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GROUP BUILDS => The Cold War G.B. 2018 => Topic started by: Ed S on March 01, 2018, 03:16:13 pm

Title: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on March 01, 2018, 03:16:13 pm
I am ready to start on my USN F-14 Tomcat .  Pics later tonight or tomorrow.

Ed
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: ysi_maniac on March 01, 2018, 05:23:37 pm
... USN F-14 Tomcat ...

Is it RW?
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on March 01, 2018, 09:04:02 pm
... USN F-14 Tomcat ...

Is it RW?

Wouldn't be a WHIFF then would it?
Here'a quick photo. Got the cockpit assembled and started painting. Started glueing the fuselage togerther. This is the AMT 1/72 Tomcat which is not one of the better Tomcat kits. But I found it 2nd hand and cheap.

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180301_211236_zpsog8jgwif.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180301_211236_zpsog8jgwif.jpg.html)


Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on March 02, 2018, 07:03:05 am
I guess I should have mentioned that this Tomcat is getting new wings

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180302_094521_zpsks6zag0l.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180302_094521_zpsks6zag0l.jpg.html)

They are from a 1/32 Viggen that I got in pieces from a friend after it had an accident.

Ed
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 02, 2018, 08:28:48 am
Oh yes!  :thumbsup:

A bit like that F-14XL image that was posted recently.
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on March 02, 2018, 08:50:02 am
Not the same. I've had these parts sitting around for a while until the right GB to use them.

Plus, I still have canards to fit to the Tomcat.

Ed
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Jesse220 on March 02, 2018, 11:25:29 am
Oh boy.
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Steel Penguin on March 02, 2018, 11:44:11 am
nice looking so far  :thumbsup:
that is a airframe with a lot of lift, that is  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Captain Canada on March 02, 2018, 04:50:35 pm
I like it !

 :wub:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 02, 2018, 06:24:45 pm
Hey, nice idea!! I like it.
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Snowtrooper on March 03, 2018, 01:20:04 am
Combining two of my favourite fighter jets? Are you trying to fix the vote or something? ;) Also, looks totally believable for a land-based Tomcat derivative :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: KiwiZac on March 04, 2018, 02:10:22 pm
I was thrown by the topic title but now I'm excited!
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on March 24, 2018, 06:39:11 pm
A quick update. The project is going well. Lots of PSR to make the wings blend with the existing fuselage.  Here's what it looks like as of this evening. The canards are just taped in place. I'm still working on the exact placement.

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180324_212438_zpselo9qjid.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180324_212438_zpselo9qjid.jpg.html)

Ed
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 24, 2018, 06:58:52 pm
Cool, man! The wings are taking on a shape similar to that of the space shuttle.  I dig it.  :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: jalles on March 24, 2018, 08:19:14 pm
Wow, that's looking wicked   :thumbsup:

Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 25, 2018, 12:09:34 am
That's one BIG wing too!  :o
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Rick Lowe on March 25, 2018, 12:29:59 am
That's really cool, it's amazing how well that works; looks like a smaller, more modern rival for the Vulcan.

Looking forward to seeing the completed article. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Old Wombat on March 25, 2018, 01:44:39 am
I hope those wings fold! :o
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: KiwiZac on March 25, 2018, 01:11:17 pm
Yip, I'm still excited!
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on May 23, 2018, 08:40:14 pm
Latest update. I haven't forgotten this. But it has turned into a major PITA. Lots of things going wrong or not working. But I still expect to finish it.

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180523_232519_zpsntgspajh.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180523_232519_zpsntgspajh.jpg.html)

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180523_232514_zpsk0dujhfm.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180523_232514_zpsk0dujhfm.jpg.html)

I finished the decals this evening.
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 23, 2018, 11:35:20 pm
Very nice!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 24, 2018, 10:52:52 am
It's an F-14XL.  :thumbsup: ;D

Cracking looking model Ed, even if it is giving you a tough time.
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: gofy on May 29, 2018, 02:13:48 pm
So that's what the USN did with the Firefox, turned her into a Grumman Firecat!
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on May 30, 2018, 12:45:11 pm
In late 1967, following the F-111B debacle, the US Navy initiated the VFX program for a new fleet defense fighter. Still "smarting" from their bad press with the F-111B, the top Navy brass also informed the competitors for the VFX that they would in no way, absolutely not consider any swing wing a/c for this program. Grumman had already begun design and wind tunnel testing of a swing wing design that looked promising. They quickly began evaluating changes to their design. In order to still meet the range and payload requirements they really couldn't make a much smaller airframe. Obviously, to meet the t/o and landing speed requirements and still have the top speed, they were limited in the wing they could use. A delta wing would work except for the extremely nose high attitude for landing. A characteristic that would be totally unacceptable. They also had access to early studies by SAAB for their new delta wing, STOL fighter with canards. The result was the F-14 Tomcat, which won the VFX competition and flew for the Navy well into the 2000's.

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180530_151050_zpsbbkex9rt.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180530_151050_zpsbbkex9rt.jpg.html)

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180530_151107_zpsrpmqclrx.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180530_151107_zpsrpmqclrx.jpg.html)

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180530_151111_zps3zwzezjp.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180530_151111_zps3zwzezjp.jpg.html)

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180530_151121_zps24wcmvmn.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180530_151121_zps24wcmvmn.jpg.html)

(http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc250/esveum/20180530_151133_zpsg4iagbce.jpg) (http://s213.photobucket.com/user/esveum/media/20180530_151133_zpsg4iagbce.jpg.html)

Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: sandiego89 on May 30, 2018, 02:23:42 pm
That looks great! Well done.

How come the black canopy? (not a criticism, just curious)
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on May 30, 2018, 04:00:03 pm
That looks great! Well done.

How come the black canopy? (not a criticism, just curious)

Because, somewhere I lost the canopy and didn't realize it until well along with the construction. So I built up the shape with styrene scraps and epoxy putty, sanded it and painted it black.

Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: scooter on May 30, 2018, 04:42:59 pm
Ya know, I saw one of those at Ali Al Salem Air Base on my way out of Iraq in 05.  Must have been during their final tour.  :wacko:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 31, 2018, 05:56:16 am
Oooooh yes, LOVE that Ed.  :thumbsup: :wub:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 31, 2018, 06:50:39 am
Nice!  :lol:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on May 31, 2018, 07:22:26 am
Thats jut gorgeous Ed! 

I like the black canopy...makes it look like a manufacturer's model. 
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: NARSES2 on May 31, 2018, 07:57:45 am
That is some looker  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: jalles on May 31, 2018, 08:11:33 am
That's fabulous! Love it  :wub:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Old Wombat on May 31, 2018, 08:09:50 pm
That'd be the F-14K, then, would it? ;)


Looks very different but very good. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 01, 2018, 06:28:04 am
Stupendous!!

I would have never imagined an F-14 looking like this!!!    :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:

 
I feel the need; the need for speed.     :wacko:


Call me crazy but it kind of reminds me of a Cutlass!   :o ;D


Great work!!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Ed S on June 01, 2018, 06:48:43 am
That'd be the F-14K, then, would it? ;)


Looks very different but very good. :thumbsup:
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No, in this WHIFF world, the swing wing Tomcat was never built. So, this is the F-14A.
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 01, 2018, 08:55:15 am

That'd be the F-14K, then, would it? ;)


Wasn't the F-14K the British engined Fleet Air Arm version?  ;D ;)
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Tophe on June 03, 2018, 07:59:34 am
Belated congratulations! :wub:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on June 04, 2018, 01:25:21 pm
That's creative - a really interesting take on the F-14. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
Post by: Stratos on June 06, 2018, 02:10:35 am
Is strange, but that's a good thing! Well done!