Treehugger I am confused. So, you are building another one? Ah, so two different kits?
8. September, 09:47
ZHOU Kun Hmmmm, a different kit, also a different aspect to learn the one of the greatest U.S. navy fighter aircraft
11. September, 14:01
Daniel Surely watching this next iteration! one can never have enough tomcats
19. September, 09:24
ZHOU Kun Thank you, Daniel! The nose shape of Tamiya Tomcat does look smoother and more decent, so I am giving it another try
21. September, 01:24
Daniel Nice progress, great looking Cockpit area! The inhabitants look even better now They are from the box right? Does Tamiya provide helmet decals? If you care about: Right on top of the helmets usually is a little black square, velcro or something
Bernd Korte Delete the rod from the pictures and it looks 99% real! Great paint job/weathering!
30. August, 07:00
Treehugger I afree, think he/she should. Even if it is something of a cheat.
I would have done that for my own viewing for certain. Obviously, it is a little dishonest, and for competitions and such it probably wouldn't be allowed to touch up ones photos in that way.
30. August, 07:55
Bernhard Schrock Top work: I agree 100% Bernd. Without rod it's a true Tomcat In 1:1 scale!
30. August, 09:52
Jos Jansen Beautiful model Zhou...excellent weathering!
30. August, 10:24
ZHOU Kun Thank you all! I don't sign in often but found scalemates a good place to put full sized picture to show my WIP photos and finished works. I did not plan to delete the steel rod by any method, just let it be. Originally planned to put yellow or orange lights inside the afterburner cans to make a full burn effect, but I did not have time to do that
5. September, 07:41
ZHOU Kun The weathering was done by dying the skin of aircraft with some thinned Winsor Newton Oil
5. September, 07:42
brianireland That's great, just had to add to all the other praise on your album. Very convincing model thanks for sharing!
5. September, 07:46
Slavo Hazucha Big show & excellent pictures too! The weathering is superb - one can do a lot with Oils (almost anything I dare say), but it's key to keep a good judgement for the right effect - you got it all just right!
5. September, 09:14
ZHOU Kun Thank you all! As shown in the WIP albums, the painting work was implemented in four steps: primer, preshading, main color and weathering. Appropriate preshading can do a lot of work, including the various tones on a single color military aircraft. Oil painting brings the variable tones into every panel on the aircraft skin
13. September, 15:21
Daniel Dont know if I said already (you have a lot of albums of this cat mate ) - But this is just spectacular, one of the most realistic tomcat models in this scale that I've ever seen! You really have an eye for the small details and the overall impression and the skill to make it happen. Big inspiration, also I just remembered that I needed to order an ocean poster and more brass tubes
(PS: I misused my wifes insta to have a look at yours, and I love the side-by-side album you did of our AMK cats, they're like brethren!^^ Really cool to share this experience across the globe, greetings+many thanks to the kind commenters over there!)
19. September, 08:59
ZHOU Kun Yes, they like your F-14 build very much, Daniel. There are so many comments and likes that I should have let you know.
Slavo Hazucha I guess this loadout clarifies the takeoff/landing situation without any remaining doubt!
26. August, 13:35
ZHOU Kun It was a typical load out at the early stage of Operation Enduring Freedom, called quad bomber. The 2 Sidewinder missiles would be added soon! Stay tuned!
26. August, 15:43
Daniel So were in for a 3rd reveal? Dont mind, I enjoy every single pic of this beautiful machine! A work of art and a true joy to behold I really like those photo background pics! With this amount of boom boom I understand why he kicked in the burners on take-off...
Ok, Nerd knowledge anyone? No? Anyways, did you know...Tied to the catapult they were not allowed to go full burner with the big GE motors as the off center thrust during a possible failure of one would rip the holding bar, throw the big cat around and let it spin all over the deck - just crazy crazy power...
26. August, 19:51
ZHOU Kun I assume my work depicts an F-14D takeoff, at the moment just after it reaches the minimal control speed. with enough airspeed, the rudder may overcome any yaw tendency even if a single engine fails when the other is on maximum burn.
I would like to take a longer lens to take the finish photo, just like the album WIP 6
Slavo Hazucha Another nice one in your preferred presentation pose, is it?
I´ve seen the (beautiful indeed) AMK Kit and you put it to best possible use with flaps, ailerons and "everything open" nice LG extension - metal pipes I assume?
And very interesting config too - Phoenix left, LANTIRN right, empty center... Take-off or "dry" landing?
24. August, 09:15
ZHOU Kun thank you buddy! The Tomcat was intended for a takeoff scene with afterburners on, so i did not drop the tail hook, neither did I display the spoilers or airbrakes. I intended to build the Sidewinders and GBU-16s to fully complete this model, yet I am getting busy when the new semester comes that I may not be able to complete them. That is the reason I put this Tomcat as 'completed'
Daniel Great progress! I especially like how you treated the nose part panels+radome portion, looks very life-like and "organic" What did you use for the stains?
I also like your wing sweep area technique I used the same basically, just with a wire that I rolled up bit by bit and a very thin needle put into a rivet as anchor point
Treehugger Looks really nice I think. I wonder, I've seen on more than one tomcat model here, maybe it's just with the D versions, I don't see any trace of the extendable fins just beside the two large air intakes. Maybe they removed them after the F-14A?
30. July, 16:27
Treehugger Is the ocean photo in the background blurry? Maybe you could get a better photo, if you had a sharp ocean texture photo in the background, and used a shallow'ish depth of field for the foreground tomcat? Or, just getting a better depth of field that way, by relying on any blurring made by the camera, if only slight, instead of relying on a blurry background?
30. July, 16:28
Michael Phillips Very nice work Zhou! Very realistic finish and awesome presentation. Well done!
Treehugger, the glove vanes were disabled and welded closed on all F-14As rather early in their service if I remember correctly. New production F-14Ds did not have them at all but upgraded ones still had welded closed vanes I believe.
30. July, 16:42
Daniel I love it!! looks absolutely on point I am very excited in which markings it will be
Jos Jansen Beautiful...absolutely, very nice display...love the realistic background of the sea! !!
30. July, 22:24
ZHOU Kun Thanks all! I am happy with the outcome and also glad that you guys like it! To Daniel, you have surprised me with your WIP progress, and I am happy to see the in-flight idea also worked with your VF-2 bird!
11. August, 16:23
Daniel Thank you, I first wanted to do a wheels on deck trap-scene - but seeing yours soar over the free water somehow made me change my mind later on
Slavo Hazucha Nice to see your work-steps on the LG & the paint-job - the outcome was quite spectacular & ultra-realistic Hornet - as seen here on the title pic too
The max-extension legs just before touchdown really look goof
I worked on exactly the same kit, but added Aires cockpit, Nozzles & Wells - (none of which was specifically for Kinetic...) - the Nozzles are very nice & fit fine, the cockpit was a real pain to fit & probably only worth the effort if you want an open one - I discovered that too late. The wells do not fit the Kinetic kit at all, lot of sheet added, but once there, are really nice... Just in case you want to build another one soon
17. April, 15:41
ZHOU Kun I would like to keep modification to a minimum, in order to reduce difficulty in the building Building OOB is fun