Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny - DA.C
 

Go Back   DA.C > Ground Control > Military Model Aircraft

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 1.00 average.
Old 09-05-2019, 02:04 PM   #1
Senior Collector
 
chekur6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
Age: 71
Posts: 375
Default Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny.
Very disappointed in the fitting of parts. All pieces that had pegs on them had to be lightly sanded to put in respected holes. The forward 2 fairings for the the Phoenix is a bad fit, leaving a gap in the front part of the pallet not fitting snug against bottom of plane. Because the thickness of the paint, the three different load out attachments that fit on side of body will not fit in to respective mounting station slots. Paint is very glossy, thick and slippery with makes it hard to mount these parts. Nose gear down assembly was really hard to mount in gap provided. After much sanding, 6 tries I was able to get a good fit, not sure how hard it will be to remove this piece. I am not a rivet counter or expert on dimensions etc. hopefully pictures help.
Attached Thumbnails
Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-3b43113c-3a14-4b4b-8f66-f383cb84f913.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-4a8e1e7d-4ee9-44d7-a83d-5790006471c7.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-e68d27ac-924b-4e2e-9bf2-9bbabbb3d0df.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-65b58bfe-ddeb-4283-9705-8e98e60280d6.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-3569f79b-dd06-409c-ba11-a3900635b959.jpg  

Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-12d1e794-98dc-4bf3-bef2-9857f37d32bd.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-313de218-433a-4d8d-8082-3fe29ae94e6b.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-8f732085-6361-48a2-9096-a842dff2ebf6.jpg  
chekur6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-05-2019, 03:01 PM   #2
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

WoW..... Not sure now if i want one. I was going to replace a crappy dragon version for the CW....but now is the CW crappy as well?

I have been mentioning in previous posts on different threads that I would buy if they improved quality in fit and form. Your detailed findings as of now....tell me CW is still lacking. How about the wing gloves surrounding metal? Is it smooth or looks to have rough filing surface/edges.

Hmmm

In terms of the (over) glossy paint...... the actual aircraft, appears to be a matte finish,... at worst semi-gloss.

Hmmm

Knowing what you know now...would you have bought this CW model?

Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-image.jpg

BB
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Blues Boy; 09-05-2019 at 03:06 PM.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 03:07 PM   #3
Too many models! (1500+)
 
FortunateSon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Honiara
Posts: 2,120
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

I'm a big fan of calibre wings in general and of their tomcats, but from the photos this one looks just ok.
FortunateSon is online now   Reply With Quote
 
Old 09-05-2019, 04:13 PM   #4
Diecastaholic!
 
Uzair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Middle Earth
Posts: 85
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

To me the most disappointing aspect of this release is the glossy paint. As BB has pointed out the actual aircraft looks matt, to the point of looking dull. The candy-gloss sheen Calibre has applied to their Vandy Black Bunny is just terribly inaccurate in comparison and almost renders the model toy-like.


I already have this on pre-order and like the bird just enough to complete the purchase, but if CalWings don't stick to proper matte/weathered finishes I won't be getting any more of their Tomcats.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Uzair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 04:33 PM   #5
Senior Collector
 
chekur6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
Age: 71
Posts: 375
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

I have the Witty Wings version, which I show in these pictures and I think their colors are more spot on, almost a dull black. Plus the Calibre Wings version has no stenciling on upper surfaces compared to the Witty Wings VX-4 Black Bunny. There are no file marks that I can see on the Calibre Wings VX-4 Black Bunny by the wing gloves. I think knowing what I see up close and problems on fitting parts I would have passed on this release. To me the glossy black and the lack of stenciling makes it look very toy like.
Attached Thumbnails
Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-b743d7c6-9b6b-460e-a5b8-3ba7096268a5.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-6f8d5919-0e9e-4db9-9127-bab7fa713958.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-3395ca2a-4e6b-4c64-b4ae-619f4b5016b6.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-6ce6b787-b4d0-4e99-8efc-d2288998bfa5.jpg   Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-20d0436e-d879-430d-b0bd-3b6379791088.jpg  

Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-bc1fa1a6-c2e0-4ae9-820e-a29ffcc60546.jpg  

Last edited by chekur6; 09-05-2019 at 04:46 PM.
chekur6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 05:13 PM   #6
Bombcat
 
BlackAces's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Skokie
Posts: 83
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Quote:
Originally Posted by Uzair View Post
To me the most disappointing aspect of this release is the glossy paint. As BB has pointed out the actual aircraft looks matt, to the point of looking dull. The candy-gloss sheen Calibre has applied to their Vandy Black Bunny is just terribly inaccurate in comparison and almost renders the model toy-like.


I already have this on pre-order and like the bird just enough to complete the purchase, but if CalWings don't stick to proper matte/weathered finishes I won't be getting any more of their Tomcats.



No tomcat (or any plane for that matter) should ever have a glossy finish because when sunlight bounces off of a metal object, it creates a very distinguishable heat signature. So it lights up like a Christmas tree on enemy radar. Not to mention you can also see the plane via line of sight with good ol eyesight. The last thing any pilot or ground crew would want is reflective paint that gives an aircraft a glint in the noon day sun. That is a death sentence for the pilot
BlackAces is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 05:38 PM   #7
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

My decision is made...cancel the pre-order.

I agree WW beats both my Dragon version and CW's version for topside (safety) markings. Definitely not thrilled with toy level gloss. Don't need to add a much more expensive crappy to the crappy I already have..admittedly my dragon version is now looking a little better to me although I wish I had the WW instead

Here's a side by side....WW, my Dragon, CW

Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-image.jpg

BB
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 06:38 PM   #8
Senior Collector
 
chekur6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
Age: 71
Posts: 375
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

The more and more that I look at my Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Evaluators Black Bunny release the more I am really disappointed. In fact I am taking it out of my display case and putting it back in its box, storing it or putting it up for sale. Hopefully CalWings F-14A VF-126 Bandits, Red31 is a better release. I will be skeptical on pre ordering this one.
chekur6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 07:33 PM   #9
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Hmmm your choice....can't undo what is already Mfg'd. I did my pre-order cancellation. To each his own.......

In addition something quirky about the outer pylon/rails top view in the delta configuration.... Should they stick out that far (circled)... compared to the actual AC and WW...Dragon?

Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-image.jpg

BB
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 09:39 PM   #10
Senior Collector
 
chekur6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
Age: 71
Posts: 375
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

The reason those outer rails stick out so far on the Cal Wings F-14 is its so hard for the tabs to stick into the slot provided because of the thickness of the paint. Tried sanding the tabs but still could not get a good fit. Had to use some Elmers glue to hold them in place and I guess the proper angle to witch they should hang is off. It was very frustrating to try and get these attachments to fit into place.
chekur6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 10:23 PM   #11
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

It's unfortunate the paint being that thick to impede getting pieces to attach.
I wonder if your case may be a one off....or are other collectors struggling with the same situation?

As your pictures showed, the paint indeed is too glossy for my tastes...looking toyish IMO...

I have a pic below that maaaaaaay just show that level of glossiness and so might satisfy those that already bought this plane....or still may buy it yet.

A picture is worth a 1000 shades of shiney

Is it the same high gloss as the model? Is it a really bright sun? Is it a new coat of paint or simply washed since the previous pictures? Or is it matte to semi-gloss still?

I'm still taking a pass on it...

Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A  VX-4 Black Bunny-image.jpg

BB
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Blues Boy; 09-05-2019 at 10:26 PM.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2019, 10:58 PM   #12
Master Collector
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 597
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

That sucks. wondering if i should cancel my order for it.

So far i am satisfied with the FOV F-14 i have, but i want the calibre wings because i thought it would be real good. as well as the wing glove weapons configurations. but this model is not cheap at all for any bad errors and problem.

Anyone else here got the FOV F-14 they can also comment on? i might do a post on it when i have time.
wildpig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2019, 01:34 AM   #13
Too many models! (1500+)
 
FortunateSon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Honiara
Posts: 2,120
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackAces View Post
No tomcat (or any plane for that matter) should ever have a glossy finish because when sunlight bounces off of a metal object, it creates a very distinguishable heat signature. So it lights up like a Christmas tree on enemy radar. Not to mention you can also see the plane via line of sight with good ol eyesight. The last thing any pilot or ground crew would want is reflective paint that gives an aircraft a glint in the noon day sun. That is a death sentence for the pilot
This is not correct reasoning. As counter-intuitive as this sounds, model aircraft are NOT simply scaled down versions of the real thing. The reason for this is that at different "levels of zoom", materials behave differently. Furthermore, the way our eyes perceive things also is affected by their scale, relative prominence, and other factors. Modellers call this "scale effect." Much of the artistry of model making (be it plastic or diecast) is to understand the way that the brain processes information to make a model that conveys to the brain of the viewer the same concepts that he/she sees (or, that he thinks he/she sees) when he/she looks at the real thing.

Hence, no matter what you think about panel lines from different diecast manufacturers, the reality is that for all practical purposes, they are ALL overscale (too big/too deep), but a model without them (or them actually too scale) entirely would look quite bad in diecast (it can be pulled off in plastic to some degree as there are more shading and other options available).

So it goes with glossy paint. Putting aside the issue of this VX-4 tomcat, the reality is that new tomcats out of the factory (VF-1, VF-2 in the 1970s, for example) were certainly not glossy. And yet, gloss models of these are not hideously terrible because they convey to the eye both the concept and reality of what such new aircraft would have looked like. The light would have bounced off of those tomcats (or, at least, we would have *perceived* that it does) in a manner similar to how it bounces off a gloss model. We can see this in cars - now cars truly are gloss, but look how much more we perceive light bouncing off new cars than older cars - even if both have been washed. I don't want to speculate too much, but I suspect this has something to do with the evolved brain/eye's ability to spot ripe fruit - shiny and smooth things make us happy and we notice them at a biological level.
FortunateSon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2019, 01:46 AM   #14
Too many models! (1500+)
 
FortunateSon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Honiara
Posts: 2,120
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Guys,

I think a little reality is needed about attaching parts:

Parts in our diecast models are basically attached by friction. Think about a big fuel tank hanging off a wing throug a slot. The slot guides the position of the item, but much of the friction is provided in recent models by one or two little microtabs on the side of the main insert tab that deform slightly as the item is attached. When we have complex landing gear and doors, such as on the F-35 series, this is not really possible.

So, when the manufacturers make these add-on parts, they need to make sure of one thing: that the parts manufactured are not too small. Because if they are too small, they can fall out endlessly and the only way to solve this would be to add something else (white glue or bluetac). At the scale we're talking about, even the thickness of the paint can affect how well a part fits.

Given all these realities, I think several of you need to rethink your criticism of parts that need a bit of filing: my conclusion is that: filing parts (tabs) slightly to fit is fine and normal. There is no possible way for manufacturers to get each tolerance perfectly given paint, thermal expansion, etc. The manufacturers *should* error on making these tabs slightly thicker so they dont fall out. A little filing is easy to do and works well. For those who care, it also doesnt affect the resale value of your models. It's not the end of the world, it works fine, it's quick and easy and can be done to taste. I have no issue with it. A small file (5 for a pound on ebay) should be a part of every collector's small toolchest.


Diecast aircraft collector's toolchest:

- Small Files. The little cheap hobby files from tamiya and generic manufacturers are usually fine.
- Scissors (General use)
- Hobby Knife (exacto #1 or #11 blades work for most purposes)
- Small Ziploc Baggies (to repack parts that come in one-time-use plastic)
- White (clear) glue
- CA Cement ("Superglue")
- Canopy Glue ("Formula 560" is a good one)
- Tamiya Extra Thin Cement (limited usefulness)
- Panel Wash (recommend "AK Interactive 'for greys'")
- Paintbrushes
- Cotton Swabs ("Q-Tips")
- Future Floor Polish / Clear (limited usefulness, but sometimes can be helpful for rejuvenating clear pieces)
- Sharpie Markers (to label plastic baggies)
- Pencils or pens for panel lines
FortunateSon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2019, 05:34 AM   #15
Master Collector
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 597
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Quote:
Originally Posted by FortunateSon View Post
Guys,

I think a little reality is needed about attaching parts:

Parts in our diecast models are basically attached by friction. Think about a big fuel tank hanging off a wing throug a slot. The slot guides the position of the item, but much of the friction is provided in recent models by one or two little microtabs on the side of the main insert tab that deform slightly as the item is attached. When we have complex landing gear and doors, such as on the F-35 series, this is not really possible.

So, when the manufacturers make these add-on parts, they need to make sure of one thing: that the parts manufactured are not too small. Because if they are too small, they can fall out endlessly and the only way to solve this would be to add something else (white glue or bluetac). At the scale we're talking about, even the thickness of the paint can affect how well a part fits.

Given all these realities, I think several of you need to rethink your criticism of parts that need a bit of filing: my conclusion is that: filing parts (tabs) slightly to fit is fine and normal. There is no possible way for manufacturers to get each tolerance perfectly given paint, thermal expansion, etc. The manufacturers *should* error on making these tabs slightly thicker so they dont fall out. A little filing is easy to do and works well. For those who care, it also doesnt affect the resale value of your models. It's not the end of the world, it works fine, it's quick and easy and can be done to taste. I have no issue with it. A small file (5 for a pound on ebay) should be a part of every collector's small toolchest.
For all the complaints that we might have about HM, imo, they still make the best pylon fitting compared to corgi and cw.
wildpig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2019, 06:53 AM   #16
Diecastaholic!
 
Uzair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Middle Earth
Posts: 85
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

I think its worth emphasizing that one of the outstanding plus points of CalWings' Tomcat lineup is (was?) their proper matte painting with subtle weathering wash. A welcome change from the recent over-glossy trend from both HM and Century Wings. So it is a pity that this VX1 release looks like a hard candy rather than a military aircraft!


Here's hoping CalWings revert to more accurate painting and weathering for future Tomcats!
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Uzair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2019, 01:54 PM   #17
Master Collector
 
cnq123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 542
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

BB,

I think your Dragon model looks the best of the bunch
cnq123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2019, 07:38 PM   #18
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Well lets take a look down memory lane (no specific year of release order)


Witty Wings and Dragon Models nose marking numeral 1

Name:  IMG_7543.PNG
Views: 163
Size:  930.1 KB



Century Wings and Dragon Models nose marking numeral 01 plus Star and Stripes on tail verticals

Name:  IMG_7546.PNG
Views: 174
Size:  713.2 KB


In retrospect, I rather have had the Century Wings version....

CENTURY WINGS Aircraft Diecast Model | 1/72 Scale F-14 | F-14A TOMCAT VX-4 EVLUATORS VANDY 1

Black paint on Century Wings looks about right to me imo ....nice loadout


Chime in if I missed another MFG that also did one in 1/72 diecast.....(not counting the current Calibre)


BB
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Blues Boy; 09-08-2019 at 08:04 PM.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 04:44 AM   #19
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Quote:
Originally Posted by Blues Boy View Post
Hmmm your choice....can't undo what is already Mfg'd. I did my pre-order cancellation. To each his own.......

BB
Update....I maybe mistaken but it appears CW F-14 Black Bunny went up $10 in price to $149 at TFM if so, I wonder if any other CW models went up in price there at TFM and elsewhere......If so, IMO, this may be signaling CW is having financial woes.

Certainly the hike, if it is a hike, isn't to add even more super extra glossy black paint

BB
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 08:24 AM   #20
Collector
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: PRG
Posts: 1,091
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Quote:
Originally Posted by Blues Boy View Post
Update....I maybe mistaken but it appears CW F-14 Black Bunny went up $10 in price to $149 at TFM if so, I wonder if any other CW models went up in price there at TFM and elsewhere......If so, IMO, this may be signaling CW is having financial woes.

Certainly the hike, if it is a hike, isn't to add even more super extra glossy black paint

BB

CW - you mean Calibre or Century Wings?
Ladia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 09:36 AM   #21
Collector
 
Fusion Monkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 52
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Could be due to tariff increases. It seems some of the Corgi models are seeing increases as well.
Fusion Monkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 10:20 AM   #22
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ladia View Post
CW - you mean Calibre or Century Wings?
Calibre Wings....the basis of this thread

BB
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 11:17 AM   #23
Collector
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: PRG
Posts: 1,091
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

CW vs. CW - therefore I´m always trying to differ CW from CalW.

Anyway to your point, BB - once the models are at retailer´s shops/stocks, any price increase doesn´t end up at manus pocket as the models are already paid to factory (with respect to due date of course).

So price increase at TFM has probably nothing to do with CalW finances.

Just came up to my mind that Calibre´s delay notice in fact may not be a signal of any CalW problems - it can be also understood as that they are currently just fully busy with their Valkyrie stuff and they just put diecast models aside until they process Valkyrie orders.

Time will tell.
Ladia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 11:47 PM   #24
Junior Collector
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 5
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Back to the glossy vs dull on Vandy 1.
There was only one F-14A BuNo 159853 that served VX-4 Evaluators in the role as the black Vandy 1 (1983 through 1993), and a single F-14D 164604 (1993-1994) before VX-4 merged with VX-5 and became VX-9. That same F-14D 164604 remained as black Vandy 1 for VX-9

The "A" model has been represented different a few times over it's 10 years of service. I think that's where the confusion comes from regarding gloss etc.

159853 began as the famous version that had the four white stars on a blue band piped by red on top of the vertical fins, many times photographed alongside VX-4's all black F-4J also with bunny on the tail. This jet was never glossy, always dull and weathered black

159853 in 1987 was repainted to the glossy black but with no colored stripes on the verts. Bunny still there, etc. This jet remained very very glossy through 1990. Names on canopy 87-90 (names and call signs both present) were Capt Phil "Cycle" Howard and RADM Phil "Golden" Anselmo.

The circa 1991 version of this jet began to lose it's luster and dulled faster in some areas giving it some degree of glossiness at angles and dullness at others. It was never fully repainted. At this time the canopy only was painted all black. Only names remaining till the end were call signs YODA and GOLDEN on the fuselage. 1983 - 1991 this jet had the standard F-14A gun gas purge vents

Calibre Wings appears to be representing the 1992-93 version of 159853. More likely the 1992 because CalWings used the NACA gun vents. Upgraded from block 90 to 140. All Although I can't tell from the collector's pictures and I do not have the model but it appears there's a dot below the bunny's head on the left vertical fin. Perhaps CalWings knows about the significance of the 1992 version and they're trying to paint the bunny with a sad face and a tear running down the vert on both sides.

Tailhook 1991 was infamous. Google it. Navy brass demanded the Playboy symbol on the jet go away. Sometime in late Dec 1992 VX-4 took the opportunity in response and repainted the bunny with that sad demeanor. There's only a couple pictures of it as this paint job lasted only one day. The very next day, VX-4 repainted the bunny with a smile as news was received that they weren't getting disbanded but merged with VX-5. The smiling bunny scheme also lasted into early Jan 1993. The black paint job was water based all through it's life and therefore was washed away thereafter.

Now you know the history of this confusing jet.
Black Lion VF-213 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 06:15 AM   #25
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

I have read some about that a long time back from ....

https://fullcolorbirds.wordpress.com...cat-vandy-one/

Thanks for refreshing the story to some who might not have known.

Having a carrier load of Black Bunny metal hardware in different scales....I just personally prefer the flat or washed black look. Cal Wng went a might too glossy for my tastes. I'll just keep my dragon version which has toned down semi-gloss to gloss.

BB
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 12:50 PM   #26
Too many models! (1500+)
 
FortunateSon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Honiara
Posts: 2,120
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

still haven't received my pre-order for this one in the uk.
FortunateSon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 01:01 PM   #27
Junior Collector
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Toronto
Posts: 46
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Anyone noticed the pilots names are missing from Calibre Wings' version?


Some people think there are four Vandy 1 Tomcats in black with white bunny.


Vandy One F-14A 161444---the "other" Black Bunny Tomcat - Jet Modeling - ARC Discussion Forums


BN 161287. Temp for only two weeks. Dragon's Japanese edition and CW both featured this one.


BN 161444. Never made into models


BN 159853. By Dragon, Calibre and Witty


BN 164604 Never made into models but there are some decals for sale. I have a kit-built one to memorize the merge of VX-4 and VX-5. And in particular, this is the last F-14 ever made.



Martinkhuu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 01:54 AM   #28
Insane Collector
 
Blues Boy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,672
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

Now that's one Great looking model!....THAT Finish, is the finish I would like to see made by a Manu one day

Quote:
Originally Posted by Martinkhuu View Post
...... I have a kit-built one to memorize the merge of VX-4 and VX-5. And in particular, this is the last F-14 ever made.

__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Blues Boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Today, 05:16 PM   #29
Too many models! (1500+)
 
FortunateSon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Honiara
Posts: 2,120
Default Re: Pictures Calibre Wings F-14A VX-4 Black Bunny

photos of calibre wings what-if jasdf tomcat are on facebook.



They're looking ok - plenty of tampo yes, but the blue/blue demarcation lines are a bit harsh and the colours are lacking subtlety.

or, to put it another way, it would have been nice if it were like Hobbymaster HA1927.
FortunateSon is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:31 PM.

Latest Threads
- by weasel1
- by chekur6
- by M404
 

Models of the Week
 



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.