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Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat - Completed!


1 28 August 2016, 19:09
Murad ÖZER
Lovely build.
28 August 2016, 19:25
Michael Phillips
Thanks Murad! I got a chance to take some decent pictures today. They turned out pretty nice!
28 August 2016, 19:34
uncle chop chop
Sweet love it
28 August 2016, 20:32
She's a real beauty!
28 August 2016, 21:10
Michael Hickey
28 August 2016, 22:33
Roy McKenzie
great finish.
29 August 2016, 00:29
Ulf Petersen
Excellent job, Michael!👍
29 August 2016, 04:54
Christian Bruer
Bravo-Zulu 👍
29 August 2016, 05:54
Erik Leijdens
Wow what an excellent result. Jaw dropping 👍
29 August 2016, 06:44
Excellent. 👍
29 August 2016, 06:49
Michael Phillips
Thanks everyone for the kind words!!!
29 August 2016, 13:31
Holger Kranich
Marvellous, splendid, wonderful, i´m running out words to describe this Beauty...
29 August 2016, 13:36
Michael Phillips
Thanks Holger, I really appreciate the compliments!
29 August 2016, 15:06
Christian Ristits
Again, spectacular Tomcat, like the scheme very much, great paintjob and photography as well! I already hat a look on the Black-Base method, guess I will give it a try as well.
29 August 2016, 15:11
Patrick Hagelstein
29 August 2016, 16:16
Clifford Keesler
29 August 2016, 16:17
Michael Phillips
Thanks Hagel and Clifford! Christian, you really should try the BB technique. I am sold on it's effectiveness, and in your expert hands I have no doubt of the amazing finish you will achieve!
29 August 2016, 16:26
Clifford Keesler
Are you talking about Black Basing? I am thinking of trying it on the F-4 Phantom I am building.
30 August 2016, 19:26
Soeren .
30 August 2016, 19:34
Andy W.
Wow. Really great Work. A stunning finish. Chapeau.
30 August 2016, 19:49
Michael Phillips
Yep, that is what I did for the first time on this build. If you have any questions about the process or paints, etc, just let me know. I can share my process and experience with ya if it will help! The F-4 is a perfect candidate for this technique.
30 August 2016, 20:10
Michael Phillips
Thanks Andy and Sören! You are too kind... 🙂
30 August 2016, 20:11
Clifford Keesler
I don't quite know how to do it, but the paints will be Model Master, ADC(Aircraft Gray).
30 August 2016, 23:11
Nice Work!
31 August 2016, 00:13
Michael Phillips
Thanks Glenn!

Clifford, that should work. Just put down a base of black over all the aircraft, and then draw random doodles and spots all over. There are pics in my "Work in Progress" album of the Tomcat I just finished that show how I did mine. Maybe that will help give you an idea of how to make the light color stippling look.
After that just thin your basecoat color(s) a bit more than normal and build it up until it is as subtle as you want it. It really is pretty easy, just takes a bit more time than normal pre-shading.
31 August 2016, 01:31
Michael Hickey
You really did an awesome job with your Cat. What colour did you use for the squiggles/dots?
31 August 2016, 05:06
Michael Phillips
Thanks Michael! For the squiggles/dots I used Tamiya white liquid surface primer. I have seen others use light gray for a more subtle difference, but I used white because I wanted to be able to control the effect better and wanted a bit more of a pronounced affect, since it was a deployed carrier-borne aircraft.
31 August 2016, 13:46
Mohammad Adl
awesome awesome! I like it 👍
31 August 2016, 14:15
Michael Hickey
CooL, thanks Michael.🙂
31 August 2016, 21:26
playtime 222
That almost counts as colourful for a post-70s Tomcat - good job 😄

31 August 2016, 21:39
Adam Gudynowski
Excellent Tomcat Michael 🙂
31 August 2016, 21:39
Michael Phillips
Thanks Mohammad, playtime, and Adam for the kind words! I really appreciate you taking the time to take a look at my work and comment. 🙂
1 September 2016, 00:58
Clifford Keesler
What color should I use for squiggles and dots, when the primary color is going to be aircraft Gray, any ideas?
1 September 2016, 04:31
👍 👍 👍 WOW 👍 👍 👍
1 September 2016, 04:36
Michael Phillips
Thanks Jens, that is quite a compliment!

Clifford, Aircraft Gray FS36622 is a very light gray, so I would use white.
1 September 2016, 16:41
Clifford Keesler
OK, thanks. I got her primed black today, and so far I have to say that I like it. It looks wicked all primed in black instead of gray. My re-scribe job turned out nice as well.
1 September 2016, 21:02
vincent coyne
very good result looks very realistic
1 September 2016, 21:06
Michael Phillips
Yeah Clifford, I thought the F-14 looked wicked all black too. LOL I can't wait to see how your BB turns out. I am sure it will look great! I am envious of your re-scribe abilities. That is one thing I just cannot get right.

Thanks Vincent, I appreciate the kind words!
2 September 2016, 20:32
Clifford Keesler
I will start the painting process tomorrow.
2 September 2016, 22:30
soheil moghisi
Really nice.
3 September 2016, 05:35
John Thomas
Very nice
3 September 2016, 12:29
Michael Phillips
Thanks Soheil and John! I can't thank you enough for the kinds words!!!

Clifford, I look forward to seeing your results!
4 September 2016, 00:09
Scott Dutton
That's looks great, the turned front wheels add a lot, love the tail markings, a classic tomcat
4 September 2016, 13:29
Clifford Keesler
What color would you use on an aircraft for the marble coat, that is Netural Gray and Gunship Gray? (F-16)? As that will be my next project.
4 September 2016, 22:12
Michael Phillips
Thanks Scott!

Clifford, you could probably use either one. But try a light gray this time to see how you like it. It will be more subtle, and you will have to be a bit more careful laying down the basecolors as to not completely remove the effect.
7 September 2016, 01:33
Przemek Przybulewski
Wonderful. True masterpiece.
7 September 2016, 10:37
Yes indeed, a masterpiece.
7 September 2016, 17:31
Clifford Keesler
Thanks Michael. The F-4 is at a stand still right now, I had to order a new decal sheet. The one I had bought fell apart when I put them in water.
7 September 2016, 21:44
Michael Phillips
Oh man, that sucks Clifford. Do you have any Microscale Micro Liquid Decal Film? You can save old decals by brushing that on before putting them in water. I have used it once and it did work for me! Just for future reference if that happens to you again.
8 September 2016, 00:51
Michael Phillips
Thanks Przemek and Guus! You guys are too kind!!!
8 September 2016, 00:52
Danumurthi Mahendra
wooooww. that is a cool cat! very nice build
9 September 2016, 10:27
Sebastijan Videc
Great job!
9 September 2016, 10:35
Clifford Keesler
Decal problem solved, decaling in progress.
9 September 2016, 18:59
Rui Reis
Amazing work, excellent in every detail! As said before, a true masterpiece!
9 September 2016, 21:36
Michael Phillips
Thanks Danumurthi, Sebastian, and Rui! Your kind words are greatly appreciated. I am truly honored to have gotten such a warm response.
10 September 2016, 01:33
David Barclay
Damn son! I still can't get over how cool this thing looks! Well done!
14 September 2016, 08:51
Bryn Crandell
Absolutely stunning build. Well done!
14 September 2016, 12:21
Andy W.
I'm totally with David. Your Cat is that kind of built you can look at all Day long and discover new Details all the Time. Phantastic Work.
14 September 2016, 12:27
Michael Phillips
Thanks Bryn and Andy, your kind words really made my day! David, you know I couldn't have done this without your help!
14 September 2016, 18:44
Cracking build, looks every inch a Tomcat!
14 September 2016, 19:09
kamal sabokbar
Great job
23 July 2017, 05:43
how did i miss this beauty before? excellent work Michael, stunning paint job!
23 July 2017, 08:24
Alistair Graham
Another excellent model. Do you know how it compares to the new Tamiya f14?
23 July 2017, 08:24
WOW! What a beauty! Fantastic work Michael! 👍
23 July 2017, 09:09
Michael Phillips
Thanks Kamal, Spanjaard, Alistair, and Klaus!

It has been almost a year since I built this. I consider this build a milestone in my modeling career. It was a project of firsts for me... first time using black base method, first time building the Hasegawa Tomcat, and first Jolly Rogers build for me. Before I started this, I was SO afraid of building the Hasegawa Tomcat based on what I had read. It was indeed very challenging, but this build, more than any other I had done before or have since, represented a large leap in my skills and abilities. I consider this build the one I am most proud of.
23 July 2017, 14:42
with good reason 🙂 a result to be proud of!
23 July 2017, 14:52
Michael Phillips
Alistair, the Tamiya Tomcat is by far the better model. The fit of the Tamiya Tomcat is the best I have encountered, and it's really not even close. The issue with the Tamiya Tomcat is the parts in the kit can only build a late 70s very early 80s bird. Also, I feel like the Tamiya Tomcat nose is just slightly too slender and pointy, but that is just my opinion. I feel the Hasegawa forward fuselage looks more right to my eye.
23 July 2017, 15:59
Michael Phillips
Thanks Spanjaard! I hope my experience with this helps me to get an even better result with my new Tomcat project that I will start tonight. Since this will be a Top Gun bird, it will be rather clean, so weathering will be much more subtle than this one was.
23 July 2017, 16:00
Marco Gallmann
Just awesome! Excellent work again Michael!
23 July 2017, 16:03
Clifford Keesler
Excellent Michael, very nice "Cat". I too am afraid to build my Hasegawa Tomcats. I will soon be building my first Hasegawa F-16.
23 July 2017, 21:16
thanks Michael. i will be following your top gun bird 🙂 you can count on it 🙂
23 July 2017, 21:59
Michael Phillips
Thanks Marco and Clifford!

Clifford, the Hasegawa F-16s are actually quite nice. I have built one, and it went together quite nicely. I think you will enjoy it!
23 July 2017, 23:02
Clifford Keesler
Thanks Michael. It is the Thunderbird one. Have you ever tried black basing an all whit airplane?
23 July 2017, 23:06
Michael Phillips
No. On a Thunderbird F-16 I wouldn't preshade at all, too be honest.
When I built my Blizzard Aggressor F-16 I didn't preshade that either, because the paint on that bird was immaculate, just like a Thunderbird jet is.
23 July 2017, 23:15
Clifford Keesler
Ok, makes sense, that was what I was thinking also, but thought I would ask.
23 July 2017, 23:17


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