For my next project, I chose one of my all-time favorite planes. Before deciding on the exact kit, I searched for a nice set of decals. I chose a set of HADModels for a F-14A “Miss Molly” of VF-111:
After that, I chose the Tamiya F-14A Tomcat kit. It was my first Tamiya and I am very satisfied by the fit and finish of it.
Although the cockpit detail is good enough, I chose a couple aftermarket kits to improve it. I got a couple Martin-Baker GRU7A seats by Aires and a set of amazing 3D printed decals from Quinta Studio (scroll to the end of the article for photos).
After that, I added a chin pod by Quickboost, to match the one of the specific plane, a set of boarding steps, also by Quickboost, and a metal alpha probe for the nose tip, by Master Model.
The construction went fine, mostly following the instructions.
Next, it was time for the painting. I begun with a coat of grey primer and then some pre-shading with black. Then it was time for the main color, Light Gull Grey FS-16640 (Mission Models MMP-069). Then, I painted the wingtips with Aluminum (Mission Models MMM-003) and the stabilizers with Red (Mission Models MMP-003).
At the end, I only applied little weathering, mostly highlighting some panel lines, as this specific aircraft always appeared clean in photos.
All in all, I enjoyed this kit a lot!
Below, some photos from the construction phase:
|Tamiya Grumman F-14A Tomcat||1/48||61114|
|HADModels F-14A VF111 “Sundowners” Miss Molly||1/48||48194/2019|
|Quinta Studio F-14A Interior 3D* Decal for Tamiya||1/48||QD-48048|
|Aires M.B. GRU 7A ejection seats (F-14A/B)||1/48||AIR4143|
|Quickboost F-14A/B Tomcat chin pod with ECM/TCS equip. for Tamiya||1/48||QB48797|
|Quickboost F-14A/B Tomcat boarding steps for Tamiya||1/48||QB48908|
|Master Model F-14 Alfa Probe & Angle Of Attack probe||1/48||AM-48-007|