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F-14B Tomcat AA/105, VF-103 “Jolly Roger” – (scale 1:32)

Model Tamiya 1/32 “Grumman F-14A Tomcat Black Knights – cat. 60313.
Model made straight from the box. I’ve only changed the nozzles (I borrowed from the Trumpeter set), I added two bombs GBU-31 JDAM (from Academy sets) and a few other modifications to the “B” version.

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22 responses to F-14B Tomcat AA/105, VF-103 “Jolly Roger” – (scale 1:32)

  1. Super details, an excellent job!!!
    A pleasure to view!!
    BTW, usually when standing, one nuzzle open while the other one is closed.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  2. A joy to watch this fine piece of work Rafael, I also like the weathering on this plane. How did you ceate the color texture and depth? Via washing? Well done!

  3. Wonderful Tomcat. It’s very well detailed and weathered. I also like the background of the photos 🙂

  4. Just wow !!
    Congratulations for that piece of art !!

  5. A model..??!! You can’t fool me! Where IS that Tomcat on display? Which museum is it? 🙂

  6. Very clever phography and outstanding modeling skills, Rafael.

  7. Very nice, I do have to say though that while the tactical scheme weathered poorly, most Tomcats I encountered in 26 years in Naval Aviation did not exhibit this level of paint deterioration, possibly at the end of a long deployment, but all Naval aircraft are ran through corrosion cycles throughout the cruise and painting is a big part of that. Though entire re-paints are forbidden, still most are more uniform even with that. Now in Persian Gulf the sun salt and sand ate up our paint, then the touch ups often are of a different color, real life matching grey is as hard as model building matching grey. I have a picture of one of my C-2s leaving for the ship with 2 colors of primer and 3 grays showing! That being said, there are certainly plenty of pictures out there showing this level, and I have seen ones like this and you captured it very very well.

  8. Looks fantastic,! I like the way you’ve displayed it.

  9. Some really incredible paintwork. There’s a couple of these photos that really looked like the real thing. Great work.

  10. Wonderful work and a really impressive model.

    A few slight remarks though, I hope you don’t mind.
    – you captured the essence of weathering great but applied it too uniformly – not every panel line is touched over with lighter grey for example.
    – you have modeled Jolly Rogers Tomcat from their last cruise which calls for late tail strengthening plates (T shaped instead of a double deltoid shaped ones); Jolly Rogers were equipped with Sparrowhawk HUDs, which I don’t see in the pit. ; no GPS antenna; can’t see from the pics if RIO has a standard fishbowl radar screen or the upgraded (as he should) PTIDS screen with a sidemounted joystick.

  11. really fantastic job! Great finish. You nailed it. Love the exhaust.

  12. Rafael that Tomcat looks kick a*s. Love the photos looks like the real thing. Excellent overall finish 🙂

  13. What a beauty of a Tomcat! Love it.

  14. I love this build mate! Every panel of this jet has been airbrush painted individually. Shows a level of artistic commitment 🙂

  15. Hello Rafael,
    Magnificent model.
    Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.

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