1/72 Academy F-14A Tomcat – Build Log

19th December 2014

T-Minus 5 Days, and counting…

Yup, just 5 more days to get this finished before Christmas! It’s getting to the stage where I need to make a plan because I’m going to be limited on the number of times I can leave this overnight waiting for coats of this and that to dry.

Since the last update I got the acrylic rod anti wonking brackets installed, and have pretty much got the whole fuselage finished and ready for paint.

She’s been filled, sanded, re-scribed. Has had the wings glued into a fixed position, and also the horizontal stabilisers fitted.

So that’s pretty much it as far as bodywork goes, next step will be to get Mav and Goose ready for flight, get them seated in the cockpit and glue on the canopy ready for getting some paint down.

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Speaking of Mav & Goose…

For some reason the pilots were modelled with their feet very close together, too close together for their legs to fit either side of the central pillar in the cockpit.

So a little surgery is required to get their legs into the correct position. Ok, from the point of view of the pilots, having one’s legs removed an fitted back on with Super Glue is going to be pretty major, but for us, I promise it won’t hurt a bit!

First on the slab was Goose, as you can see below he’s been converted from an RAF pilot to a US Navy Pilot. You can tell the difference because the US pilots walk like John Wayne 😉
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Then it was Mav’s turn…

Here they both are CA glued onto some lengths of sprue to act as painting handles…
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They both had a coat of Tamiya XF-66 Light Grey airbrushed on as a primer.

In the background you can see some of the enamels I’ll be using to paint the pilots with. I much prefer enamels for brush painting as they don’t dry as soon as you dip the brush in them, and they give a very nice brush mark free finish.

On the left of shot is Humbrol Matt Flesh (61). I don’t know what kind of flesh they’ve based this on, it looks more like “Faded Space Hopper” than “Flesh”. I’m going to make it a bit paler by mixing in a bit of the buff colour to the right of it.
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Here’s the guys with their faces painted in “Flesh”. It still looks a bit “Dale Winton” for my taste, but it’ll have to do.
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Next they got a coat of Humbrol Matt 30, and their gloves were brushed with a light dove grey colour.
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For their harnesses and vest I mixed up a dark green, their boots (which won’t be seen) were painted with Citadel Abbadon Black (simply because it is easier to open Citadel paint tubs than Humbrol enamel tins).

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To bring out some highlights I mixed up a pale green (as can be seen on top of  the upturned pot of Tamiya paint). This was dry brushed over their overalls and equipment.

The photo doesn’t really do it justice, probably the shine from the (supposedly) Matt paint I used for their base colour.
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Then they had a coat of Citadel Agrax Earthshade, which is a nice browny wash.

I also ran a bit of black paint around the edges of their helmets to get rid of any overpainting of Flesh.

In the photo below they’ve also had a coat of Humbrol Matt Cote which has brought out the dry brushing a bit better.
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To finish them off, their helmets were painted red for Goose and Black for Mav.
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And then with much holding of breath and a 0000 brush I attempted to do a decal job of their bone dome lids.

It didn’t turn out exactly as I’d hoped, but I’ll settle for that at 1/72!
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Next job, fitting the likely lads into the Tomcat, attaching the canopy and starting to paint!

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Cheers - Rich



2 comments on “1/72 Academy F-14A Tomcat – Build Log
  1. delys says:

    It was my Christmas present and I was blown away by it. Couldn’t have been moredelighted or impressed by the work that went into it.

  2. dan says:

    i really enjoyed reading this. And you are funny 🙂 glad your mum liked it. I will use some of these techniques when i build my academy tomcat

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