I learned this too late to do anything about it on this model, so the bottom is Insignia White. All this goes in to a front part of the fuselage (visible in the fourth picture on the left). After some collaboration with the friend that mandated the gray and white scheme, and considering what decals I already had in hand, we settled on a VF-114 "Aardvarks" Tomcat. This is simple out-of-the-box construction with some careful detail painting. Tamiya model kit in scale 1:48, 61114 is a NEW tool released in 2016 | Contents, Previews, Reviews, History + Marketplace | Grumman F-14 Tomcat | EAN: 4950344611140 Highly Recommended! What I do want to relate her are a few of the "gotcha points" I found as I built the kit. In no time, I was ready for paint and decals across the main fuselage. I’ll be reading your F-16 log to see what you’re doing on it. Polarbear2. The weapons came next. This sheet also had a few markings not provided on the Tamiya sheet, allowing me to have more data on the model. As with other parts of the kit, the fit was tight enough that I can invert the model and the seats and canopy stay in place. F-14A Tomcat 1/48 Tamiya Contest Quality Built Model | … 147 48. They have provided exchangeable parts for the adjoining details on the fuselage. Here is my Tamiya Tomcat!". 136 Figures. before I landed on the correct colours: I did some pre-shading in grey on the underside and black over the top. It is a well detailed kit as it is. But, how the heck do you paint 1.5-inch-deep thimbles on the INSIDE??? Also, CAM omits providing a third NH tail code for the right wing top. Tamiya excited all the jet-modeling geeks like myself earlier in 2016 when they announced they were doing a 1/48th scale Tomcat kit. Since I was printing my own markings to get the wing-top tail code, I chose to also include in the custom artwork a new 101 Modex and BuNo (159852). Hello! The decals provide only enough black edging for the ventral fins to do the outsides of the fins. As I use Vallejo's Model Air paints I had to do some comparisons etc. I have not bought every new kit to come out in the last few years, but this is easily one of the finest model kits I have ever built and feel "kit of the century" may not be an exaggeration. The pilots and the ejection seats came last. You're provided with one extended and one retracted nozzle which was not uncommon to see on the planes. With everything fitting so well, it gets easy to fully paint and finish the sub-assemblies before bringing things together on the completed kit. For weathering, I used my typical style of thinned down enamel paint washes and air brush shading. Here is our build review of Tamiya's 61114 1/48 F-14A Tomcat kit. They generally have a joint that is usually the thin edge of the wheel well door getting glued to the edge corner of the wheel well. However, I recently learned the true "white" color for US Naval aircraft should be F.S.17925. I opted to do the U.S.S. Tamiya’s F-14A/D Tomcat’ offers the modeller everything that they need, to build a collection of models of this iconic aircraft in 1:48. The outsides are painted in various Alclad II metalizer colors. Of the decal time I spent on the model, about 95% of it was spent on the data markings. After adding the landing gears it's time to mount the ordnance and Tamiya suggests three different set for three different roles, Multi mission, BARCAP mission and Deck launch intercept. Physics say that air brushing into that little hole has as much air (and paint) coming back out as what goes it. Earmarks are present to indicate late F-14As as well as F-14Bs and F-14Ds will be eventually released. The next biggest contributor was AeroMaster Tomcat Data (148-023). Tamiya provides a lot of data markings for the weapons. I could have likely done it as easily with a small paint brush and about the same amount of time, oh well. On looking through reference pictures, it was much more common that the Phoenix missiles had white noses to match the rest of their bodies. Also some thought have gone into designing the kit so you can paint it before attaching things that easily brakes when handling it. NOTE: This is not a review per se. There are 36 more that were used inside the engine exhausts to make the alternating eyelid color pattern, but I am not counting these as they could just as easily have been painted. Although it was initially deployed a 1/48 Scale Grumman F-14d Tomcat by Tamiya For a more complete discussion of what I do to weather my models, see my posting on "Weathering Aircraft". I got my kit from Squadron online, and it was my "current project" as soon as the package arrived at my house. Introduction Every so often, a kit is released that I must acquire and build IMMEDIATELY. Of note on the wheel well doors - Tamiya engineering again amazed me. After this all dried, I came back and dry-brushed the area in a lighter contrasting colors to pick off details and make the areas be not all one color. I used mainly Testors Model Master enamel paints to build this model. The "gotcha" here is to watch out for the parts used on the weapons. The "gotcha" to watch out for here is the nose landing gear upper strut. No real issues here. I used this sheet for most of the markings on my Phoenix missiles. This works since I was going to put the pilots in the cockpits. If that area started "white" on new aircraft, it quickly was burned off to "not white". Tamiya's 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat is available online from Squadron for only $91.99! This is one of the more time consuming part of this build. Overall, without making airframe modifications to update the Tomcat to a later version, you will want to stay with the earlier weapons. TheArrowhead. Not really a build thread...as it's Tamiya so pretty a straightforward, although an extremely extensive build. What particularly amazes me in the kit is all the places that the Hasegawa kits are "challenging". For decades, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat has been a favorite among scale modelers, aviation enthusiasts, and aviators. I was not happy with the shades of yellow or brown they used on the stripes, so I went off and used after-market decals on my missiles. They draw the aircraft with a tan and white nose, which none of the VF-114 ever carried in the pictures I have seen. The differences are just alternate pieces to use when building the weapons. The parts are crisp and well moulded. Hey Matt, nice job on the Tomcat. This is a 1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit of the Grumman F-14A Tomcat. But for the cockpit, specially, it gives a new level as you can see in the picture on the left. I finally got to do one. This Tamiya kit is a gem right out of the box. But, even the seats are nice. I've built both as a comparison. The Furball weapons data sheet provided the rocket motor caps for the rears of the missiles. Tamiya has made some effort to minimise the effect of the delicate attachment to the spruces so cutting the parts lose won't damage them. What you see here is the pieces that were still not glued onto the model at the end of the construction. Tamiya has sent a set of test-shot sprues for their forthcoming 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat, due for release later this year. The forward sections of both instrument hoods are canvas on the real Tomcat. These are the cockpits on the completed model. Their Modellers Datafile series is great. And no doubt, this is a good kit. Hi all, Here's a pic of my Tamiya Tomcat as it will appear in a full build article in this summer's issue of French mag Wingmasters. Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, August 9, 2018 6:39 PM I can't say enough nice things about this kit. I opted for the latter with three Sparrow, two Sidewinder and two Phoenix missiles. 648304 There are no "gotchas" in the cockpit, just build it as the instructions say. The sheet and its instructions are not without issues, though. F-14A Tomcat ‘Detailed’ – VF-41 Black Aces The kit has weapons in the box - Sparrow, Sidewinder, and Phoenix missiles. I am hoping for an early F-14A, but the parts breakdown does not seem to indicate that, but time will tell as I do not know what Tamiya has up their sleeve. The jet engines (or the end part of them) are reasonably well done. To rough them up, I first painted them a khaki color. I am starting a new build - Tamiya 1/48 F-14D Tomcat VF-213 Black Lions, AJ213 / 164602. Furball decals has released a Tomcat data sheet, but it is really more for Bombcat Weapons, not the Tomcat airframe. This seals the decals and prepares the surfaces to receive some washes for weathering. This is … These are appropriate for the later Tomcat years. References used: Daco Publications Grumman F-14A/B/D Tomcat; Since the kit represents an earlier block Tomcat, it opened the door to almost all the earlier gray and white schemes. I will not re-tell the tale told by so many on the Internet, already. 48909, Grumman F-14A Tomcat Canopy and Wheel Mask Set, Flying Leathernecks, FLM48-13, Grumman F-14A Tomcat position lights, Quickboost, 48776, For the under surfaces I used 21.279 Insignia White, For the top side I used 71.121 Light Gull Grey. There were other markings that were only present on one of the sheets, simplifying my choices. The F-14 Tomcat was the strongest defense aircraft fighter plane used by the U.S. Navy from 1970 to its retirement in 2006. Some smart design choices that makes the kit easier to handle. What I do want to mention are some points and details about the kit that are not presented in the kit reviews that I have seen. In fact, I got so excited, I forgot to take the picture of all the loose parts waiting for assembly. Down to the very last day of this project, Tamiya engineering was still amazing. In so doing, the reader will be taken through builds of the following subjects: F-14A Tomcat ‘From The Box’ – VF-2 Bounty Hunters. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/tamiya-61114-grumman-f-14a-tomcat--559650, F-14A exterior for Tamiya, Eduard, No. This video is a long recording of the building process, sometimes boring and sometimes fun, showing all the building stages. Judging from the laundry list of Tomcat Data decal sheets I mention here, you can see why the data markings took so long. In my collection at home I have a few of kits, but have not found the time to build them as yet. And there are a lot. Also, Tomcat engines have very characteristic exhaust staining they streaks the white areas. Tamiya Scale 1/48. The build (my take) For this kit I opted to go all in on after market extras. Tamiya # 61114 F-14A Tomcat 1:48 Scale. Then, I sawed the thimbles at the Sharpie line. Both are gloss colors, so I had to pause for 24 hours after each color to allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next steps. After this I gave the kit a coat of Flory Washes, grey for the underside and black on top. F-14A Tomcat. Excitement mounts when I go into the "home stretch" with any project. I have always been a fan of the D model aircraft, rather than the A. As others have said, it's a gem to build. There are multiple reviews out on the Internet for anyone wanting the basic kit description. Consult your reference materials to find out what missiles are correct for whatever Tomcat you decide to build from this kit. I have long been an admirer of the venerable, now retired F-14 Tomcat. First released in 2016 this kit has been one of the flagships in Tamiya's product line. That protects the painting on the bottom of the model from damage. So these are the detailing packs I bought: Some might argue that this is unnecessary for this kit and I can see their point. So my entry is going to be a Academy 1:48 F-14A Tomcat ... ↳ The Tamiya 1/48 Tiger 1 Buddy build ↳ Chat and guidelines ↳ Builds ↳ Final reveals ↳ Non ISM - "Flying Tank" MI-24 Hind SIG ↳ All your Mi-24 chat ↳ Build Threads ↳ Final Reveals ↳ GB & SiG Archive Also, all the pictures I have of VF-114 aircraft show that they carried the pilot names on the canopy rails. The access for painting that this provides is sorely needed. Post Jun 16, 2017 #1 2017-06-16T08:06. This is a good thing as you can paint and decal the wings before mounting them which would otherwise be a near to impossible task. Hi all, Tonight I have posted the second in my series describing construction of the test shot of Tamiya's 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat. Hope you like it ! This will help make my model different from anyone else doing a VF-114 bird. I finished painting the cockpit before locking the cockpit into the fuselage. Using the Tamiya decals for the CRT screens make them look like they are powered. This is a Gallery of photos of 48909; Grumman F-14A Tomcat Canopy and Wheel Mask Set, Flying Leathernecks, FLM48-13; Grumman F-14A Tomcat position lights, Quickboost, 48776; F-14A wheels early, Eduard, No. The kit comprises 373 parts in light grey plastic (257 for the airframe plus 116 for weapons), six parts in clear plastic, five screws, two washers, four polythene caps, one masking sheet and two decal sheets. Order Ascending; Order Descending; Tojo72. None are readable, though, so I went off and exercised my artistic license and made myself and my friend the pilot and RIO. Tamiya's 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat is available online from Squadron for only $91.99! I used the Tamiya kit decals to replace these. I used the AIM-7E Sparrow and AIM-9G/H Sidewinder decals from their weapons data sheet (48-086). Some of these colors I used are exaggerated, I know, especially the circuit breaker panels, which don't have that much red or yellow on them. IPMS/USA: F-14D Tomcat, Part 2 - Airframe and Weapon Construction. Instruction Book. I just need patience until they get to releasing them. I have waited a very long time to have an easy-to-build model of the F-14 Tomcat. I used multiple decal sheets to come up with all the data for this model. Overall, Tamiya has produced a superlative 1:48 scale F-14D. This modification took about 5 minutes to measure and cut. The blade antennae on the spine, the pitots and temperature sensors on the forward fuselage side and tip of the nose, and the arresting hook under the rear section - all were finished and added to the model. The earlier sheet is smaller and caters more to late Tomcats (F-14B and F-14D). After a flat coat, I added a few boot scuffs on the upper surfaces with some dry brushing of black. The box contains a leaflet with the history of the plane in Japanese and English including some useful information about how the wings angle was changed for different uses and how the ordnance was configured for different situations. These almost perfectly matched the size of the black NO STEP markings on the other data sheets. Thus, in some cases, what would have been one wrap-around decal turned into five or six individual decals for each missile. I built the cockpit in sub-assemblies as seen here. Tamiya provides the cockpit sill as a separate piece. It has been re-released in 2018 as a F-14D version, but the F-14A is still available along side the later release. First, the Tamiya kit decals provide lots and lots of airframe data. The wings are then mounted on the swinging roots visible in picture three and four on the left. So, I took a Sharpie marker and marked the outside for the 1 inch distance. I used medium gray decal strip to make the alternating color inside the engine exhaust cones. Although, the 1/48th scale markings seemed too large, so I opted to use the 1/72nd scale Tomcat data (72-248) for all the NO STEP markings. IPMS/USA: F-14D Tomcat, Part 1 - Kit Review, Cockpit, and Fuselage. Mine Finishing off with a coat of matt varnish. The instructions is a 24 page booklet and it's very clear explaining the different configurations you can chose. This is Tamiya's superb new-tool 1/48 kit. For the record, the total decal count on the model is 525, which breaks down as follows: 235 on the external airframe data markings, 41 in the cockpit (pilots, ejection seats, radar scopes), 18 in/on the wheel wells, wheel well doors, and landing gear. This is the finest injection plastic cockpit I have yet to work on. My standard "white" for Naval aircraft for years has been Insignia White (F.S.17875). I did not glue the seats into the cockpits or the canopy over the cockpits. But it is more than just the NO STEP markings. Tamiya 1:48 F-14A Tomcat Tamiya 1:48 F-14A Tomcat. I eliminated some of the kit parts to make the build go faster. Since I chose to use gloss colors for the base paint, I did not need to make a gloss coating with Floquil Crystal Coat to ready the model for decals. Finishing off with all small details like antennas and the ladder to the cockpit. The weapons can be build early weapons from the 1970 and 1980s, or later weapons from the 1990s up to the Tomcat's retirement. The "dark metal" was now being painted into a smaller half-inch thimble – that is do-able. The cockpit is constructed as a well in the kit and there is, as stated, much detailing it the parts in the kit. I have a few of these sheets in my decal stash. They are movable in the finished kit and it would be very hard to paint them after they're mounted. The only thing they messed here is to provide two sets of decals for these parts. After they dried I carefully worked them over with a moist paper leaving a slightly dirty surface and accentuated panel lines. 12 replies. For those familiar with the Tomcat anatomy, the kit builds a late block 75 airframe up through about a block 100 airframe. Over time, re-paints of the airframe had these markings change to black, but from the factory, they were yellow on the white painted areas. I needed to straighten it out, then drill and pin it back on. I'm a slow builder and a bit slow to the game on this one. I was mandated by a friend that I had to do a gray and white aircraft. | What's New | Features | Gallery | Reviews | Reference | Resource Guides | Forum |, Tamiya's 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat I've spent the day so far at the 2016 Shizuoka Hobby Show, where the biggest news was undoubtedly Tamiya's announcement of a 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat to be released later this year. These are not visible on the finished kit if you don't light a torch straight into the engines, so it's just for the hard core modeller. I am not going to go into a big review of the kit, here. The noses still are a slight yellow-ish tint different from the missile bodies, but I like that. I am basically modeling a Tomcat that is powered and ready to taxi out for takeoff. I kept the weathering somewhat light. BACKGROUND INFORMATON: FACEBOOK: Tamiya F-14 Tomcat Group Build. So these are the detailing packs I bought: F-14A exterior for Tamiya, Eduard, No. Eduard Photo Etch Set. Numerous "NO STEP" etc. My first build of the Tamiya 1:48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat. It’s a great follow-on to their F-14A kit and it really nails the details of the ultimate Tomcat variant. The kit builds like a dream - period. I like detailed weapons, and Tamiya provides very nice ones. This love of doing all this data is what got me assigned from one of my friends the call-sign of "Data" (and that I work in Data Processing / Computers). I had to replace these with national insignia sourced from an AeroMaster Tomcat Data decal sheet (148-023). With a little research, I found the orange is both inside and outside on the ventral fins. This is like gluing a piece of paper on its edge to make it stand up - not easy. Steel Beach Models is proud to present Tamiya's 1/48 F-14A Tomcat in the markings of the Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC). With some care it can be done but if you're not careful you'll end up with gaps that needs handling. Tamiya, for all their amazing engineering, has an issue many jet kits have. These blocks amount to the heyday of the early Tomcat years where everything was in high-visibility colors. 1 February, 2017, Includes Creating and Printing Custom Decals. Due to age (over 30 years), I treat them with SuperFilm before using them. 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