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Chris Wallace
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1/48 Tamiya F-14 Tomcat

March 15, 2022 · in Aviation · · 10 · 1.7K

The Tamiya is on the shelf now. I finished it in the requisite 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: · on youtube
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10 responses

  1. Excellent result on this Tomcat, Chris @modelairplanemaker
    The article and the supporting video are a pleasure to read and watch.
    Well done.

  2. Excellent build, excellent video and truly wonderful article, Chris!

  3. spectacular work!

  4. 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!

  5. Nice work, Chris! I’m a fan of clean models too.

  6. Excellent work Chris. Very impressive.

  7. Much liked! That is so well done Chris! ?

  8. That's a lovely Tomcat!

  9. 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.

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