by Maciek Zywczyk
1/72 scale F-14A Tomcat
is available online from Squadron.com
Here is Academy's 1/48
scale kit of the F-14A Tomcat.
The Academy kit is not
as well detailed as Hasegawa offering. I decided to build it with the
I had Verlinden detail
set and wanted to use the gun from it. Lots of modifications were needed
to fit the gun bay inside the Academy fuselage. I also used exhaust
nozzles from my Hasegawa kit but plenty of trimming was needed.
Otherwise, the kit was build with only minor modifications.
Painting was done with
Humbrol enamels. Decals were from SuperScale.
I think there was a
production problem, because all the red parts of decals broke into many
pieces. After the decals were applied as best as possible (like working
on a jigsaw puzzle, but some fragments were missing), I had to mask
parts of vertical fins and spray red to complete the correct pattern.
Furthermore, the shark
mouth was incorrect in shape, so I cut the decals to correct shape and
added a thin red line with fine brush.
Humbrol gloss cote was
sprayed over the completed paint and markings; and the uneveness of the
decal edges were sanded and polished.
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