by Jack Hollander
What you’re looking at is the second version of the paint job I did on the F14 Tomcat.
I didn’t like the way it turned out after the first time I painted it so I stripped the entire model using Castrol Super Clean. I soaked it over night – including the glass – and rinsed it off with water. It took only a few hours for the paint to come off.
Weathering was done with airbrush. I sprayed a light mist of Testor Gull Gray over the entire plane.
I then mixed a darker gray with the Gull Gray and airbrushed the panel lines. Following this I top coated it with the Gull Gray to blend the panel lines in.
I didn’t install all of the photoetched interior canopy parts that came with the kit because they gave you too much to fit into the area. I built the kit pretty much straight out of the box. It came with rubber tires and metal rims. The only non-kit item I added was MV Lenses on the front landing gear.
I used Floquil Black on the anti-glare panel and Floquil Reefer White (2 coats) on the flaps and tail feathers. Testors Metallic Exhaust and Magnesium on the tail pipe section. Bare Metal Foil was applied to the leading edge.
Photos by Jeff Junker