AMT/ERTL 1/72 F-14A Tomcat
$5.00 from a show vendor
Probably not too difficult to find.
Tomcat is one of the best known fighters of the modern era.
It was designed in the late 1960ís as a replacement for the equally
famous F-4 Phantom II. It
benefitted from the lessons learned in
regarding the actual needs of modern air combat as well as what not to do (see
the F-111B). It entered service in
1974 and was retired in 2006.
aircraft kits are a lot less well known then their car kits are but they did
make some very interesting aircraft kits that were not kitted by many or any
other companies like the XB-35, YB-49, XB-70 and the F7F.
They also made some kits of better known aircraft like the JU-88 and the
F-14. This is the first of two
boxings of the F-14 from
that I know of, the other being a Desert Storm boxing with low viz VF-1
markings. When you open the box you
get 5 sprues of gray plastic parts and one clear sprue with a two piece canopy.
like most other F-14 kits with the rear fuselage split into upper and lower
halves to trap the swing wings and the front fuselage split into left and right
halves. The cockpit consists of a
very generic floor, two decent looking ejection seats and blank IPís with decals
for the detail. For weapons, you
Sparrows and 2
with 2 drop tanks.
The weapons look good except for the Sidewinders which look like botched
as the front fins look too thick and chunky.
The Sparrows have all of their fins so you will need to remove at least
one of them if you want to mount them on the wing pylons.
Iíll be replacing them with better looking ones from the spares section.
The decals are for VF-124, the Pacific Fleet RAG squadron in overall
light gull grey scheme. This was one of two
nearly identically painted 'boss birds' that 124 was flying before they were
painting guide gives you some inaccurate colors for the cockpit (which should be
dark gull grey, FS 36231) but the rest are fine.
it looks like a pretty good model.
With a parts count right around 85, it gives you the essentials but you need to
add some detailing if you want a kit that rivals Hasegawaís kit.
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