Great Work Mark, been following your build on ZF for a while now.
I knew I could hear footsteps behind me . Don't follow me though - I haven't got a clue what I'm doing or where I'm heading.
I bought some Airscale modern cockpit bezels, placards and instrument dials. They're very good but a tad too large; the 1/32 instrument dials will not fit any of the F-14's blank bezels, I ended up buying
another set in 1/48 scale and some did fit - some were still a bit large.
This is the aircraft that I intended build, the CO aircraft of VF-33.
It was Bureau Number 159428 which fell within the production block 75 but the second batch of 75 airframes which saw the major change of boat tail to the standard type with a slight hump in it. The late block 75's had revised tail tips; different strengtheners (like finger shaped pieces) and slime lights which appeared on all block 75 aircraft. The small temp sensor under the port windscreen has gone and it would have originally left the factory with no nose pitot. This photo is from the early eighties and it would appear that this modification has taken place or the aircraft received a new radome. Either way, the only modification that the kit will need is a backdate of the gun gas purge vents to the seven separate ones.
The kit part provides:
Here's the tail fin tip showing the finger-like strengthener:
Another kit feature is the in-flight refuelling probe/bay which can be shown open or closed. Again it has that Trumpeter twist where it tempts you with a nice detail but when you take a closer look you realise that it is lacking and is even more work. I do like Trumpeter - honest.
Guess what? There are other areas which tempt you but fall short of detail or accuracy, the forward fuselage has the full gun bay/ammo drum bay just waiting be detailed.
You get a seven part M61A gun and ammo drum but no feeder belt. Then you get two more open panels one of which has some nicely moulded avionics in whilst the other has, erm.. potential perhaps if you remove the overly thick partitioning. I'm still contemplating showing these bays open with extra details added, although the nose lightning bolt decal might be tricky to cut and fit. Talking of decals here is what comes with the kit:
The VF-1 wolpack is a bit naughty, you'd need the either the original boat (beaver) tail or at least one with the dielectric panels removed. Also the fin tips of the tails would need to be different.
VF-84 is a mid-production airframe and will be okay for the standard kit.
VF-111 maybe correct in that the airframe will require no mods but I'm sure that this CAG bird on this Bureau Number never carried full-colour national insignia and it also had the CAG colours as thin stripes on the leading edge of the sunburst rays.
So I've opted for CAM decals 32-0072.
Can somebody tell me why I am doing this at 4:50am