1/32 scale F-14A Tomcat is a
online from Squadron
After picking up a copy of Revell's big 1/32
Tomcat and Super Scale's VF-84 Desert Storm nose art sheet on ebay a few
months ago, I finally broke down and decided to build it. I normally build
1/48 scale F-14's, so doing one in 1/32 would present a real challenge.
Building Revell's big cat was no easy task,
and even though I built the kit straight from the box, I never had in my
20 years of modelling encountered so many huge seams.
The only scratchbuilding I did, was adding
tissue paper dipped in a water/white glue mixture on the front and rear
instrument coamings to simulate the canvas coverings over them.
I then painted the model overall FS 36375 Lt
ghost gray, using FS 35237 for "corrosion control" areas such as the daily
doors. I then took flat white and sprayed the centers of all the panels to
simulate fading. Next, I gave the model an overall light coat of Lt ghost
gray again to tone down the flat white and medium gray.
The model then received several coats of Model
Master gloss coat lacquer, and the decals applied. I then ran my ink
roller ball pen through most of the panels, taking a damp tissue wiping
the excess ink in the direction of air flow to simulate the fuel and oil
The model was then sealed with several coats
of Model Master clear flat lacquer, and the canopy and wind screen
All-in-all this was a fun and challenging kit
to build, and it allowed me to show some artistic license I hold back on
when doing kits in 1/48.
In memory of ENS Jack Ernie-
"Skipper! Remember me with the Jolly Rogers!"
ENS JACK ERNIE VF-17,VF-61,VF-84,VF-103
"Fear The Bones"
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2003 by Brian Marbrey
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