The Definitive 1/48 Scale F-14A Tomcat
From its first test flights in 1970 through to its retirement in 2006, the F-14 Tomcat is a carrier-based fighter that has captured the imagination; its variable sweep wing allowed automatic adjustment for optimum performance and an impressive combination of speed and manouverability. It had a powerful AN/AWG-9 fire control system that could use AIM-54 Phoenix missiles to take on multiple targets from range. 477 of the 632 Tomcats supplied to the U.S. Navy were the early F-14A variant; their delivery to units began with carrier squadrons in 1973, and its combat debut was in the 1975 evacuation from Saigon. It was later in action in conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. Seventy-nine F-14As were also supplied to Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution and some still remain in service today.
About the Model
★This is a 1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit of the Grumman F-14A Tomcat. Fuselage length: 398mm, Maximum Wingspan: 408mm. ★Designed with access to real F-14A Tomcats for superlative accuracy. ★Features moving depiction of variable sweep wing. ★2 sets of parts - interchangeable after completion - depict sealing plates and air bags with wing in fully swept and fully forward positions. ★Slide molding was used to ensure highly realistic canopy, air intake side and fuselage side sections. ★Poly caps allow movement of horizontal stabilizers. ★The model offers a choice of parts to depict open or closed engine afterburner nozzles. ★Separate parts are included to depict the fuel probe on the right of the nose, and the ladder on the left. ★Comes with two U.S. marking schemes and one for the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.
★The model features a moving depiction of the variable sweep wing. When it's swept fully forward, the model's wingspan is 408mm!
★Comes with three marking options including two of the high-visibility schemes employed on their aircraft by U.S. Navy Fighter Squadrons.
★Another marking alternative exists in the shape of an F-14A in the desert color scheme of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF).
★Slide molding was employed for a highly realistic scale reproduction of the bubble canopy. Two figures are included to recreate seat pilot and RIO.
★A detailed cockpit depicts ejector seats and instrument panels. Assembly starts with cockpit and nose landing gear bay parts and uses them as a base.
★Separate parts are included to depict the fuel probe on the right of the nose extended or retracted, and with cover on or off.
★Assembly of the variable sweep wing sees spars attached to the fuselage first, and then the wings attached later, making for an easier painting job.
★Variable sweep wing moves smoothly between 20°(take-off, landing) to 68°(transonic, supersonic flight) and 75°(parked), thanks to two gear sections.
★Two sets of parts depict wing sealing plates and air bags in fully swept and forward positions. Parts are marked on their reverse to help distinguish them.
★Parts for Phoenix, Sidewinder and Sparrow missiles (4 each) and 2 drop tanks are included, and 3 configurations are shown. Decals recreate markings.
★Also packaged in the kit are parts to depict the engine afterburner nozzles in closed or fully open position - make your choice before building!
★High-quality decals are included to recreate markings with precision, and the kit even includes masking stickers to aid with painting the canopy.
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