F-14A Tomcat diorama; VF-41 Black Aces; Finemolds 1:72

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Not much time for model building last week as daughter had high fever and ear infection but nevertheless I managed to finish something during the weekend.


Dryfitted the wings and tailerons and attached the fins - Tomcat, baby!


Was playing with different shades of metallic colours, picking out single petals, and attacking those with washes. I’ll further putt a matt coat on them as they’re too shiny now and probably add a little more staining.


And dryfit of the nozzles - They look really nice attached to the fuselage. Had to bypass instructions a bit so I can remove and install them later in the build.
 

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Some beautiful work on display Seb. Your avatar reminded me of the Russian biker late for work UTube video. PaulE
 

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Very nice work Sebastijan, I hope your daughter gets well soon.
 

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Awesome work Seb, looking forward to more
 
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After a coat of AMMO One Shot primer I've put a marbled coat of Lt. Ghost Grey on.


Marbling was first done coarser and will be made finer later.



Before final painting I added brown marbling on the areas of higher wear and tear.



And the final subtle effect. But the painting is not done yet.
 
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Last post of 2018!


Did further weathering of the overpainted panels and added grime and dirt on the most often used panels.




Added antiglare panel, over-intake walkways and painted the canvas bags and airbrake interior.
 

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Hi Seb just lookin through your tomcat 1/72 build an I quite like your work .now did the kit come with all the panel cutouts ? or did you cut them out ? an I cannot acess page 2 is there a reason for this ? chris
 

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Hi again Seb ive managed to assess page 2 of your excellent build an im following your build for the enjoyment of seeing a great build coming togeather an hopeing it will help me in my own build as my wife bought me a big 1/32 scale trumpy tomcat for crimbo .But could you answer the question 's in my thread above please when you get time an I hope your daughter is v-much better chris
 
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Hi Chris, sorry for the late reply. Yeah, what you see is what you get! I'll only be adding aftermarket wheels and ejection seats for even a little more detail. It's quite an impressive kit but the cost is reaching more into 1:48 range unfortunately.

anyhow here's a few in progress shots:


The interior compartments were give a coat of White paint.


Afterwards the details were painted and a wash was applied to enhance the shadows.


The right hand side was given the same treatment.


With all the details painted and wings and pylons attached, it's time to gloss it up and finally start the decalling process!
 

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Hi Seb thank's for your answer on detail but honestly the model you have got there is brilliant for a 1/72 scale . As it has more detail eg. cutout panels on the right side of the plane
than both of my 1/48 tomcat an the 1/32 super tomcat that's the reason I asked I will be following your build so lookin forward to some more posts when you can do so
 

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Cracking work Sebastijan.
 
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Thanks guys! Hopefully I'll be able to show some decalling love soon
 
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I've hit the builder's block with this build when it came to decals. The only company that did the decals for the scheme I'm building, were Airfix. They have included decals for one of the VF-41 line birds from the JFK's 1997 Med cruise as well as CO's bird of VF-14 Tophatters with really nice tailart. The latter however has two serious problems - one side of the decal sheet is pretty badly off register and Airfix managed to screw the pooch with Modex numbers - the real bird carried 214 while Airfix printed the 201.

Anyhow back to VF-41 option. While the decals are surprisingly thin and the tail art decals fit perfectly, almost all other decals are like 15% too big. The "NO STEP" decals, compared to the Microscale sheet I used in the end, looked like 1:48 compared to 1:72. So yeah, in the end, some scheme specific decals were used from Airfix, others were mostly Microscale and some from a Fujimi kit (which had quite bad adhesion).



Anyhow all the troubles behind, here she is, ready for the next level of weathering.









 

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I've hit the builder's block with this build when it came to decals. The only company that did the decals for the scheme I'm building, were Airfix. They have included decals for one of the VF-41 line birds from the JFK's 1997 Med cruise as well as CO's bird of VF-14 Tophatters with really nice tailart. The latter however has two serious problems - one side of the decal sheet is pretty badly off register and Airfix managed to screw the pooch with Modex numbers - the real bird carried 214 while Airfix printed the 201.

Anyhow back to VF-41 option. While the decals are surprisingly thin and the tail art decals fit perfectly, almost all other decals are like 15% too big. The "NO STEP" decals, compared to the Microscale sheet I used in the end, looked like 1:48 compared to 1:72. So yeah, in the end, some scheme specific decals were used from Airfix, others were mostly Microscale and some from a Fujimi kit (which had quite bad adhesion).



Anyhow all the troubles behind, here she is, ready for the next level of weathering.









HI Seb it turning out very nice an it will help me when I start on my big 1/32 tomcat to see how you do wheathering i'll be watching good work this
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Landing gear was improved by the use of Albion Alloys brass tubing and Plusmodel lead wire


Landing gear painted up and weathered.


Tomcat after light washes






Final look after specific panels were further weathered and certain panel lines over painted.




 

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Hello Seb well I love your wheathering an all the hatch covers off that's what I hope to do on my big super tomcat when its rotten wheather an I cant work on my ship build as im starting that soon just sources mateials for now. but I don't think i'll be able to do wheathering as good as you have done as ive never tried it yet got some panel line wash but things always come up to stop me from building but its bills mostly as they all due in the nxt couple of months when they out of way then I can start but back to your build its great:cool:
lookin forward to more an are you gonna fit a hinge on the nose so the radar can be seen ?
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Very nice build Seb, allready learned a lot here :thumb2:
Cheers
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She is looking great Sebastijan
 
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