David Hansen 31 Posted March 10, 2017 Report Share Posted March 10, 2017 (edited) In my newest installment of "Build a model for a guy who flew the real thing", i present for your entertainment a story you can tell your grandchildren. And mightily bored they will be! I am building the new Tamiya 1/48th scale F-14A Tomcat in the markings of VF-32, for my former instructor "Big John" Lawler. John was a former Air Force linguist in his early days, who re-upped in the Navy after college for the Naval Flight Officer Programme. John was actually serving with VF-74 in 1976, during the Bicentennial, but was aboard JOHN F KENNEDY when it sailed into Boston Harbour for the celebration of the Cities' 350th anniversary , around 1980 or 81.. Among other assignments he worked as a RIO as well as an instructor in both F-4s and F-14s, serving in VF-101, VF-74, and VF-32. He has rubbed elbows with such luminaries as "Heater" Heatley, "Hollywood" Dishart, and "Snort" Snodgrass. John joined VF-32 as an F-14 RIO in late 1978...probably in the twilight of this very colourful paint scheme, before the change was made to overall gloss gull gray. This is not the exact Bu Aer or Modex number of the plane i will be building, but will look a little something like this... [/URL Photo courtesy of Jim Sullivan But before i post photos of my Tamiya F-14 kit....a moment of silence for my dead Hasegawa F-14. I actually re-gifted this project to Gary Allen, so the plane hasn't been truly euthanized....think of it as a "Rescue Kitty"... Watch this space david Edited March 10, 2017 by David Hansen Correction of factual errors. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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