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F-14D Tomcat, Part 2 - Airframe and Weapon Construction

Published: July 16th, 2018     
F-14D Tomcat, Part 2 - Airframe and Weapon Construction
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

In Part 1, we reviewed the changes that Tamiya did to the kit, built and assembled the cockpit/wheel wells, the wings were attached to the fuselage and the front of the fuselage was assembled. In this part, we'll button up the fuselage and attach the nose, get the intakes installed and prepare the kit for primer/paint.

The top and bottom rear fuselage parts are glued together and fit well. A little putty was required at the two sides probably due to me rushing through. I then built the intakes and trunking. The trunking is two parts and like all jets, it took some sanding to get smooth. I sprayed the interior white Tamiya acrylics as well as the front of the intakes and set aside. Tamiya provides tape masks to get the correct look. You do have to cut them out which with a sharp knife took maybe 3 minutes. I added the bottom mask first and the front goes against the line marked at the front of the intakes. The two sides were added next. A comment here- the intake ramps and masks are "handed", left and right so watch which part goes where. I then sprayed the intakes Light Ghost Gray.

The Spy Toolkit

Published: July 15th, 2018     
The Spy Toolkit
Author: The National Archive, Stephen Twigge
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Spy Tool Kit is a great book! It covers the tools and weapons used by secret operating agents working behind the lines for both sides (Axis and Allied) during WWII. It covers the organizations involved, the agents themselves and their training as well as all manner of description of their tasks and goals.  All the pictures and devices shown in this book are derived from the National Archive where many of the items are contained.

The contents of the book are:

Spotlight On: Grumman F-14 Tomcat

Published: July 15th, 2018     
Spotlight On: Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Author: Author & Illustrator: Marcelo Riberiro
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Marcelo Riberiro's biography is displayed on the rear cover below. He is a 41 year old Brazilian journalist who specializes in digital and content marketing. Marcelo began creating aircraft profiles as a hobby in 2003 and has continued to this day where it is now his 'second' job. His favorite subjects are Cold War era aircraft from the Vietnam War to Desert Storm.

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft that first flew on December 21, 1970. The Tomcat requirement came after the collapse of the General Dynamics F-111B for the United States Navy. Designed to incorporate the air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War, 712 F-14s were produced with the primary users being the US Navy and the Iran Air Force. The US Navy retired the F-14 on 09/22/06 while the Tomcat remains in service in the Iranian Air Force.

Ford GT: Then and Now

Published: July 14th, 2018     
Ford GT: Then and Now
Author: Adrian Streather
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing's mission is to "provide books of the highest quality in terms of content, accuracy, presentation, subject range and reader satisfaction to discerning automotive enthusiasts around the world." Ford GT: Then and Now fulfills this mission with a book full of large, clear, high quality photos printed on nice, semi-gloss paper.

Ford GT: Then and Now is a photographic history of the Ford GT, starting with the Lola forerunners to the original Ford GT MK I race car in 1964, and continues with the Ford MK II, through the MK IV and J car. The book was first published in June 2006 and this edition is a reprint from June 2017. Unfortunately, the book does not cover the third generation Ford GT currently raced by the Ford racing team in the IMSA GT Le Mans series.

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