Fujimi F-14A 1/72
I finished this kit in 2011. I had 2 Tomcats in my stash, and wanted to build one “turkey feathers” (flaps, gear, hook, airbrakes all out) and wings extended, and one swept and clean. This one is the first (kinda obvious!).
It is pretty much out of box except that I scratch built and opened the airbrake and used aftermarket decals. Seems like Fujimi kits just have a weird way of cutting up their molds – it was a bit dicey to get together nicely.
I wish I had kept pics of the cockpit as I was putting it together…(it was one of my more detailed attempts, and came out pretty well).
This was also one of my first attempts at post-shading (using pastels since I don’t airbrush), and except for that I didn’t do a lot of other weathering. At this point in my building I was also still finishing all my models with a semi-gloss finish. Not sure how I ever got started down that path – I think it had to do with looking at some early Hasegawa catalogues when I first got back into building, and they were all finished in semi-gloss, which seemed to pick up the highlights better. I’ve since ceased that practice, except for those finishes that were actually gloss or semi-gloss.
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