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RAAF FB-14C
« on: January 12, 2021, 10:49:42 am »
Well, I haven't been whatiffing for a while. I think I'm at a point where I can finally be back in the right mental state to do this. I haven't been creative enough to do this for a while, and the recent move and other events have help get me back in the right track. I'm going to ease myself back in by doing one of my tamer ideas. FB-14C. What if the F-111 never made it to production, and Grumman had developed the F-14's A2G capabilities further? Australia might have bought it. This will be a simple conversion, with a few cockpit modifications for the WSO, some attempts to add GBU-15s and maybe scratchbuild a Pave Tack pod.

I'd like to use this paint scheme:



I've made some progress with the older Academy 1/72 kit. I've put the aft fuselage together:



Since it was determined that the wing glove canards weren't very useful, the RAAF requested removing the mechanism entirely, with a new wing glove assembly that saved weight. The Grumman factory erm I mean, I glued the canards in the open state, closed up the fuselage, then sawed the canards off.



I may have been too enthusiastic with the saw:



Fortunately, it wasn't a deep cut, so I was able to rescue it with copious amounts of Mr Dissolved Putty. I needed to clean up the seam from the canards anyway.

While that was curing, I went ahead and did the cockpit. The rear cockpit had the Rockwell Autonetics bombing computer that would go in the F-111D, and a rubber boot for the bombsight screen. I'll add little control sticks for it later.



Well that's it for now. I'm waiting on the white primer to dry on the intakes, and the matte coat to go on the cockpit.
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2021, 11:06:15 am »
This sounds great! The ultimate Bombcat!
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2021, 12:40:36 pm »
I can't wait to see the result !
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2021, 01:50:48 pm »
I can't wait to see the result !

Same here! :thumbsup:
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2021, 02:52:45 pm »
Welcome back Supertom!  Glad the mojo is back, and the F-14 is always a welcome subject!!

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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2021, 03:04:03 pm »
Thanks guys. I'll need you guys to keep egging me on, as the whiffing mojo is only just starting back up. I find it harder to whiff than build regularly, so I appreciate your enthusiasm and support as it encourages me to keep plugging at it.

Anyway, cockpit is done - kinda. I tend to add the flight sticks and ejection seat towards the end, right before I close up the canopy, since an empty cockpit makes it easier to clean any debris out. Both panels are in. I accidentally switched out the console decals (front on the back, back on the front) which initially made me wonder why they didn't quite fit. Anyway As you can see, the boot/shroud over the bombing computer display is on, and the little joysticks have been mounted on the side. This will go into the forward fuselage next, and be mated to the rear fuselage. It definitely looks nicer when it's not zoomed in at the macro level!



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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2021, 03:09:17 pm »
Brilliant idea. Why didnít I get there first.. ;)
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2021, 05:01:05 pm »
Iím gonna like this a lot!!
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2021, 05:01:46 pm »
Nice start, Tom! :thumbsup:
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2021, 12:32:50 am »
Cool. Makes me wonder about an F-14 with a side-by-side cockpit...  :rolleyes:

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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2021, 02:10:16 am »
Cool. Makes me wonder about an F-14 with a side-by-side cockpit...  :rolleyes:

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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2021, 06:32:05 am »
Great to have you back at the bench Tom  :thumbsup:
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2021, 06:45:34 am »
Good to be stationed at The Top End if relations with Indonesia sour.  Keep it coming Tom.   :thumbsup:
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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2021, 07:26:07 am »
Cool. Makes me wonder about an F-14 with a side-by-side cockpit...  :rolleyes:

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Re: RAAF FB-14C
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2021, 11:37:53 am »
Brilliant idea. Why didnít I get there first.. ;)

Totally do it!
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