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F-14A Tomcat

by Brian Marbrey

 

F-14A Tomcat



Revell's 1/32 scale F-14A Tomcat is available online from Squadron

 

Introduction

 

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.

 

 

Construction

 

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.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

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 streaks.

 

 

The model was then sealed with several coats of Model Master clear flat lacquer, and the canopy and wind screen attached.

 

 

Conclusion

 

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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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2003 by Brian Marbrey
Page Created 07 March, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004

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