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Roland Sachsenhofer (Roland)

F-14 Tomcat Iran


Roland Sachsenhofer
These are the first pictures of a building project with five kits involved in three scales; all on the theme of the F-14 Tomcat. First of all I show here pictures of an F-14 which will be in the colours of an Iranian F-14. The pilots got a moustache on their face- an attempt to get them away from the "Tom Cruise" appearance) to a more "Persian" look- whatever that would be more accurate 🙂
Speaking of pilots: the Iranian plane is to be shown in flight.
4 October 2021, 16:51
👀 Sounds intriguing.
4 October 2021, 16:55
Maciej Bellos
Goose and Viper sported mustaches... 😉

4 October 2021, 17:37
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you mates!
4 October 2021, 18:34
Sergej I
Yeah, 80's Iranian mustache... that's real men, not fudge-packers 😄
4 October 2021, 18:38
Maciej Bellos
Now that I looked at them more carefully, your Iranians are quite Robin Olds-esque 😉
4 October 2021, 18:44
Roland Sachsenhofer
Two moustaches - and what wonderful associations! I am exhilarated- something that cannot be said about the qualities of the Italeri kit. 🙂
5 October 2021, 10:30
following too 🙂 love Iranian cats
5 October 2021, 10:48
Harry Eder
I have to watch this! Your iranian pilots look great 👍
5 October 2021, 11:55
Martin von Schreckenstein
Hello Roland! Nice start, the moustaches are definitely improtant for persian tomcats. I have a question: are you planning to use the other decals? Particularly the VF-14? I would be very happy to use them!
5 October 2021, 11:57
Mario&Luigi look pretty determined 😄
nice start👀
5 October 2021, 12:38
Roland Sachsenhofer
Than you all, very amusing!
Martin, I have to check the versions: I am planning to use a decal set for a second 72-scale Tomcat, this time from Hasegawa and built in parallel. I will then write to you to tell you which markings I can spare - and I will be happy to send you any surplus.
5 October 2021, 18:11
Martin von Schreckenstein
Thank you Roland, that would be very kind of you
6 October 2021, 17:57
Clifford Keesler
Very nice so far Roland.
6 October 2021, 21:22
Roland Sachsenhofer
Martin, I'll be in touch. Thank you both!
7 October 2021, 06:42
Roland Sachsenhofer
Mario&Luigi have now moved into their office
9 October 2021, 19:10
Oliver Zwiener
Klasse Project, leider war meine Umsetzung 2013 nicht so erfolgreich 🙁
10 October 2021, 06:16
Roland Sachsenhofer
An informative article that I read with interest- and an intriguing double project with with quite well-made models! Thank you for showing it!
10 October 2021, 18:51
Roland Sachsenhofer
One thing is for sure: the Italeri kit is not made to show the landing gear retracted and the corresponding flaps closed - at least not so easily! A little sanding will be the solution here.
25 October 2021, 17:43
Bas Tonn
great 80's-moustaches 😉
25 October 2021, 22:00
Clifford Keesler
Coming along nicely Roland.
26 October 2021, 01:42
Roland Sachsenhofer
Right Bas! 🙂 Thank you both mates
26 October 2021, 07:16
Piotr Sarniński-Górecki
haha - those pilots are great :-D Los Banditos :-D I'm in !
26 October 2021, 07:37
Roland Sachsenhofer
How beautiful- the two moustaches please! 🙂
27 October 2021, 16:13
Bas Tonn
Maybe that's what the world needs right now, more moustaches...
27 October 2021, 17:12
Bas Tonn

BTW, it's almost Movember (or is that just a thing we do in the Netherlands?)
27 October 2021, 17:15
Roland Sachsenhofer
I must confess, I've only just noticed your magnificent moustache on the profile picture.... Celebrate "Movember"? No, that doesn't ring a bell... but it sounds interesting! ?
29 October 2021, 06:54
Roland Sachsenhofer
Soem news here too: the moustache-brothers have disappeared for the time being under the rather luxuriantly large canopy. Installing that was not at all easy; the tube of putty must never be put far away during this project.
But I am happy that the surface coloring can be started soon!
3 November 2021, 08:39
Clifford Keesler
Looking nice Roland.
3 November 2021, 14:45
Łukasz Gliński
Hm, why am I not watching this yet? I knew this kit hs a bad fit but these undercarriage covers are incredible 😮
3 November 2021, 15:05
Roland Sachsenhofer
Clifford, Łukasz, thank you for your comments!
You haven't seen the cover of the main landing gear bays yet.... 🙂
4 November 2021, 19:27
Good job so far, Roland 👍
4 November 2021, 19:35
Dave Flitton
Looking good as always
4 November 2021, 20:25
Roland Sachsenhofer
I really appreciate your feedback, thanks mates!
5 November 2021, 05:48
Roland Sachsenhofer
On this Tomcat the priming and pre-shading is also finished. The radome was fitted with a metal nose as an "A-probe" before the paint was applied.
7 November 2021, 09:43
Clifford Keesler
Looking very nice Roland.
8 November 2021, 23:44
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you Clifford!
Have just put on the second color of the upper side; I am keen to show you pictures of it!
9 November 2021, 06:51
Clifford Keesler
Looking forward to it. Which kit is it?
10 November 2021, 01:41
Clifford Keesler
Looking forward to it.
10 November 2021, 01:42
Roland Sachsenhofer
Clifford, this is the Italeri kit-not the best fit at al....
11 November 2021, 09:32
Clifford Keesler
I have 3 of the 1:48 Italeri F-14's, an "A" an A+ and a "B". hope they fit ok. I built an A years ago and it went together ok.
12 November 2021, 02:00
Roland Sachsenhofer
Clifford, I am glad to hear that everything went well with the Italeri kits. The 72 here just needs a little more care, but it can be done. The comparison with the somewhat more dignified Hasegawa kit is quite vivid, however, in terms of detail, accuracy of fit and precision of the casting.
Here you can see the almost finished surfaces of the Iranian Tomcat; now it's time for detailing - and the external loads!
13 November 2021, 08:40
Łukasz Gliński
Lovely colours. Are yoy going for Hawks in terms of load?
13 November 2021, 09:03
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you!
Well, that would be delightful - but no, this F-14 will be equipped with Sidewinder and Sparrow. This might have been a common armament of the wingman of the F-14 always flying in a pair during a CAP. The leader, though, had one or two of the long-range AIM-54 Phoenixes underneath.
13 November 2021, 12:39
Camo looks so good 👍
13 November 2021, 17:30
Guy Rump
Looking good 👍
13 November 2021, 17:39
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you Cuajetr and Guy!
13 November 2021, 19:06
Clifford Keesler
Nice paint job. It's going to be a nice looking bird. I like the Hasegawa F-14's, would also like to give the Hobby Boss ones a try. The Tamiya and AMK offerings are on my bucket list, but right now out of my price range. Lol.
14 November 2021, 02:17
Roland Sachsenhofer
Oh yes, the F-14 Tomcat has torn many a hole in a budget in its history - in the original as well as in the model! 🙂
14 November 2021, 11:42
Maciej Bellos
Those holes are many:
- the US Governmentof course
- Grumman itself, in order to get the contract it promised a fixed price for the bird
- Iraq has a lot of them, either from Iran or the US (twice)
- Iran itself has a big financial hole for trying to keep it flyable
- Afghanistan
- Libya (four downed aircraft come in mind)
- I am planning to create a big hole in my pocket (or credit card, or bank account, choose whatever fits)

Looking great Roland!
14 November 2021, 12:29
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you Maciej!
Well, nice that our wallets are so big that we can even dig holes in them 🙂
Did not know, that Iraq got any F-14? Interesting!
14 November 2021, 15:03
Maciej Bellos
About Iraq, I meant the holes in their MiGs, Sukhois and Mirages from the Iranian Tomcats and the holes in the ground from the American Tomcats. Those were quite expensive for Iraq.
14 November 2021, 15:22
Roland Sachsenhofer
14 November 2021, 19:39
Roland Sachsenhofer
Slowly, the Tomcat is taking shape - and this project looks to be coming to an end. However, there is still some work to be done: on the F-14 itself there is still no washing, signs of use or dirt - not untypical for Iranian machines. The sparrows and sidewinders are also not yet finished, even though a lot of work has already gone into them. By the way, they are not from the kit, but are from "Res-Kit" and Eduard "Best Brassin" sets.
18 November 2021, 19:03
The paint is looking great - very neat. 👍
18 November 2021, 19:40
I agree with Mark 👍
19 November 2021, 18:30
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank ypu mates!
19 November 2021, 18:49
Roland Sachsenhofer
Yesterday I was able to finish the Iranian Tomcat; in places it was a hard ride until the end; but in the end a happy ending.
For the presentation and for the footage I chose a suitable background from Coastal Kits; somehow remarkable how such a simple thing brings movement into play!
I just couldn't resist and in most of the photos I simply touched away the metal rod holding the model 🙂
I hope you like the result, I enjoyed the two moustache wearers in the cockpit the most!
20 November 2021, 16:09
Roland was in "need for speed" 👍
20 November 2021, 16:21
Łukasz Gliński
Niiiice 👍 True Movember build 🙂
20 November 2021, 16:33
Konrad Limmer
Very nice Roland! Where do you get the base pic from?
20 November 2021, 16:38
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you mates! Oh yes, Movember rocks 🙂
Konrad, this base is from "Coastal Kits"; they have a lot of ideas what you can do with a base like that 😉
20 November 2021, 16:44
Guy Rump
Very nice build 👍
20 November 2021, 16:54
Very nice. The CK base sets the scene nicely, but your modelling is the star of the scene. 👍
20 November 2021, 17:00
Konrad Limmer
Thank you very much! I'll take a look on this 👍!
20 November 2021, 17:01
Wow... Fantastic result, Roland. Great model and scene!
20 November 2021, 18:49
Es-haq Khosravi
Well done! I like the scenery too!
20 November 2021, 19:40
looks fast 👍
20 November 2021, 20:03
Excellent job!!
20 November 2021, 20:19
Bas Tonn
Keep up the good work !! Nice presentation, good idea to edit the metal rod
And offcourse a big applause for the moustaches, both idea and technical 😉
20 November 2021, 22:39
Oliver Zwiener
Klasse Ding - vor allem einmal eine neue und andere Präsentation - gefällt mir sehr !
20 November 2021, 23:42
Clifford Keesler
Very nice , like the back ground.
21 November 2021, 02:38
Villiers de Vos
Very nicely done, including the ground effect.
21 November 2021, 04:25
Roland Sachsenhofer
Hi mates! I am joyfully motivated and honoured by your comments, thank you all for that!
Es-haq, the "Print Scale" decal sheet for the Iranian F-14 Tomcats was a joy to work with; I thank you for the great work behind it and can only recommend this opulent decal sheet!
21 November 2021, 09:36
The in flight presentation is marvellous. And - of course - the model as well!
21 November 2021, 10:41
Martin von Schreckenstein
great result! love the base and the paintjob
21 November 2021, 15:03
Alex Rodionov
Very nice job. As usual.
Realistic realisation of The Tomcat's movement.
21 November 2021, 16:24
Roland Sachsenhofer
I am very happy about your feedback - and also about the likes! 🙂 Thanks, mates!
21 November 2021, 16:41
Maciej Bellos
Excellent result and resourceful presentation.
21 November 2021, 16:52
Sergej I
Awesome model Roland! I still like the 80's mustaches most 😄
21 November 2021, 19:03
Roland Sachsenhofer
Thank you very much Maciej and Sergej!
22 November 2021, 07:37
Es-haq Khosravi
@Roland Sachsenhofer, Glad you liked the decal 🙂
22 November 2021, 09:22
Roland Sachsenhofer
I'm particularly pleased about that, of course!
23 November 2021, 06:14


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