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#1 A-10LOADER

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:18 PM

I've been asked a few times about posting this project so, here she is. It's currently up on two other forums so bear with me as I bring everything over, it was started back in February of 2013,  and try to bring everyone up to where the project stands now.

I usually build 1/48th scale stuff and had no idea how involved this project would be. I am a slow builder as is plus, I suffer from SDS ( Super Detailers Syndrome ) and a perfectionist, all of which adds to the length of my builds. Throw in research as well and, you get the idea.

I hope you all enjoy this journey with me and feel free to comment, thanks.

 

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Here is my 1/18th scale JSI VF-84 F-14A which I will be converting to a VF-103 low-viz B model because of the poor factory finish.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:22 PM

Looking forward to it Steve!  If it comes out half as good as your last 1/18 'Cat, it will be spectacular.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:23 PM

Some resin F-110 exhaust nozzels.

 

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One down (RH tank), one to go. Seams scraped, filled and , ready for some primer.

 

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After much wet sanding the horizontal stab on the left is just about done. Instead of filling the seams I deceided to eliminate them all together, just like on the actual jet. The real ones were one piece boron fiber. I was able to get the edges much thinner to which, looks much better IMO

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:27 PM

Radome fitted, glued in place and, wet sanded.

 

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Seams filled, awaiting more wet sanding.

 

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After much trial and error, and referring to Danny Coreman's book "Uncovering the Grumman F-14A/B/D Tomcat", I think I got it. Here are my paper templates for the tail stiffeners. I will use .010" sheet plastic and "layer" them just like the picture shows.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:32 PM

Since both my 1/18th scale Tomcats will be displayed in the "in flight" mode, I had to come up with a way to support the Cat. For now I came up with this idea. Eventually, I want to have this ( the rods and the pvc halves ) made out of clear acrylic. I'm planning on building 2 display cases for both Cats with acrylic covers as well to keep them dust free.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:38 PM

Started to work on the stiffeners earlier today. Deceided to do the easier one first, the one that goes around the rear boarding step. Here is the before shot.

 

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And, here is the finished result. The area has been wet sanded and the stiffener glued in place. The steps are glued shut as well. Now to tackle those tail stiffeners.

 

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FINALLY the tail stiffeners are finished !! These were made out of .010" sheet plastic. It's kinda hard to see the "layers" now but, once they are primed, painted and weathered, the details will pop right out.

Steve

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:41 PM

This is a BEFORE shot of the F-14A cockpit. Since I am converting mine to a B model, the rear instrument panel needs some attention. This would be ALOT easier to do without the cockpit installed in the fuselage. I did not have the guts to tear this entire assembly apart however. The area around the round bluish screen had some raised details that needed to be removed in order to have a flat surface to attach the new screen. I fabricated a new one out of .015" sheet plastic.

 

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This shot shows the new panel (the white square shaped one) tacked into place. Once it is painted black and the little details added, it should look fine. Still need to add the RIO's control stick to the LH console and also add the canopy jettison handles to both the front and rear instrument panels.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:44 PM

Hard to get good photos of this because it's on the small side but, here is the chin pod with a new scratch built position light and a clear lens for the TCS. Looks much better than the stupid red lens that it comes with.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:48 PM

Got a little something done today. This was scavenged from one of my sons broken toy jets ( a GI Joe F-22 ) sitting in the closet. Now it will seve as the RIO's control stick. I had to saw off the very top and spin it 90 degrees so the flat face was facing up. Some primer, black paint and a few color dots for certain buttons and it will be ready to install. Even though you really won't be able to see it, once the aircrew is installed and the canopy closed, at least I know it's in there and the B cockpit is done right.

 

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Almost forgot, these showed up yesterday. After their helmets are custom painted they'll be ready for their office.

Steve

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:50 PM

Started sanding seams on the main fuselage tonight.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:53 PM

Here is the new " scratch-built " Programmable Tactical Information Display ( PTID ), which was a significant upgrade for the rear cockpit of the Bombcat. Came out well IMO and, was well worth the effort.

 

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Another important upgrade for the Bombcat was the PTID stick. This is the RIO's control stick for the LANTRIN pod. Again, once the aircrew are installed and the canopy closed you 'll not be able to see much of these added details for the B model but, at least I know they are there and it's done correctly.

 

 

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Thanks for following along,

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 04:58 PM

Greetings all,

 

These are the wing glove sealing plates that I made using .010" sheet plastic. I decided to make them big so they were easier to work with. Once they are glued into place you'll only see about a 1/16" of the edge.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 05:01 PM

I sanded and drilled out the tip of the AIM-9 to accept an MV lens, (light lenses for model trains) which will now serve as the "seeker head" for the missle. This will look more realistic than just painting the tip.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 05:07 PM

Today's update,

 

Next up, modifying the aft end fuselage fairings. The B/D's had a more squared fairing than the rounded ones found on the A models. Still throwing around ideas on how to tackle this ........

 

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These shots show the aft end fuselage fairings after being reworked. I can not take credit for this work however, a good friend of mine helped me out, thanks BUZZ !! I couldn't figure out how to get to this point. What a difference and now it looks like a B model should.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 05:12 PM

I added some .020" sheet plastic to the inside edge of the tails. This gives the proper 5 degree outward cant that the Tomcat tails should have.

 

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Tails slightly canted outwards 5 degrees.

 

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