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Clifford Keesler (stormrider509)

F-14A VF-2 Bounty Hunters 1977

Italeri's 1/48 scale F-14A. Done in VF-2 Bounty Hunters markings 1977 aboard U.S.S. Enterprise.


Roland Revolvermann
I'm definitely in. Looking good Clifford 👍
21 May, 20:05
James C
Looking fantastic and definitely in 👀👍
21 May, 20:36
Clifford Keesler
Welcome Roland and James, and thank you for your kind words.
21 May, 20:40
John Ballman
Good luck with this kit, it can be challenging. Thanks for sharing this.
22 May, 21:54
John Ballman
Good luck with this kit, it can be a challenging build. Like the scratchbuild pit work.
Thanks for sharing this.
22 May, 21:59
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much John. This is my second build of this kit, and it has gone well so far. I am glad you like the pit. I actually found the Academy F-14 more of a challange than this one.
26 May, 01:19
Clifford Keesler
It ia all primed now, and ready for paint. I got the yellow and blue painted on the vertical fins. More pictures soon.
26 May, 01:24
Clifford Keesler
Major set back on this one. I got it all painted and let the paint cure for 3 days. I went to put the clear coat on it, so I hopefully could start decals this week. I had a new bottle of Testor's gloss coat, that I had never used. I use their flat coat all the time. They are both acrylic. I put the first light coat on the belly, missiles, bottom of the wings and landing gear. It took my Tamiya gloss paint off in patches, like I sprayed paint remover on the darn thing. I have to repaint parts of the belly, all the missiles, the bottom of both wings and the gear. I'm madder than a wet hen. I promptly threw that crap in the bin. It will get repaired and re-painted.
29 May, 23:53
Murad ÖZER
Clifford sorry to hear about the clear coat. weird stuff, sounds like them styrene gods needed a sacrifice...
30 May, 02:06
Clifford Keesler
Yea, guess they did. I just got done re-painting the belly, will do the rest tomorrow.
30 May, 14:54
David H
Oh man, I feel your pain… especially on a tomcat..
31 May, 16:00
Clifford Keesler
All is repaired and re-painted now. For gloss coats, from now on I think I will stick to future.
31 May, 21:04
David H
Looking good, really pleased the repaint worked out. Love this scheme.
5 June, 08:00
Roland Revolvermann
Looks great Clifford 👍
5 June, 08:24
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much David and Roland, your kind words are most appericated.
5 June, 22:17
Very nice 👍 love that scheme as well, probably my favourite classic turkey look, together with the good ol vf 84 oc🙂
7 June, 11:01
Robin (WhiteGlint)
Oh, following! 👀
7 June, 11:03
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much Daniel, and welcome Robin. All of the decals, except for the missiles are done. I got the new decal sheet and the left vertical fin is fixed. So hopefully will finish this one soon. Weathering will be minimal, as all the reference photo's I have found of this aircraft show it being pretty clean.
7 June, 16:42
Nathan Dempsey
Nearly missed this one. Nice markings!
10 June, 18:41
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much Nathan.
10 June, 21:29
Awesome livery ! Love what you did there Clifford ! Looking forward to the final pics!
11 June, 15:47
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much Mathieu. Hope to finish it soon.
13 June, 02:25
Clifford Keesler
She has legs and weapons. Only need to finish the wings.
14 June, 21:55
Bit late for the party. But I'm in also, looks like great work to me Clifford 👍
14 June, 23:04
Clifford Keesler
Welcome Neil, and thank you for your kind words, they are most appericated.
15 June, 19:54
Hey it's taking shape for the last assemblies 👍
15 June, 22:13
Clifford Keesler
Yes, I hope to finish it today or tomorrow, thank you for the kind words.
16 June, 15:17
Maciej Bellos
Oops, how did I miss this one! Looks great Clifford!
16 June, 15:43
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much Maciej, your kind words mean a lot. It is finished now, I will get pictures up tomorrow.
16 June, 21:02
Robin (WhiteGlint)
Looking forward to the final reveal
17 June, 05:56
Clifford Keesler
Thank you Robin, I had hoped to get pictures up today, but mother nature had other plans. Spent the day cleaning up downed trees.
18 June, 01:28
Clifford Keesler
Finally finished.
18 June, 22:25
Roland Revolvermann
This is what a proud diva should look like 😉
Very nice Clifford 👍
19 June, 06:23
Maciej Bellos
She is beautiful Clifford! I am jealous 🙂
19 June, 07:43
Paul Moore

Was anyone able to say what happened with the Testors clear coat? Was that a no-no to put that on? I wouldn't have thought that. …..?
19 June, 12:01
Guy Rump
Lovely build Clifford. 👍
19 June, 14:39
Murad ÖZER
Beautiful result Clifford, gorgeous kitty! 👍
19 June, 15:03
Robin (WhiteGlint)
Beautiful cat, Clifford! 👍
19 June, 16:29
Nathan Dempsey
Wow Clifford, that came out great! The markings you chose look great too.
19 June, 20:45
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much Roland, Maciej, Guy, Murad, Robin and Nathan. Your kind words are most appericated. @ Paul, no none has come up with any reason. I used Testor's flat coat on it and as you can see it came out fine. So I am wondering if maybe it was something I did.
20 June, 00:21
Tom Gardiner
Lovely job there Clifford! That is a very attractive scheme. I bought the new Tamiya F-14D in 1:48 yesterday and am looking forward to starting that one day soon 🙂
20 June, 09:33
Gareth Windsor
I feel like I'm repeating myself here Clifford, but here we go…… another great build my friend.
20 June, 13:09
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much Tom and Gareth for your kind words, they are much appericated . @ Tom, I would love to build one of the Tamiya F-14's or F-4 for that matter, but they are a bit out of my price range. I was able to find the Hobby Boss F-14's on sale, so I bought an A and B model.
20 June, 21:02
very nice job!
20 June, 21:08
👏well done Cliff
20 June, 23:37
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much Spanjaard and Juskifo, much appearicated.
21 June, 02:59
One of your best Clifford! (Just like every of your last)
21 June, 05:00
Clifford Keesler
Thank you very much Mathieu, your kind words are most appericated.
21 June, 20:51
Clifford Keesler
I forgot the decals on the seats, will have to fix that. Shucks.
22 June, 00:53


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