FineMold F-14 Tomcat Trio Re-ReleaseThe beloved Grumman F-14 Tomcat is making a return this month with the re-release of three editions from FineMold. Fans of the iconic fighter jet will be delighted to get their hands on these highly detailed 1:72 scale models from Japan’s leading model maker. Paying tribute to Navy fighter pilots, these replicas feature realistic wing sweep motion and opening canopy.
1:72 scale Grumman F-14 Tomcats
The three re-issues include:
- FP30 – U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat
- FP32 – F-14A Tomcat “USS Independence 1995”
- FP36 – F-14A Tomcat “Top Gun”
- Shipping out on December 22nd
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter plane. It was used by the United States Navy and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. The F-14 was the US Navy’s primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor, and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006. It is equipped with powerful radar and armament and is capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. The Tomcat was developed in the late 1960s and entered service in 1974. They retired from the US Navy in 2006 but remain in service with the Iranian Air Force.
There are several versions of the F-14 Tomcat, including the F-14A, F-14B, and F-14D. The F-14A was the original version of the Tomcat, and it entered service with the US Navy in 1974. The F-14A was equipped with the AN/AWG-9 radar and could carry up to six AIM-54 Phoenix long-range missiles.
The F-14B was an upgrade of the F-14A, and it featured improved engines and avionics. The F-14B entered service with the US Navy in 1991. The F-14D was the final version of the Tomcat, and it featured even more advanced avionics and weapons systems. The F-14D entered service with the US Navy in 1992 and was used until the Tomcat was retired from the US Navy in 2006.
Despite its retirement from the US Navy, the F-14 Tomcat remains in service with the Iranian Air Force. The Iranians acquired their F-14s before the US embargo on weapons sales to Iran, and they have continued to operate and maintain the plane. The Iranian Tomcats have been updated with various upgrades and improvements, and they remain a formidable force in the region.
The F-14 Tomcat was featured in the 1986 movie “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise.
In the movie, the F-14s were flown by the fictional United States Navy fighter squadron “Viper” (voiced by Tom Skerritt). In the film, the F-14 Tomcats were shown engaging in air-to-air combat against enemy fighter planes.
It is not clear which specific model of the F-14 Tomcat was used in the movie “Top Gun.” The F-14A, F-14B, and F-14D were all in service with the US Navy during the period in which the movie is set. It is likely that a mixture of different F-14 models was used in the filming of the movie, as different versions of the plane would have been available at the time. Additionally, it is common for movies and television shows to use a combination of a real plane and scale models or special effects to create the desired visual effects.