F-14A model in 1/32 scale, TAMIYA kit
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The nose was masked and got an airbrushed
coat of white with "buff" light brown colour tip using Revell Aqua 314
beige. The anti-glare panel was than masked off and airbrushed matt black.
The Microscale set 32-46 decals for US NAVY VF-24 scheme showed the decals to be very old and thin; so some decals had to be replaced with other ones using spare decals.
Note that the "NOSTEP" stencils of the Tamiya sheet should be cut in two reading "NO STEP". The large VF-24 squadron markings on the tail are very nice and setting these on the tails was easy as these were not yet fixed to the model!
Note that I always "drag" each decal through some Johnson Future/Pledge to really prevent any silvering and to aid fixing to the surface. Each decal is after application a bit depped with a cloath. Also, Microscale Sol and Set decal fluids were used in some areas to aid a decal adhering to a (raised or curved) surface.
After decalling, that took at least 6 hours, the model was to be detailed further.
- Some additional electrical wiring was added as well inside the cockpit. At the top of the windscreen, a handling bar was added.
- Some extra wiring and tubing was added on top of part E28 (the coaming) aft of the rear seat.
- The windshield frame was masked with tape and after that airbrushed matt black. The tiny gap when fitting the windshield to the model nose was closed with White glue and after it dried painted matt black.
- The kit seats were replaced by those
resin ones of QuickBoost set 32033. Remove the resin base with a
but use a face mask for your
protection and plenty of water!! Each seat got a base coat of dark grey
and the details were painted like the seat parachute pack olive green,
harness "off white" and the seat ejection bars yellow with black
striping. Harnesses were painted.
- The instrument coamings (Parts E23 and E26) got some more detail. The cloth covers were painted a mix of black and brown.
- The large cockpit instrument panel
displays got a coat of Tamiya transparant "clear orange X26" paint.
- Inside the canopy, 4 mirrors
were fitted using the RH158 set from REHEAT models (3 on the front canopy
frame and 1 in the middle frame). The mirrors front areas were painted
- The landing gears were fitted, as well as all pylons, pods and armaments.
- The anti-collision lights were painted (e.g. red and blue) and got a drop of Micro Kristal Klear.
- the exhausts were airbrushed ALCLAD burned metal / exhaust color.
- The vertical tails were fitted and any tiny gaps closed with white glue that were brush painted Gull Grey after drying.
- a small nose pitot was added made from a metal needle and set with superglue
Finally the model got a decal protecting coat of varnish, again using Johnson Future/Pledge. The canopy was set loose in place and the model was now complete.
A very nice
addition to the 1/32 US NAVY model collection! The only problem is... where
to put it!
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