted on
lower forward fuselage fairing; (decals supplied are enough for just two
missiles although parts for four are supplied in Revells' kit)
Markings were added for a F-14D from
VF-31 Tomcatters, with a combination of various CAM DECALS
sets , such as CAM decal set no. 32-098. Adaptions were:
The overall kit after getting the
gull grey colour was given a gloss coat of Johnson Clear Floor polish before
applying the various decals, some also coming from the Revell kit such
as the "yellow coloured low visibility" NO STEPS and smaller stencilling.
..and main u.c. and engine panel area (door still to be fitted)
The upper spine larger F-14D antennas
were fitted, made from thin card. The RHAWS antennas below the wing leading
edge fairing as commonly seen on the F-14B's were not added as pictures
showed many F-14D's not to have them. The grey walkways next to the rear
cockpit areas were added, as supplied from CAM decals.
All recessed panels were given a VERY fine treat of light grey paint wash, do not over do it!
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