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#121 geedubelyer

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Posted 12 September 2015 - 11:33 AM

Thanks Mike. For what will eventually be seen I'm relatively satisfied with them.

 Question for you: how do you stick the wires to the side walls? I've tried different glues but I struggle to do it without obvious mess.

Jim

Hi Jim. Good question. I've experimented with various glues but keep coming back to good old CA.

PVA does n't hold well enough to position the parts correctly, styrene adhesive only melts the plastic and makes a mess and clear glue (the type you might use to add glazing, lights etc.) remains sligtly tacky in my experience.

I tend to put a drop of thin CA onto a suitable dish of some kind (pringle lids are ideal) and use a thin piece of wire to apply just a tiny drop to the part I'm glueing. Occasionally I'll just dip the actual tip of the wire that I'm adding into the CA and fix it in place before adding a drop of glue at the other end. It only takes a second or two to catch and then it can be left alone. I don't use kicker/accelerator as I've rarely found a need to do that. As you're probably already aware, less is more with CA so just a tiny drop gives enough strength for these non-load bearing bits.

 

HTH

 

Cheers.

 

To begin the paintwork on the main wings I primed everything in white fromGames Workshop. This gave a smooth uniform background for the top colours.

The leading edge is bare metal and I used acrylic shades for this. I found some bottles similar to Valejo in style but with pigment much like GW paints, nice and fine. I used the three silver grey shades to get the effect I wanted.

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The underside was given a coat of Valejo light grey blue then the topcoat was Valejo again, this time pale blue grey. A guy called Rraab on ARC put me on to these shades many moons ago and I liked the way they looked.

I used some Xtracrylic medium grey (supposedly the correct shade for the upper surfaces...) to add some variance before wetting the surface and sprinkling on some salt.

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This is a popular technique and gives a fair representation of weathered Navy aircraft. Once the salt had dried I could lightly spray the top colour.

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The net result is a typically blotchy effect that makes a good base for the remainder of the weathering.

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Tomorrow I hope to add a coat of future and the decals before sealing everything up so that I can add the pastel grime and streaks. I have to admit that I've had fun today. This is probably the bit I enjoy most.

 

More soon.

 

Cheers.


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Posted 13 September 2015 - 04:45 PM

I managed to gloss and decal the wings earlier so I could get to the best bit, weathering...

 

I've made a start.

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The plan is to leave it like this until I assemble everything then tweak the final look when everything is together.

 

For the slime lights I used some thin black decal to create the lines. This is the line that seperates the different airframes on a 1/72nd scale Airfix decal sheet.

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The green light was made from shaped clear sprue painted with Humbrol clear green lacquer.

 

Back to the wheel bays next but now that I'm into the swing of painting I might have a look at the vertical tails to break things up again.

 

Cheers.


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Posted 13 September 2015 - 04:47 PM

brilliant work on the wings and identification lights..

Keep 'em coming

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 06:56 PM

Guy makes a dirty bird.  :clap2:   I'm loving it!

 

That decal film idea is great- and it also works very well on the ejection seat pull handles and other striped handles in the cockpit.


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Posted 13 September 2015 - 07:07 PM

Great effects on the wing part.
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Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:23 PM

Weathering looks terrific - the effect on that one wing is great. Neat work with the decal on the slime lights too.

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 09:35 PM

Lovely work, Guy. I particularly like the effect you've achieved with the salt technique.

 

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 01:37 AM

Wow, looks realy amazing. Nice to see you back to work on your cat. I have missed you.
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Posted 20 January 2017 - 05:13 AM

Bump! Any progress on this one Guy? As you know I'm an enormous fan of this build ...

Cheers
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Posted 20 January 2017 - 07:09 AM

Wow, I had no idea Guy even built modern jets! Awesome work...


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:32 AM

I see a new word - that's a very very good Tomcating!
I remember only your F-15 build, and now I'll definitely add this to the memories too! Awesome upgrades!
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Posted 20 January 2017 - 11:04 AM

Eagerly waiting for the next update

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 04:34 PM

Eagerly waiting for the next update

Peter

 

Same here.

 

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 09:21 PM

Apologies, I've only just come across this build, shame on me.

 

All the guys before me have said everything I could but it needs to be reaffirmed, awesome build just awesome.

 

Ive a F-14D to build very soon so I've taken lots of notes on your path so far. I must say id cheat a bit and buy the Zacto intakes, they look good compared to the Trumpy ones.

 

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 07:55 PM

Hi guys, belated thanks for the kind words. I wish I'd spotted them sooner but know that they are appreciated.

 

Bump! Any progress on this one Guy? As you know I'm an enormous fan of this build ...

Cheers
Jim

 

Hi Jim, thanks for the gentle nudge on this one. When the topic popped up I saw the start date,.......2009? Oh my! :blink: Where did that time go?

In answer to your question I'm sorry to tell you that I have n't touched her since the last update. She's not dead, just dormant for now.

If I'd realised just how large an undertaking this was going to be I might not have started but I've come too far to let it go now. The thing with this bird is, she takes a huge amount of time and concentration. Recent projects have been much simpler (and possibly, dare I say it?) more enjoyable...

It's difficult to deny the satisfaction of seeing a finished model sitting on the shelf so tackling these complex sub-assembies becomes less appealing. Add to that the fact that we're all a few years older now and some of our eyesight and manual dexterity is not as good as it was eight years ago. I may be making excuses but scratch building these teeny, tiny details is n't getting any easier.... :rolleyes:

 

With that said, I'll make you a promise. After I've built the ASK 21 for the "Keep it Civil" GB I'll do some more on the Big Turkey.

Believe it or not, I'd like to see her finished just as much as you guys :innocent:

 

Hi Shaka, my most recent builds might suggest otherwise but I got back into modelling by building a string of 1/32nd scale jets. If you do a search (should you be at all interested) you might find a couple of others. The warbirds are a bit of a pleasant distraction but in all honesty my heart still lies with the big kerosene burners.

 

Hi F's are my Faves, thanks for the kind words, much appreciated. You and I have very differing modelling styles but I think what you do exceeds my skills by some margin. Keep at it.

 

Hi Peter and Steve, thanks for the gee-up. I'll do my best to bring you guys something before too long although I can't promise that the standard will be the same. I feel I'm a bit rusty when it comes to adding tiny bits of wire and hose to wheel bay interiors. Those warbirds usually only have one brake line on their gear legs. No wonder they're so popular :whistle: :DodgeBall: ;)

Hi Ian, good to have you along. If you're building a Trumpeter Tomcat and care anything about the way the model looks then the Zactomodel intakes are the minimum you'll need. From what I've seen it builds up into a delightful model with their addition plus there are a few things that are an improvement over this kit.

 

Now, if Tamiya ever brought out a new tool, 1/32nd scale, Grumman F-14A Tomcat to their current stellar accuracy standards, the question becomes, would I ditch this and start again or plough on and simply finish this one?  Would n't that be a nice dilemma to have? :wicked:

 

Cheers.


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