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Old 11-19-2018, 07:31 PM   #1
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F14 Tomcat Fanatic Builds Large Aircraft Model

The F-14 Tomcat is what started air supperiority in the skies. It was advanced for its time and resulted in the many advancements we have today. I remember watching Top Gun for the first time and became intrigued with this aircraft. I am a member of the F14 Tomcat Association. I bet some of you never knew this organization existed. My passion for the F14 lead me to fabricate this large aircraft model built entirely from scratch. Thats correct! You hear it right, this is not made form any Tamiya or Revell kit. Its 100% hand made and hand painted.

The model measures 36 inches in lenght and weights quite a bit. Its made from a variety of materials from Wood, Resin, Fiberglass, Metals and more. Built time was well over 3 months at 480 hours. It would take more than 6 months to 12 months for most people to fabricate something like this from scratch.

The Aircraft Specifications of the F-14 are provided below:
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Function Carrier-based multi-role strike fighter

Contractor Grumman Aerospace Corporation

Unit Cost $38 million

Propulsion F-14: two Pratt & Whitney TF-30P-414A
turbofan engines with afterburners;
F-14B and F-14D: two General Electric F-110-GE-400
augmented turbofan engines with afterburners

Thrust F-14A: 20,900 pounds (9,405 kg) static thrust per engine;
F-14B and F-14D: 27,000 pounds (12,150 kg) per engine
Length 61 feet 9 inches (18.6 meters)

Height 16 feet (4.8 meters)

Maximum Takeoff Weight 72,900 pounds (32,805 kg)

Wingspan 64 feet (19 meters) unswept, 38 feet (11.4 meters) swept

Ceiling Above 53,000 feet

Speed Max Mach Number = 1.88
Cruise Mach Number = .72
Carrier Approach Speed = 125 kts
Mission Radius 500 nm Hi-Med-Hi strike profile
380 nm Hi-Lo-Lo-Hi strike profile
Crew Two: pilot and radar intercept officer

Armament Up to 13,000 pounds of
Air-to-Air Missiles (up to)
6 AIM-7 Sparrows
4 AIM-9 Sidewinder
6 AIM-54 Phoenix

air-to-ground ordnance
MK-82 (500 lbs.)
4 MK-83 (1,000 lbs.)
4 MK-84 (2,000 lbs.)
MK-20 cluster bomb
4 GBU-10 LGB
GBU-12 MK-82 LGB
4 GBU-16 MK-83 LGB
4 GBU-24 MK-84 LGB

one MK-61A1 Vulcan 20mm cannon

Selected F-14A and B are wired to carry TARPS
All F-14D's are wired to carry the TARPS

Countermeasures AN/ALR-45 radar warning receiver [Itek]
AN/ALR-67 radar warning receiver [F-14D]
AN/ALQ-167 ECM Pod [F-14D]
AN/ALE-50 towed decoy [F-14D]

Date Deployed
First flight December 1970
Inventory 157 F-14A/B
53 F-14D
Phasing out one squadron / year
All to be withdrawn by 2010
F-14 orginally designed for 6,000 flight hours
Currently certified for 7,350 flight hours
Potential for extension to 8,000 or 9,000 flight hours
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:13 AM   #2
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Welcome to Wings900 family, thanks for this post/thread about the mytical F-14; impressive model in your hands.
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Re: F14 Tomcat Fanatic Builds Large Aircraft Model

Holy hell that's an impressive build. How long did that take you?
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Re: F14 Tomcat Fanatic Builds Large Aircraft Model

That's a good one - for something similar you'll need to spring hundreds of dollars buying/building the Hachette F-14 set.

(Hachette is a Japanese company known for selling extremely detailed model kits on monthly installments, and they happen to have a Tomcat on their product list - it's kinda similar to DeAgostini and their business model of selling large, highly detailed build-your-own...like this 1:12 scale Spitfire)

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