F-14A Razgriz Finished (WIP included)
Update: Finally completed this model, time to move on to my next project before Winter comes.
P.S. iPhone cam messes up the white balance quite a bit.
As of now it's at near-finish state. I didn't bother to take too many pictures and now I regret that fully...
About the model itself, Academy's new tool fits superbly. However, there were tiny issues through out the build. There were often height differences around mould lines. Some small details were lost on the bottom rear fuselage. The air intakes fit nicely, but the height difference was significant enough to warrant full re-scribing the seam. To my surprise, the nozzles don't line up perpendicularly. I only caught this problem after they were painted separately. But with all that said, I assume it's still the best 1/72 Tomcat out there.
As for paints, I believe Hasegawa's instructions mixed up the nose and fuselage colour. RLM 66 Black Grey is definitely better for the fuselage than the nose. Though I would say the end result isn't that intolerable. The weathering was easy to do with reference to Ace Combat 7's Razgriz skin. No need for walkarounds for this build.
That Tomcat looks very good! I had read that Hasegawa´s kit was the best Tomcat until Fine Molds and GWH appeared. I had no idea of the high quality of Academy.
You can open a lot of panels with GWH and Fine Molds but they're quite pricey. For a beginner like me this is perfect.
I did this as well only it was the kit that was boxed as the Razgriz plane. Good job!
F-14 Razgriz Ace Combat | Album by smokeriderdon (1:72)
Very cool - I find the Razgriz Tomcat the absolutely best fantasy variant. Especially when attention is paid to the subtle shading of the black coat, there are some hi-res pics from later AC games that look absolutely gorgeous!
You did a great job on depicting this one, nice 👍
Does anyone know about 48-scale decals (or even a full model?) that would be realistically available?
As far as I know there are only 1/72 and 1/144 scale Ace Combat models.
I guess you would have to print the decals yourself. Luckily you can find a lot of the emblems online you could scale up or down. Vectored graphics would work best. Never printed decals myself though... 🤔 I will try it sometime.
I really wish we'd get some more AC kits, especially of the many fictional aircraft...
She's looking great already. Really nice job with the weathering. 👍
Did you use oil paints or pigments?
@WhiteGlint panel liner wash and oil paint dry brushing
Nice looking Tomcat.
Thanks, kengdad. It really gives the F-14 an interesting look without being overwhelming. Maybe I'll give it a try on my Su-47 or the chinese fighters waiting on the shelf.
Very clean and careful build!👍
Very cool result & shading work with the black surfaces 👍
Very nicely done sir! The kit I did the wings had to be done in one position or another. Did you do something to change that or was yours set with that option?
@Donald Dickson II The instruction says to choose one way or the other, but it doesn't hurt to make them movable.
Did you just not glue them?
@Donal Dickson II In order to insert the wings after painting, I had to leave the joints movable since the wings can only be inserted at the intermediate angle. This is the Academy 2019 tool, I'm not sure how other 1:72 tomcats work.
OK, Im an idiot. I could have sworn it was the Hasegawa you did. Never mind. I didnt say anything except great build!!!! 😄