1/48 Tamiya F-14 Tomcat
The Tamiya Tomcat is on the shelf now. I finished it in the requisite VF-84 Jolly Rogers as an homage to the Tamiya Catalogue style of finishing models. This style really attracted me to the hobby back in the day and while I appreciate other finishing techniques, there is just something about a simple, clean build that brings out the detail.
Everything except the decals is out of box with this kit. Paints were Tamiya acrylics, decals were Furball productions. I had no issues with this kit and I loved how the wings and front fuselage install so you are able to paint these parts easily.
For those interested I have a light hearted write up on my blog where I discuss the cultural relevance of the Tomcat and add some additional pictures:
I also have a final build video for this project here:
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.
Excellent result on this Tomcat, Chris @modelairplanemaker
The article and the supporting video are a pleasure to read and watch.
Excellent build, excellent video and truly wonderful article, Chris!
I personally love the finish. High-viz birds weathered far less than the later low-viz grey schemes due to the gloss finish - you often see models of high-viz machines unrealistically finished with over-zealous weathering so this looks spot on. Beautiful!
Nice work, Chris! I’m a fan of clean models too.
Excellent work Chris. Very impressive.
A real beauty!
Much liked! That is so well done Chris! ?
That's a lovely Tomcat!
A real beauty! The gloss scheme was easier to maintain, it took a good part of a Med cruise for the finish to show some wear.