when we speak about the Tomcat, we speak about one of the most beautiful and
powerful plane of all time. I
bought this model from HLJ, but until opening the box of the model I was not
sure about the quality of the kit. Infact, about the Tomcat, I had
only a kit made from Hasegawa, which is really a
wonderful kit, but the Fujimi kit is also a really super kit. The
general detail is very nice....panel lines are finely engraved and all seems to
be in the right place, unfortunately there is no rivet detail, and this
according to me is the biggest difference with the Tomcat made Hasegawa in which
there is alot of rivet detail and more panel lines on the wings......
difference between the F-14 made by Hasegawa is that the jet intakes of the
Fujimi kit are more simple and less detailed, but anyway I think that they are
cockpit is very nice, with a lot of raised detail in the pilot and navigator
panel and also in the sidewall console. According to me it will be not
necessary to buy a detail set, anyway superdetailers can buy the wonderful
detail set made by Verlinden or by pavla. You will also find two nice
detailed pilots. A very nice thing is that in this kit you will find a lot
of nice weapons, you will find AIM
Phoenix, Sparrows and/or Sidewinders. Also you get some fine metal etched parts
for the cockpit canopy and "rubber tires".
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in the Hasegawa kit, you will have the opportunity to display the Tomcat with
flaps and slats in full extended
position, you will have also the opportunity to display the Tomcat in launch
position on the catapult, infact
in the kit there are two different front gear legs.
the photos of the kit you will also see that the kit has a lot of
parts,180!!!! You also have
the opportunity to show the engine outside of the plane on a trolley. In
this kit there are more parts than you need, because you can build different
version of the plane, you will be able to build an A
version and the D version that is showed on the box of the model.
conclusion, I can say that the Fujimi F-14 is a wonderful kit....with the Hasegawa
kit it is the best representation in 1/72 scale of this plane.