Tamiya is proud to present the 1/32 Scale Grumman F-14A Tomcat "Black Knights".
The F-14A Tomcat is still one of the most efficient fighter-bombers in the
world. Since its first flight in 1970, the F-14 underwent various improvements.
Tamiya now provides an updated version of its famous 1/32 scale replica of this
big cat. New parts have been designed to replicate every antenna and sensor that
has been fitted on the actual plane. You will also find parts to load your model
with the latest weapons such as the GBU-16 and GBU-24 laser guided bombs as well
as a AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod
The most outstanding aviation characteristic of the Tomcat has always been its
variable geometry concept or swing-wings, which are computer controlled. Wings
can be angled a minimum of 20 degrees backwards for take-off, and 68 degrees for
super-sonic flight. This characteristic has been reproduced on the model and you
can represent the configuration you like.
About the Grumman F-14A Tomcat "Black Knights"
Ever since its first flight in 1970, the U.S. Navy's F-14 Tomcat has been one of
the best top Air Defense Fighter. From 1990, in addition to its role as an
interceptor, the F-14A, noted for its long range and superior weapons systems
was designated as an air-to-ground strike plane. With this new role, the Tomcat
was fitted with a new weapons arsenal. Since 1996, the F-14A employs the
AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod, referred to as the LANTIRN. This targeting pod gives
the F-14A precision bombing capability by procuring targets for nose-mounted
infrared laser or other laser guided weapons. The AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod
contains a high-resolution, forward-looking infrared sensor (which displays an
infrared image of the target to the pilot), a laser designator-rangefinder for
precise delivery of laser-guided munitions, target tracking software, and more.
The LANTIRN, combined with GBU-16 and GBU-24 guided bombs, enables precision
striking with a minute margin of error from several meters down to tens of
centimeters. This precision can be realized at long-range. The VF-154 Black
Knights is attached to the USS Kittyhawk, homeported at Yokosuka Harbor, Japan.
The Black Knights were formed after WWII, and were deployed to both the Korean
and Vietnam War. F-14A were employed with the VF-154 from 1984, and used
extensively in Operation Desert Shield during the Gulf War in 1990.
About the model
- Fighter-Bomber Grumman F-14A Tomcat plastic
- 1/32 Scale
- Overall length: 598mm, Overall width: 612mm.
- The form of the aircraft has been accurately
- Kit employs metallic parts and screws to make
the wing movable.
- A full range of armament including Phoenix
missiles, GBU-16 and GBU-24 laser guided bombs are provided as well as a
AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN targeting pod.
- Includes 3 figures, 2 pilots and a catapult
officer, and decals for 5 aircraft.
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