F-14A BLACK TOMCAT U.S. NAVY CARRIER-BASED FIGHTER REVELL 1/144

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 BOX PACKAGESpeaking of which, Tamiya will release 1/48 F-14 near future. I’m holding two 1/144’s and one 1/72 boxes. I would like to build them and having experience for Tamiya kit. Anyway, it’s my first time F-14.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 MAKINGThere are many parts to 1/144. There are 3 kinds of missile, Sidewinder, Sparrow and Phoenix.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 MAKINGParts fitting is perfect.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 MAKINGWhen the decals were stuck in the cockpit, it looks very detailed for 1/144 scale.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 MAKINGIt is interesting as the main wing is movable, I can play with it. As for the variable-sweep wings, the closed position looks better, it’s only my impression.
(7-September-2016)

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 MAKINGI’m building the 1/144 F-14A and lost the important part. I never found it even I looked for it for two hours. I found 1 yen coin, 10 yen coin, a guitar pick, fishing weights and lure seal. It seems to have made the warp to the different dimensional space without being found. Strange. I have to consider the work desk condition in earnest.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 MAKINGI put a trash box recently right under a work desk. Because it is comfortable to put away the dust and debris. Probably I dropped it in a trash box. I have found some parts distantly far away bedroom. The parts were caught on socks and fall over there.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 MAKINGI reproduced the AN/ALR-23 infrared rays search tracker (IRST) parts from the stock of normal 1/144 F-14A. I used the material of softening in the hot water to make a mold and the polyester putty for casting. Mold is not so sharp, but the best way at the moment. Because motivation is lost as for the loss of parts, I’ll be careful in future.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 MAKINGPreparation of painting, masking the small canopy.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 PAINTINGThere are three kinds of selectable markings. Because I want to make a black F-14 same as the package, I choose a rabbit mark.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 PAINTINGIt is a small box, but the manual is very big, and there is much number of sheets, too. It’s quite detailed illustrations for 1/144 scale airplane kit.
(18-September-2016)

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 PAINTINGI painted the parts in parallel that are attached later such as landing gear. Though it’s big size, the scratching post of the cat which I bought the other day is very useful for drying these small parts. I’d like to keep a cat, but we have a rabbit and… I’ don’t want his stressful life with a cat.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 PAINTINGThe masking tape for curves released from Tamiya, it is useful for a small plastic model, too.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 PAINTINGI thought about the adhesion of decals and painted in gross black. I’d like the semi-gross finally.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 PAINTINGDecals are small, there is a part not to understand even checked a manual. I put it while seeing a box painting.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 PAINTINGMarking of the narrow band of missiles was handled with decals.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 PAINTINGOh! It doesn’t seem 1/144 scale, nice sense of precision, pretty good feeling!
(22-September-2016)

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKF-14A Tomcat is an ultra-famous carrier-based fighter of the United States Navy. I wonder it was about my high school age, I watched the movie “Top Gun”. I would like it again.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKThis is “Vandy One”, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-4, NAS Pt Mugu, California, USA, 1991.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKVX-4 is famous for drawing a symbol of a magazine “Playboy”.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKThis squadron examined the air-to-air missile mainly. The fourth squadron is disestablished and merged it with other units and now VX-9. Now all F-14 themselves retired.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKThere are many divided parts for 1/144 scale, as the vertical tail, air intake, and the engine nozzle. I think this is a precise model.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKWeapons are AIM-9 Sidewinder x 2, AIM-54 Phoenix x 2, AIM-7 Sparrow x 2, drop tank x 2. This would be sufficient.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKThere is mold in the inside of the landing gear compartment, and the appearance is good.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKIt’s interesting, but a little hard to build if colored black injection plastic.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKThe variable wing is movable, this is enjoyable. Because I paint it with lacquer paint, the coating is firm but prevents from moving it if possible. Maybe it’s no damage even I moved the main wing 100 times.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKThis angle looks coolest.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKIt was good to be completed, though I thought to stop it when I lost the important part while my building.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKThe canopy was one shot clear part. It is hard to see it, but the meter panel is reproduced in decal.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKFirst, what if the inking in Silver to try? Thinking am I a genius? The silver particles became the lump, and it failed, useless.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKAfter all, I did the inking in light gray. I think moderate inking is effective to 1/144 scale airplane.

F-14A BLACK TOMCAT REVELL 1/144 FINISHED WORKI think newer Revell 1/144 F-14A is a very good kit. You had better check and choose the best in the released many 1/144’s from other companies. There seem to be many kits having a hard time to fix details.
(2016/09/24)

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