1/48th Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat
This model has a bit of a story to it. It's a 1/48th Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat that was started over ten years ago by my son who modeled with me for many years starting at an early age. Fast forward to about ten years ago. He had come back home after serving three years in the Army and picked back up on his modeling hobby. Shortly thereafter he decided to marry his love interest and he and she moved into a home of their own. That ended his modeling career, but he left behind a Tomcat that he had started on. I've attached a photo of it. It sat in a box in our model room on the top of his modeling desk which I had left undisturbed. I often looked at it and wondered how it would have looked if he'd finished it.
Recently I checked in with him asking if he'd be OK with me finishing it for him and he said he'd like that, so I went ahead and dug into it. He had opted for some heavy weathering, and I attempted to follow along those lines. He wanted it to be in the markings of VF-103 and I followed that also. I decided to model it during the transition period where that squadron switched from full colors to a toned-down set of markings. That's the story on how this model came to be. I think it would qualify as a rescue from the shelf of doom. Only PE seat belts and aftermarket decals were used with the kit parts. Part of the gray paint was Model Master and part was Mr. Color. The grays were blended to achieve the final colors. The model, when completed, received a clear coat of semi-gloss to blend things in and to seal the decals. It was a bit of a challenge to dive into a started model that was pretty well underway and take it to completion, but I'm surely gad I did that.
Any and all comments welcome.
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