1/48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat
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- 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 Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters, which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War.
This specific model kit depicts the F-14A Tomcat variant. The F-14A was the initial two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather interceptor fighter variant for the U.S. Navy. It first flew on December 21, 1970. As a U.S. Navy fighter it fulfilled the dual roles of long range interceptor and air superiority fighter, and later bomber. Deployed from 1974 to 2006, it successfully employed a "swing wing", which offered variable sweep. The F-14A, which covers most of the early variants, was the most prolifically-produced variant of the Tomcat. 79 were exported to Iran before U.S.-Iranian relations began to deteriorate, and later took part in the Iran-Iraq War.