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The Cats Out of the Bag Campaign

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The Cats Out of the Bag Campaign was recent concluded and was themed around the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. The F-14 was the United States Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defence interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006. It later performed precision strike missions once it was integrated with the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night LANTIRN system. The F-14 was developed after the collapse of the F-111B project, and was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiGs during the Vietnam War.

The F-14 first deployed in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), replacing the F-4 Phantom II and was retired from the active U.S. Navy fleet on 22 September 2006, having been replaced by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. As of 2009, the F-14 is in service with only the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, having been exported to Iran in 1976, during a time when the US had good diplomatic relations with the nation Justin McCracken came up with the idea and led the campaign with the following 8 entrants completing the campaign with some outstanding builds:

1/48 Hasegawa F-14A by Justin McCracken (Keeperof souls2099)
1/72 Revell F-14A by Ray Keener (SellSword)
1/144 Revell F-14D by Allen Berry (Tomcat31)
1/144 Revell F-14A x2 by Luciano Satornetti (Littorio)
1/144 Revell F-14D x2 by Luciano Satornetti (Littorio)
1/72 Hasegawa F-14A by Michael (flyboy92187)
1/48 Monogram F-14A by Jesper (SGTJKJ)
1/48 Academy F-14A by Tim Hatton (LiteSpeed)
1/72 Hasegawa F-14A by Nicola Saggini (_Viper_)
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About the Author

About Justin McCracken (Keeperofsouls2099)

I have been modeling for 20 years mostly because of my passion for anything mechanical.I also feel it's a very good way to remember our history as many of the men and woman on this web site had relatives who are in some way connected to these machines.I learn more everyday and hope to continue build...


It was a great campaign, well run, and very fun to participate. Some really great entries. Looking forward to the next campaign.
SEP 17, 2011 - 03:14 AM
I'll say it again, great looking bunch of 14's...well done everyone. However I noticed I'm missing from the list. I did finish on time and posted pics. Happy Modeling, Joe
SEP 17, 2011 - 06:50 AM
Joe you are correct in the fact that you did finish on time and with in the rules but you did not post in the gallery if you do this I will award you the ribbon as for the feature that is one I have no control over sir. sorry
SEP 17, 2011 - 10:50 AM
Well I can no longer post in the gallery, I have over 600 photos uploaded and no longer allowed to upload. I would have to delete a ton of reference, progress and blog photos. I guess I can't join campaigns no longer...not fair! Joe
SEP 17, 2011 - 11:30 AM
you could subscribe lots more photo room
SEP 17, 2011 - 12:00 PM