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Trumpeter 1/32 F-14D Tomcat - Complete

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3 years 10 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #1 by Terry
I got this model for Christmas last year, and I'm a little bit late to the GB party, but better late than never! So this should be fun and I'm also building it in honour of our late cat Lewis, who like the Tomcat, was formidable, fast, and had perfected the art of surprise precision bombing rats from above, jumping off the fence or out of trees into the neighbours compost with utter and devastating precision.

I've got a selection of Aires resin and Zacto models intakes.... nothing like getting a perfectly good kit and chopping it up!! :P

Into the fray. Updates soon.




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3 years 10 months ago #2 by KitModellerNZ
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Very cool! It's fantastic, all of these large scale builds going on at the moment.

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3 years 10 months ago #3 by Grant
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Nice. Lots of goodies there. Did you get the Zactomodel corrections directly from the website? I'll be really interested to see how they go.

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3 years 10 months ago #4 by Terry
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Grant wrote: Nice. Lots of goodies there. Did you get the Zactomodel corrections directly from the website? I'll be really interested to see how they go.


Yes, I got the intakes direct from Zactoman's website. He was a pleasure to deal with, and was happy to throw some Aim 9X I also purchased for myself and Bruce Young into the intakes box (plenty of spare space!) at no extra charge for shipping. Got to say his intakes (and the Aim's) are beautifully cast and packaged. I'm expecting they'll fit just as well.

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3 years 10 months ago #5 by grover
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Nice stuff Terry. Will watch this keenly. If I was to dedicate a build to our cat it would probably have to be an Hawkeye or E-3 Sentry. We always found her perched on a ledge overseeing her domain, and if anyone came close, she would run away. ;)

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3 years 10 months ago #6 by Fritz
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Very cool, I will be watching this with great interest also! I to have Zactomans F-14 intakes and they are exquisite, well worth getting.

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3 years 10 months ago #7 by Xtr3meNZer
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That's a lot of goodies there! Will be watching this one come together :)
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3 years 10 months ago #8 by Terry
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I will get around to an update soon, promise, but for now I'd just like to moan about Aires product quality control. The cockpit has got more warp than Scotty on the Enterprise. It's even skewed when looking from above.



To top it off the Aires front wheel well fouls beneath it, possibly because the pit is warped, but most likely because it never was going to fit. So a good days modelling has been given up to boiling a resin cockpit in a pot, sanding and filing resin, and the odd #$%&!, and it's nearly fit, but not in that precise kind of way where the next step is paint, but in the get out the plastic strip and filler to plug the gaps and replace the pilots floor sort of way :huh:

And before someone can say "why not ask for a replacement", I was concerned that I'd lose my momentum waiting weeks or longer for a replacement, and it had not escaped me that I might just get yet another warped part to replace it, so it was time to cook up some resin!
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3 years 10 months ago #9 by Grant
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I feel for ya (sort of, because its nice not to be on the receiving end of Aires related pain for once :lol: ). It's a pity, because the detailing is typically so nice.
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3 years 10 months ago #10 by F1xena
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Glutton for punishment! :whistle: :whistle: B)
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3 years 10 months ago #11 by Xtr3meNZer
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Man that sucks! big time, I would be pretty pissed if that was me.

Hopefully it all goes well in there eventually man.
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3 years 10 months ago #12 by Bishop
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Oh dear. Keep at it.

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3 years 10 months ago #13 by CyNaKyL
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Man that is twisted!
Zacto stuff is supposed to be awesome, have never used it myself but have never heard a bad word about it!

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3 years 10 months ago #14 by Terry
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CyNaKyL wrote: Man that is twisted!
Zacto stuff is supposed to be awesome, have never used it myself but have never heard a bad word about it!


I can report the Zacto intakes are absolutely brilliant. They fit exzactly :lol: as Chris (Zactoman) describes in the instructions. He even provides two packing strips in the box and indicates where to fit them, and they slot in as snug as a bug.
btw, thanks for the encouragement guys... (Grant can be excused for his Tornado mis-adventure, not sure about Tania though :P )

As promised a few photos below. The only thing that I wish I had done prior to cutting the plastic part was taking a photo of the original kit wing parts taped together with the cockpit section taped into it as a baseline reference. In reality the fit of Zacto intakes is so well done it's put my mind mostly at ease, but modifying kits can and do have hiccups. I have a backup plan anyway, where I ask in house Tomcat nutter Bruce to tape his D together if I get too curious or stuck.







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3 years 10 months ago #15 by Craig Sargent
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I can definitely vouch for the Zacto stuff. Grabbed a pair of his 1/32 AIM-9s and they are exquisite.

Looks like you've got some nice updates for the Trumpeter Kitty, Terry - should make a world of difference to the overall look of the kit. Will be watching this one with interest.

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #16 by Terry
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I'm relieved to say I've finally back onto this build having been delayed with "things not hobby" and waiting for Aires to replace my warped cockpit. I did have success in taking the twist out of the cockpit part by heating it up in boiling water, but unfortunately the part was also skewed in plan so the divider walls in particular did not marry up to the rear or the pilot and rio upper consoles, and the side infills refused to sit flush with the sills. One warped part created a bad fit clusterf#ck! :S

As for the new replacement part in a glorious shade of Russian bile green, I can report it was worth the wait. The replacement cockpit was neither warped or skewed like my original part, so all the other parts now fit correctly and require little if any tweaking to fit, other than perhaps small amounts of filler to a few tiny gaps.



Some recent activity has been cutting away the solid mesh for the aircon vents and scratch building fans and housing and new mesh vent covers to fuselage part (sorry out of focus). More photos when glued in and complete.

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3 years 9 months ago #17 by wildcat42
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Awesome as usual Terry. B)

Look forward to more progress. I'm still scribing....
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3 years 9 months ago #18 by Powder
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Good to see you back at the modelling desk Terry - and good on you for getting a replacement cockpit. The colour change suggests a change in the resin mix, possibly as a result of your complaint and maybe some others too. Sometimes it's important to remind manufacturers of what is acceptable quality. :)
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3 years 9 months ago #19 by IAN
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Lots of detail in that Aires set, Terry. I foresee a lot of dry-brushing in your future...

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3 years 9 months ago #20 by Xtr3meNZer
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New cockpit looks great
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3 years 9 months ago #21 by Tiger
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Nice work, looking good.
Lots of detail in that cockpit, like Ian said fair bit of dry brushing coming up :)
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3 years 9 months ago #22 by jackielinz
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Looking awesome
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3 years 9 months ago #23 by Andrew
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Awesome looking pit Terry B)

It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
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3 years 9 months ago #24 by PJNZ
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This looks like it could end up something pretty amazing
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3 years 9 months ago #25 by Dangermouse84
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That is looking mean!! Love the scratch built fans:)

Slow is steady, steady is fast
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3 years 8 months ago #26 by Terry
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Yep, Ian was right. There's dry brushing in my future :lol:

Latest update showing progress on my F-14D cockpit. Stynlrez (or however you spell it?!) undercoat on all the resin parts is on, pit was then painted in Mr Color 317 and hand painting of instruments all in Vallejo Model Color. More detail paint still to apply, but gradually getting there. Still to come is the clear gloss coat in preparation for a wash, more dry brushing, more chipping and a filter coat to finish it off. Seats have been undercoated black and so far only squabs painted. Consoles and side infills only base colour painted so far.





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3 years 8 months ago #27 by Fritz
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That cockpit is looking superb!

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3 years 8 months ago #28 by Viperbuilder
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Wow.....nice work on the painting of the cockpit Terry.

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3 years 8 months ago #29 by Xtr3meNZer
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Love the cockpit... that's looking great, and you're still got more to do on it. Very good
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3 years 8 months ago #30 by Kiwimav
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amazing office work, man thats good stuff!!




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