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Roland Gunslinger (Roland Deschain)

F-14D Super Tomcat "VF-213 Black Lions"


53 | 7. May 2020, 21:58
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Sergej I
***pulls a chair***
7. May 2020, 22:21
man, I am super exited for this big boy 👍
8. May 2020, 06:51
Greg Baker
Whoah... I'm in... an F-14 groupbuild, hmmm...
8. May 2020, 07:01
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Sergej, Daniel and Greg.
@ Daniel your big Rhino is a good inspiration and there's no better reason to finish a big toy than a GB 😄
Greg, as i said to Patrick Hagelstein: do you have a choice at all?😉
8. May 2020, 07:49
Greg Baker
Likely not... I had no say in the Australian Truck GB, but this one... well, let's assume my 1/144 cat will fit inside the cockpit of yours...😉
8. May 2020, 08:02
Holger Kranich
Ja hier mache ich es mir mal bequem.
8. May 2020, 08:09
Roland Gunslinger
"my 1/144 cat will fit inside the cockpit of yours" LOL So you can save fuel...

Hi Holger. Ja bequem ist wichtig, könnte ein längerer Bau werden 😄
Hab grad gesehen du bist in/aus Wangerooge. Was für ein Zufall. Ein Bekannter von mir war letztes Jahr bei einem Modellbau "Treffen" (oder Workshop?) dort.
8. May 2020, 21:25
Jos Jansen
Woooah..1/32, I am absolutely in...👍!
8. May 2020, 21:58
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Jos! Nice to have you on board :)
10. May 2020, 13:44
Patrick Hagelstein
12. May 2020, 04:28
Roland Gunslinger
😄 And because i give a s?!t about authenticity this goes OOB. Call me heretic 😄
12. May 2020, 13:02
Maciej Bellos
Whoa a big cat!
12. May 2020, 13:39
Roland Gunslinger
Maciej, there are two more in my stash 😄
It's a really big kit with lot's of plastic. But the instructions looks like it's the same build as the 48 hobby boss i recently build. So, im optimistic i can finish it til christmas.
12. May 2020, 22:52
No time to waste 🙂 I can only warn you that suddenly all your 48 scale tomcats will look boring with the big toy in the same room😉 just my experience. OOB is cool, curious what this kit can deliver without help
12. May 2020, 23:03
Roland Gunslinger
I believe you about that :)
Another problem: My display case is slowly getting full...
Especially because i want to build it "all open" like my "Vark" (Radome, flaps, slats, weapon bay,...)
13. May 2020, 10:42
Daniel Klink
That will be big! I'll grab a seat
13. May 2020, 11:08
13. May 2020, 13:17
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Daniel and Falk! :)
I still need a few days. But I'm starting the kit next week.
13. May 2020, 15:21
Any fun ideas? Imagine a low flying F-14 over the ocean. 🙂 Maybe impractical for 1:32 scale though, now that I think about it, maybe too large. :|
13. May 2020, 15:27
Roland Gunslinger
This big cat is going to be a "all open" display build (like my Ardvark"😢. The kit comes with lot's of options: Radome, slats, flaps, weapon bay...
Here (Top Gun" double build) im trying to do a "low pass dessert fly"
Scalemates F-14 Tomcat Group build 2020 | Album by Roland Deschain (1:48)
WIP Top Gun Maverick F/A-18E | Album by Roland Deschain (1:48)
13. May 2020, 15:34
Roland Gunslinger
Just a short update: Because i'm a weak human individual i can't resist my online shops "aftermarket weekend offer". So, this isn't a OOB build anymore😉
1. June 2020, 13:53
Slavo Hazucha
I know where you are coming from... Particularly the smaller models need aftermarket to pepper them up..!😉
1. June 2020, 14:26
Patrick Hagelstein
😄 😄 😄
1. June 2020, 22:07
Greg Baker
So that's what that noise was. I heard the rumble all the way here in Seoul when you put the box down on the table. That thing is MASSIVE!
1. June 2020, 23:20
Roland Gunslinger
ROFL Yes Greg, this box is just ridiculously big 😄
2. June 2020, 11:08
Roland Gunslinger
My order arrived today. Let the games begin :)
5. June 2020, 10:56
Sergej I
Not enough paint mate 😄
5. June 2020, 13:30
Roland Gunslinger
I think you could be right 😄
5. June 2020, 13:35
Jos Jansen
Let's build....👍
5. June 2020, 14:46
These are some nice additions👍 interesting paints, have you tried those already? Enamel right?
6. June 2020, 19:37
Roland Gunslinger
Yes, these are Alclad 2 enamels. I wanted to test them for a long time but they were often sold out when I ordered. I was lucky this time. Heard a lot of good things about it. Unfortunately, they stink like hell and without a spray booth I don't think they can spray at all. I haven't tested it in detail yet.
6. June 2020, 20:42
Slavo Hazucha
A proud collection of extras & I love the cockpit-to-plane size comparison 😄!

I sure would go through some make-up melting scenes having to ultimately cover-from-view all the beauty behind the seats in the Aires pit... Maverick & Goose ejection scene, anyone?😉

I only checked some Alclad metals until now, initially, the smell is +/- on par with MRP´s, maybe just a little stronger, but the Alclad "Axe effect" definitely stays longer (both in the air & on the model) - no idea if that´s a bad thing or just honest & the MRP´s employ some nose-cheating chemicals...
8. June 2020, 10:48
Clifford Keesler
Looking forward to this one.
9. June 2020, 02:13
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Clifford, nice to have you abord :)

Slavo, this time no Top-Gun 😄
I will try a "All open" build. I'm thinking about cutting off a engine view window.

Since the cockpit is almost a kit of its own, I thought to myself: before the saw a "whats in the box".
16. August 2020, 19:40
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Anna-Elizabeth :)
Super Detailed? I will try my best 😄
16. August 2020, 19:41
Guy Rump
Interesting, watching with interest 🙂
16. August 2020, 19:55
Rui S
Yes, another big one. So, I like it already😉
17. August 2020, 01:41
Greg Baker
Oh, my...
17. August 2020, 05:09
Any special tweaks or customizations for this project?
17. August 2020, 08:09
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Guy and Rui! Nice to have you abord :)
@ Greg The cockpit has more parts than the 72nd BF 109 i built 😄
@ Treehugger Nothing special, just a lot of bling bling and open flaps.
19. August 2020, 13:13
Daniel Klink
19. August 2020, 14:56
Clifford Keesler
Looking forward to seeing this one take shape.
20. August 2020, 02:10
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Daniel and Clifford :)
23. August 2020, 16:23
Greg Baker
Geez, it must be pretty easy to build a model you can sit in while you do it...
26. August 2020, 13:49
26. August 2020, 16:48
Roland Gunslinger
Unfortunately, I wasn't ready yet. For the last few days I was buried under a sprue that fell on me.
26. August 2020, 17:22
Rui S
😄 😄 😄
26. August 2020, 18:20
I heard people are small in Korea greg - but I had no idea...! 😄
26. August 2020, 19:33
Greg Baker
That's more a comment on how BIG this kit is...😉
27. August 2020, 05:26
Roland Gunslinger
Since there are no more jokes about koreans here, I can continue building.
Before I start painting the cockpit, I thought I'd make a few comparative pictures.
6. September 2020, 14:56
Clifford Keesler
No comparesion between Resin and Kit parts.
7. September 2020, 23:44
Tip: Afaik, the top side "console" in the middle of the canopy has a handle bar for the "wizard" in the rear seat to grab onto when getting in and out of the rear seat. On my Aires resin in 1:48, the handles weren't there and isn't shown in the instructions, so I made one of styrene parts. Edit: Ah, looking at photo7 it looks like this handle is actually articulated on your large resin kit, nice.
8. September 2020, 20:51
Roland Gunslinger
Unfortunately, in my opinion, you have to pay a lot for that 😄

Today i started to reduce the huge pile of sprues and glued some parts together. So far the pieces have been working very well together. Not as perfect as the 48 Tamiya but better than expected. Especially since you read almost only bad things about this kit, at least in German forums. Only the details are not very well worked out. In addition, the kit has the same strange panel lines as the Hobby Boss kit. Somehow this was to be expected😉
8. September 2020, 20:55
Roland Gunslinger
@Treehugger Our comments have overlapped. Thanks for the hint :)
8. September 2020, 21:10
Nathan Dempsey
Somehow I've missed this one. Following!
8. September 2020, 23:24
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Nathan, You haven't missed a lot :)
9. September 2020, 18:47
Clifford Keesler
It is looking good Roland.
10. September 2020, 01:01
Michael Phillips
Oooh, somehow I missed this one too! Count me in. Looking good so far, that cockpit is going to be a beauty!!!
10. September 2020, 01:36
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks Clifford and Michael :) Take a seat. Lots of gluing but not really a big progress 😄
11. September 2020, 18:29
Roland Gunslinger
While I was initially optimistic, the kit has now turned out to be the ultimate horror. Actually, nothing fits with the intakes and lower fuselage. Everything is warped and must be glued with force. Although my motivation is very subdued, I will definitely bring this to an end: no matter what the cost.
1. October 2020, 16:44
Clifford Keesler
I know you will whip it into shape and it will be a stunner.
2. October 2020, 00:58
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you for your motivating words Clifford :)

I have now managed to fit the Aires cockpit into the front fuselage. A bit of carving was necessary, but now it also fits in with the gear box.
3. October 2020, 11:12
Guy Rump
Looking good Roland, persevere and your normal great result will happen 🙂
3. October 2020, 16:00
Christian Kohl
Good evening Roland! You have set yourself a huge task. I am very curious about the construction process. The F-14 is legendary and beautiful. Have fun, '' Maverick '' ;)
3. October 2020, 18:23
Clifford Keesler
Looking very nice Roland, impressive job on getting the pit to fit. I had no doubt you could do it.
4. October 2020, 02:20
Slavo Hazucha
I guess that's the up & down curve with models this big - when things work, big fun, when not, you get gaps where a squadron of Greg's Area 88 bitds would fly throug... 😄

But I completely hear you... hope you manage, many things on the pics look spectacular already! 👍
4. October 2020, 13:21
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks mates for your motivating comments! Much appreciated :)

@ Guy "Perseverance" is a good synonym for model making 😄

@ Clifford "I had no doubt you could do it."
It's one of the best compliments you can get :)

@ Christian Yes, it's my biggest F-14 project with lots of aftermarket stuff til now. We'll see how it turns out😉

@ Slavo, Tthat applies very well. It's really very different: Some parts fit like the Tamiya kit, others are held together and you think there is still a component missing in between. The air inlets and the engine fit e.g. not at all.
4. October 2020, 20:59
Henrik Persson
That is what i call a big bird!
4. October 2020, 21:27
Donald Dickson II
Lotta stuff there!
4. October 2020, 21:32
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Henrick and Donald!

It shouldn't be much bigger. I don't even know where to put the model. But since there are so many parts it takes a while until I finish building the bird. I still have a little time to think about it 😄
7. October 2020, 08:25
looking really interesting 🙂 funny the size comparison with the 1/144, love it.
7. October 2020, 08:47
Slavo Hazucha
Seems you got from the troublesome to the encouraging - the LG wells look great. Seeing the huge 32-scale playgrounds, I envy you at least as much as a 72-scale builder looking at 1/48😉
7. October 2020, 08:55
Sergej I
Hahah Slavo, indeed brings every scale its own details and traits with it... I often look sadly at beautifully detailed rivets and panels of 48th scale...
32nd is carpentry from my pov .. 😄
7. October 2020, 10:24
Roland Gunslinger
Welcome Spanjaard!
"32nd is carpentry from my pov"
@ Slavo + Sergej
You have to honestly say that this Trumpeter kit is not exactly exemplary for the 32nd scale guild😉
The small GWH 72nd scale F-14 probably has more details than this big F-14 here OOB.
7. October 2020, 10:47
Guillaume Blanchet
That's some nices details. Keep the good work & I'm sure you'll turn this lo quality kit into a beaty.
7. October 2020, 11:06
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you Guillaume! Much appreciated!
7. October 2020, 15:13
Donald Dickson II
How you guys manage to detail color the tubing and such is beyond me. If I use paint, it becomes a horrid mess. Pencils, I cant get it to color the part sufficiently with the exception of silver. You and Slavo need to do a tutorial series for those of us too ham handed to figure it on our own.
7. October 2020, 16:39
Jos Jansen
Beautiful details in those wheel bays...excellent, looking really forward to the reveal of this mighty (big) Cat!
7. October 2020, 21:14
Clifford Keesler
Excellent wheel wells.
8. October 2020, 03:01
Well well, some well made wells
Cockpit and engines look very promising as well 🙂
9. October 2020, 11:36
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks a bunch Mates :)
Donald, im glad you like it. To be honest, I don't have any special tricks except: no caffeine 😄

Not much to present at the moment. I am currently painting the cockpit and that is relatively time-consuming.
14. October 2020, 14:28
Roland Gunslinger
Cockpit ready for installation.
31. October 2020, 21:07
Mirko Römer
Tomcats need their time to mature to perfection :)
31. October 2020, 21:07
Patrick Hagelstein
Great! Looking forward to it being installed! 👍
31. October 2020, 22:06
Jos Jansen
Nice to see that are still Tomcat modelers busy with their builds...after finishing my WW2 109 I've to finish my F-14 build first before I start with something new...!
31. October 2020, 23:02
Patrick Hagelstein
Same here Jos.....
1. November 2020, 00:01
Patrick Hagelstein
😄 In picture 19 there's a Bf-109 hidden in the back.
1. November 2020, 00:02
Thats a great pit roland, looks nicely worn and really lifelike
1. November 2020, 07:37
Roland Gunslinger
Cheers mates :)
In fact, I am building a complete aircraft in the time it took for this cockpit 😄

@Jos This is the second cat for the GB😉
1. November 2020, 11:24
nice cockpit!
1. November 2020, 14:02
Slavo Hazucha
In 32-scale, you should be practically capable to install an i-Pad behind those screens!😉

Very nice work on the cockpit, top paint-job so far 👍
1. November 2020, 14:26
Michael Stewart
Wow. I'm really liking this! Beautiful work Guns!
1. November 2020, 20:30
Clifford Keesler
Agree with every one else, great looking pit.
2. November 2020, 00:33
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you Spanjaard, Slavo, Michael and Clifford! I really appreciate your comments!
2. November 2020, 08:25
Roland Gunslinger
After hours of epochal cursing and blasphemies that were not youth-free, the seats are now with belts and other pe parts. After a wash, I take photos of the entire cockpit.
13. November 2020, 17:10
Maciej Bellos
Nice seats! Maverick would be proud!
13. November 2020, 19:42
playtime 222
Stirling 'Duchess' Archer! Ha!
13. November 2020, 23:41
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you Maciej!
Playtime, i love this show 😄

I have finished the office now. To be on the safe side, I took photos in case I couldn't get the part into the fuselage 😄
15. November 2020, 14:22
Daniel Klink
That looks quite promising Roland..👍 Great stuff!
15. November 2020, 14:24
Christian Kohl
Wow, wow, wow...!! It's just amazing ;)
15. November 2020, 14:50
Andy Ball
it gets to the stage where you ask yourself "am I looking at a model, or the real thing?"....superb progress Roland!
15. November 2020, 15:13
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you Daniel, Christian and Andy! Much appreciated!
15. November 2020, 17:11
Guillaume Blanchet
I have to agree with Andy, the textures rendering is very lifelike. It makes me forget the scale.
15. November 2020, 17:39
Clifford Keesler
Most excellent Roland.
15. November 2020, 18:19
Donald Dickson II
You are like the Tom Brady or Joe Montana of models. Incredible.
15. November 2020, 20:06
Guy Rump
Excellent cockpit Roland, your perseverance has paid off 🙂
16. November 2020, 09:04
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you all for your positive comments! That's a big motivation. Much appreciated!
Especially with such a large project (for me at least) the mojo varies from time to time. Even if I build models: patience is not exactly my strength 😄
16. November 2020, 10:39
Murad ÖZER
it doesn't get any better than this, WOW.😎
16. November 2020, 10:58
The best start you could wish for on your big scale journey, fantastic! 👍
16. November 2020, 13:47
Nathan Dempsey
Gorgeous cockpit there Roland.
16. November 2020, 15:26
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks a lot Murad, Daniel and Nathan for your kind words! Much appreciated! Cheers!
16. November 2020, 22:05
Rui S
Great pit, as expected 👍
16. November 2020, 22:10
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you Rui! Glad you like it :)
17. November 2020, 12:18
Roland Gunslinger
I'm working on the cannon right now. Now do this in front of the cockpit, because you can handle it better ...
I decided to dismantle the bracket for installing the cannon in two parts. Otherwise it is almost impossible to paint the cannon and the frame clean and above all: To get the cannon in: D
30. November 2020, 13:06
Roland Gunslinger
I have now roughly finished the cannon. One little thing still needs to be improvised because the transition on the left is not right.
3. December 2020, 23:34
Clifford Keesler
I know it will look fantastic.
5. December 2020, 01:48
Jos Jansen
Looking forward to see more of your already great progress...the pit is stunning!
5. December 2020, 08:59
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you Clifford and Jos! I hope I can live up to expectations.
5. December 2020, 13:16
Yavuz Engin
It is promising that it will be fantastic at the end.
5. December 2020, 14:08
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you for your kind words Yavuz!
6. December 2020, 16:54
James C
Fabulous looking cockpit interior👍
6. December 2020, 16:59
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks James! Much appreciated! The Aires cockpit was a pleasure to build/paint.
6. December 2020, 19:58
Slavo Hazucha
M61 in great detail, always good to see one!😉 👍
2. January, 00:09
Clifford Keesler
Very nice Roland.
4. January, 01:25
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks Slavo and Clifford. Much appreciated!
I could well imagine such a cannon on my balcony 😄

The whole thing is slowly coming together. The cockpit is now in the fuselage and the two parts of the fuselage are also together. It is still an ugly gap, but it is no problem to fill it. But it takes a lot of effort to get it that way. It didn't fit together and massive surgery was required. Definitely not a "tamicat".
4. January, 17:36
I would like one in my car...

nice progress! 👍 something that fills the desk 🙂 Hope you have stocked up on AK RC 251/252/237 😄
4. January, 19:07
Roland Gunslinger
Thx Daniel! Yes, I have enough colors. I think I'll use the Alclad enamel again. They smell like hell, but the surface is awesome.
5. January, 21:23
David Pearson
Really cool, the resin and photo etched make a real difference, looks awsome.
26. January, 21:46
Slavo Hazucha
this is why I do not do 32-scale... I would get lost... dive into details & research, err in endless depths, never to surface again... 🙂

Great job, top show! 👍
26. January, 21:59
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks David and Slavo! Much appreciated!

Yes, the PE goodies are great and mostly fit very well. Unfortunately, they also strain my patience. I underestimated the time required 😄

Slavo, I think this is your future playground. You will probably like it more than me😢
29. January, 10:52
Konrad Limmer
Missed this one...
Count me in here, very nice progress Roland!!
29. January, 11:02
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks and very welcome Konrad :)
This is a long term project. So you haven't missed much yet.
29. January, 13:26
Clifford Keesler
Looking very nice.
1. February, 03:29
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks Clifford! Much appreciated!
27. February, 17:15
Slavo Hazucha
Here we go again! Turn the music on!😉 👍
27. February, 19:34
Taking a seat on this one. Very nice already
27. February, 21:33
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks and welcome Mathieu!

Youtube Video

27. February, 22:43
Clifford Keesler
Yea Baby, anytime. LOL.
2. March, 04:41
Holger Kranich
Fear the bones!
2. March, 10:27
Clifford Keesler
Hey Holger!, nice to see you are still around.
4. March, 03:27
Roland Gunslinger
So, the worst activity for me, "sanding", is now done. She's starting to look like a cat ...
21. March, 10:26
Clifford Keesler
Looking good Sir.
22. March, 19:05
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you Clifford! 🙂
As is so often the case in life, plans can change. Since I no longer like my original plan, it will now be an "inflight" model. I think the cat has to fly. That's why I also build my other two big cats flying. I like it better for my collection. I've thought a lot about whether it still makes sense to change direction and think it's not a problem. Pictures are coming soon ...
5. June, 10:16
5. June, 19:04
Ludwig Micallef
Top job Roland! Joining your watch list 🙂
6. June, 07:11
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you and Welcome 🙂
26. June, 19:53
Clifford Keesler
Looking very nice Roland.
26. June, 21:12
Taking a seat as well. Also seems to be a good time since you decided to change directions with your build plan. Definitely some excellent progress so far in the cockpit - landing gear bays as well, a bit sad that they won't be visible anymore. 👍
27. June, 10:13
Roland Gunslinger
Thank you Clifford and Alexander!
Alexander Welcome and nice to have you on board!
A note: The project is currently running on the side and it no longer has priority 1. The reason is simply that the kit really sucks. It's the biggest MOJO killer I've had on my workbench so far. It started well, but now I have all the problems you read in forums. Since I hate sanding like the plague, the motivation here is very low right now. In order to get it ready for painting, a lot has to be filled and sanded. Also some panel lines have to be redone because the transitions do not fit at all (I am really not sensitive to this, but it just looks totally wrong what Trumpeter did here).
Nonetheless, I will definitely finish building it this year: giving up is not an option. It's just a bit slow going 😄

Some littel Progress: Got the wings ready. Was a torture to install the flaps reasonably correctly. The pilots are also carved into it.
2. July, 16:01
Clifford Keesler
I know you will turn it into a beauty.
2. July, 17:34
Roland Gunslinger
Thanks Clifford 🙂
Pilots are painted and boarded.
26. July, 08:39


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