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Yes, I’m working on another 1/48 aircraft. Tamiya’s F-14A has been a dream, I literally took this from a box of sprues to a ready to paint aircraft in 7 days, maybe about 20 hours total working time. This included converting the landing gear from extended to stowed. I had to make supports for the front gear bay to hold up the gear doors, and as there were 5, it was a little bit of a pain, fit was mostly good, but some small gaps on doors 3/4. In the rear, a little bit more work because the doors were not designed to fit into the fuselage. I had to make a new set of doors to fit because the original set were not finished, it was easier to make than fill and sand. My biggest disappointment with this kit is the lack of IP gauge detail, no Decals, nothing, just blank circles.








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Nice work, some modern jets are really intriguing. After I built my Mig-31, I was thinking of building a -D Super Tomcat from AMK. The kits are so great, that building them is a breeze. In some areas, I found the engineering was even better than with the Tamiyas :icon_eek:.
But then there is always decaling and stenciling on these modern thingies and finishing one eats as much time as other more demanding builds.
Anyway, I'm eager to see, how yours turn out. The pit looks great and when I understand you correct, it will be a flying display.

Cheers Rob

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8 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

His callsign should have been Maniac.  Nice build so far. I have this kit, and the AMK D model, which I’m just itching to build with flaps and slats extended...

Sweet! I have been wanting the AMK, but stock is low everywhere, as soon as a few places get it, I’ll be ordering one. And I will build it in takeoff mode, on the cat.

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Update, my F-14A languishes in the box, needing Decals, but I had started on another back last year for a commission build, a Tamiya F-14D. However this build is getting the Quinta Studios set in the cockpit, it’s been a slow build but it’s picking up speed again, so here are some pics of it.







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Recently I picked it up again as thing have allowed me to put my head above water, this work was done in about 90 minutes over a weekend. I finished and weathered the cockpit, put together most of the rear fuselage mass including wheel wells, wings, intakes, and landing gear assemblies. Next step is spraying the gear and wells, and back to assembly.



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Just can never have enough Tomcats and your Cat is looking so good. Glad to see how brilliant the Quinta Studio sets look as I have three Tamiya Tomcats in the stash, looking to build this year and all with the Quinta Cockpit sets.

Keep ‘em comin



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