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Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:36 pm

With Germany somehow impossibly lucking in on building the Hachettes F14-D I decided to at least let you guys taste at bit of the build by proxy as an appetizer when it will eventually turn up in the UK.

While at first I wasn't entirely sure on the kit, I'm now at issue 3 and am now fully convinced this is a worthwhile build.

This build is a 1:32 model of the Grumman F14-D with a metal frame and a plethora of multi media functions.

You can have a look at the features of this model at https://youtu.be/0_URbtV8r3o , which though it is in moonspeak should provide all one needs to know.

This is the first partwork I'm getting at the news dealer instead of taking out a subscription, so updates should be every Wednesday unless something bad happens.

So without further ado...

Issue 1

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We get the canopy (in two parts), rear ejection seat (in two parts), rear instrument panel and cover, LED lighting for the instrument panel and 2 canopy .... locks, I guess? They're not naming parts, so I'm making up names here.

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The details are too small for my camera and they're so tiny even with a magnifying glass they're hard to read.

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The actual building part extends only to putting together the seat and gluing the locks(?) to the canopy, so no pictures as there's really nothing to see.

What's nice is they provide tips for supering the build and teach you right in issue 1 about washing and dry brushing.

Uglied up the seat cushions a bit as recommended in the instructions. It looks way more harsh in the flash than in the flesh.

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And now we wait a month for issue 2 to come out. Yes, a month. Well we did, but TIMEWARP! and everything. We're further ahead now.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:38 pm

Issue 2

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We receive the first metal frame part and two cockpit "locks". This part is heavy. I don't have the option to weigh things here anymore, but believe me, it's HEAVY. And huge at 29 cms long.

We attach the "locks" with CA and then drop in the cockpit front pane. Not much to do yet, but we're just starting.

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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:39 pm

Issue 3: Installing the seats

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We receive the front and back cockpit halves, parts for the front seat, steps, a screwdriver and unmarked screws. Great. I hate this.

The cockpits are beautifully painted in my opinion. I'd never be able to get results like this.

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They're also fragile as Fabergé Eggs, what with one of the halves parting with its side wall when I tried to remove them from the blister. Easily mended with a bit of CA glue.

Installation of the seats in the cockpit halves. One of the seats needed a bit of filing to get it to sit correctly, but nothing too wild.
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Installation of the steps. These are falling right out again right now, so I secured them with some tape.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby Chadders87 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:06 pm

If I could receive £1 for every ounce of jealousy running through my body right now...
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby Mustang » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:07 pm

We already have thread running on this preview viewtopic.php?f=42&t=6837
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby Chadders87 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:23 pm

Mustang wrote:We already have thread running on this preview viewtopic.php?f=42&t=6837


I think this is Greyhawks live build mustang. The lucky chap is in Germany and gets the real thing before us brits :angry-banghead:. Hopefully it will be here with us within the year!
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:26 pm

That's correct. We have a live run here. No one understands why, but there we go.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby Mustang » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:49 pm

:oops: sorry :oops: thought it was a just a preview.

Look forward to seeing more of this, I was going to collect it but I'm not so sure know. :think:

I've got the Tamiya 1/32 kit which I'll get the aftermarket parts for at some stage.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:05 pm

My advice would be, if you're going for accuracy you'll be better off with the Tamiya kit. If you like blinkenlights and magically moving parts, go for the Hachette kit.

Me myself I've wanted a plane with magically moving parts since I was a 3 years old and got a toy plane for christmas "with realistic take-off action". I was soooo happy, then I used it exactly once because it just extended the front gear a bit, raising the front, then toppling over. Man, was I disappointed. So this kit is a redeemer in some ways.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby Mustang » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:09 pm

I was :think: off just getting the issues with the electrics and try to incorporate them into the Tamiya kit.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:22 pm

Mustang wrote:I was :think: off just getting the issues with the electrics and try to incorporate them into the Tamiya kit.


There's a guy on a German modeler forum planning something slighly similar but with readily available parts. He's not too far in yet, but I'll keep an eye on it and let you know if he produces something viable.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby chill » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:47 pm

I have the tamiya 1 32 kit on my wish list and very tempted to get this one
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby casper » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:21 pm

some build pics and video here but best viewed in google chrome for translation
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:38 pm

Yeah, that site is great, unfortunately he doesn't go back to the very beginning, but it'll be helpful in the future.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby casper » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:45 pm

greyhawk wrote:Yeah, that site is great, unfortunately he doesn't go back to the very beginning, but it'll be helpful in the future.

Sorry Greyhawk I thought he started from issue one :think: will look again :roll:
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:50 pm

casper wrote:
greyhawk wrote:Yeah, that site is great, unfortunately he doesn't go back to the very beginning, but it'll be helpful in the future.

Sorry Greyhawk I thought he started from issue one :think: will look again :roll:
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There's an awesome official build diary by hachette themselves from the start. Interestingly they sometimes even veer off from their own instructions at times in the videos and it makes more sense to do things this way than instructed. :D

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 2SV_IIZu_v
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby baby_astons » Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:55 pm

...as ever with partworks, first hand instructions aren't always really helpful...
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:27 pm

Issue 4

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We receive the radar nose, IR receiver and some more instrument panels and covers

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IR and LED boards fitted to the front cockpit half. This is also the first case where it makes more sense to follow the Japanese video instructions so you end up with cleaner better and less prone to failure cabling.

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The parts require quite a bit of filing ("schleifen") work to make them actually fit as intended. The radar bulkhead especially I have not yet been able to sit squarely where it should be. I suspect it is actually impossible to straighten until the lower front frame is delivered some time in 2017.

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Doesn't matter, still looks gorgeous.
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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby greyhawk » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:47 pm

Update 4.1

greyhawk wrote: The radar bulkhead especially I have not yet been able to sit squarely where it should be. I suspect it is actually impossible to straighten until the lower front frame is delivered some time in 2017.


Turns out, the bulkhead was just a few micrometers too big. Made it juuuuust a tad smaller and there we go.

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Re: Hachette Grumman F14-D Super Tomcat in 1:32

Postby Mark » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:52 pm

Have to admit, I'd rather go with the Tamiya kit, but i"m looking forward to seeing you build this one :D
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