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Hi guys,

here is my latest project, the 1/32 Tamiya F-14A (Black Knight kit) converted into F-14D BuNo. 164342 from VF-31.

I started that project back in 2005 and finished the Cat a few month ago.
(But i had several stops on that project due to my little daughters birth, a lot of work and the move to a new house.)

I rescribed the complete Tomcat fuselage and threw nearly every after market item I could get.

I scratchbuild several items, like the:

- Air intakes
- Air intake ramp interior and actuator
- Air brake interior structur
- both upper ECS heat exchanger exhausts near the spine
- both lower ECS fans between the intakes
- windscreen interior
- TCS Tactical Camera System lense for the double chin pod
- Access panel and interior for the engine ground start connection
- Access panel and interior for the outboard spoiler service module


Used aftermarket items (not every item from each set was used):

- Teknics cockpit set F-14D
- Black Box F-14D cockpit set
- Wolfpack Design F-14 airframe conversion (used only the D-model fairings on each side of the engine!)
- Wolfpack Design F-14 airbrake (used only the airbrake panel and the actuators)
- Wolfpack Design F-14 late type wheels
- Wolfpack Design F-14 boarding ladder (used only interior storage compartment)
- Wolfpack Design F-14 fuel tanks and pylons
- 2 x Tamiya F110 Engines Nozzles from the Tamiya F-16CJ kit
- Cross Delta stiffener plates
- Eduard F-14 Exterior
- Eduard F-14 Interior
- Eduard F-14 Placards
- Flightpath GBU-12 with some parts from the Academy GBU-12 (F-16 kit)
- Phoenix Pitot tube and AOA sensor


Decals:

- Phoenix Decals F-14D AJ100
- Cross Delta F-14D AJ100
- Superscale F-14 Data&Stencils

I decided to build VF-31 AJ100 with early Last Tomcat Cruise markings.

Because in July 2005 i spent two days onboard the CVN-71 USS Theodore Roosevelt with the last two remaining Tomcat Squadrons from VF-31 and VF-213. The last VF-31 CAG bird was one of my favorite Tomcats.

Tomcat 164342 transferred from VF-101 a few month earlier and received the VF-31 CAG markings.

Anyway, enough words........here comes the images. I hope you like it.....

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What an amazing looking model! You did a great job on that build, and I am very impressed. I love the pic of the real bird hanging off the edge of the ship with the wake behind it. You can also see how well that bird was taken care of. I imagine that it was re-painted when it came from -101, and that it is a CAG bird, but you can't see a single panel line on that thing!
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WOW!!!

Absolutetly superb Kai!......what a beautiful piece of modelling there.

Beautiful pics of the real thing taken by yourself, an outstanding example of modelling and excellent pics taken of the finished model, the package doesn't come more complete than that.

Brilliant!


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Unreal! I'm not sure that I've seen a finer Turkey built in ANY scale. Just incredible!
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Great job, Kai. That thing is gorgeous. I have decals for the same jet that maybe I'll get around to doing some day. Unless VF-213 last-cruise decals materialize.
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As you know Kai, I've built this bird, and did pretty good with it too. Your build, however, blows mine away, thank you very much. You rule!
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Kai - that is one absolutely stellar build!!!! It's great to see it completed, although I have to admit, I was hoping to see the 101 red tail and some of our decals at work. And I just realized I never did get you the corrected white canopy names - I'm sorry. You have certainly created a masterpiece!! Most excellent.

If you want some critiquing of the accuracy details, read on. Otherwise ignore the rest of my post.

You have built a stunning beautiful Tomcat! And that cockpit detail is mindblowing!

-During workups and throughout cruise, 100 had black outlines around the data boxes.
-CMC name on left RIO side should be CMC, not CMG (Command Master Chief)
-00 on front gear doors was just in black. No yellow shadowing
-DANGER between JET and INTAKE was in red.
- VF-31 on the strake had yellow shadowing
- Red turbine stripe should cut through the middle of the formation light and NAVY should be moved forward with it.
- BUNO/F-14/Beware of Blast was in a different font. They didn't do the Long Beach Navy BUNO until it was repainted after cruise.
-100 flap numbers were in 36018 Euro Gray until repainted after return from cruise
-Bomb fuse on Felix were in red. 101 had them in white.


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Kai - that is one absolutely stellar build!!!! It's great to see it completed, although I have to admit, I was hoping to see the 101 red tail and some of our decals at work.

If you want some critiquing of the accuracy details, read on. Otherwise ignore the rest of my post.

You have built a stunning beautiful Tomcat! And that cockpit detail is mindblowing!

-During workups and throughout cruise, 100 had black outlines around the data boxes.
-CMC name on left RIO side should be CMC, not CMG (Command Master Chief)
-00 on front gear doors was just in black. No yellow shadowing
-DANGER between JET and INTAKE was in red.
- VF-31 on the strake had yellow shadowing
- Red turbine stripe should cut through the middle of the formation light and NAVY should be moved forward with it.
- BUNO/F-14/Beware of Blast was in a different font. They didn't do the Long Beach Navy BUNO until it was repainted after cruise.
-100 flap numbers were in 36018 Euro Gray until repainted after return from cruise
-Bomb fuse on Felix were in red. 101 had them in white.

Congrats on an amazing build,
Brian
Hi Brian,

MANY THANKS! Yes......the AJ-101 would be a great Cat too. It was fifty-fifty to do AJ-101 or AJ-100.
Both Cats are awesome but in the end, i decided to do the last Tomcat CAG bird.

And yes, you are right with every point you postet!!

I know that there are a few little errors on my Cat. .....

I had to deal with the stuff i was able to get for AJ-100. Right now, only Phoenix Decals 32011 and Cross Delta 007 covers VF-31 AJ-100.

Both decals sets have the post-cruise markings for AJ-100, but only the Phoenix Decals sheet covers also the “early” style cruise markings i wanted to do.

But both decal sheets have little faults.

When i started with AJ-100, i used some of my own AJ-100 images as an reference. Some images from the Last Tomcat Cruise and some images with post-cruise markings, like the image below.

I realized, that they changed the style of the black area around the Cockpit, the crews names, the modex 100 on the nose (from black/yellow to black/white) and the markings on the tail.

BUT i didn`t realized, that they changed also the data stencils! So i followed the Phoenix Decals instruction sheet.

The instruction sheet shows the same data stencils for both AJ-100 versions (last cruise / post cruise)

That included the data boxes without the black outlines, the white DANGER markings between JET and INTAKE, the black “100” flap number and the Long Beach Navy BUNO font style.

After the decals was set on my Cat and sealed with another gloss coat, i realized that the Phoenix instruction sheet was wrong......but now it was too late for any changes.

Phoenix Decals shows the black “00” for the nose landing gear doors, but on my sheet these decals were damaged due to a wrong printing. The “00” from the Cross Delta sheet shows the late post cruise style with the black and white “00”. But that wouldn`t match with my black/yellow Modex “100” at the nose.

I can`t find any good black “00” from a spare decal sheet and so i decided to use the black/yellow “0” from several AJ-101 sheets to cover the “00” on both sides.
Because these “00” looks like a small version of the “100” on the nose. Not perfect, but good enough for me

I just fixed the CMC / CMG error! Now we have a Command Master Chief on the Canopy! And btw....it sounds much better than Command Master Ghief

The reason for the white bomb fuses is, the Felix on my tail is from the AJ-101 sheet! I painted the yellow circle on my tail to get the same colour at the VF-31 Felix patch and on the top of the tail. After that, i applied AJ-101`s Felix on my yellow circle.

The plan was to repaint the white bomb fuses with red paint and a small brush. But i forgot that step! I think i am getting old.....

Now, it isn`t possible to repair that fault due to the technique i used for that tails.

You know that the AJ-100 tail has a gloss / semi-gloss shine. On such a surface you will see any unevenness and you will clearly see the attached decals due to the thickness of the decal. And i hate that!

So i sealed the tail and decals with a gloss coat. After the gloss coat was dry, i really carefully sanded down the decals with 6000 and 10000 grit. After that, i polished the whole tail. And after that.....another gloss coat was applied....and sanded again....and polished again......and sanded again......

After several passes, the light shines on that tail without any interruptions, caused from the thickness of the applied decals and the tail looks really awesome.

After all these steps are done, i applied a last semi-gloss coat to adjust the shine.

But the problem is, i can`t paint the small red fuses on that tail without loosing that effect! Another coat have to be applied, sanded and polished again.
But that`s nearly impossible with the attached tail.

So i have to live with the white fuses......

I know that your decals are more than awesome and maybe best Navy stuff on the market, so next time you have to release the bird, before i start with the model

So......i hope VF-213 will win the POLL

Here is an image of AJ-100 with the post cruise markings, wich included the data boxes without the black outlines and the white DANGER markings between JET and INTAKE.

Greetings Kai

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@ f12aaa, Gambler, Fightertown Decals Brian, Afterburner Decals Geoff, Jake Melampy, Chuck540z3, A4s-4eva, JP31, polybebber and Pete "The Pig" Fleischmann

MANY, MANY THANKS for your kind words! I am really happy that you like my Cat so much....

A few more images.....

Greetings Kai




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Awesome Build Kai. One the best I've ever seen
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I AM spechless !! This simply is a work of art. Truly amazing how much attention you've paid to even the smallest details. Hut ab

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What an amazing model... I would love to see how you did it, so if you have any in progress photos to share, I'd be keen to see them, even though the model is finished. The wheelwells in particular.

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great build Kai, very great detail and nice weathering
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Holy Crap Kai-That is outstanding! THe scribing is perfect-Even the rivet placement is dead-nuts on..the spacing is even and perfect! You are going to have to share your techniques with us after showing us such a gorgeous model!

Incredible-

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