Tamiya kit, Steel Beach conversion, Fightertown decals.
For my first post, here is my rendition of Italeri's F-14. I enjoyed building this but now I want to do one of Tamiya's versions.
the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the US Navy's primary fighter for 35 years from the early 70's till 2006...it came out of Mcnamara's failed F-111 project...in fact from the intakes back the F14 is the F-111 though the Navy added the second tail for[...]
So I posted on the "other" modeling site and got some mixed answers. I have kinda switched horses in mid stream and plan (unless I don't......!) on making this VF-154 F-14A from my years in CAG 5 aboard USS Independence. The decal instructions[...]
A quick summary of a review I did on the Revell Mosquito last in comparison to the Tamiya Mosquito.
Both kits very detailed. The idea was bandied about among friends and not so friendly ones as well. Anyone remember the response whe[...]
Chuck has an excellent review of this kit today, and I can tell you it builds like a dream. One area it needs attention from though is the seats. I bought Eduard Brassin seats, modified the cushions to the non-ribbed type, added a few missing [...]
The iconic F-14 has been retired since 2006 from USN service. 13 years ago, doesn't feel that way. Iran still flies the few they have left. And here is the "new " Tamiya F-14A kit, and yet it has been out into our hot little hands since 2[...]
F-14 Tomcat doesn’t need special introduction. Being the main star of a Top Gun movie, the aircraft was designed in late 1960’s after the failed F-111B project. Featuring twin tails, twin widely spaced engines and swing-wings, this fleet defe[...]
One thing I must say about Tamiya, really they know how to engineer a kit. The cockpit is a marvel of simplicity. Just enough detail where aftermarket is not really needed. I did tone down the decals for the screen displays, as really if the [...]
I first encountered the F-14 Tomcat in The Mediterranean as an Airman Apprentice assigned to the Line Division of "Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Hundred Twenty Four" VAW-124 the world famous "Bear Aces". It was at night, I had nev[...]