Trumpeter 1/32 F14B Tomcat ‘bomb-cat’

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Slow progress with the cockpit but I am just about done.

The decal experiment was a failure simply because even at its highest quality the printer did not produce strong enough colours. Consequently I ended up 'lifting' the Trumpeter decals from the card and, where I had problems, resorted to the spares box. I managed to pull together a reasonable result.

I did a pin wash, matt varnished then used Uschi Metal Powders to bring out highlights and to give a worn metal look.

The i.p. - the dials and some details were gloss varnished.
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The 'tub'
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Didewalls and odds and ends.
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the seats
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I am not sure what that is on the black i.p. cover for the rear seater. It only shows on the photo so I will take a look more closely tonight at that.
Beautiful cockpit Barry , those seats have painted up superbly. If I’m not mistaken the thing on top of the WSO’s instrument panel is an ashtray . :thinking:;)
 

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FANTASTIC Barry well worth the wait

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One thing is sure. That is a very busy office.
Looking great.
 

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I have been progressing on a number of fronts. I will post more pics soon.

in the meantime a couple to go on with.

There is nothing in the instructions about weighting the nose so I have no idea if it’s a tail sitter. As I like my models all ‘buttoned up’ I decided not to fit the nose radar and to fill the nose cone with some weight.
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liquid gravity works well I poured some into the nose cone and then drops of thin c.a. to seal it all. I won’t fit the nose cone until I have tested that this is enough.

I have also been making up the u/c legs. They have metal inserts for strength.

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I like my models built all codes up so the lines of the aircraft are on display, the cockpit and wheel wells excepted. Trumpeter design the model to have all the hatches open so when fitting them on the closed position the fit is not great and some work is needed.

in this pic I have glued various hatches into place.
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If you look closely you will see various gaps etc. Mr Dissolved Putty is next
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once dry and in order to preserve detail I ‘wet sand’ with a cotton bud dipped in I.p.a.
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It takes a little elbow grease rubbing away but after a final wipe over with paper towel wettened without ipa. You get to this
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Better but not yet perfect. I will have another localised MDP treatment and a very light run over with a sanding sponge. A bit of scribing work then to finish for now. Any remaining issues will be dealt with after a primer.
 

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HI Barry lookin good she is but whats MDP ?
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I haven't seen that trick with Mr Dissolved Putty Barry, I always sand it. Very neat idea, I'll have to give it a go.
 

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Hi Barry
That work on the fit issues of the hatches has worked really well. The primer usually shows flaws but in this case it all looks rather good :thumb2:
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Hi Barry
That work on the fit issues of the hatches has worked really well. The primer usually shows flaws but in this case it all looks rather good :thumb2:
Jim
Indeed, it does work well. There are a couple of areas where I need to do another treatment, sand (a little) and scribe.
 

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I'm really enjoying this Barry. never thought about varnish on the dials. It certainly makes them stand out
 

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Some progress photos
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MRP White primer over the black (above). Then insignia white.

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I am not doing a full engine build as it will all be hidden

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the fit is not great and there is a fair but it sanding and filling to do.

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not a lot of colour in the wheel wells. A little bit of silver and black used and weathering will do the rest. Gloss varnish next for wheel wells.
 

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HI Barry are the nav lights just marked on the wings or is there a glass fitment ?
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HI Barry whats happening on her as its unusual for you to go this long without postin your progress pics ?
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She is coming along Chris, just slow progress, I do get only an hour or so most days at the bench with a business to run and a demanding missues but I did take a few pics last night.

I have cemented the nose clamshell sides around the pit and forward wheel well. No issues
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Here is a pic of the main u/c now painted and weathered with a brown wash and some chipping with Uschi metal powder.
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I have also painted primer on the main fuselage underside. I had to do a fair bit of sandoing and filling on it and I want to check it over.
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As you can see the engines are in place and as you cannot see anything of them I did not bother detailing and painting them.

Unusually for me I will be painting the underside camo colour once I have rectified any flaws, before I cement it to the top. This is because of the engineering and the need to paint some otherwise inaccessable areas behind where the wheel legs will be. The finish will be ruined by future processes and will need repainting, but hopefully not in those inaccessable areas.
 

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She is coming along Chris, just slow progress, I do get only an hour or so most days at the bench with a business to run and a demanding missues but I did take a few pics last night.

I have cemented the nose clamshell sides around the pit and forward wheel well. No issues
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Here is a pic of the main u/c now painted and weathered with a brown wash and some chipping with Uschi metal powder.
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I have also painted primer on the main fuselage underside. I had to do a fair bit of sandoing and filling on it and I want to check it over.
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As you can see the engines are in place and as you cannot see anything of them I did not bother detailing and painting them.

Unusually for me I will be painting the underside camo colour once I have rectified any flaws, before I cement it to the top. This is because of the engineering and the need to paint some otherwise inaccessable areas behind where the wheel legs will be. The finish will be ruined by future processes and will need repainting, but hopefully not in those inaccessable areas.
OK Barry thanks for the pics an they are great but I thought you may be ill or something as I thought that's unusual for you to go this long without postin some pics so some concern there sorry to chase you up as I keep forggetin about your daily life as im retired an im at my tiger as much as possible every day unless jen wants to go somewhere so i'll have a proper study of your pics to night as im now goin to work on my tiger now as the days go so quick
anyway all best
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A bit more progress. I sprayed the Light Ghost Grey underside and got a rather nice finish. Pity most of it will need to be repainted....

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I then glued the u/c assemblies into place along with a couple of other bits and bobs....

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Here you can see clearly why I painted the underside...

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This is certainly a large model, it must be one of the two or three largest I have built.

With storm Dennis menacing the coast I might get a bit more time than usual at the bench this Sunday unless I am occupied trying to keep our fences upright!!!!!
 
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