1/48 Monogram Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Gallery Article by Steve Negley on Feb 20 2013

 

 

Most of my submissions to ARC have been of the 1/32 scale variety but when I get into a jet kick I go back to the 1/48 scale because they are more collectible and take up less shelf space. I built this one for a birthday present to a good friends son. I have built this Monogram kit before and thought it still was a decent offering of the F-14 in this scale. I was never real thrilled about how the kit went together but the cockpit detail and other details of the kit are pretty good.

 

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After the kit was assembled the entire model was sprayed with some automotive quality OEM dark gray primer and some panel lines that were lost in the sanding were rescribed. I decided on the early two tone white and Lt Gull Gray scheme worn by the early Tomcats. I used Modelmaster flat enamels FS36440 Lt Gull Gray, and FS37875 Flat White and the entire model was sprayed with Testors Clear Gloss and left to dry a couple days before decaling. 

The decals are from CAM and they represent an F-14A from VF-1 "Wolfpack" flying off USS Enterprise 1974. After decaling the entire model was sprayed with Testors Clear Flat. I really like these US Navy jets, the only real pain is decaling those missiles.

Steve Negley

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Photos and text by Steve Negley