Tag: Grumman

Completed Works

Completed : Italeri 1/72 Grumman EF-111A Raven

Kit Info Brand and Kit Number: Italeri #1235 Media: Injection Plastic Markings: Cutting Edge Modelworks CED72048 EF-111A Sparkvark Nose Art The Subject The EF-111A Raven was an electronic warfare aircraft designed to replace the USAF’s B-66 Destroyer. Grumman was contracted in 1974 to convert 42 existing General Dynamics F-111A...

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On the Bench

WIP : Italeri 1/72 EF-111A Raven Pt. 4

Decaling begins with a gloss coat. I’ve had very good results with AK Interactive Intermediate Gauzy Agent. With a 1:1 thinning with water, it gives a very shiny and smooth gloss without as many problems as other gloss coats I’ve used. The markings comes from Cutting Edge Modelworks’ EF-111 Sparkvark sheet (CED72048)....

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On the Bench

WIP : Italeri 1/72 EF-111A Raven Pt. 3

I’ve been a big fan of Gary Wickham of ScaleSpot and is constantly amazed at his detailed work. In his 1/32 Mosquito build, he showed a method of breaking up the monotony of a single color scheme so I thought I’d try it here but in a simpler form. The first step is to spray …...

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WIP : Italeri 1/72 EF-111A Raven Pt. 2

Work continues as there’s more to fix than expected. First up is the joint between the 2 halves of the fuselage, which isn’t as smooth as I hoped. I should have added a spreader on the rear half so the transition between the halves is smoother. I tried various methods including Perfect Plastic Putty, correction …...

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On the Bench

WIP : Italeri 1/72 EF-111A Raven Pt. 1

For my next build, I decided to tackle a modern aircraft. This time it’ll be the Italeri 1/72 EF-111A Raven or ‘Sparkvark’. The kit is a rebox of a release in the mid 1980s by Esci. Details are good for its age and features recessed panels. The cockpit features decals for the restraints and the …...

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Completed Works

Completed : Hobbyboss 1/72 Grumman F-14B Tomcat ‘VF-102 Diamondbacks’

Kit Info Brand: Hobbyboss Scale: 1/72 Media: Injection Plastic Markings: Cam Decals 72-046 Tomcat Alley: Grumman F-14B Tomcat The Subject In 1987, the Grumman F-14A received its first major upgrade in the form of the F-14A+. The original TF30 engines were replaced with the F110, which provided a significant increase in performance, range...

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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14B Tomcat Pt.3

Time to beat-up the finishing! 😀 First up I added some sponge chipping using Model Color Medium Sea Grey. I was quite random about this. This is a much faster way than using salt for chipping but the effect isn’t as fine. Decals are next after a gloss coat. The markings are from Cam Decals’ …...

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On the Bench

WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14B Tomcat Pt.2

Work (finally) continues on the F-14. Surprise surprise, the first thing to be tackled is the cockpit. I first sprayed Vallejo Air Dark Sea Gray thinking that it’s a match to FS36231 (the standard interior color for modern US jets) but it was too dark. So I ended up spraying my usual Vallejo Air US …...

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Hobby News, Hobby Musings

Upcoming : A tale of 2 ‘Cats (Tamiya and AMK)

Wow… there sure is a lot of hate being hurled right now at Tamiya ever since they announced their 1/48 F-14A Tomcat at Shizuoka Hobby Show 2016. Personally it does look like an F-14… And since it’s a Tamiya kit, we can pretty much be assured that it fits better than most other brands (I’m …...

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On the Bench

WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14B Tomcat Pt.1

The next project is a new kit instead of finishing a shelf queen. My friend said that this kit was quite straightforward compared to the Hasegawa. Let’s see shall we? First impressions are good so far. The panel lines aren’t as fine as Hasegawa’s but aren’t as deep as the Revell’s. Shape looks alright too....

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