**** DONE: 1/40 Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" - Carrier Aircraft GB

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  1. ccheese

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    #1 ccheese, Aug 1, 2012
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    Name: Charles
    Category: Intermediate
    Manufacturer: Guillows
    Kit: Display (non-flying) balsa/tissue F-14 “Tomcat”
    Scale: 1:40
    Accessories: None, OOB build.

    This is not going to be someone’s aircraft, just a carrier borne F-14 “Tomcat”. Wingspan is 19 inches (48.26 cm) extended and 10 inches (25.40 cm) swept back. Length of model is 18.5 inches (45.99 cm). I intend to build the model with the wings swept back. Gear up or down is being debated.

    This will also be my first jet balsa build.

    Charles
     

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    I have never seen a balsa jet before!
    Looking forward to your master touch on this one.
    Just my 2 cents worth, wheels up.
     
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    Paul: Your advise on the gear is noted.... I must say I have never seen a construction method like the one utilized in this build, in all my years of model building. This is going to be a real challenge...

    Charles
     
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    #5 Airframes, Aug 1, 2012
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    Really looking forward to this one Charles! I reckon wheels up too.
     
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    My first thought was Mr. C, what the...!?

    This will be cool! :thumbright:
     
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    I suspect this one will float too!

    Nice one Charles, and don't punch any holes in the wing this time!
     
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    Actually, they all will float.... just some are not intended to do so. Punching holes in wings and breaking stringers goes along with the build.

    Hope to get construction started tomorrow, today was just too busy doing other things.

    Charles
     
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    This will be so cool Charles. Can't wait for some pics.
     
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    This one I cannot wait to see!
     
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    Looking forward to this Charles!

    Would say gear down personally, but she looks great in flight too, so whatever you fancy.

    Had the man who planned the F-14s swing wing at our work early last year. He was doing a project with my engineer mates who were 'thinking of me the whole time' he was talking with them about the problems and solutions involved in swing wing design, but didn't bloody ring or tell me to go up! Would have been interesting...
     
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    Glad to see you back in the field Charles...:D
     
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    wow that looks complicated Charles
     
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    #14 ccheese, Aug 2, 2012
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    It is Karl. I have never seen a construction method like this in all my years of modelling. Just have to take it slow and read and re-read the instructions. It needs to be so precise they give you a 90 degree gauge. It's at about 7 o'clock on the pic's. Any resemblance between what you see and an F-14 is strictly accidental.....

    BTW, we have two votes for gear up and one for gear down.

    Here's where we are today....

    Charles
     

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    nice start Charles.

    gear up i say, looks less like its nickname the Turkey
     
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    Should be interesting Charles, don't see many balsa jets.
     
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    Great start there Charles! Looks like a very nice kit.
     
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    Off to a good start Charles this will be a interesting build.
     
  19. ccheese

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    #19 ccheese, Aug 2, 2012
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    Got all of the fore and aft topside stringers on today. Not much to show for about five hours of work.

    Charles
     

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    looks like 5 hours well spent Charles
     
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