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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2018, 12:09:34 am »
That's one BIG wing too!  :o
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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #16 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:

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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2018, 01:44:39 am »
I hope those wings fold! :o
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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2018, 01:11:17 pm »
Yip, I'm still excited!
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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #19 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.





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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2018, 11:35:20 pm »
Very nice!  :thumbsup:

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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #21 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.
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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2018, 02:13:48 pm »
So that's what the USN did with the Firefox, turned her into a Grumman Firecat!
In my opinion, British, Canadian, or USAF markings make things look so much better...

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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #23 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.











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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2018, 02:23:42 pm »
That looks great! Well done.

How come the black canopy? (not a criticism, just curious)
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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #25 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.

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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #26 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:
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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2018, 05:56:16 am »
Oooooh yes, LOVE that Ed.  :thumbsup: :wub:
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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2018, 06:50:39 am »
Nice!  :lol:

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Re: F-14 Tomcat USN
« Reply #29 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. 
So I got that going for me...which is nice....