by Massimo Ginesi
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F-14A Plus Tomcat is available online from
This is my 1/48 scale Hasegawa
The construction went smoothly,
but the project was very challenging and required about two months. Over this
period, I worked on the model one or or two hours a day, but not every day!
I used photoetched parts from the
kit and some parts from the Eduard set dedicated to the F-14A including details
for the canopy and sidewinder rails. The Sparrow missiles are from a Hasegawa
I also used Verlinden seats. I
painted these and the cockpit interior with Tamiya and Vallejo Acrylics, then
applied a wash with heavily thinned oil colors; followed by a final drybrushing
with Testors enamel.
The exterior of airplane received
a coat of Testor enamel, then I airbrushed all panel lines with heavily thinned
dark grey. I added another light coat of the first grey heavily thinned to
keep down the contrast Another coat of Tamiya clear gloss was sprayed before
I used an Aeromaster set for this
airplane, but I preferred to spray the walkway without using the decal for this
particular project. When the decals were set, I sprayed another coat of Tamiya
clear gloss and it was time for weathering.
For weathering, I applied light
coatx of many variations of Tamiya grey heavily thinned to give an appearance of
fading, and a wash of oil color in the panel line for dirt. finally I
highlighted the panel lines with a sharp pencil. A final coat of Humbrol Dull
Coat gives the final finish to the airplane.
The navigation light is painted
using Tamiya clear red and green. For the jet exhaust I drybrushed Testors
Metallizer on a base coat of semi-gloss black. I used Testors Metalizer for the
remaining exposed metallic parts and for the usured part of canopy and cockpit.
I added some electrical wire to detail the undercarriage.
This is my third 1/48 airplane and I liked it very much. The first was an
Italeri F-16 and the second an Italeri F-14A
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