Fooesboy wrote: I have always wanted to do a F-14 in 1/32 but have been put off the Tamiya one because of the rescribing required. Looking at your Trumpeter one maybe I should consider that.
Before I started this Trumpeter model I considered using the Tamiya kit myself. In the end it sort of became a coin toss after a lot of discussion with Bruce Young here on KM about the relative merits and downsides of both kits with a leaning towards the Trumpeter kit because I preferred a D variant kneeling (for catapult) both of which the Trumpeter kit offered ootb as well as the ability to display with wing swept or unswept for which the flexible plastic wing bags allow (even if not totally accurate). The swept back wing allows me to easily store the model in a normal depth cupboard which was quite important. Another piece of good fortune is the Trumpeter kit has a choice of diecast reinforced legs for the undercarriage, and it needs it. The model weighs heaps with all that resin aftermarket, so non bendy undercarriage is a good thing.
If I were to do this all over again (and I hope not!) I'd most likely use the Tamiya kit (to do a F-14A Black Knights). The reason is relatively simple. Not needing to fit resin aftermarket intakes. Sure the Tamiya kit needs a tickle to "roof off" the intakes, and scribing, but using the Tamiya hard plastic wing bags held in place with magnets to swap out for either wing display would work, and using less resin aftermarket (Eduard PE to cockpit with canopy closed would be fine) I could lower the front undercarriage without too many structural fears.
Long story short is understanding which aircraft you prefer and how you like to display it goes a long way towards a choice that'll meet your needs.
Fritz wrote: Fantastic Job Terry! Looks absolutely amazing! How did you find installing the Zacto intakes? I have them for my Trumpy cat as well.
The intakes are beautifully made, and generally speaking fit much as described, but because Chris (Zacto) made an effort to correct the engine access panel size, the joint to plastic parts E8 and E9 and resin intake parts are not on a naturally occurring panel line so filling (and shimming), sanding and scribing corrections for common lines across the access panel from plastic to resin occur (scribing two different hardness materials) and to top it off, the channel (between intakes) is a dextrously challenging space to work and scribe in. This made the experience all a bit tentative and irksome. In hindsight I have wondered whether a better way forward was to cut (probably both) parts E8 and E9 in half (in front of the dorsal fin location), glue the non-dorsal half firmly up to the resin intake (with no shim), and plastic shim the plastic parts together (at the saw cut), then sand, feather, scribe and paint. I dunno? Perhaps the extra cuts mean more work and no gain, but when you get to this point it may be worth considering options.
Zacto Models also said the Aires wheel wells work with his parts, and they probably do in an ideal world, but mine did not play nice. My Aires parts were not perfectly handed (probably a subtle warp or shrinkage in the parts?) and this lead to a multitude of “random chaos” issues fitting up to the Zacto intakes, as well as fouling against wing hinge points, non alignment with undercarriage gear and doors. I would have saved time (a lot of time) and money detailing the plastic wheel wells myself.
All that said the Zacto intakes really do improve the look of the model and I’d use them again if I had to make another Trumpy Cat, but as previously mentioned the Tamiya kit appeals because scribing is (mostly?) easily accessible. Perhaps the grass really is greener on the other side? I’ll probably never know.
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