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Grumman F-14 Tomcat
|Like my Cobras, I love my Cats
The F-14 Tomcat twin-engine, two seat, variable geometry swept wing, Mach2 air superiority Fighter developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental program incorporating the air combat experiences of the F-4 Phantom and other types against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War.
Designed to incorporate theAWG-9 radar and AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, it also carried the AIM7 Sparroe and AIM-9 Sidwinder missiles. Later in it's career, the Tomcat was modified for limited ground attack abilty with the addition of the LANTIRN
The Tomcat was retired by U.S. Navy in September 2006
This kit comes with three sprues, two in grey, and a clear sprue with the canopy.
This kit provides markings for two different aircraft The subjects are:
For those of you looking for the high end extinsive detail kit, this ain't it
This kit comes with 3 sprues molded in Gray plus the clear canopy/windscreen.
Engraved panel lines are shallow but effective,
The Wings in this kit are geared to open and close and the glove vanes extend with the wings in the "oversweep" position.
This kit provides markings one aircraft,
With the exception of the seats, this kit goes together very well. Fit issues are almost non existant and all the holes for the underwing armament are pre-drilled. The decals are minimal with none of the stencil markings to apply.
Hasegawa has at least two distinct versions of this kit in 72nd scale and several at different price points.
The first is called "High Visibility"
Interior detail is sparse, with the instrument panels represented with decals. Unlike the other kits, this one comes with the Pilot and RIO. and I didn't notice any ejector pin marks.
This kit comes with markings for two aircraft,
My personal favorite of the 72nd scale kits, short money, good details. Not as detailed as their higher priced kits, but plenty of resin upgrades avialable.
Another is called "F-14A Tomcat Atlantic Fleet Squadrons"
First off, unlike their less expensive kit, this one has engraved panel lines. There are multiple options of nose sensors and two different vertical tails, (with and without stiffeners). The cockpit instrument panels are detail, so you have the option of painting and dry brushing, using the PE parts or using decals.
The Photo Etch with this kit appears to be nickel which is more difficult to cut and fold than brass but holds the details better. It contains mostly cockpit control panels and even includes the breaker panels found in the back seat
This kit comes with markings for four aircraft,
In spite of the large amount of flash, this kit might be the best of the 1/72nd kits on the market. Highly detailed with many small parts and intimidating when you first open the box, not for the novice.